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December 13, 2010 5:20:03 AM

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.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pav...&skuId=9919073

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor - ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - HIS H587FN1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]

Power Supply - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speakers - Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...


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.

Thanks
December 13, 2010 6:47:43 AM

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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)
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

23" Asus 23" lcd $150AR Free Ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$883AR Total

Optionals

60GB Sandforce based SSD $99AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Scythe SCMG-2100 MUGEN-2 Rev.B 5 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler $29 with promo code
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-MUGENB&tit...

$1011 with all optionals included
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December 13, 2010 5:59:56 PM

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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