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December 22, 2010 1:44:13 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Most likely within 1-2 months

Budget Range: $1500-$1800 after rebates but before shipping and taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming focused - want to be able to play MOST current games at highest settings with "good" fps (consistently over 30 for some of the more intensive games, but understanding I'm not going to be able to run Crysis at that "playable" level). Also would like for system to be at least MILDLY future-proof.

Parts Not Required: Speakers, Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com (but I'm open to suggestions)

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences:

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

Power Supply: Corsair 750w 750TX - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTIONAL CPU cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Core i7 950 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Asus P6X58D-E - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (cas latency: 8) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD ROM drive/burner: Asus 24X - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 7.1 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows Home Premium 64 Bit - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(oem)-_-32-116-754-_-Product

Overclocking: Maybe; GPU comes factory overclocked

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Flashy is not important to me, but quietness and cooling is. This system prices out to about $1500 on Newegg, but I could create the exact same system on AVADirect for $1780 INCLUDING a 5 year warranty (yes, you have to ship your pc in to get it fixed, however). Is there any reason not to go that route? I noted the optional CPU fan, which is probably not necessary for an OC, but might be nice in case I go for a mild OC of my mobo. Any tweaks to spec or parts would be helpful, as well as any insight into compatibility, upgradeability, and value.

Thanks in advance

DK
December 22, 2010 2:07:13 AM

^ Intel will be launching newer CPUs by Jan 5th - Though they are not the replacement for the LGA 1366, but the CPUs seem to offer nearly as good or better performance than the current i7 9xx CPUs,... So you might want to check those out,...

As for rest of the build, they look good, maybe a more powerful PSU just to have some headroom if you add 1 more 570 in SLI later one,...
XFX 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And you sure you want a sound card ?? If you are an audiophile or have a very good audio setup, then its fine, but for even a high-end 2.1 or a mid-range 5.1, the onboard would offer very good o/p,... So it would be good if you first check out how the onboard audio is and if you are not satisfied with it, then make the purchase,...
December 22, 2010 2:21:54 AM

That's very helpful - I could drop the sound card and upgrade the power supply, which makes sense. I thought the i7 950 was the newer version of the 930, which is being discontinued. Won't the new CPU be significantly more expensive?
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December 22, 2010 2:30:41 AM

^ It is like this,...
Intel had 2 platforms - LGA 1156(i5 7xx, 6xx and i7 8xx CPUs) - Mid range and LGA 1366(i7 9xx CPUs) - High-End...
The one Intel is going to launch is the replacement of the LGA 1156 socket, but as they are based on newer core, they have better performance - performance which is as good as the current-gen High-End CPUs like the i7 950,...
Also for gaming, the additional feature of the i7(Hyperthreading and Tri-Channel) dont offer any improvement,...

Intel will launch these newer CPUs in the same price range as the older socket which it will be replacing and hence wont cost much,...
December 22, 2010 3:13:59 AM

Ah, that makes sense. Would it compromise any future upgradeability if I went to the lower socket?
December 22, 2010 3:17:35 AM

^ Well I doubt,...
Future upgradeability is pretty much limited with any socket IMO,... You should also know that even the LGA 1366 socket is going to be replaced by a newer LGA 2011 socket by Q2/ Q3 next year,...
December 22, 2010 11:07:22 AM

Awesome, thank you so much for your help.

As an aside, do you have any experience with AVADirect? Is there any reason not to use them for an extra $200 which would come with a 5 year parts warranty instead of learning to build it myself?
December 22, 2010 1:25:47 PM

dknovicebuild said:
Awesome, thank you so much for your help.

As an aside, do you have any experience with AVADirect? Is there any reason not to use them for an extra $200 which would come with a 5 year parts warranty instead of learning to build it myself?

Don't get the XFX power supply - The Antec True Power 750W is slightly better quality than the TX750W you have nominated, for a lower price (95 after MIR, was 85 a few days ago after MIR...and like 70 during black friday).
This will allow you to get a 2nd GTX 570 as well down the line - you dont need 850 w for that..People run it on psu's without enough connectors and 650W and no issues, 750 will actually leave headroom/enough pcie connectors.

Also, the samsung spinpoint f3 / f4 harddrives are superior in speeds/quality compared to WD cavaliar black (and just about anything Western digital has in HDDs) and cheaper in price!

December 22, 2010 2:06:27 PM

Excellent suggestions both, and good to know. The Samsung I can basically get 1TB for about the same price. I'd like to add an SSD at some point, but I think I'm going to wait until the technology improves and the prices come down.
December 22, 2010 4:06:11 PM

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you dont need 850 w for that.

Guru3d.com Recommends 750W for 2 sli if you don't plan on OCing.. 800W-1000W if you plan on OCing your system.
"GeForce GTX 570

* On your average system the card requires you to have a 600 Watt power supply unit.

GeForce GTX 570 in 2-way SLI

* A second card requires you to add another ~225 Watts. You need a 750+ Watt power supply unit if you use it in a high-end system (800+ to a KiloWatt is recommended if you plan on any overclocking)."
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-570-sli-revie...
December 22, 2010 4:24:03 PM

In the 850 Watt range, which would be best (noise is a factor)

Cooler Master Silent Pro M

Corsair 850w TX

XFX 850w listed above?
December 22, 2010 4:55:57 PM

XFX 850W Black Edition scored 10 on performance on jonnyguru.com and only 4 Power Supplies have ever done that.
December 22, 2010 5:51:26 PM

Vindictive

Having read your first suggestion (hehe), it seems like the sandy bridge CPU will only have dual channel ram capabilities and could be priced a touch higher than the 950 with only minimal performance improvements. Given that I'd like to use my system for gaming purposes, is it worth it to get a new SB CPU or just stick with the 950?
December 23, 2010 2:39:24 AM

^ Dual-Channel vs Tri-Channel in gaming doesnt mean much,.. Also minimal performance improvements ? I doubt,... The SB i5s actually perform better than the current-gen i7s, so that is a big leap if you ask me,...
Should have linked this before, but here goes,...
The Sandy Bridge Performance Preview
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871/the-sandy-bridge-pre...
December 23, 2010 3:18:35 AM

When the Bridge of Sandy is available I recommend going for the i5 2400 it will be enough for your needs
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