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December 16, 2010 2:56:55 PM

My current setup is getting long in the tooth so I plan on ordering parts this weekend for a gaming rig.

dont laugh but World of Warcraft is the primary use ( 33 years old, i get crap all day long at work for playing WoW...).
Ive done what research I can and have come up with the following list. If i could have a pro give this the once over before purchase :) 



Approximate Purchase Date: Dec 18th

Budget Range: (sub 1500) Before Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies,

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS Win 7 pro

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com tiger

Country of Origin: me? US

Parts Preferences: Intel / Nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: I plan on running this machine for the next 5-6 years. I overbuilt my last one in 2005 and its still a strong machine with only a video card upgrade since ( turning the ol girl into a media server) . I would like to see the same life out of this one.

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Parts im considering unless told otherwise:

Case: Coolermaster ATCS 840 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooling: Coolermaster V8 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i7 930 if i can find it, or i7 950

Mobo: GA-X58 UD3r http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 6 gig Gskill?

GPU: Nvidia GTX 470. many out there to choose from. listing the exact one is an issue.

PSU: 650? 700? not sure on brand to fit this budget.
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December 16, 2010 3:29:32 PM

You don't need to spend $1,500 to play WoW. You could easily cut that budget in half and get everything you need.

I should also point out that building with Intel right now is playing with fire. Their new sockets and CPUs are due out soon, making anything you could buy now obsolete. But I'll leave that alone for now.

Case: There is absolutely no reason to spend $200 on a case. I'd check out some of the cheaper option such as the Antec 200, Antec 300 (or 300 Illusion), Coolermaster Elite, Coolermaster Centurion 5, Coolermaster 690, Antec 900 (or 902), HAF 912, or HAF 922. Or anything from Lian Li.

HSF: A better choice is the Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B.

RAM: G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7. Decently priced, but the sticks are fairly tall, which might interfer with the CPU cooler. Other brands would be just as good, excluding OCZ (voltage issues).

GPU: I would avoid the 470/480. They run extremely hot and use a lot of power. They're also overly expensive. Instead, I'd check out the GTX 460 1 GB (or a pair of them), the HD 5850, HD 5870 or HD 6850. If I had to rank the choices, I'd go the 5870, 5850, 460 then 6850.

PSU: I'm going to assume you want SLI/Crossfire as at least an option. If you insist on sticking to the 470, you'll want at least an 850W unit. If you get the HD 5870, you'll need a 750W unit. All the others would be fine with a 650W. If you are sure you never want to SLI/Crossfire, knock 200W off those estimates. Definitely stick to Antec, Corsair, XFX, Silverstone or SeaSonic. That will ensure you get a high quality unit.
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December 16, 2010 4:56:24 PM

+1 to MadAdmiral

The i7 is probably overkill; you could very easily do with an i5-760 and 4GB Cas Latency 6-7 RAM and a good GPU/pair.

The Antec 300 was a great case, and stayed cool even with 2 GTX 460s in it. I'd highly recommend that or the Cooler Master HAFs (912/922).

Another great CPU cooler is the Cooler Master Hyper 212+; it's under $30 in most places, and comes with brackets for a second fan. It doesn't get in the way of my RAM slots, which is always a plus.

As for GPUs, that's really up to you. I'd recommend EVGA as a manufacturer, primarily because they came highly recommended, offer lifetime warranties (product codes ending in AR), and have great customer service.

I had 2x EVGA GTX 460s (1GB) overclocked to 850/1700/2100 MHz Core/Shader/Memory clock and they ran fine. I bumped up to 2x EVGA 470s because I will add a third at some point, but they do offer a somewhat considerable bump in performance. However, for WoW, the 460s will work great (the 460s are a little tough to find though).

I ran both my 460s and 470s on my Antec Earthwatts 650W (continuous, not max) PSU, and have not experienced any power issues. The power draw of the 470 is about 215W. I do need a bigger PSU, so I would consider at least a 750W continuous power PSU like Corsair's 750W HX model.
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December 23, 2010 5:49:05 PM

Well the case is just a matter of material, ill spend 200 if looking at it makes me happy :) .
As far as CPU goes, i know i7 is overkill but as i stated im wanting another 5-6 year machine. I held off ordering to look at the new CPU's coming out but have reservations on jumping onto a new platform.
At the vary least im hoping the parts i have chosen will go down in price.

but looking at these components, is there any part to be afraid of as far as reliability, compatibility, or better performance for cost?
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December 23, 2010 6:20:52 PM

The parts you listed and that we suggested will all work fine. If you're really set on throwing in $1500, I would just say go for it all and throw in two GPUs and get a full tower case like the Raven RV02 or Cooler Master 932 HAF (both only $140). If you (really) want to blow $200 on a case, look at the Raven RV01 or the Corsair 800D.

The Gigabyte motherboard is a good and inexpensive motherboard. It's much cheaper than most of the Asus boards, but those are meant for more of the enthusiast crowd. 6 GB of RAM is perfect for your build; try and get a set with a Cas Latency of 8 if it's economical, otherwise just stick with a CL 9 set (not too much of a difference).

Put all of this with a good Corsair HX series or Antec TruePower or Earthwatts series PSU and you're golden (Power depends on number/type of GPUs)
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December 24, 2010 2:16:56 AM

+1 Boiler, a cheap $500 Rig will play Warcraft nicely. But here is a sikk build I made for you. You can swap out the case for whatever you want. Total is $1575 and you have a $65 Mail in rebate, and you get 2 470's in SLI, 2 copies of Mafia II you can sell for $30 a piece, and some other cool stuff. I'd saw the total is around $1450.

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$19.99


Thermaltake ArmorPlus(Armor+) VH6000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811133056
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$199.99
$184.99


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136533
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$89.99


EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130550
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$539.98
$499.98
($249.99 each)
2

NVIDIA Free Mafia 2 Game Coupon
Item #: N82E16800999247
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$59.99 Saving
$119.98
$0.00
($0.00 each)


CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$139.99
$109.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM
Item #: N82E16820231304
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$99.99


EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813188068
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$209.99


Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Item #: N82E16819115211
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$5.00 Instant
$299.99
$294.99
1

Intel Bunny People Keytag - OEM
Item #: N82E16800995083
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$14.99 Saving
$14.99
$0.00


Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835242001
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$62.99
1

Nippon Labs Delux Internal Card Reader with Floppy Drive 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & FDD1.44" ...
Item #: N82E16820816002
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant
-$24.99 Saving
$39.99
$0.00
Subtotal: $1,572.90
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