$1600 Gaming PC Newb

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1600 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse


COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

OVERCLOCKING: no

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: SLI

Since this is my first build, i took some part ideas from other builds. heres what i have so far:

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423&Tpk=Gigabyte%20GA-X58A-UD3R = $210

Processor: http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37150 = $277.5

CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001&Tpk=Prolimatech%20Megahalems%20Rev.B = $62

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=Crucial+6GB+DDR3-1333+Triple-Channel+Kit+3+x+2GB+%28&x=12&y=26 = $170

Graphics : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125320 = $310 (I would eventually like two of these maybe....)

SSD Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167025&Tpk=40GB%20Intel%u00ae%20X25-V%20SATA%20Solid%20State%20Drive = $95 (I want to try this out and put the OS and such on it)

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136534&cm_re=Western_Digital_Caviar_Blue_WD10EALS_1TB_7200_RPM-_-22-136-534-_-Product = $60

Optical: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289&Tpk=Lite-On%20iHas124 = $20

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&Tpk=Antec%20Three%20Hundred%20Illusion = $70

Power: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&Tpk=Corsair%20650TX = $80

Monitor: ???????

Total: $1354.50
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  1. --instead of the i7 go for an i5-760 @ $200 http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=54753&promoid=1008 you could easily overclock it to similiar speeds
    --lose the ssd and get a samsung f3 1tb
    --if you want to go for 2 470's in the future you need at least 750w psu
    --for the case get the coolermaster 690 II advanced(huge improvement and more room for expansion) http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225611/COOLERMASTER/RC_692_KKN2/
    --mobo looks good-- for ram look at http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231304&nm_mc=OTC-sho6b0tCA&cm_mmc=OTC-sho6b0tCA-_-Memory+(Desktop+Memory)-_-G.SKILL-_-20231304
    --monitor look at the lg w2453v I have it and I love it! approx $300

    hope this is helps you out
  2. You can get an i7-950 for $277? 2 GTX 460's in SLI would be better than one 470 now.
  3. ^ never go with SLI first, go with the better single card and get another one l8er.

    take the i7 930 down to an i5 750 or w8 for prices on the 950 to drop, there is no point in a 950 though... because its just an overclocked 930 basically... I SAID BASICALLY
  4. the i5 760 has a slightly higher clock but thats about it

    750/760 comparison ---http://ark.intel.com/Compare.aspx?ids=48496,42915,
  5. said he didnt want to OC, so 950 would be better than a 930. totally agree with pizza on the sli.
  6. BY SLI do you mean having two cards in there right? I wanted to get 2 470s immediately buy my friend said that was a little overkill for right now so i thought i would wait and get the 2nd one later. Or should I go with another single video card now?

    As far as the cooling goes do you guys think the case and cooler are fine? Or is the main issue just the video card?

    Thanks!
  7. kanadien said:
    --instead of the i7 go for an i5-760 @ $200 http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=54753&promoid=1008 you could easily overclock it to similiar speeds
    --lose the ssd and get a samsung f3 1tb
    --if you want to go for 2 470's in the future you need at least 750w psu
    --for the case get the coolermaster 690 II advanced(huge improvement and more room for expansion) http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/225611/COOLERMASTER/RC_692_KKN2/
    --mobo looks good-- for ram look at http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231304&nm_mc=OTC-sho6b0tCA&cm_mmc=OTC-sho6b0tCA-_-Memory+(Desktop+Memory)-_-G.SKILL-_-20231304
    --monitor look at the lg w2453v I have it and I love it! approx $300

    hope this is helps you out



    That really helps, is there a particular reason that case and memory you suggested is better than the what I have up there? I still can't really tell the advantages of either.....
  8. If you're not willing to overclock a SLI setup or even a single 480 would be bottlenecked by your CPU. If you don't want to OC the i7-870 has a 3.6 turbo.

    SSD looks nice, but I'd get a Corsair force/agility2/vertex2 50GB model.
  9. sp12 said:
    If you're not willing to overclock a SLI setup or even a single 480 would be bottlenecked by your CPU. If you don't want to OC the i7-870 has a 3.6 turbo.

    SSD looks nice, but I'd get a Corsair force/agility2/vertex2 50GB model.



    Well I wanted to stick with the i7-950, but you think its not fast enough to keep up with the GTX 470?

    B/c i have no real interest in OC....
  10. I think you could save some cash and get a better turbo with a P55 based i7-870 build.

    470 is about matched with a 950, but in an RTS/CPU limited game it would be a bottleneck.

    As long as you don't mess with voltage, OCing is safe. I have a friend that works at Intel, and the reason CPUs are sold at such low bins in that they have to serve 3+ years (the warranty) on the stock cooler running 100% load on crappy power supplies at the max of the operating temperature range.

    Do you use an aftermarket cooler? Is your house AC'd? Is your motherboard/PSU above crap? Then you could run your CPU at a higher clockspeed safely.
  11. Quote:
    That really helps, is there a particular reason that case and memory you suggested is better than the what I have up there? I still can't really tell the advantages of either.....


    the g.skill series isa bit better and the mem is slightly faster i believe
    the antec case is a lot cheaper quality and for the same price why not go big right?
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