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September 2, 2010 9:30:31 PM

it has been 8 years or so since I have built a computer. My box took a dirt nap last night and I am now needing advice. I have looked through numerous threads here and think I have some components picked out. I would love any comments and suggestions. I hope to be able to place an order sometime tomorrow. I am starting off with the deal at microcenter on the i7-930 as i have a friend who lived in Minneapolis that can stop by and pick up one for me :) 

So from there, here are my components:

CPU (i7-930) $199.99

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

MB (ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366) $164.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD (SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM) $59.99 w/code

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM 12 GB (G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) X2 $269.98

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case (Cooler Master HAF 922) $220 combo with win7 Prof (Total)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PS (Cooler Master silent pro m700) $109.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU (XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit $269.99 w/ MI Reb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/write (Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA) $17.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card reader (Rosewill 40 in 1) $14.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS (Win7 prof 64 bit) with case combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total with shipping $1375 a little more than I wanted to spend, but I can. Any gross over expenditures?

Main usage is gaming. I don’t expect to be able to buy anything again soon, so I am trying to future proof the system as much as is reasonable without paying too much premium.

I will also be buying a Dell U2410 monitor soon to go with it. Currently have 2 19” 1280x1024 monitors available.

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September 2, 2010 10:15:12 PM

The ASRock x58 extreme is one of the earliest x58 motherboard models and is now outdated. You should look for and Asus, Gigabyte or EVGA x58 motherboard with USB3 and the other features you want.

Unless you know why you need more than 6GB RAM, you probably dont even need that much. Just get a good 6GB (3x2GB) Cas7, ddr3- 1600, 1.5V RAM kit for around $150ish

The Antec Neo Eco 620 PSU is only $70, better quality and has about the same 12V amperage (the important thing) as that coolermaster PSU.


There really isnt any such thing as futureproofing PCs. THey have a 3-7 year lifespan no matter what you do. Spending $1000 on a step behind bleeding edge every 3 years will get you an overall better experience than spending $2000 every 5-6 years.

If your primary function is gaming, thats a much more powerful CPU than that GPU needs. At least drop back to an i5 760 and a P55 motherboard, if not an AMD Phenom IIx4.
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September 2, 2010 10:20:01 PM

edelkin said:
it has been 8 years or so since I have built a computer. My box took a dirt nap last night and I am now needing advice. I have looked through numerous threads here and think I have some components picked out. I would love any comments and suggestions. I hope to be able to place an order sometime tomorrow. I am starting off with the deal at microcenter on the i7-930 as i have a friend who lived in Minneapolis that can stop by and pick up one for me :) 

So from there, here are my components:

CPU (i7-930) $199.99

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

MB (ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366) $164.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD (SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM) $59.99 w/code

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM 12 GB (G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) X2 $269.98

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case (Cooler Master HAF 922) $220 combo with win7 Prof (Total)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PS (Cooler Master silent pro m700) $109.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU (XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit $269.99 w/ MI Reb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/write (Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA) $17.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card reader (Rosewill 40 in 1) $14.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS (Win7 prof 64 bit) with case combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total with shipping $1375 a little more than I wanted to spend, but I can. Any gross over expenditures?

Main usage is gaming. I don’t expect to be able to buy anything again soon, so I am trying to future proof the system as much as is reasonable without paying too much premium.

I will also be buying a Dell U2410 monitor soon to go with it. Currently have 2 19” 1280x1024 monitors available.


Assuming your computer is being used for home use, gaming, doc editing etc. then you really don't need 12 Gb of Ram, the Ram you picked out is great, but I would suggest just getting one set.

I would recommend this Mobo, with the promo code on Newegg you'll get 20$ off.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also Consider this combo with your HDD and PSU, it's better PSU/deal than what you currently have picked out IMO.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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September 3, 2010 12:34:03 AM

sp12 said:
This PSU is nicer and cheaper: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


That's not cheaper than any PSU's mentioned in this thread... :p 

That's a great PSU but 200 w more than the one I posted, and I posted a combo deal that includes a PSU and HDD for the same price as that PSU.

