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August 13, 2010 8:03:17 AM

Hey everybody so I'm starting to get into PC gaming for the first time. I know enough about computers to understand what's good and how to build one if I try(which I'm going to), but I'm not sure on what I should get to be able to play anything I throw at it and have it be somewhat future proof. Anyway this is what I'm thinking right now. Any advice and opinions on any parts are greatly appreciated.

CASE: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Full Tower Gaming Case
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
CPU COOLING:Corsair H50
GRAPHICS CARD: ZOTAC AMP! ZT-40102-10P GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (2 of these)
HDD1:Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2BD/128GB
HDD2: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
MEMORY:Kingston HyperX T1 Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) XMP Tall HS Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3T1K3/6GX (2 of them + Kingston HyperX Fan)
Power Supply:SILVERSTONE ST1500 1500W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Total:About $3400

Will 2 of the Zotac Amp fit on a Rampage III Extreme?

I'm trying to get an idea of what will last me longest without upgrading without wasting money. The computer will be for gaming only. I have a MacBook for everything else. Since I'm new to building and gaming PC it's hard to figure out what the best options are. I think I did a pretty good job. Maybe not.

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August 13, 2010 8:07:41 AM

PSU?

August 13, 2010 8:09:08 AM

Added. If any other parts are needed I'll add them too. Like disc drives.
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August 13, 2010 7:25:26 PM

snackeyg said:
Hey everybody so I'm starting to get into PC gaming for the first time. I know enough about computers to understand what's good and how to build one if I try(which I'm going to), but I'm not sure on what I should get to be able to play anything I throw at it and have it be somewhat future proof. Anyway this is what I'm thinking right now. Any advice and opinions on any parts are greatly appreciated.

CASE: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Full Tower Gaming Case
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
CPU COOLING:Corsair H50
GRAPHICS CARD: ZOTAC AMP! ZT-40102-10P GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (2 of these)
HDD1:Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2BD/128GB
HDD2: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
MEMORY:Kingston HyperX T1 Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) XMP Tall HS Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3T1K3/6GX (2 of them + Kingston HyperX Fan)
Power Supply:SILVERSTONE ST1500 1500W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Total:About $3400

Will 2 of the Zotac Amp fit on a Rampage III Extreme?

I'm trying to get an idea of what will last me longest without upgrading without wasting money. The computer will be for gaming only. I have a MacBook for everything else. Since I'm new to building and gaming PC it's hard to figure out what the best options are. I think I did a pretty good job. Maybe not.


That is 1 DAM nice system . Should bring you many happy years of use . Is very future proofed also . By , future proofed , I am meaning : switch to a newer gfx card in couple years if u like to update them, add a newer type of cpu - 6 or 8 core or something like that , your building a system that will serve very well as a base to update the diff components if so desired .

Yes, will run anything u throw at it with no problem at all .

yea , the RIII will handle 2 zotac's ..

Nice build .. if after u build it and u decide u dont like it , I give u couple bucks for it . or just throw it out the window , but 1st let me know where u live ,, LOL

J/K ,
August 13, 2010 9:34:58 PM

This is exactly the kind of stuff I wanted to know. Thanks for the answer. I actually figured some ways to save myself money since some of that is kinda pointless.

Start with 6gb of RAM instead of 12gb.
Cooler Master HAF X - Better for Air cooling and I'm not smart enough advanced water cooling and stuff.
Ditch the VelociRaptor all together and just go with a 7200 RPM 1TB HD
2 470's instead of 480's.

Savings of: About 800.


The one thing I can't figure out though is what PSU to get that is 1200 watts instead of 1500. 1500 is too much overkill. Any recommendations?
August 14, 2010 1:03:47 AM

The changes u made to your build , will still make an AWESOME machine .

here is the PSU i am running . it will run 2- 480's and supply ur comp with plenty of power . so 2- 470's would be a cake walk. There is something I think I would do , is instead of 2-470's , I'd go for 2 oc'd 460's and save even more . the 460's are getting very good reviews and in SLI there real good (( 470's @ 100fps and the 460's@ 90 fps , ur not going to see the difference .)) . would still run any program/game u wanted to run .

HAF x , i have the 932 and love it . The X would do a great job for ya in keeping everything running cool .

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Was: $279.99
You Save: $50.00
$229.99
($189.99 after $40.00 Mail-In Rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

u save even more money and have a future proofed PSU ..

ck this out here at tom's ::
Best PCIe Card For ~$460:

2 x GeForce GTX 460 1 GB in SLI Configuration (Check Prices)
Exceptional 1920x1200 performance, Good 2560x1600 performance in most games

2 x GeForce GTX 460 1GB in SLI

Codename: GF104
Process: 40 nm
Universal Shaders: 672 (2 x 336)

Texture Units: 112 (2 x 56)
ROPs: 64 (2 x 32)
Memory Bus: 256-bit
Core/Shader Speed MHz: 675 / 1350
Memory Speed MHz: 900 (3600 effective)
DirectX/Shader Model: DX 11/SM 5


Two GeForce GTX 460 1 GB cards in SLI easily beat down a single GeForce GTX 480, as demonstrated in this article by Thomas Soderstrom. And, based on conjecture, they might even challenge more expensive CrossFire setups
At $30 more than its 768 MB brother, the 1 GB GeForce GTX 460 enjoys a larger frame buffer and an increased ROP count. Performance is naturally higher than the 768 MB version, which is the reason Nvidia's GeForce GTX 460 1 GB deserves a recommendation of its own for folks able to use a full 1 GB of memory ..

there ya have it 1 awesome system .. u can be in :love:  with
August 14, 2010 3:12:12 AM

Thanks for the info that's good to know. The more I can save the less I spend.
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