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Gaming PC. My First Attempt

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November 23, 2010 4:09:01 AM

Hi everybody! I was just wondering what experts would think of my picks. I'm looking for a decent gaming computer keeping in mind future upgrades:

MoBo - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro ($188.04)
CPU - Intel Core i7-870 ($279.99)
GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 580 ($519.99)
PSU - Corsair CMPSU-850TX ($126.99)
RAM - Corsair Dominator 6 GB PC3-12800 ($164.99)
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive ($89.00)
ODD - Samsung Blu-Ray Internal SATA Drive with Lightscribe ($69.99)
Case - NZXT ZERO 2 Crafted Series Steel Full Tower Chassis ($89.99)
Total: $1,528.98
(Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bits - $176.99)
TOTAL: $1705.97
I decided to pick the gtx 580 but I could also go for the 470 and save some money now (and go for SLI later on). Despite how much I would love to pick some better components, I don't know much about OC and I'm kinda trying to work with a budget of no more than 1300 dollars.
So what do you think, can go any cheaper or should I just save lots of money? Compatibility issues? Nice Quality? I'll save some bucks and use my old monitor and keyboard. And . TY!

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November 23, 2010 4:14:34 AM

The HD 5970 is still king of the hill and you can actually nab one $470AR Alternatively : wait as many a prudent reviewer has advised since Cayman Pro/XT are soon upon us
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4008/nvidias-geforce-gtx-...
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Meanwhile the AMD camp is gearing up for their own launches. The 6900 series is due to launch before the year is out, bringing with it AMD’s new Cayman GPU. There’s little we know or can say at this point, but as a part positioned above the 6800 series we’re certainly hoping for a slugfest. At $500 the GTX 580 is pricey (much like the GTX 480 before it), and while this isn’t unusual for the high-end market we wouldn’t mind seeing NVIDIA and AMD bring a high-intensity battle to the high-end, something that we’ve been sorely missing for the last year.



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I'm looking for a decent gaming computer keeping in mind future upgrades:



Also note that LGA 1156 shall be usurped by LGA 1155 as soon as end of this year/possible Q1 next year if u intending to sink a wee bit on chip + board FYI.. with no backwards/forwards compatibility
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/04/21/intel-...
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November 23, 2010 5:22:52 AM

Ok, great piece of information ty!. So what about this changes:
MoBo - GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R $209.98
CPU - Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield $294.99
GPU - Ati Radeon HD 5870 $329.99 (I'll try to buy the second when I get the money)

Anyway I think I'll wait 'till mid december hoping for lower prices.

I've been through several different builds, hope this one makes it XD. Please, everyone's welcome to tell me your opinions!
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November 23, 2010 6:13:01 PM

I not quite sure whether ya want 1156 or 1366, so

1156 - Save $25 and get the Sabertooth / i7-870 Combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

1366 - Save $75 on Sabertooth / i7-950 and HAF-X case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

or

Save $15 on the Sabertooth X58 / i7-950 combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Save $102 w/ the faster Spinpoint F3 and Win7 pro 64
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I think you're on the right track with the 470's. Get one now and another for X-mas

Given you are saving the $75 w/ the case combo above, that makes the upgrade to the HAF-X almost a "no brainer".

For a mid tower case, consider this build:

Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - $130 - XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo - $405 - Asus Sabertooth / i7-870 Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - $80 - 2 x 2GB Mushkin DDR3-1600 CAS 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - $243 - EVGA GTX 470 SC (Note: the 10% off promo on this has been running like 3 days on / 3 days off)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - Later - Same

HD - $165 - Spinpoint F3 and Win7 Pro 64 OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Writer - $19 - ASUS 24X DVD Writer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1,177 Total

Adding the SSD would cost ya $190, 2nd GFX card another $265 as I'd include the side panel fan with the addition of that 2nd GFX card.
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November 24, 2010 12:15:39 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
I not quite sure whether ya want 1156 or 1366, so

1156 - Save $25 and get the Sabertooth / i7-870 Combo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

1366 - Save $75 on Sabertooth / i7-950 and HAF-X case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

or

Save $15 on the Sabertooth X58 / i7-950 combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Save $102 w/ the faster Spinpoint F3 and Win7 pro 64
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I think you're on the right track with the 470's. Get one now and another for X-mas

Given you are saving the $75 w/ the case combo above, that makes the upgrade to the HAF-X almost a "no brainer".

For a mid tower case, consider this build:

Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - $130 - XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo - $405 - Asus Sabertooth / i7-870 Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - $80 - 2 x 2GB Mushkin DDR3-1600 CAS 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - $243 - EVGA GTX 470 SC (Note: the 10% off promo on this has been running like 3 days on / 3 days off)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - Later - Same

HD - $165 - Spinpoint F3 and Win7 Pro 64 OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Writer - $19 - ASUS 24X DVD Writer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1,177 Total

Adding the SSD would cost ya $190, 2nd GFX card another $265 as I'd include the side panel fan with the addition of that 2nd GFX card.


Wow! TYVM! Much better (and cheaper) than what I could've come up with. I'm quite attracted to the mid tower case build. Do you think going for 8GB later would be overkill?
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