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January 14, 2011 3:32:03 PM

Chinese student in USA university,buillt for gaming,PS and movie making(I may spend 360$ to buy the Adobe production suite),and maybe some future programming(sophomore in computer engineering).

get 2000 budget from parents
300 budget from my own savings LOL

totally 2300

I can use the Windows 7 pro certified for students of my university.

I have considered the build for the whole winter break in China.
Now expecting some final ideas from you guys.

here are my pre-determined build:

1.DVD $21.99
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support


2.case $179.99
LIAN LI PC-A70F Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case


3.moniter $159.99
ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor


4.graphics $359.99 each $719.98 total
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
*2


5.PSU $149.99
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


6.memory $114.99
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


7.mobo $349.99
EVGA 141-GT-E770-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard


8.CPU $329.99
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost)


9.CPU cooler $29.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7


10.SSD $389.99
OCZ RevoDrive OCZSSDPX-1RVD0180 PCI-Express x4 180GB


11.mice keyboards $29.99
Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 100 Black 102 Normal Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse


totally $2476

Q1.the graphics is a big cost,but i have decided to SLI two Nvidia cards,my choice is among GTX 460,470 and 570(but heard that 470 is performance/value not good),I have not decided yet.

Q2.case,how is the case?My other choices are Obisdian 800D,Silverstone Fortress.or I can hear other recommendations.

Q3.Is Revodrive OK?I heard a lot of compability problems,any other recommendation?I dont quite like HHD/SSD combination .

Q4.Any cheaper mobo that is quality ensured?around 250 range

how can I cut 176 from the budget so that it is affordable for me?of course,changing the graphics to 470 or 460 can be a quick solution...

thank you for any advice!

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January 14, 2011 3:53:33 PM

That motherboard is not compatible with the processor you chose. You need to look at the 1155 socket motherboards.
January 14, 2011 3:57:30 PM

Sandy bridge is only compatible with 1156 mobo? 1156 mobo seems not have any high-end product.......any recommendation on mobo?
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January 14, 2011 8:51:51 PM

1156 is the previous socket. 1155 is the replacement. You can look at the top of the line Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 for $320 or the much more reasonable Asus P8P67 Pro for $185

1366 socket is for the 900 series i7's like the 950

1156 socket is for the 500/600/700/800 series i3/5/7's

the new Sandy Bridge processors are the 1155 socket which is the new replacement for the 1156

The 1366 will be replaced later this year with new mobo's and processors for the high end market

January 15, 2011 3:32:40 AM

Ok,maybe I will wait a EVGA 1155 board to come out to finish my build,thank you for your reply

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January 15, 2011 4:12:42 AM
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You have a mis-matc of parts here both with regard to compatibility and "class"....some parts (i.e. cooler) are real hi end....others are "budget" models.

Case - $160 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fan - $17 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $120 - Antec CP850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $495 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $62 - Prolimatech Megahalems http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Fan - $11 - Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_...
CPU Fan - $11 - Same
RAM - $100 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 Superclock http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $370 - Same
HD - $65 - Seagate 7200.12 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $199 - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - - Win 7-64 Pro OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor - $180 - ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keyboard - $100 - Logitech G15 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $70 - Logitech G9x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1. Case / PSU is selected for upgradability. high air flow, built in fan speed control and dust control via air filters....the hot swap 2.5" bay is a great feature for data transfer. If ya set on the Lian Li, get the XFX Black Edition 850; it's a match for the Corsair HX and CP-850 in quality (CP-850 is quieter tho) but is $40 cheaper than the Corsair.

2. Cooler - At $2400, ya deserve a hi end cooler .... the top 3 are the Megahalems, Venomous X-RT and Scythe Mugen 2

3. The tall heat sinks on the RAm you chose will cause interference issues with many aftermarket coolers.

4. MoBo - It was the best performer in the TomsHardware review of SB MoBos

5. Monitor is LED


January 15, 2011 11:55:06 AM

Jack,thank you for your reply
I would like to set on the Lian Li case because I read others' reviews that Lian Li cases are best quality and the aluminum inside is so cool.of course,I would like to hear about another case,but it must be aluminum.

for the PSU you recommend,the newegg reviews tells that you may get one defective one that squeals,so I would like to carry on Cosair,unless it is incompatible with my build.

The mobo+CPU+civi5 nice combo!!!!!!!!! I definitely will choose that,thanks again.
civi5 the nice game I would like to try(fan of civi4)

the cooler is nice,I will adopt your recom

is the CPU fan necessary?because the cooler is a fan itself,right?

graphics,you selected the overclocked version...is it possible to oc the card yourself?if no,i will adopt your recomm

Now,I would like to pick a revodrive 50gb for OS and virtual memory and 1TB HDD for storage,is that a feasible comb?

LED is better than LCD?

January 16, 2011 1:58:17 PM

malmental,your build seems to be much cheaper.....especially the case,quite dislike

but thank you for your answer
January 16, 2011 2:05:29 PM

Best answer selected by liao24hoho.
February 2, 2011 1:09:32 AM

Case:NZXT Phantom
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600k- $329.99
Mobo: Asus P8P67 Deluxe
Memory: 8 GB G.Skill Ripjaws X
HDD: 2 WD Caviar Black 1TB Sata III Drives
GPU: 2 Asus GTX560 ti
PSU: Cougar 850W
SSD: Crucial C300 RealSSD 60GB-Boot/Apps
Cooler- Tuniq Tower Extreme 120
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