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August 22, 2010 3:16:44 PM

Hi all,

I'm finally going to reward myself with a nice gaming PC. The thing is, I've never built a PC before and know next to nothing about motherboards and how all the other parts come together.

I was hoping you can recommend a motherboard, power supply, cooling devices, and whatever else is missing for the following parts (other comments and recommendations would be very welcome too!):

  • Intel i7 930
  • 2x Nvidia GTX 460's in SLI
  • 4Gb Corsair XMS3 1333 (2Gb x 2)
  • 1.5 Tb (or so) HDD
  • Something to allow for wifi (like a card or something)
  • Whatever DVD drive is typical


    I have no plans of overclocking or anything, so whatever allows this setup to perform as it should out of the box will do - no need for high-end features if I probably won't use 'em. Also, I plan to some day upgrade to a 2x 480 (or whatever's in the market then) SLI setup in a year or so, so I'd like some power for that if needed.

    I plan to connect this to my HDTV so no need for a monitor

    Thanks a lot!
    August 22, 2010 3:48:30 PM

    Thanks calguyhunk!

    Sorry, but I'm not quite sure what you mean by "1366 demands triple channel." Are there certain specifications that my memory would have to meet in order to be compatible with the socket or would your recommendation just make the whole setup a lot better?

    Thanks again!
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    August 22, 2010 3:56:14 PM

    1st... Please edit your original post with the template in this thread.... ( http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... ). It provides all the information we need to recommend a build.

    Couple of Recommendations:
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A UD3R
  • HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
  • HSF: If you don't plan on overclocking, there is no need to run anything else beside the stock heatsink.
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF 922
  • DVD: Cheapest 22x or 24x DVD burner you can find... no big deal

    edit:... Okay I missed the post by calguyhunk ... but we are on a similar page.

    What calguyhunk means is LGA 1366 utilizies triple-channel memory meaning you want to purchase your memory in sets of three (3x1GB, 3x2GB, 6X2GB... etc) and the tyipcial recommendation is a 6GB (3x2GB) setup for an X58 motherboard.
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    August 22, 2010 3:56:27 PM

    The i7 9xx's (920, 930 etc) run on socket LGA 1366. Triple channel (3 X 1/2 GB) performs better than 2 X 1/2 GB. Not mandatory, but just better for optimum performance.
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    August 22, 2010 4:09:38 PM

    Thanks calguyhunk

    Thanks for the advice tecmo34, I'm sorry I didn't notice that sooner. Here it is in the standard template!!!

    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next Sunday (August 29, 2010)

    BUDGET RANGE: $2,000 or so

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, folding@home, nothing else

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Not applicable

    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Somewhere in Southeast Asia

    PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7 930, 2x Nvidia GTX460 in SLI, 4Gb RAM, 1Tb HDD

    OVERCLOCKING: No

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, SLI

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 via HDMI

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need recommendations for a motherboard, memory, power supply, and any other parts that would affect gaming performance

    Thanks again!
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    August 22, 2010 4:11:30 PM

    Triple channel is less than a half percent faster than dual channel. There is no benefit worth the cost. Can you purchase from Newegg in South Asia?

    Honestly, I would look in to a P55/i5-750 build with a single 470. For 1920 resolutions there's just no need for SLI unless you must run Metro maxed (which takes 3 GTX 480s).

    i5-760 (Better than i7-930) 200$
    GA-P55a-ud3 130$
    4GB G.skill eco series 1600 speed 102$
    Samsung F3 1tb 75$
    XFX black edition 850watt (105$ at Newegg)
    MSI GTX 470 (260$ at Newegg)
    Generic OD 20$
    Haf 922 90$

    1000$. That leaves money for an SSD (150$) and a GPU upgrade in 6 months when the next-gen comes out.
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    August 22, 2010 5:38:46 PM

    Thanks sp12, that's some valuable advice right there, whether or not I do the prudent thing and follow it! :lol: 

    No, I can't order online without a third-party-provided receiving address, but my supplier's prices aren't WAY off.
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