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October 31, 2010 8:02:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few weeks. By Nov 29 the latest


Budget Range: 1100-1300 Before Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing, Movies


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: Intel


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: Not sure


Additional Comments: Seeing as how my old computer is no longer working, I'd prefer to get a new one sooner rather than later. I've never really shopped on cyber monday so I'm not exactly sure whether I will get any significant savings on the parts I have chosen. I do plan to pick a new monitor/keyboard and mouse then as I'm sure I can find those pieces on sale. Also considering picking up an SSD on cyber monday if I can find any good deals. While I don't plan on buying 2 video cards atm, I do plan on upgrading to sli in the future.

Parts I've chosen so far:

295.99 CPU
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211&cm_re=core_i7-950-_-19-115-211-_-Product

~295 Video Card
GTX 470 - Haven't chosen a specific one yet but any suggestions would be appreciated

219.99 Motherboard
Rampage III Gene
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131658&cm_re=rampage_III_gene-_-13-131-658-_-Product

69.99 Harddrive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136544&cm_re=wd_caviar_black_640_gb-_-22-136-544-_-Product

25.99
Lite-On iHAS524 DVD-RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106347&Tpk=Lite-On%20iHAS524%20DVD-RW

129.99 PSU
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003&cm_re=xfx_p1-_-17-207-003-_-Product

Case- Having some trouble deciding on the case, my choices are:

109.99
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058

109.99
AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517004

Memory
Kind of at a loss here. Decided I'd either go with 4g dual memory 2x2Gb or 6g of 3x2GB. Looking to spend no more than 150$ on memory, but my main concern is good quality for a fair price.

Monitor
I dont count the monitor as part of my budget, I plan on using an old one until black friday/cyber monday and look for a deal then.

Cooling
Not sure if it will be necessary, although since I plan to overclock I'd guess it would be. I've read that liquid cooling isn't suggested for first time builders so I'd guess I'd go with air cooling. Any input is welcome.

Some closing thoughts: I'd like to overclock my system but being that this is my first build and I am new to this I dont plan on going overboard. Any suggestions on what I'll be able to reasonably overclock to are welcome. I haven't added extra cooling because I'm not sure if I need it but I'd be glad to look at any suggestions. Also I'd like to make sure that everything is compatible and see if anyone has ideas on what I can improve on. Not sure if I'll find any significant savings on cyber monday on these exact parts or something similar and if it will be worth waiting another month without a computer but regardless I do plan on looking for a monitor,mouse/keyboard which I have not included as part of my budget.

Thanks to everyone in advance for all their help.



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November 1, 2010 12:32:33 AM

myth244 said:
Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few weeks. By Nov 29 the latest


Budget Range: 1100-1300 Before Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing, Movies


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: Intel


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: Not sure


Additional Comments: Seeing as how my old computer is no longer working, I'd prefer to get a new one sooner rather than later. I've never really shopped on cyber monday so I'm not exactly sure whether I will get any significant savings on the parts I have chosen. I do plan to pick a new monitor/keyboard and mouse then as I'm sure I can find those pieces on sale. Also considering picking up an SSD on cyber monday if I can find any good deals. While I don't plan on buying 2 video cards atm, I do plan on upgrading to sli in the future.

Parts I've chosen so far:

295.99 CPU
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211&cm_re=core_i7-950-_-19-115-211-_-Product

~295 Video Card
GTX 470 - Haven't chosen a specific one yet but any suggestions would be appreciated

219.99 Motherboard
Rampage III Gene
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131658&cm_re=rampage_III_gene-_-13-131-658-_-Product

69.99 Harddrive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6402AAEX 640GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136544&cm_re=wd_caviar_black_640_gb-_-22-136-544-_-Product

25.99
Lite-On iHAS524 DVD-RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106347&Tpk=Lite-On%20iHAS524%20DVD-RW

129.99 PSU
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003&cm_re=xfx_p1-_-17-207-003-_-Product

Case- Having some trouble deciding on the case, my choices are:

109.99
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129058

109.99
AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517004

Memory
Kind of at a loss here. Decided I'd either go with 4g dual memory 2x2Gb or 6g of 3x2GB. Looking to spend no more than 150$ on memory, but my main concern is good quality for a fair price.

Monitor
I dont count the monitor as part of my budget, I plan on using an old one until black friday/cyber monday and look for a deal then.

Cooling
Not sure if it will be necessary, although since I plan to overclock I'd guess it would be. I've read that liquid cooling isn't suggested for first time builders so I'd guess I'd go with air cooling. Any input is welcome.

Some closing thoughts: I'd like to overclock my system but being that this is my first build and I am new to this I dont plan on going overboard. Any suggestions on what I'll be able to reasonably overclock to are welcome. I haven't added extra cooling because I'm not sure if I need it but I'd be glad to look at any suggestions. Also I'd like to make sure that everything is compatible and see if anyone has ideas on what I can improve on. Not sure if I'll find any significant savings on cyber monday on these exact parts or something similar and if it will be worth waiting another month without a computer but regardless I do plan on looking for a monitor,mouse/keyboard which I have not included as part of my budget.

Thanks to everyone in advance for all their help.


I'd suggest switching to an i5 760 build if your main concern is gaming as it performs better gaming. If you want to I'll post the cpu and a good mobo to go with it.

EVGA GTX 480 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130550&cm_re=gtx_470-_-14-130-550-_-Product (free game with it as well. $10 more for overclocked version if you want that one.) - $260

Hyper 212 cooler - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212-_-35-103-065-_-Product - $30

Shin-Etsu TIM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080&cm_re=shin-Etsu-_-35-150-080-_-Product - $5

case: out of the two you posted.. def the antec 900. an alternative is the haf 922 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197&cm_re=haf_922-_-11-119-197-_-Product - $90

RAM: If you stick with i7 - G.Skill PI 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600 Cas 7 Triple Channel - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335&cm_re=g.skill_PI-_-20-231-335-_-Product - $150
If you go with i5 - G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600 Cas 7 Dual Channel - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303 - $90

DDR: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 - $60 with promo code right now. Very fast cheap HD, although yours is sata 6 so thats up to you.

ASUS VW266H 25.5-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor 2ms delay - http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VW266H-25-5-Inch-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B001LYPNFQ - $289 yes there are cheaper ones out there but you didn't list a price and this is a good monitor. :D 

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November 4, 2010 3:28:23 PM

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