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Building a new gaming PC for under $2000. Need help!

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September 29, 2010 3:13:34 PM

Hey guys, first post here- I am from Australia but have been using your site for a lot of advice. Just looking for a little bit of help as the title suggests I'm building a new PC ordering through UMART for gaming.

These are the parts I have decided upon so far:
PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7 930 Processor LGA1366 2.8GHz 8MB Cache CPU
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$329

MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R X58+ICH10R QPI 6.4GT/s DDR3 2000 PCI-Ex16 SATAII SATA3 USB3.0 RAID GLAN ATX
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$248

RAM: Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D 6GB (3x 2GB) PC-12800 (1600MHz) DDR3 Triple Kit
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_review.phtml?id=10...
$218

GRAPHICS CARD: XFX HD5850 1G PCIE 2D HDMI
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_review.phtml?id=10...
$365

MONITOR: Benq G2420HD 24inch Wide Full HD 2ms HDMI DVI D-Sub Gloss
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_review.phtml?id=10&bid...
$216

POWER SUPPLY: Antec ATX TruePower 650W
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...
$129

HARD DRIVES:????

Ok theres a fair bit of info there first of all do you think the parts I have decided upon are decent enough and are compatable/work together well?
As you can see I'm stuck on what Hard Drive to get, whether to go for 2: 1 SSD for my OS and games, and 1 SATA for other junk. Or just stick to 1 SATA (maybe the 600gb velociraptor sata3 10krpm?) or a normal seagate 7200 sata2. I'm really confused here, I don't want to overspend - will one SATA drive be enough with my specs listed above?

I also need a case - any suggestions, how many vents - 3?
Also will fans most likely be included with the case or is it necessarry to buy extra fans to be installed/if so what ones would you suggest?


Thanks in advance for your help guys!!

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September 29, 2010 3:40:33 PM

Some general advice here; LGA1366 platform you have chosen is considerd overkill for gaming. LGA 1156 is recommended, with savings channeled back into additional graphics. Are you doing anything else that would be CPU intensive, like video editing, in addition to gaming?

Also, do you need to include operating system included in the $2000 total? Assume you want a DVD burner, but they are cheap.

You have almost $500 left in your budget. I would recommend a 1TB hard drive and a 60 to 64 GB SSD. For the hard drive, select Samsung Spinpoint F3 or a WD Cavaiar Black. Get an SSD with an SandForce controller.

You should add a heat sink to enable you to overclock. Don't worry about the vents in the case, and they usually come with the fans they need. Speaking of cases, do you want a window and LED lights, or something plain and understated?
September 29, 2010 4:59:40 PM

SSDs (OCZ Vertex2, Gskill Pheonix, Corsair Force, Patriot Inferno) have dropped in price. 60GB for <$150(US), 90GB for <$200, 120GB for <$250. I think you now get better bang for you buck with the 90GB or 120GB sizes.
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