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August 16, 2010 10:37:22 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: 2400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photo editing, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Spian

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: would like a quiet PC



After reading a lot of posts and comparing built systems, this one was the one that caught my attention. I was wondering is this built system is good how it is or does some parts need changing for other ones that might be better? Thanks


Enthusiast - Extreme: $2,381.89

* CPU: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930 - Retail
* MOBO: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
* RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805 - Retail
* HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler, plus two Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm, 3 Speed Setting, Beveled Blade Tips Design, SSO Bearing Fan for Push - Pull setup
* SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX100G 2.5" 100GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
* HDD: SAMUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
* GPU: XFX HD-597A-CNB9 Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
* PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
* DVD: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
* Case: SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV02-BW Matte black 0.8mm Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
* Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

This build will allow you to play games at max settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1200 or higher...


Thank you

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August 16, 2010 10:59:41 AM

i cant really fault anything it looks pretty good

i think you should definately overclock the cpu. the 930 with an aftermarket cooler is just begging to be overclocked, also to get the most out of the 5970 you would need an overclock.

August 16, 2010 11:08:25 AM

right now, two GTX 460s offer better value than a 5970. much cheaper and pretty much the same performance.

other than that, a very good build.
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August 16, 2010 11:15:07 AM

i would change ocz vertex 2 100gb for ocz vertex 2 120gb...

and prolimatech megalems for noctua nh-d14
August 16, 2010 12:10:14 PM

Thanks a lot for the replies. At the moment I´ll stick with the 5970 but it´s good to know that 2 GTX 460 offer just about the same perfamance and cheaper ;) .

OCZ Vertex 2 120gb is a good idea. I will change the config. Also, is the much difference between the prolimatech megalems and the noctua nh-d14? I seen a lot of people also use the noctua but not sure which one would have better performance.

Thanks again
August 16, 2010 12:28:12 PM

the price diference between the megalems and the nh-d14 is like $25 but it is much better and its new... the megalems its old
August 16, 2010 1:14:15 PM

Great. Thanks for the info. I guess if there isn´t anything that doesn´t need changes I guess I will make the purchase in the next week or the next at the most.
August 16, 2010 1:17:56 PM

dont get the thermal compound... it come with the nf-d14.. and the noctua one its better
August 16, 2010 1:29:08 PM

If you wait an extra week, the i7 950 is supposed to get a price cut from ~$550 to replace the i7 930 at the $290 price slot. its a 260MHz base clock increase, in case youre interested.
August 16, 2010 1:31:31 PM

Get the sapphire 5970, its cheaper and the same..
August 16, 2010 1:48:14 PM

the $60 difference buys you XFX's lifetime warranty and an HDMI port, also comes with some adapters. up to you if its worth it. (sapphire offers 2 yr warranty)

also, see if they have eyefinity, if that interests you.
August 16, 2010 1:53:46 PM

i would go for the thermalright silver arrow cpu cooler
August 16, 2010 2:34:44 PM

if you can get the xfx there, i think all of their cards have the lifetime warranty, but there is the $$ premium. My spanish is terrible, but it looks like the sapphire is the best deal of those three.
August 16, 2010 2:36:53 PM

Well, for CPU coolers, NH-D14 is the best. Hands down.
August 16, 2010 9:20:04 PM

Since we are talking about cooling and stuff, what about liquid refrigeration? What type of liquid refrigeration can be used in the Tower RV02?
August 16, 2010 10:04:22 PM

ah, you don't need that.
August 16, 2010 10:13:52 PM

Yeah your´re right. ;) 
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