New Gaming Rig (:

Hey guys, the last time I built a computer you guys were amazingly helpful. I am now selling that computer and rebuilding from square one. This is the list I have thrown together, was hoping to get some insight / recommendations if something should be switched out etc.

Thanks again!!
Nils.

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$18.99
1

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129043
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$40.00 Instant


$199.99
$159.99
1

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136317
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$79.99
1

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824236049
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant


$239.99
$209.99
2

SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video ...
Item #: N82E16814102856
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$719.98
$679.98
($339.99 each)
1

CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active ...
Item #: N82E16817139014
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$299.99
1

Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
Item #: N82E16823109191
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$7.00 Instant


$59.95
$52.95
1

Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
Item #: N82E16826104318
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant


$69.99
$59.99
2

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
Item #: N82E16820145224
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


$359.98
($179.99 each)
1

ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131666
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$299.99
1

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Item #: N82E16819115211
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant


$299.99
$294.99
1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy


$99.99
1

BELKIN BE112230-08 8 Feet 12 Outlets 3780 Joules Surge Protector with Telephone and Coaxial Protection
Item #: N82E16812107196
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$24.99
1

Corsair Nova CSSD-V32GB2-BRKT 2.5" 32GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820233122
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$11.00 Instant


$89.99
$78.99
Subtotal: $2,720.80
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  1. better HDD cheaper and faster http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    I'd wait till the end of the month when the new Radeon 69xx series is released.
  2. The new Nvidia 580's are supposed to come out, I think, November 9th. I'm sure the price of the 4xx series will come down as a result. And as vindictive mentioned, the new Radeon's will push existing card prices down also.
  3. I would never use a caviar green if you need performance. I use Caviar black. They are excellent drives. 5 year warranty and extream performance for traditional drives. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533&cm_re=caviar_blac-_-22-136-533-_-Product

    From raid 0 to a usb 3 enclosere all using the above driver saw an average of 240 mbs. They rock for only 10 bucks more totatly totaly worth it. Check toms hard drive guids they show up in the top 10 and top 5 in nearly every performance chart.
    Love the case but do you really need the 200$ full tower edition? I have the antec 900 and it's HUGE! It's half tower but I have 2 Optical drives 6 HDD with lots of space around them. 2x 8800 ultra lots of after the cards not even close the the HDD cages. 2 small ad in card with and HUGE cpu heat sink artic cooler 7. Amazing cooler btw. And there is ample room for much more it' a very large case for 120$ less. Either case you pick you will be very very happy. If your mostly doing games ditch the SSD drive. You won't have any improvment in gamplay performance over the caviar blacks. Heck get 4 of them and run it in raid 5 for perfomance and reliability. I'm doing this and Windows 7 load in 15 seconds and fallout new vegas loads in 3 seconds and in game loads are .5 -1 second vs the xbox with like 35 seconds of in game loads.

    In the end you are the master and make the final choice. You look like you know your stuff and have made great selections so far congrats.

    As for the card Have you looked at the 6870? It's ALOT less and is only about 5-10% slower. Or more like 2-3 fps slower but very oveclockable up to 1 ghz by some reports and will work great in a crossfire cause you can afford 2 of them instead of one 5870
  4. First off, you guys are all awesome for replying. This site never ceases to amaze me with its members willingness to help guys out.

    My first built was with a 900 and I figured since the 1200 was on sale for $160, more room the merrier :p

    HDs - I appreciate the input on this section, I really hadn't heard reviews for SSDs that weren't mixed, positive here, negative there. I can see where you're coming from, I have an older 7200rmp 640gig drive in my current computer and never noticed too long of load times, figured SSDs made it like next to zero, but I'll definitely be looking into the Caviar blacks.

    Video Cards: This section I really haven't had the best luck in the past. I had a HD4870 which UPS was kind enough to destroy when i shipped my computer, and then I currently have a single HD5770. They have gotten the job done, but I have never gotten the video power I've wanted.

    One question on the matter I have had for some time. I currently am kinda in surplus of screens, I have a Samsung 32" 1080p LCD and a 27" 720p both are LCD tvs which I realize are not designed to be computer screens ideally. However, having two nice screens, is there a drive setup that would clean up the resolution on screen from video cards? Never seemed to be able to tweak it right, or would my best bet just be picking up the Asus screen while they're cheap?

    Thanks so much guys!
  5. For gaming? Get an i5-760 based build that will not only be a good deal cheaper, but faster.
  6. When do you plan to buy? As was mentioned, AMD and Nvidia will be releasing new cards soon, and Intel and AMD will be releasing SB and BD.

