Hey, building/ buying computer question?

Approximate Purchase Date: Before Christmas

Budget Range: 1300-1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming>School(have other computers)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States, Ky

Parts Preferences: Would like Intel I7 and X58 board. Monitor whichever is 20inches+

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: Hey, my name is Steve and im brand new to the tomshardware forums. I have been planning on buying a new computer for Christmas not having much of computer building experience or time to build one myself. I was wondering if this computer is worth the price for what it has in it.


Just looking at the computer it does have a steep price tag but with the financing it will be alot easier to pay off for me. The computer has a x58 board which I read was very customizable and a decent i7 cpu in the 930 which again I read could be overclocked somewhat to perform better. The only fault I see in the computer would be the graphics card where I read was not up to par compared to Nvidia or ati's 5700+ series. However, i read you can use some software to overclock it 31%+. I may decide to upgrade the card depending if this is a good deal or not. (possibly to a Nvidia card or the ati 5870.)

My build would consist of my hope is to be able to get it cheaper to around the price if not lower than the Hewlet packard computer I seen at bestbuy. However, the bestbuy one doesn't have a monitor or speakers.

Alright this is what I can come up with building my own computer to what I would want it to be im not sure if I am missing anything.

DVD - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Case - COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer

HD - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Monitor - ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor

Video Card - HIS H587FN1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Power Supply - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Speakers - Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System

Motherboard - ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU - Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

Ram - CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145222

Subtotal: $1,452.90

I was hoping to have it 300-500$ cheaper since I would be building it myself. If anyone could help me make this cheaper but around the same speed also im not sure if I have everything on the computer that I need since I have never built one myself. Although I do have keyboard/mouse and OS here.

What I plan on doing with the computer is playing Starcraft II, World of warcraft Cata (would like 30+Fps on good to ultra settings) also maybe a shooter like battlefield or black ops.

I'm looking for opinions because I see this site has some very intelligent people in it and would help me along the way to getting a nice setup computer that would last me.

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  1. Quote:
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming>School(have other computers)
    I was hoping to have it 300-500$ cheaper

    Items off Egg $563

    Items off Microcenter $170 (965BE + MSI 785G-E53)

    23" Asus 23" lcd $150AR Free Ship

    $883AR Total


    60GB Sandforce based SSD $99AR

    Scythe SCMG-2100 MUGEN-2 Rev.B 5 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler $29 with promo code

    $1011 with all optionals included
  2. Looks good but I was kinda thinking of keeping the I7 processor and MB x58. Do to me not know very much about the amd items.
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