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August 15, 2010 4:25:12 AM

THIS IS THE OLD BUILD, SEE DOWN BELOW FOR THE OFFICIAL i5 760 BUILD.

This is a build for gaming from scratch so feedback is necessary, this includes everything except the speakers, mouse ,mousepad and keyboard. Thanks to Mr.Pizza for helping assembling this preliminary list.

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

Intel Core i7-930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Mobo/RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU
550$ For use when the new ATI 6000 series comes out in November :D 

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

Windows 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Haf 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

PSU (CHANGED)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is around 1920$ Any way to reduce the cost is welcome.

CHANGES:
_ Mobo and RAM combo from RockMonsi to shave off 115 dollars.
_PSU from 1000 to 850 watt to save 80 dollars.

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August 15, 2010 10:42:14 AM

Certainly not a bad build, but I think you can get a bit more out of your money. I went ahead and switched out the RAM and Motherboard for this deal right here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I changed the motherboard mainly because if you're going to go with a 4 video card setup, you might as well get 980x CPU from Intel. Btw, the RAM with it is officially compatible with the motherboard, so you don't have to worry about that stuff. ;)  All in all, the price now is reduced to $2000.

Anyway, other than the motherboard thing, I think you're all set to buy. The only other things that I would recommend you consider is buying an SSD with the money you'd be saving up with the suggested motherboard, and maybe consider buying another version of Windows 7, if you feel you might need more RAM one day. I don't really know what kind of budget you have, so you'll have to decide for yourself if it's worth investing in the suggested things. If you want an SSD I'd recommend this one:

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

With that being said, I think you're good to go bud. :) 


P.S.

I forgot to add, if you're ultimately just going with one monitor for your display, I wouldn't recommend anything more than a 2 video card setup. The main reason for that is because of the low refresh rates that LCD's have (I think yours is 75Hz). So with that being said, your system won't need anymore than 75 fps for your monitor to be displaying at it's refresh rate, let alone for just smooth gameplay. Now if you plan on buying more than one monitor, then it might be a better idea to look into a 3 video card setup, or even if you decided to go with a 120Hz LCD monitor like this. If you do plan on getting more than one monitor in the end, then it's nothing to worry about. I just want to make sure that you don't go spending more money than what you need.

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August 15, 2010 11:43:21 AM

That is one massive PSU, exactly how many cards and which do you expect to run?

A good case + PSU combo for a 2 card setup would be the Antec Twelve Hundred + Antec CP-850, it would have no problem running a GTX 480 SLI setup overclocked.

Or, if you were to buy right now, the COOLER MASTER RC-690 + CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX would be a very nice combo.

Also a rather expensive motherboard you have chosen, when considering you are asking for ways to cut the budget.
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August 15, 2010 12:15:49 PM

Why not a P55 build? You get faster, more efficient CPUs for less, as well as cheaper mobos/ram. Only downside is x8x/8 for crossfire/sli, but that's like a 4% loss.

Also, PSU is overkill. Dual 480s can be run off a quality 750 watt. Not to mention PSU efficiency ratings only apply to loads equal to or greater than 20%, something you'll rarely see on a 1000 watt unit. 1000 watts and it's not even 80+.

RAM could be lower voltage, I recommend against 1.6+ voltage ram as it hampers OCing and reduces your i7's lifespan.

Better PSU: same price.

Lower voltage ram: 95$

P55 mobo/CPU.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/109?vs=47

i5-750 wins in all but 4 benchmarks.
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August 15, 2010 2:36:16 PM

Wait, you are mainly gaming yes? Go with an

i5-750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU I really don't know... but I think 850w would be fine.. but who knows! the new 6XXX could be real power hungry!

You might have to change your case, who knows how long 6XXX will be! or maybe not... ;) 

ODD,
OS

and with this you get some more money to put towards the 6XXX
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August 15, 2010 4:21:55 PM

sp12 said:
Why not a P55 build? You get faster, more efficient CPUs for less, as well as cheaper mobos/ram. Only downside is x8x/8 for crossfire/sli, but that's like a 4% loss.

Also, PSU is overkill. Dual 480s can be run off a quality 750 watt. Not to mention PSU efficiency ratings only apply to loads equal to or greater than 20%, something you'll rarely see on a 1000 watt unit. 1000 watts and it's not even 80+.

RAM could be lower voltage, I recommend against 1.6+ voltage ram as it hampers OCing and reduces your i7's lifespan.

Better PSU: same price.

Lower voltage ram: 95$

P55 mobo/CPU.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/109?vs=47

i5-750 wins in all but 4 benchmarks.


I did consider a P55 build, but for futureproofing's sake I want the X58 build so the only thing I have to upgrade in this build would be the GFX cards.
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August 15, 2010 4:23:18 PM

TheRockMonsi said:
Certainly not a bad build, but I think you can get a bit more out of your money. I went ahead and switched out the RAM and Motherboard for this deal right here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I changed the motherboard mainly because if you're going to go with a 4 video card setup, you might as well get 980x CPU from Intel. Btw, the RAM with it is officially compatible with the motherboard, so you don't have to worry about that stuff. ;)  All in all, the price now is reduced to $2000.

Anyway, other than the motherboard thing, I think you're all set to buy. The only other things that I would recommend you consider is buying an SSD with the money you'd be saving up with the suggested motherboard, and maybe consider buying another version of Windows 7, if you feel you might need more RAM one day. I don't really know what kind of budget you have, so you'll have to decide for yourself if it's worth investing in the suggested things. If you want an SSD I'd recommend this one:

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

With that being said, I think you're good to go bud. :) 


P.S.

