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October 30, 2010 10:38:25 AM

Hey guys!

Just wanted to ask you guys for an opinion on a new build. This build will be used as a home PC, very high usage for latest gaming.

I've reached around the top of my budget, but if there was anything to change that only increases the price slightly; more than happy for the input. Or something better for less price, ever better!


- Intel Core i7-950 3.06Ghz (LGA1366) CPU
- Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Chipset LGA1366 USB3.0 DDR3 Motherboard
- Gigabyte GeFORCE GTX 460
- Kingston 4GB RAM Kit DDR3 1333
- Seagate SATA 1TB HDD
- Coolermaster Gladiator RC-600 with PSU (Tower Case)

Also thinking about grabbing Logitech G19 and G500, and two screens, but those are easy enough.

Thanks in advance guys!

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October 30, 2010 1:37:53 PM

you are runnign a triple channel board so you need triple channel memory to take advantage. either 3,6, or 12GB kits not sure how much your build came to ( you didn't post it and you didn't post links to the hardware) however I use and recommend mushkin redline enhanced ( a little more money but run at ddr3 1600 with cas 6 i got the 6GB kit.

switch out the seagate for the samsung F3 1TB as fast or faster and usually cheaper too. if you plan to overclock, i would get an aftermarket cooler. the stock coolers barely handle the stock clocks. something like the hyper 212+ ( $30) for light overclocks if you go extreme you will need to spend more. I honestly don't know much about coolermaster psu's however I trust my rig to corsair, PCP&C and Silverstone

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask that is what we are here for
October 31, 2010 4:39:44 AM

The parts above came to $1102 AUD but adding the G19, G500, LCD, speakers + DVD drives etc. came to $1568 AUD, and my budget's around the $1600 mark. With the links to the parts, I've pretty much just talked to a few people and got their recommendations and that's how I came up with the above set up.

The 12GB kit I searched in a computer parts price comparison website that's based in my country (Australia) (staticice.com.au) a bit out of my price range, so I think I might go with the Kingston 6GB KIT 1333MHz. How does that compare with the Mushkin Redline enhanced?

The HDD, I'll definitely switch out the Seagate and add the Samsung; that actually ends up saving me around $30AUD, thanks for that!

I've added the Coolermaster Hyper-212+ Universal CPU Cooler Fan (inc. LGA1156 Bracket) BUT theoretically if I were to go further, what would you recommend?

This is a completely new set up using nothing existing, was there anything else to add (such as what type of screens to get, etc)?
October 31, 2010 4:54:25 AM

PS) with the screens I'm currently looking at a 24" LCD, with 2MS. I've read that lower MS the better?
October 31, 2010 5:28:30 AM

What Gigabyte 460? What PSU in that case? Better get the i-5 750 or 760, a 1156 socket mobo, 4G of RAM and a HD 6870. And a better PSU.

1156 crossfire ready:

Intel Core i5 760
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-19010207-Intel_Core_i5_760_...
ASUS P7P55D-E PRO
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-28023210-ASUS_P7P55D_E_PRO_...
G.Skill 4GB (2x 2GB) Dual Channel Kit, PC3-12800 (1600MHz)
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37140436-G_Skill_4GB_%282x_...
Samsung SpinPoint F3
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-22040155-Samsung_SpinPoint_..."_SATA_300_7
Hyper 212
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-18020515-Cooler_Master_Hype...
Corsair TX-750 750W
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-34040233-Corsair_TX_750_750...
HIS Radeon HD 6870
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42060548-HIS_Radeon_HD_6870...
Antec Three Hundred
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16010561-Antec_Three_Hundre...

$1,155.70

Add a SATA DVD writer if you don't have one.

LE Here's a big LED monitor
http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-27140032-ASUS_VE276Q_27%22_...




October 31, 2010 1:40:19 PM

khuang23 said:
The parts above came to $1102 AUD but adding the G19, G500, LCD, speakers + DVD drives etc. came to $1568 AUD, and my budget's around the $1600 mark. With the links to the parts, I've pretty much just talked to a few people and got their recommendations and that's how I came up with the above set up.

The 12GB kit I searched in a computer parts price comparison website that's based in my country (Australia) (staticice.com.au) a bit out of my price range, so I think I might go with the Kingston 6GB KIT 1333MHz. How does that compare with the Mushkin Redline enhanced?

The HDD, I'll definitely switch out the Seagate and add the Samsung; that actually ends up saving me around $30AUD, thanks for that!

I've added the Coolermaster Hyper-212+ Universal CPU Cooler Fan (inc. LGA1156 Bracket) BUT theoretically if I were to go further, what would you recommend?

This is a completely new set up using nothing existing, was there anything else to add (such as what type of screens to get, etc)?



