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September 12, 2010 7:28:31 AM

Hey guys. So I've been working some overtime this past month (80 hours this last week :lol:  ) to save up for a new rig. I wanted to run it by you guys and see what you thought as it has been over 5 years since my first (and only) build. I did a fair amount of research on Tom's mostly, with some other forums lurked here and there, and this was the final build I came up with. The computer will be used primarily for gaming and everyday school use and my budget was around $1500. I have a 22" monitor (will be upgraded in the future) as well as a mouse and keyboard, and OS not required. So, here it is:


CPU: Intel Core i7 - 930 Bloomfield
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
RAM: G.Skill PI Series 6GB DDR3 1600
GPU: EVGA GTX 460 Superclocked EE 1GB
HD: OCZ Agility 2 60GB SATA II SSD (for boot and core programs), and Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
PSU: Corsair 750TX
Case: CM HAF 932
CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212
DVD/CD Burner: Lite-On 24X DVD Writer
*Also have a few miscellaneous items in my cart*

Total: $1532 shipped, with $40 worth of MIR's, leaving me $10 left for ice cream.


My future plans for this setup is to add another GTX 460 for SLI and also to add another Spinpoint F3 500GB to RAID 0 with. Both of these additions would probably be bought around black Friday. Let me know what you guys think and if there is anything that won't work, or is not the best piece for the position. I appreciate the help guys. Thank you.

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September 12, 2010 8:17:49 AM

You've obviously done your homework. I can't fault any of those components, and everything should work together. Obviously you could save some money here and there, but you can't get better components for less.

I'm assuming you're going with the i7-930 & UD3R combo deal from Newegg which makes the i7-930 a better deal. Otherwise, the i7-950 is a better value at only like $15 more.

Also assuming that ice cream is cookies & cream. Otherwise it's all a complete waste.
September 15, 2010 12:03:35 PM

I can definitely find lots of fault - a GTX 460 based gaming config is fine but certainly not at the price point of $1.5k even with 60GB SSD in @@ Instead of pondering pricey mobo and CF/SLI consider the incoming HD 6K rumoured to be in as soon as November and surely the Nvidia riposte
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September 15, 2010 7:36:47 PM

batuchka said:
I can definitely find lots of fault - a GTX 460 based gaming config is fine but certainly not at the price point of $1.5k even with 60GB SSD in @@ Instead of pondering pricey mobo and CF/SLI consider the incoming HD 6K rumoured to be in as soon as November and surely the Nvidia riposte


The 6k series have been posponed to nect year. Although I think the 2X460 should be coming pretty soon.
September 15, 2010 7:54:53 PM

Lies. Look at any number of leaks/pictures/drivers. 6K series is pretty imminent.

IMO XFX black edition 750 over that Corsair if you're willing to deal with a MIR.
September 15, 2010 8:07:50 PM

sp12 said:
Lies. Look at any number of leaks/pictures/drivers. 6K series is pretty imminent.

IMO XFX black edition 750 over that Corsair if you're willing to deal with a MIR.


don't be an idiot. First of all ther have been leaks of many things which are'nt even close to being released like lightpeak, mars II, etc...

Second of all, do some research before you try to tell people they are liars.


http://www.hardware-infos.com/news.php?news=3352

It's german, but it comes down to the fact that the 28nm manufacturing procces is posponed and so are the GPUs.
September 15, 2010 8:13:55 PM

I like the build, but be aware that if you're planning on doing RAID 0 with the motherboard's built-in controller, you'll destroy any data that's on the hard drive. So, you know, take backups first.
September 15, 2010 8:20:15 PM

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2100974

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2103730

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2105751

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2104650

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Islands_%28GPU_fa...

That German article is old. Very old. ATI has chips out to board partners, as evidenced by their presence in the 10.8 drivers that came out a month ago as well as the leaks of pictures/benchies.
September 15, 2010 9:14:01 PM

sp12 said:
That German article is old. Very old. ATI has chips out to board partners, as evidenced by their presence in the 10.8 drivers that came out a month ago as well as the leaks of pictures/benchies.


Yes, there are going to be 6XXX cards out this year, but they will be manufactured at 40nm. They will just be a refresh of the HD 5XXX cards. Without a die shrink they won't have the huge advantage that we were expecting over the HD 5XXX and GTX 4XX cards.
September 15, 2010 9:48:37 PM

batuchka said:
I can definitely find lots of fault - a GTX 460 based gaming config is fine but certainly not at the price point of $1.5k even with 60GB SSD in @@ Instead of pondering pricey mobo and CF/SLI consider the incoming HD 6K rumoured to be in as soon as November and surely the Nvidia riposte

1. Those extra items in his cart are obviously pricey. Those components come to ~$1300 if you add them up.

2. His components are expensive, but they aren't bad or especially overpriced (except for the EVGA GTX 460 now that I looked it up).

3. I can't fault an i7 build just because it's more expensive. It isn't the best value for gaming, but overclocked with a decent aftermarket cooler (like the Hyper 212+) the performance is unbelievable (even for a $250+ processor). The i7-930 also has a true upgrade route unlike the i5-750, Phenom II X6. If he wants a powerful processor that will last a long time (over 5 years), it's the best choice. You can always add a new graphics setup later, but you can't always upgrade a processor.

4. That motherboard is expensive relative to the AM3 and LGA1156 ones, but it's the price of entry for an LGA1366 build. You also won't find a board with this many PCI-E x16 slots for much less ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ). Those 3rd and 4th PCI-E x16 slots will be nice for upgrading as new technologies come out.

5. Graphics card prices are fluid. AMD and its partners are going to milk the HD5XXX series for all its worth. Since the HD6XXX series is arriving without a die shrink, I wouldn't expect massive price cuts/performance gains.
September 16, 2010 1:54:01 AM

I would suggest TS research more about where to hit where it counts for a gaming rig:
Most/majority games aren't even quadcore optimized and if $$ were an issue i would sink a wee bit more on GPU rather than assume X4 is mandatory for games in future given even LGA 1366 is gonna be replaced soon
September 16, 2010 5:03:26 AM

sp12 said:
http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2100974

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2103730

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2105751

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2104650

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Islands_%28GPU_fa...

That German article is old. Very old. ATI has chips out to board partners, as evidenced by their presence in the 10.8 drivers that came out a month ago as well as the leaks of pictures/benchies.


ok sorry about then I thought the 6xxx series were still going to be 28nm. If they aren't though I doubt very very much that they'll have an advantage over fermi.

fermi is a very good architecture if they continue their improvements on the high end card(480) they will blow all ATIs out of the water I doubt a simple refresh is going to change AMDs fate.
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