First time new build-budget ~$2000- for work and play


First of all, this site has been a massively helpful resource and seems to have a truly amazing community, so thanks for that.

I will post the components I have at the moment, and then some questions I have about said components. So here we go:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP but realistically it will be the middle of September.

BUDGET RANGE: Around $2000 before rebate

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Work (Photoshop, flash, painter, z brush ect) Games, typical usage (Movies, music, intrenet ect)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard and mouse



PARTS PREFERENCES: No specific preferences, in fact I am very happy to go with suggested brands, as there seems to be many that I haven't heard of and I don't know what their reputation is like.



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I will make some comments after the component list.



Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz

EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Optical Drive
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers

Window 7 home preimuim 64 bit

Addittional comments:
First of all, apologies if I have (and I am sure I will have) made some really basic errors in putting this build together. I have been digging around and looking up what might work well together as best as I can.

As far as the CPU goes, I am not sure if its better to over clock an i7-930 (which from what I have read is pretty straight forward) and go with two GPU's or go for the more affordable combination of an over clocked i7-860 and have a single GPU plus a cheaper MOBO. Also I get the feeling 6GB of RAM is not really enough to take advantage of the i7-930+ 2 GPU's but if I have that set up in place, I could always expand the ram when I have the money to do so.

In addition, I am not sure if the CPU fan I have picked would be suitable for keeping the over clocked i-7 at a reasonable operation temperature, or if I should get one of the liquid coolers ( CoolIT SYSTEMS ECO-R120 Advanced Liquid Cooling (ALC)

Thank you for any insight you can provide.

Take care.

*edit* I ment to say that via newegg this all comes to $2091.85
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  1. Everything youve picked will work great together. 6GB of RAM is plenty for anything. The cooler is good, but overpriced lately. if you can get it for under 35, do, otherwise check out the dark knight or mugen2.

    Only thing I would do is switch to a GA-X58A-UD3R mobo. its newer/better/cheaper.
  2. Thanks for checking this build out. The alternative fans seem very reasonable, I will switch one out, which ever I can get the cheapest.

    I am a little concerned about the GA-X58A-UD3R mobo though. On paper its very impressive, especially at that prince point, but there seems to be a pretty even split betwwen people that love it and others that have had a lot of problems with the thing. I have a total lack of experience building and as it's my intention to overclock and its pretty well documented that the GA-X58A-UD3R is not noob freindly, i may really struggle with it. It's a tough call, do I go for cheaper and more powerful, or slightly more expensive, older but very user freindly and stable...

    Either way, thank you for your input, I really appreciate you taking the time to think about this set up.

  3. Also keep in mind that you'll save some more money on Combos and Shopping on the weekends.

    i7 930 + GTX 470 combo = $594.99 instead of $639.98. Try checking out combos for your part I'm sure it's worth looking.

    And if by chance you live near MicroCenter you can get i7 930 for $199.99... Store pick up only =(
  4. drop the 470 and get sli 460's WAY better.
  5. i agree with you rob I would get a 460 as its enough for any game right now and not to mention it is more efficient, cooler, quieter than the 470. And two of them do pretty well - and in that route he could save ~$30 and get the 750watt corsair instead and im pretty sure even the 650 watt one would be enough.

    So 230 for a gtx 460 1gb, and saving $30 on power supply, thats $100 off
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