I was saying 3, or 6 or 12GB kits.. lol sorry for the confusion. with the i7 gI would go for the 6GB i don't know which kingston kit you are looking at so I can't tell you how much better. I would need to know the cas latency. the mushkins def run faster ( higher bandwidth) and have the lowest cas available for ddr3. Most modules you buy in store are cas 7-9 going down 1 notch is like increasing bandwidth. Also if you are going to overclock, it is easier to hit higher speeds with the higher speed ram.

When it comes to cooling if you plan to stay under 3.6-3.8ghz ( depending on chip) then you are fine with the hyper 212+, However if you plan to go higher, esp in your warm climate, I would go with Noctua D14 if it is available.. I use it myself and am very impressed also it is not as loud as the H50 and H70 that some ppl suggest be prepared as it is pricey but imo worth every penny. as for clearance on the D-14, it will fit on that board with the mushkin ram ( you have to watch for clearance on ram)

Knowing which case and psu you plan to use will help us as well. would be good to know to help with a higher end cooler. ( D14 is nothing short of gigantic) however it looks like Mosox would agree with me when i recommend corsair PSU around 750W should do you fine.

To comment on monitors, you are correct lower ms is better.. but best to make sure that number represents g-g or (grey to grey)

@Mosox - I made my recommendations based on his base build. he has not mentioned what he expects to accomplish with this machine yet. if he wants it to last at least 4 yrs with minimal upgrades, I would go with the i7 tbh. that is the main reason I went with i7 over i5 ( and i do video encoding )
November 1, 2010 8:31:33 AM

Hmm how's this setup looking so far, I've decided to stay with the Kingston as it ends up saving me $100 & I'm really starting to hit my budget.

but @Mosox & @Hard Line - Thank you for all your input.

@Hard Line you are right to say that, I wish to have this running without any major upgrades for at least a couple of years.

With the Noctua NH-D14, I was thinking would the below setup run ok with Hyper 212+?? I might upgrade to the Noctua NH-D14 later on.

Intel Core i7-950 3.06Ghz (LGA1366) CPU
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Chipset LGA1366 USB3.0 ddr3 Motherboard
HIS Radeon HD 6870 Video Card
KINGSTON 6GB KIT 1333MHz
Samsung SpinPoint F3
Intact 3.5" Black internal A-I-O Card Reader
LG SATA BlackDVD RW
Corsair TX-750 750W
Coolermaster Hyper-212+ CPU COOLER
Coolermaster Gladiator RC-600 NO PSU
November 1, 2010 8:44:50 AM

Looks good. Check if the video card fits in that case. You can consider a Phenom II X6 as well.
November 1, 2010 10:38:18 AM

khuang23 said:
PS) with the screens I'm currently looking at a 24" LCD, with 2MS. I've read that lower MS the better?


Of course a lower MS is better, is it better if the image comes to you in 2 ms, or 5 ms? Obviously 2, but think about it

Do you wanna choose a monitor cause you get a few millisecond "boost"? In my opinion, it's very stupid to prefer a monitor for how fast it responds, it's a few milliseconds, you'll barely notice it if at all
November 1, 2010 12:43:51 PM

khuang23 said:
Hmm how's this setup looking so far, I've decided to stay with the Kingston as it ends up saving me $100 & I'm really starting to hit my budget.

but @Mosox & @Hard Line - Thank you for all your input.

@Hard Line you are right to say that, I wish to have this running without any major upgrades for at least a couple of years.

With the Noctua NH-D14, I was thinking would the below setup run ok with Hyper 212+?? I might upgrade to the Noctua NH-D14 later on.

Intel Core i7-950 3.06Ghz (LGA1366) CPU
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Chipset LGA1366 USB3.0 ddr3 Motherboard
HIS Radeon HD 6870 Video Card
KINGSTON 6GB KIT 1333MHz
Samsung SpinPoint F3
Intact 3.5" Black internal A-I-O Card Reader
LG SATA BlackDVD RW
Corsair TX-750 750W
Coolermaster Hyper-212+ CPU COOLER
Coolermaster Gladiator RC-600 NO PSU


yes that setup will work with the hyper 212+ just don't expect to overclock too high with iti am not sure how well it does on i7 but temp wise on an i5 i built for a friend made it to 3.5-3.8 before running into temp issues. so i would say 3.6 will be the best clocks on it.to go higher i would strongly recommend updgrading cooler, but for now should be fine for you. for a 1366 board ( i7 9xx and up you want triple channel memory.. you are limiting yourself by getting 4GB you want 3 or 6 but not 4

I would get this on a tight budget only 45 bucks more http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if not then def go to 3GB but don't cripple your cpu by getting dual channel on a triple channel board

the 6870 looks like it will be a tight fit in that case so you should keep that in mind. personally I would not get that case without a guarantee. ( which is why i got the 922 instead of storm sniper for my 5870 )
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