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August 13, 2010 11:01:35 PM

I am looking to build a somewhat future proof gaming rig. In addition to newer games like Star craft 2 and upcoming releases, I hope to use this computer to edit videos and other media as well. I have not dealt with building a computer in years, so I am very much a novice. After doing a little research, I came up with a preliminary build and look forward to everyone's expert opinion. Thanks

Processor
• Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $289.99
Motherboard
• ASUS Rampage III Gene LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $224.99
Memory
• CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1600C9 G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $319.99
Case
• AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $94.99
Power Supply
• CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $109.99
Video Card
• EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $134.99
Hard-Drive
• SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $54.99
DVD Burner/CD Drive
• SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 4X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24x DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
• $24.99

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August 13, 2010 11:07:30 PM

If I were you, I'd drop the ram down to 6GB, since you probably won't notice much of a difference.

Also, the graphics card is a bit aged so I'd consider getting an ATI Radeon 5770:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $159.99 w/ a $15 rebate.

The money you'll save toning down the ram you'll save money even after you get the 5770. Unless you have an Nvidia preference, it's just that the 9800 GT, while a great card in its day and age, is just a bit old and you should get a lot of performance for the price out of the 5770.
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August 13, 2010 11:21:06 PM

Thanks, I really appreciate it.
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August 13, 2010 11:35:12 PM

plus- just noticed thats an eyefinity card, if you ever want multiple screens.
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August 14, 2010 12:01:43 AM

rainvie1 said:
why do you have a microATX board in a full tower case?

same on the ram, drop to 6GB and spend the extra on a better GPU. these are both good brands, and costs less than your setup

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB $130AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 $295
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



To be honest, I have no idea about the board and case combo, lol. I am open to suggestions. Thanks
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August 14, 2010 3:50:23 AM

I would either find a good midtower case like a cm 690 or a haf series case, or switch to an ATX mobo, or both. The mobo you have is way overkill if you don't plan to overclock, maybe look at something like the gigabyte X58r-ud3r or the ASUS P6X58D-E. They'll work great unless you want to do some really heavy overclocking.
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August 15, 2010 11:15:50 PM

Thanks again Rainvie1
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August 16, 2010 12:32:46 PM

Hey, glad I could help! :-D
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August 18, 2010 4:25:54 AM

rainvie1 said:
I would either find a good midtower case like a cm 690 or a haf series case, or switch to an ATX mobo, or both. The mobo you have is way overkill if you don't plan to overclock, maybe look at something like the gigabyte X58r-ud3r or the ASUS P6X58D-E. They'll work great unless you want to do some really heavy overclocking.


I took a look at the ASUS P6X58D-E mobo and it's almost the same price as the original one I picked. Would it be better to just go ahead and get the more powerful one since it's the same price? Also, what do you think of the power supply and this case:

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks again
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August 18, 2010 2:30:05 PM

the 690 is a very good case, also check out the 690II, newegg calls it the 692.

did you look at the ud3r?

the ud3r or p6x58d-e are ATX boards, so they have better spacing and more expansion slots than the microATX gene. the only reason to get a microATX board is to put it in a microATX case, and the gene is really only needed for serious overclockers. the ud3r is cheaper and still a really good board.
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August 18, 2010 3:51:13 PM

rainvie1 said:
the 690 is a very good case, also check out the 690II, newegg calls it the 692.

did you look at the ud3r?

the ud3r or p6x58d-e are ATX boards, so they have better spacing and more expansion slots than the microATX gene. the only reason to get a microATX board is to put it in a microATX case, and the gene is really only needed for serious overclockers. the ud3r is cheaper and still a really good board.


Is this the mobo you're referring to? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, do you have any thoughts on the power supply?
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August 18, 2010 5:13:15 PM

yes, thats the mobo.

if you plan to overclock AND run future multi-GPU setups, consider an 850W.

if not, the 750 will be great.

if you plan to NEVER overclock or run multi-GPUs, consider dropping to a lower wattage.

Corsair is a great brand for PSUs. for your setup, the PSU you have should work beautifully.
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