First Build Seeking Advice


BUDGET RANGE: max 2000 Before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming / amateur video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS





SLI OR CROSSFIRE: crossfire ready

what im currently looking at. any advice in appreciated.

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case <--- Clicky

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz <--- Clicky

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series <--- Clicky

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE120G 2.5" 120GB <--- Clicky

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 <--- Clicky


ASUS ROG MATRIX 5870 P/2DIS/2GD5 Radeon HD 5870 Platinum 2GB <--- Clicky

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W <--- Clicky

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM <--- Clicky


CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 <--- Clicky

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 <--- Clicky
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  1. Since you have the budget for it, you may as well go for an i7, it should speed up your video editing some. Mr Pizza is correct that you could get the same gaming performance out of an i5-760 build, though.

    Of the 2 GPUs suggested, I like the Vapor-X, now that it's only $30 more (it was previously $100 more) than a standard 5870. I have seen articles suggesting that it's significantly quieter than a reference 5870. There is, of course, a combo/promo that ends today that may be of interest XFX 5870 + XFX 750W PSU - $480 - $40 promo code on the GPU - $20 MIR (if you want to deal with that). $440 for an 80+ Silver PSU and a 5870. $420 after the MIR.

    Get this G.Skill PI Series CL7 RAM for the same price as the G.Skill CL8 you linked.

    You will probably want a traditional hard drive for storage, unless you have spares already. The 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 at $75 is one of the best consumer 7200 rpm drives available.

    I'll assume that you can find an inexpensive SATA DVD burner if you need it. I believe there's a Lite-On available for $20 + free shipping right now.

    I'm not a fan of liquid cooling in general, but if it appeals to you, the reviews on the H50 have been decent.

    All in all, solid build.
  2. yeah i was also leaning toward the vapor x, ram looks good also. only thing i'm not too sure about is the mobo. so many to choose from it gets a little overwhelming.
  3. also if i steered away from liquid cooling what cpu cooler would you get?
  4. Best answer
    Well, the mobo has Tom's recommendation. :)

    I'd say that the Gigabyte UD3R is the cheapest fully-featured socket 1366 mobo. It should have everything you's got USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, it can do multi-GPU setups...there's not really much more you can ask of it.

    You can spend more on a mobo if you want, but it's not really necessary. I'd only get something more expensive if you like one of the additional features offered by a higher-priced mobo.

    EDIT: HSF really depends on your budget. If you're planning on spending the same as the H50, you can get a good high-end air cooler for about the same price. Look at Frostytech's Top "5" Heatsinks list for ideas. The Noctua NH-D14 is top on many people's lists, but it does have a tendency to overhang RAM slots, potentially causing problems with RAM with tall heatspreaders (like the G.Skill or the Dominators). I have the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme for my AMD build, as larger coolers wouldn't fit in my narrow full tower case.
  5. alright i guess i will start ordering tonight if no one has anymore advice.
  6. Well, it's Sunday, so there's not going to be the normal amount of people reading this site, but I think you're good to go. :)
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