Also, if you plan on OCing and/or Crossfire/SLI then I would recommend this combo...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Great deal for a great PSU and great Ram.
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September 3, 2010 12:56:35 AM

Here is a combo for with the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R motherboard (newer, with more PCI-E slots, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, better warranty) and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit for $319 with the promo code MBTEN92.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


You could use this combo with it to get your case and a card reader for $100.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


I would use this combo for a power supply and memory set. It's the XFX 750W (it's one of the most highly regarded power supplies in its class, modular, 80 Plus Silver) with a 6GB set of G.Skill DDR3 1600 CL9 ram for $201.50 with the promo code XFXPower.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Alternatively, here is a combo with a Gigabyte HD 5850 with custom cooling and 6GB of OCZ DDR3 1600 CL8 ram for $361 after a 30 rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


You could save a little bit by going with the XFX 650W Power supply for $65 after a $20 rebate and with the XFXPower promo code. It's not quite as good as some of the other power supplies that have been mentioned (still well regarded, 80 Plus Bronze, and modular), but it would be more than enough for your build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


It comes to $1158.50 (after shipping and rebates) with the 750W XFX Power supply, or $1123 with the 650W XFX Power supply. That's with the Samsung Spinpoint 1TB drive, Sony Optiarc DVD Burner, I7-920 you had listed.
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September 3, 2010 3:23:04 PM

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There really isnt any such thing as futureproofing PCs


+1 Just a few years back peeps prolly had this impression that the $8xx they forked out for a 8800 Ultra meant it was good to go for gaming for years to come - we all knew the folly with that and games like Metro 2033 made 8800 Ultra SLI just look crude/silly hehe

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September 3, 2010 3:48:26 PM

Thanks for the guys. I will try and sift through them and make some sense. It was just the kind of suggestions I was looking for. I was not able to find the juicy combos that you guys found and my outdated knowledge left me a bit shorthanded :) 

Update. my computer at home magically started working (albeit sluggishly) last night so I am able to postpone for a few days and give this some better thought. I will look at the suggestions above and put something together to critique further. Again thanks much for your expertise and advice.

P.S. I know you can't truly future proof a PC, but mine have hasted me 8 years with upgrades to PS's cases and GPU's that is the same type of life I am hoping for with this system with necessary upgrades of course.
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September 3, 2010 5:46:48 PM

Ok. I have a question about the video card. There is a bundle with three different 5850's one from sapphire, one from gigabyte and one from xfx with windows 7 professional 64-bit ($15 combo savings)

Sapphire

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $395

Gigabyte

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $385

XFX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $449

What would you recommend and why? I think the xfx is overclocked already. The gigabyte can easily be overclocked i think, and the sapphire doesnt give much info that I can see.

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September 3, 2010 5:51:02 PM

In the US XFX offers a lifetime warranty. The others are 2 or 3 years. All things equal, that ends the debate for me. The price difference of the 3 you listed is too great. The gigabyte is also factory OC and has the best cooler of the 3. If those are the only 3 choices I pick it.
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September 3, 2010 6:31:55 PM

excellent reasoning. thanks for the input.
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September 3, 2010 8:39:31 PM

This is the current shopping cart for my system (CPU coming separately)

Shopping Cart

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1

Nippon Labs Premium 1M (3.28 ft.) SATA Cable with 1 Right Angle Connector for SATA I and SATA II Hard Drive Model SATA-1MR

Nippon Labs Premium 1M (3.28 ft.) SATA Cable with 1 Right Angle Connector for SATA I and SATA II Hard Drive Model SATA-1MR
Item #: N82E16812816031
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy




$7.99

1

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118039
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy




$17.99

1

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy




$74.99

1

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128423
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy




$209.99

1

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & eSATA Ports Model ICR-BB

*

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119197
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

*

Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & eSATA Ports Model ICR-BB
Item #: N82E16820816001
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$35.00 Instant
-$10.00 Combo



$144.97
$99.97

1

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ

*

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular ...
Item #: N82E16817207003
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

*

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
Item #: N82E16820231225
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

-$40.00 Instant
-$30.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate17-207-003


$304.98
$234.98

1

GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

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GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
Item #: N82E16814125318
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy

*

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116758
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy

-$40.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo



$439.98
$384.98

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I haven't purchased yet. But probably will this evening. Any last thoughts or glaring mistakes?
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