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New PC Build for gaming, Virtual PC, everything

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August 19, 2010 5:53:10 AM

Hello, I'm working on building a new PC next week.


BUDGET RANGE: 2500- 2800 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Server, Virtural PC's, Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies.

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



PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (Full case, I'm trying to stick with coolermaster and EVGA parts)





Alright hopefully I did that right.
1.For the Case I would like to use the Cooler Master RC-942-KKN1 HAF X ATX Full Tower Computer Case, I like the way you can tuck much of the wiring away and its cooling capabilities. Plus it supports my MB

2. The Motherboard is the EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI Motherboard, It seems to be very upgradable. It has a lifetime warranty which is very important to me, I keep my PC's for a very long time. My question for this board is that it only supports memory up to 1600mhz, do you believe Bios updates will let it support faster later on, or is this it. Truely if 1600 is max that is perfectly fine with me.

3. Video Card is the EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked, once again it has lifetime warranty. I have intensions as the card gets older and technology gets better, to buy another 480 and run in SLI once needed.

4. Power supply here I'm stuck! I don't want to build a nice machine and go cheap on what powers it. I found the Cooler Master RSC00-80GAD3-US Silent Pro Gold 1200W, which works great with the case and seems to have plenty of power for $270 with a 5 year warranty, but I keep reading reviews about the Apevia ATX-WA1100W Warlock 1100-Watt ATX powersupply. Which also has plenty of power, great reviews and its $170 cheaper, but only has a 1 year warranty. Any suggestions

5.Processor would be Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz, I read alot of great reviews on it, I am planning on overclocking to 4ghz, I know it can do more, but I don't really need it.

6. Memory I want to max out, in my other pc builds I've always gone cheap on memory and tell myself later I'll buy more and throw it in, and never do. This build I wont make that mistake. I want to use 6-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 to max out the memory on the board. I would like to overclock the memory to 1600mhz. The G.Skill website specificly lists my MB as supported, and it has really good reviews in overclocking.

7.The CPU and Memory cooler is the COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V10 Hybrid. It does a very good job at cooling the cpu and it cools the memory. I do not want to go with liquid cool, I have heard too many disaster stories and I don't want to deal with the upkeep. This pc will be left on always. I want to stick to air cooled.

8.Sound card is the ASUS Xonar D2 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Ultra Fidelity Sound Card with Complete Dolby/DTS Sound Technologies, It has great ranges, good reviews and I have a descent surround sound to hook it up too.

9.Hard drives I am planning on running 4 to 5 Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB, I know they are only 5400rpm But I'd like to run them in a RAID 5 configuration, so I was looking more for a high cache then rpms.

10.Blu-Ray Burner I don't care too much about this, as long as it works and is descent, I might burn a blu-ray eventually, The primary reason I want it is too watch blu-ray movies and I believe eventually games will be on Blu-ray discs.

anybody who read through this, I can't thank you enough. I have been reading reviews and forums for over a month. I must say even though I haven't built it yet I believe I have learned alot. Any suggestions at all please let me know. I'm a college student and the last PC I built was a P4 3.4ghz machine, which I've had for at least 5 years, I want this thing to make it 3 at least. So it lasts me through school. Thanks again guys and thanks Toms Hardware where I found most of the reviews.

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August 19, 2010 6:21:59 AM

^ The prices of the parts that you have selected seem to be cheaper at newegg...
i7 + Mobo

2x RAM sets

And PSU - I would suggest this -
Corsair 850W 80+ Gold

As for the graphics card, IMO the new Gigabyte GTX 470 would be a very good option IMO
Yes I know they have 3 years warranty, but check that review...

HDD - RAID with those drives, IMO take a look at the reviews...

Sound card - AFAIK that EVGA mobo doesnt come with PCI slot, so get the PCIe sound card
August 19, 2010 2:57:12 PM

Thanks for finding the cheaper prices and I didn't even notice the sound card was the wrong style. My question is I read the 480 heavily out performs much of the other cards on the market and suppose to get better as Nvidia releases better drivers for it. Also if I decide to run a SLI with 2 video cards later on with the 850w power supply handle it? thanks again
August 20, 2010 4:16:48 AM

^ Well IMO the GTX 470 is a better balance between power/ performance...
And also that Gigabyte card is an overclocked card, that would perform maybe even better than the HD 5870...

And Yes 850W would suffice for 2x GTX 480s too...
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