I forgot to add, if you're ultimately just going with one monitor for your display, I wouldn't recommend anything more than a 2 video card setup. The main reason for that is because of the low refresh rates that LCD's have (I think yours is 75Hz). So with that being said, your system won't need anymore than 75 fps for your monitor to be displaying at it's refresh rate, let alone for just smooth gameplay. Now if you plan on buying more than one monitor, then it might be a better idea to look into a 3 video card setup, or even if you decided to go with a 120Hz LCD monitor like this. If you do plan on getting more than one monitor in the end, then it's nothing to worry about. I just want to make sure that you don't go spending more money than what you need.


I'll change the mobo and RAM to that combo, would the monitor you recommend fit in the budget?
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August 15, 2010 4:31:47 PM

Quick question, how much would it save to change the PSU to a REALLY good 850 watt unit? And can anyone recommend an 850 watt PSU?

(P.S I really am set on the HAF 932 case and am not crazy about the two other cases posted.)
What if I changed the PSU to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and save 80 bucks?
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August 15, 2010 4:38:37 PM

why the noctua nh-d14? its an awesome cpu cooler but what about the thermalright venomous x rt? the noctua is not much better and its quite a bit more expensive
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August 15, 2010 5:15:12 PM

ShepardMcBadass said:
Quick question, how much would it save to change the PSU to a REALLY good 850 watt unit? And can anyone recommend an 850 watt PSU?

(P.S I really am set on the HAF 932 case and am not crazy about the two other cases posted.)
What if I changed the PSU to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and save 80 bucks?

That is a KICKASS PSU right there, and it would be hard to find better ;)  go with it. I am using that PC for my upcoming build
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August 15, 2010 5:24:17 PM

gordon_81 said:
why the noctua nh-d14? its an awesome cpu cooler but what about the thermalright venomous x rt? the noctua is not much better and its quite a bit more expensive


I mainly chose the Noctua D14 for it's reputation and reviews, I'm open to suggestions, so anyone with extensive knowledge about CPU coolers that are cheaper than the Noctua but no worse that work on i7s is welcome to add to this thread.
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August 15, 2010 5:39:20 PM

thermalright silver arrow
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August 15, 2010 7:07:00 PM

ShepardMcBadass said:
I did consider a P55 build, but for futureproofing's sake I want the X58 build so the only thing I have to upgrade in this build would be the GFX cards.

And why is X58 any more futureproof than P55? Sli drop in? Hexacore drop in? Sli doesn't make a good upgrade path because by the time you want another one, there's a faster single-GPU out that avoids SLI-BS. Hexacore? Look at the prices on the Core2Quad 9 series. Equal or higher than the cost of the i7 despite being a good deal behind. Look at the Athlon X2 FX chips -- 3 generations behind and still hundreds of dollars for performance that gets blasted by a modern chip.

P55 will get you a faster platform for less, the only thing you lose is x16/x16 PCIe lanes.

Also, the Corsair 850 watt is more reasonable than that 1000, especially as it's gold-efficiency, but that XFX black edition I listed is just as nice (component wise, and it's within 2% in efficiency) as the corsair, 100$ cheaper, and only 100 watts less. Even for dual 480 sli you don't need more than that.
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August 16, 2010 5:21:53 AM

I've been thinking and after reading up on the i5 760 vs i7 930 dilemma I think that going the i5 route would free up more money for better GFX card when ATI does it's refresh late 2010 and for that sweet Acer screen and some Razer keyboards and mousepad and mouse.

Someone put find a good mobo/RAm for the i5 760.
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August 16, 2010 5:34:04 AM

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Mr Pizza and Coldsleep just told me to go with these a few days ago. I originally waned to go the i7 route as well and they talked me out of it. I will be running a:

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760

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August 16, 2010 5:40:47 AM

Now changing to i5 760 build.

IMPORTANT: WE ARE AT 1970 without a motherboard.

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

Intel Core
i5-760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU Fan (NEED ADVICE)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Mobo (NEED ADVICE)
Really confusing, someone find one that supports both SLI and Crossfire. (I only need up to 2 graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire!!)

RAM(Picked this for CL6 and was only 30 bucks more than the CL7 Gskillz) NEED ADVICE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
600$ For use when the new ATI 6000 series comes out in November :D 


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


Windows 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Haf 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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


PSU (CHANGED)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total is around 1970 $ Any way to reduce the cost is welcome.


CHANGES:
_ Mobo and RAM combo from RockMonsi to shave off 115 dollars.
_PSU from 1000 to 850 watt to save 80 dollars.
_Now an i5 760 build, so mobo and RAM changes accordingly.
_Added monitor that can go to 120hz and has 2ms response time to take advantage of GFX power.
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August 16, 2010 1:48:16 PM

go for the thermalright silver arrow cpu cooler
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August 16, 2010 1:51:24 PM

you can save another $50 by switching to the HX850 PSU, theres not really a difference except efficiency. your choice.
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August 20, 2010 4:33:36 AM

ShepardMcBadass said:
I'll change the mobo and RAM to that combo, would the monitor you recommend fit in the budget?


Sorry for the long reply, but I'm sure you have your answer now. Just one quick question though, did you get the Acer monitor the other day? It was $300 on the shell shocker deal. If I had time to post I so would've told you, but sorry if you missed out on the deal.
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October 27, 2010 11:51:05 AM

Sorry, borrow this thread for awhile but will a i5 760 bottleneck a ATI 6870 cf
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October 27, 2010 5:46:06 PM

That's the dumbest thing you could ever do ares, "borrowing" this old a thread. Luckily for you I had email alerts for it - when I saw it in my email I was like "WTF, I don't remember posting in a thread like that," and that's because of how freaking old it is LOL.

Anyway, you shouldn't have any problems with your setup ares, especially if you overclock your i5, but in my book you're just fine.


Now stop posting in this thread please. ;) 
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