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$1200 gaming build, first time builder

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August 19, 2010 8:14:24 AM


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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: approx. $1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: primarily for gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel/Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first attempt at a custom build, so any comments/suggestions/advice greatly appreciated.

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Ok, here's what I've put together so far:

Processor: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU and MOBO combo


GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI 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

GPU and PSU combo


Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

OS and Case combo


Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


This all comes in at $1240.56 with shipping, rebates and discounts. I've tried to put together a system that will be easy to upgrade/overclock if I decide to do that down the road. Thoughts on this build? This is my first try, so let me know if I'm missing something or have compatibility issues.

Thanks!
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
August 19, 2010 8:45:22 AM

You could have a lot more performance in games by dropping the LGA 1366 build.

Asus P55 SLI board with G.Skill DDR3 1600 CL7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Tests show you don't need the extra bandwidth of the X58 boards.

i5 760 and GTX 460 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GTX 460 1GB and 850HX PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Caviar Black 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b B Homebuilt system
August 19, 2010 4:19:44 PM

+1 for Proximon's advice.

If the budget allows it and you think you'll need more space, consider a WD 2TB Black drive (WD2001FASS). It's VERY fast. I've added one myself a few weeks ago and it makes a big difference over older drives.

If/when you decide to try overclocking, get a nice CPU cooler first. Until then, the stock one should be fine.
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
August 19, 2010 5:48:08 PM

Whoa a just saw a ghost :) 
August 19, 2010 5:59:40 PM

Personally, if your using it primarily for gaming, go with amd. I know you prefer Intel but have you even tried amd? When I had my first build, I wanted to go for intel too only because I was not used to anything else. But seriously don't just go for intel because of the name. You can get alot more out of your money for amd. You'll get a "better bang for your buck". getting a phenom II 965BE is MORE than enough. There isn't a game too date that requires more than this.
August 19, 2010 6:02:45 PM

avajx said:
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OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

OS and Case combo






If you would like, I can send you a copy of windows 7 so you don't have to pay for it :) 
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
August 19, 2010 6:09:19 PM

I agree and respect your opinion, except for the flexibility of the Intel chipsets. Being able to run SLI or crossfire on the same board is a big plus.

... and no way I will recommend a 980a board ;) 
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
August 19, 2010 6:13:09 PM

maziar321 said:
If you would like, I can send you a copy of windows 7 so you don't have to pay for it :) 


I hope that is a legitimate, licensed copy of win 7 you are offering maziar.
August 19, 2010 6:44:34 PM

Proximon said:
I hope that is a legitimate, licensed copy of win 7 you are offering maziar.



Of course it is... :D  :ange: 

Could you define legitimate please?
a b B Homebuilt system
August 19, 2010 7:03:34 PM

I also like Proximon's build with the i5 760, but if you wanted to keep that i7 - buy something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and a GTX 460, separately. An 850w is overkill, even for SLI 460s.

I'd also personally suggest going for this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That's what I put in my i7 930 system, and I love it. It's only 5$ more than buying that combo with the Asus board.

Lastly, if you wanted to spend the money you saved going to the cheaper PSU, you could pick up a cheap SSD or a bigger Caviar Black like some other people have suggested...
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
August 19, 2010 7:12:50 PM

jasonw223 said:
An 850w is overkill, even for SLI 460s.



Absolutely. I used it because of the quality and the deal, not because of the amps. Possibly some better deal can be found, but I think those particular 460s are good.
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
August 19, 2010 7:16:52 PM

Oh... and that's a big no on the 650TX. Corsair pulled a switch on us. That is no longer the quality Seasonic built PSU it once was. Now it's an un-reviewed CWT unit... see the label 650TX-C.

The Seasonic S12II 620 is a good budget choice but any PSU in that range will not have enough PCI-E connectors for the GTX 460 SLI. Molex adapters can be used.
August 20, 2010 3:23:31 PM

+1 for drop the i7 for i5 and SLI 460's. once you hear the word "budget" anywhere in a build, strike of the 1366 mobos. imo that step from an i5 750 to i7 920 should be the last taken as it will yeild the least tangible (i.e real-world) results, but i cant back that up with links because its 3am and im sleepy. just my 2 cents
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