How's this for a gaming system?

Hi friends. I call you friends, because I really respect you and your knowledge of pc's. This has been a long time coming, but I'm about to order all my parts for my pc. Just wanted to run it past you guys, to see if I omitted, or maybe I should change something.


Case: Coolermaster Storm Sniper

Fan: Noctua NH-D14

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Hard drives: 2 X Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB..http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136792

Video card: XFX HD-597A-CNB9 Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition..http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150460

RAM: 4 X CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600..http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145327

Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula..http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131644

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition..http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103894

CD writer: 1 X HP 24X Multiformat DVD Burner
1 X LG UH08

Power Supply: XION 1000 watt

If you can think of anything I may have forgotten, or if you think I need to change something, please let me know.
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  1. with the amount of money you are spending opn this system, why not just go all out and get the i7 980x
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115223&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Processors+-+Desktops-_-Intel-_-19115223

    the Samsung Spinpoint has been getting better reviews than the WD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245&cm_re=spinpoint-_-22-152-245-_-Product
  2. 5970 at $715 is absolutely ridiculous, it should be priced close to 500, so either find one at that price or get a gtx580, which will be quite close in performance but it'll run cooler and with less noise.

    I'm not a fan of premium priced motherboards, It won't make your system any faster or more stable than any 100-ish motherboard from a respectable brand, and you could expend the money on a SSD, even more graphic horsepower or cooling.
    This'll do just as good: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198&cm_re=870-_-13-157-198-_-Product

    Instead of getting a phenom ii 970 I'd recommend going for 955 and just a quick bump on the multi with no skill needed will put it on par with the 970 as they're exactly the same chip, but AMD just set the multi a little bit higher on the 970 and raise the price, and save you 40$

    For the RAM I'd recommend going for one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145324&cm_re=2x4gb_ddr3-_-20-145-324-_-Product anything above 4gb is unnecessary if you're just gaming, 8gb is justified if you do video or 3d editing and massive multitasking, 16gb is ridiculous even for a 24/7 workstation, even more if you're primarily gaming, don't waste your money like that.

    Everything else is good like it is, it'll be a beast.
  3. bloodymoth said:
    Hey there bigdog3421,

    Looking over your build just have a few questions. Are you considering doing allot of over clocking? If not, then the Noctua fan may not be needed which can save you about $90, the stock fan for the AMD Phenom II X4 970 is pretty good.

    The choice in video card being the XFX Radeon 5970 Black Edition you may want to consider a GeForce GTX 580 which is much cheaper and benchmarks faster as seen here: http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

    And can be purchased here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130587&cm_re=GTX_580-_-14-130-587-_-Product

    As well are you sure you need 16GB of memory, what are you planning on doing with this rig? Up to you though ;)

    You may also get somebody saying the XION 1000 watt power supply is not a very good choice in a power supply company, but I would be contradicting myself to say so as I am currently using an XION 800 Watt power supply no problems once so ever on my AMD Phenom II X4 955 system. You probably do not need 100Watts as well. So I'll post some other considerations just in case:

    Coolermaster 800W modular:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171057&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=4138006&SID=

    Seasonic 750W Modular:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151087&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=4138006&SID=

    Hope this helps bigdog3421, good luck with your build!



    1..Yes, I plan to do a lot of overclocking.

    2.. I don't build pc's on a regular basis anymore, and I 'd like this one to last a bout 3 or 4 years. That's why I'm getting the 5970.

    3.. Since my motherboard supports 16 GB of RAM, I figured I'd just fill it up, and forget about it.

    4.. As far as what I'm doing.....If I can think of it, I want to do it...lol

    I wasn't being funny. I really do appreciate your response, but how often does a person get to build his or her "Dream System"?
  4. If you have the cash and don't care about price/performance then go for it.
  5. wiinippongamer said:
    If you have the cash and don't care about price/performance then go for it.



    The price, I don't care about...now the performance, that's another issue. Care to shed some light?
  6. You'd be better off putting a single gtx580 for about the same performance and $200 less, then you could add a second one later down the road, now if you want to spend those $700 on graphics anyway you could get 2 6970s which would destroy any of the other cards I mentioned.
  7. bloodymoth said:
    As for #2, the only thing is that the 5970, being yes a good card is far overpriced as wiinippongamer pointed out, and you get just as good if not better performance from a GTX 580 priced only at $500 compared to the $700 odd dollars for the 5970.



    One more question..I know what can happen if I get a power supply that isn't enough..but what if I get a power supply that's too much?
  8. You'd be wasting even more money, aside from that nothing really.
  9. That would be a great system....maybe 16 months ago

    The Noc is a good cooler..... but it's not in the top ten, almost all of which are cheaper ....To my mind, if ya gonna pay that much, ya deserve a "Top Performer" off the list here:

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=447&Itemid=62

    What are ya thinking RAID is going to do for you ? If it's not huge database access, movie editing or something else that gains from RAID, then dump it. Gaming BTW is not one of those. Get a 1 TB HD and an SSD.

    GFX, if ya willing to spend $600 an an old 5970, I'd suggest twin 570's which will toast that for $100 more.

    RAM - Ya wanna but RAM in matched sets, not buy 4 separate sticks and hope they sync togeteher.....no more than 8 GB for a gaming box.

    MoBo / CPU - ya can't touch the Sandy Bridge stuff with AMD.

    Try this as an alternate:

    Full Tower System ($1595): - One 570 now w/ SSD and add another 570 when new games of XMas 2011 or 2012 start to give it a run for its money.

    Case - $140 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129087
    Case Fans - Later - Antec 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835209013
    PSU - $120 - Antec CP850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024+
    MoBo - $490 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575880
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $100 - 2 x (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260
    GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - 195 - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227590
    DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135220

    Mid Tower System ($1350)

    Case - $100 - Coolermaster HAF-922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
    Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103072
    PSU - $110 - XFX Black Edition 850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001
    MoBo - $490 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575880
    CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070
    Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142
    TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
    RAM - $100 - 2 x (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260
    GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130595
    GFX - Later - Same
    HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227590
    DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135220
  10. ^Way better value than the original system
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