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$2000 Gaming PC-First Build

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August 13, 2010 7:56:28 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the week, probably in the next couple of days

BUDGET RANGE: $2000.00

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Watching Movies, Video Editing/Recording, Surfing the Web.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitors, OS, Headphones/Microphone

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES:I prefer ATI over Nvidia simply because I have more experience with ATI cards. I chose AMD's processor over Intel's because I've heard socket 1366 is going to be phased out next year.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, eventually

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, will upgrade eventually

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Please double check to make sure everything will fit. I've done my best, but this is my first build and the last thing I want is the parts to arrive and realize something won't fit. Anyways, I've spent the past few days doing nothing but researching parts and here is what I've come up with.

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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX -http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131644

SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102887

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171056

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Total: $1710.92

Quetion:
1. Will the stock fans combined with the case fans be enough to keep the system cool assuming I overclock as much as possible while keeping the system stable? Would you invest in different fans/cooling systems?

Sorry if this is a dumb/unanswerable question.

Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated.

-ItzTom

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August 13, 2010 8:18:36 AM


Quetion:
1. Will the stock fans combined with the case fans be enough to keep the system cool assuming I overclock as much as possible while keeping the system stable? Would you invest in different fans/cooling systems?


From my experience I always used water cooling when working with oc. I would invest the money and be on the safe side. Now this depends on how much you are overclocking. Now I havnt tried this with the new 1090t yet but if its like the 965 you will need some additional cooling power. I like water cooling cause you can do as much oc without worrying about the heat.
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August 13, 2010 8:39:51 AM

@Texasman89: Which water cooling system would you suggest?

@nightridergsr: I was planning on getting the combo. It's already factored into the price.
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August 13, 2010 3:47:26 PM

bump for more feedback
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August 13, 2010 4:07:01 PM

Welcome all newcomers!
Invest in an SSD, i am doing the SAME EXACT build as you. You don't need 1000 watts, I would go with corsair AX850 because it has all black cables, its corsair, its 80 gold, and a 7 year warranty :)  everything else is fine.
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August 13, 2010 4:10:52 PM

i do have to say i would go with the seagate 1tb over the samsung...my opinion
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1tb hard drive $74.99
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August 13, 2010 4:12:53 PM

Um, the spinpoint F3 is on sale right now, so i say go with it.
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August 13, 2010 4:16:02 PM

I just say that cause I 3 of them crash, but they said it was faulty parts from there side so yea
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August 13, 2010 4:16:05 PM

Mr Pizza said:
Welcome all newcomers!
Invest in an SSD, i am doing the SAME EXACT build as you. You don't need 1000 watts, I would go with corsair AX850 because it has all black cables, its corsair, its 80 gold, and a 7 year warranty :)  everything else is fine.

The idea was eventually I might decide to put in another graphics card and I want my PSU to support that. Plus I get a discount on it and the case when buying them together.
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August 13, 2010 4:20:42 PM

haha i just helped mr pizza out a few days ago. its pretty much finalized, and a solid build. you can go take a look at it.

yes for the f3. ssd is not necessary, more of a treat if you have the budget.
corsair psu's are much better, you dont HAVE to go wtih the AX series, the TX would be fine, HX if you want modular. 850W is enough.

Other than that...its pretty much done
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August 13, 2010 4:29:54 PM

I would start off with air cooling, and if you decide you want to go for bigger overclocks, consider investing in a watercooling solution at that point.

An alternative, if you want to save some money now would be to get a Phenom II X4 955, and then if you need more processing power in a year, put in a compatible Bulldozer CPU. That might free up enough cash to fit an SSD into the build.
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August 13, 2010 4:33:44 PM

hehe, yeah i know how to make solid builds, always gotta ask the community though ;) 

Coldsleep, he is 3d modeling and sh** he needs all the CPU power that he can get right now ;) 

I would be okay with a coolermaster PSU, i mean it does have a 5 year warranty...
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August 13, 2010 4:39:48 PM

Mr Pizza said:
Coldsleep, he is 3d modeling and sh** he needs all the CPU power that he can get right now ;) 


Based on the position in the list of intended usages, I was hazarding a guess that it's editing gaming videos.

I'd say get the X6 if you're doing professional video editing, or if it's the main purpose of the machine (serious hobby, no gaming). Save $140 or so and get the X4 now if you're just doing video editing as a sideline to gaming.
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August 13, 2010 4:41:51 PM

I'm not too concearned with picking up an SSD. If I went with the corsair 850W ATX and eventually decided to crossfire, would I need to replace the PSU? That is all I'm trying to avoid by getting the 1000W.

Edit: Yes, the video editing would mainly be for editing gaming videos. Not work related at all.
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August 13, 2010 4:43:23 PM

Eh, gaming editing can be pro ;)  I mean like me... I spend days and days with gaming vids, but i usually like to use real fotage.. oh well your probably right about that. Anyway, 6 cores will still make rendering faster
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August 13, 2010 4:44:20 PM

850W is enough for 2x 5970s. AMD recommends 850W for 2x 5870.

And fair enough if you're not interested in SSDs at this point. Just throwing more options out there. :) 

EDIT: Whoops, I pulled up 5870 specs originally.
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August 13, 2010 4:45:23 PM

Agreed ^

The 5970 is a very efficient graphics card.
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August 13, 2010 4:51:52 PM

PERFECT ^ only get another cooler if you are overclocking ;) 
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August 13, 2010 4:52:56 PM

Stock cooler will be fine for no overclocking or very light overclocking.

If you want to shoot for something more than a few tenths of a GHz, I'd get an aftermarket HSF. I'd look at Frostytech's top "5" heatsinks for ideas.
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August 13, 2010 4:53:36 PM

NH-D14 is on the TOP of my list.
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August 13, 2010 5:16:01 PM

Alright, parts ordered. Thanks for everyone's help.
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August 13, 2010 5:17:41 PM

Sure, um.. so what exactly did you order? :D 
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August 13, 2010 5:22:03 PM

Original parts listed, swapped the 1000W for the 850W ATX. Gonna hold off on the additional fan and see how the stock works out.
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August 13, 2010 5:23:33 PM

You won't get very far with the stock CPU cooler
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August 13, 2010 5:28:53 PM

I guess it pays to actually read posts prior to creating new ones. I'm working with a similar price range, similar needs and a relatively similar level of experience. (Last build was in 99-2000.) I'm using virtually all the same components, but I've read that the Crosshair IV has some heating issues? Can anyone verify this?
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August 13, 2010 5:30:53 PM

Yes, and its easy to fix :lol: 
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August 13, 2010 5:31:21 PM

PM me for details :D 
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August 13, 2010 5:31:35 PM

Unsure if it's been continued to more recent batches, but the early batches of the Crosshair IV had an issue with the northbridge overheating. This was (is?) due to using standoffs that were about 1mm too tall. The southbridge had the correct length. One could either replace/modify the standoffs on your own or get it RMAed.

Since it's a pretty simple manufacturing change, I imagine that it's been fixed since then. To determine whether or not your mobo has the problem, the easiest way to go about it is by monitoring the temps in the BIOS for a few minutes before installing an OS.
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August 13, 2010 5:33:06 PM

Yes, the RECENT reviews on newegg have said no heating probs, but if anyone wants to know details on fixing it PM me :D 
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