    Your listed build is on track, with a few exceptions. First, you don't need a 1200W PSU; you'd be fine with an 850W Corsair. Second, CF 5870s can easily push 2560x1600.

    However, I second both of vindictive's suggestions; I suggest 6870s or 69xx cards instead of 5870s, and I'd take that F3 over any current WD.
  7. An i5 system will out perform an i7?

    I have just begun laying out what I plan to buy, I will most likely buy beginning of next month, which would allow me to switch out for a 6 series vid-card.

    This is mainly a gaming computer and then simply run engineering programs, autocad, revit etc.

    black, what did you mean by "Intel and AMD will be releasing SB and BD?"

    Thanks for advise on PSU, wasn't sure if running crossfire demanded more power or what not.
  8. jinkce said:
    An i5 system will out perform an i7?

    I have just begun laying out what I plan to buy, I will most likely buy beginning of next month, which would allow me to switch out for a 6 series vid-card.

    This is mainly a gaming computer and then simply run engineering programs, autocad, revit etc.

    black, what did you mean by "Intel and AMD will be releasing SB and BD?"

    Thanks for advise on PSU, wasn't sure if running crossfire demanded more power or what not.


    Sandy Bridge (Intel) & Bulldozer (AMD) new chipsets.
  9. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/109?vs=47

    i5s are just a tad faster per clock, it's only when you get to apps that are more than quad-threaded and hyper threading starts giving them an advantage.

    Games/most apps fall into the prior category. That said, i7s can be significantly faster in productivity apps.
  10. Faster Rig for less money:

    The case is getting hard to find though it's still a very good one. Both the 1200 and the DF-85 are specifically made to handle the CP-850 PSU. A 1200w PSU is way oversized and the CP-850 comes out in its own class in the reviews.

    Case - Antec DF-85 or 1200 - $160
    Smaller than the HAF-932 and w/ more features including external 2.5" Hot Swappable SSD Port, Air Filters, Exterior Fan Controls (watch the video)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

    Optional Case Fan (For Video card) - Antec 761345-75026-4 120mm Red LED Case Fan - $18
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209013

    Antec CP-850 - $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024

    Read about it

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story4&reid=142

    newegg usually has the DF-85 / 1200 and CP-850 in a combo deal which will save you about $30....look for it when buying.

    MoBo / CPU - Rampage III Extreme is simply in a class by itself -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131642

    Read about it:
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10404&Itemid=47
    http://www.vortez.co.uk/contentteller/articles_pages/asus_rampage_iii_extreme_motherboard_review,26.html

    The Combo below saves you $25 and includes Windows 7 professional 64 bit w/ the MoBo - $480
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.534207

    CPU & CPU Cooler - Prolimatech Megahalems - $339
    i7-950 is best buy at the moment, readily overclockable to over 4 GHz with decent case and cooler.
    Megahalems is "the" cooler. Read about it

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=544&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=13

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.374134

    TIM - Shin-Etsu Thermal Interface Material - $5
    Again, the best there is. Read about it
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=150&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=13

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080

    CPU Fans - Two (2) Scythe Slip Stream 120mm x 25mm PWM Mid Speed Fan - (SY1225SL12LM-P) - $22
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_Slip_Stream_120mm_x_25mm_PWM_Fan_-_SY1225SL12LM-P.html?tl=g36c365s936
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8418/cab-150/FrozenCPU_PMW_Y_Splitter_Cable.html

    PWM Y-Splitter Adapter Cable - $7
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8418/cab-150/FrozenCPU_PMW_Y_Splitter_Cable.html

    Memory - 3 x 2GB Matched Set of DDR3-1600, CAS 6. Mushkin Redline Model 998805 - $160 after MIR

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226121

    Hard Drive - Samsung F3 1 TB, 7200 rpm - $54 w/ Promo Code
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    SSD - OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive= $205
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227590

    GFX Cards - Two (2) EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked Video Cards - $540 for both

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130549

    Monitor - Consider the $1920 x 1200 wide screen model, 26"- $25 off w/ promo card that ends tomorrow - $254

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236047

    Keyboard - Logitech G510 Wired Game Keyboard - $105
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126100

    Mouse - Logitech G500 Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse - $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104318

    Optical Drive - ASUS Model BC-08B1LT/BLK/B/ASUS - OEM (Reads Blue Ray / Writes DVD's) - $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135220

    Total Cost = $2,609
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