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Building a gaming pc 2.5-3k budget

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August 16, 2010 8:02:36 PM


Hello all,

I have decided to build a new gaming pc and I need your help
my budget is about 2500$

Im thinking about
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor - idk which is best :na: 
NVIDIA GTX 480
6GB RAM - idk which is best
1TB harddisk - idk which is best
I want a big LCD that is 3D-ready, might get 28" or something like that

missing motherboard , cpu fan or any other cooling system, pc case , power supply, DVD-ROM - Blu-ray

should I get vista or windows 7?

thanks all

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 16, 2010 8:57:30 PM

RAM: DDR3-1600 cas7 RAM (Corsair, Geil, Mushkin, Crucial, GSkill are good; OCZ has been bad lately)

i7 930 and a $50 air cooler then overclock to at least 3.2GHz

You want an x58 motherboard with USB3 and SATA 6GB (Gigabyte, ASUS, EVGA, DFI are good brands)

Power Supply: check professional reviews for quality (Antec, Seasonic and Corsair are reliable companies)

Samsung F3, WD Black "FAEX" (not "FALS") and seagate 7200.12 1TB are the 3 HDDs to look at.

With that budget you should be including a good 120GB SSD (around $300)

Vista or Win7 is not a question. Win7 is superior to Vista in every way. Win7 64bit is the only way to go on a new build.
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August 16, 2010 9:18:40 PM

A quality LCD that is 3D ready doesn't exist, but you can get one or the other for about the same price.

Dell U series or a 120hz 1920 monitor.
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August 17, 2010 5:25:01 AM

thanks alot guys for the help

one question

what is the 120GB SSD ? i never heard of it
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2010 4:21:33 PM

why not a 5970....
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2010 4:23:58 PM

how about this mobo GIGABYTE® X58A-UD5: X58 & ICH10 Chipset - Socket LGA1366, QPI Interface Up to 6.4GT/s - Supports: Core i7 LGA1366 Processors
6x DDR3-2100+ Slots (Tri Channel), 8x SATA2 & 2x SATA3 RAID2x eSATA/USB Combo, 1x ATA133 & FDD, 12xUSB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 3x IEEE1394
3x PCI Express x16 (2x16/1x8), 1x PCI Express x1/x4, 2x PCI Slots, Dual Realtek Gigabit LAN, 7.1 Channel HD Audio, Optical & SPDIF Ports
Ultra Durable 3 Features: 2oz Copper PCB, 50,000 Hour Solid Capacitors, Ferrite Core Chokes, Low RDS(ON) Mosfets
Dual BIOS™, Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced, EasyTune, ATI Crossfire & nVidia SLI Support, Ultra SAFE, SMART, SPEED, PERFORMANCE,
& COOL, Precision Overvoltage, Overclock Alert, TempAlert, Overvoltage Alert, QuickBoost Support, Debug LED, On/Off Charge or this 1 which is a bit more GIGABYTE® X58A-UD7: X58 & ICH10 Chipset - Socket LGA1366, QPI Interface Up to 6.4GT/s - Supports: Core i7 LGA1366 Processors
6x DDR3-2200+ Slots (Tri Channel), 8x SATA2 & 2x SATA3 RAID, 2x eSATA/USB Combo, 1xATA133 & FDD, 12xUSB 2.0, 2xUSB 3.0, 3xIEEE1394
4x PCI Express x16 (2x16/2x8), 2x PCI Express x1, 1x PCI Slots, Dual Realtek Gigabit LAN, 7.1 Channel HD Audio, Optical & SPDIF Ports
Ultra Durable 3 Features: 2oz Copper PCB, 50,000 Hour Solid Capacitors, Ferrite Core Chokes, Low RDS(ON) Mosfets
Dual BIOS™, Dynamic Energy Saver 2, EasyTune, Gigabyte Smart6, ATI Crossfire & nVidia SLI Support, AutoGreen, XHD, 3x USB Power
Precision Overvoltage, Overclock Alert, TempAlert, Overvoltage Alert, QuickBoost Support, HybridSilentPipe 2, On/Off Charge

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2010 4:27:01 PM


SSD is basically a RAM Disk so reading is much faster than any HDD can achieve. Great for a boot drive and to hold your most used applications. You do not want to store data on it, thats what the HDD is for.

Something like this OCZ Vertex 2 120GB.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



gordon_81 said:
why not a 5970....

He wants 3DVision so it has to be an Nvidia card.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2010 4:29:11 PM

if you are getting a case get a coolermaster haf 932 and for the cpu cooler it depends if you want a mild OC a hyper 212+ should be fine, but if you are looking at top of the range air coolers then its the noctua nh-d14
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2010 4:30:19 PM

dndhatcher said:
Something like this OCZ Vertex 2 120GB.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Its basically a RAM Disk so reading is much faster than any HDD can achieve. Great for a boot drive and to hold your most used applications. You do not want to store data on it, thats what the HDD is for.



He wants 3DVision so it has to be an Nvidia card.



oh i didnt read that sorry...
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