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January 29, 2011 9:28:01 PM

Hello everyone,

Approximate Purchase Date: 24-30 Days
Budget Range: 1700-2100$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Media, Surfing.
Parts Not Required: Everything, that isn't going to be inside the Computer Case =).
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Country of Origin: USA or Anywhere in Europe
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: From 1440 to 1920
Additional Comments:
My room's ground has a large rug, that can possibly absorb dust. The problem is, my PC is close to the ground as well.
A general build i'm following would be along these lines:

Intel® Core™ i7 950 Processor (4x 3.06GHz/8MB L3 Cache)
Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1366] - Standard 120mm Fan

6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-2000 Corsair or Major Brand

Video Card
ATI Radeon HD 5970 - 2GB - Single Card

Power Supply
850 Watt -- CoolerMaster RS850-AMBAJ3-US

Primary Hard Drive
1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s - Single Drives
Data Hard Drive
1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive

Network Card
Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card
My questions :
- i'm not sure if the cooling system is enough?
- Also the amount of Watts needed for my power supply i am not certain with still.
- I would like a powerful Gpu as the one i listed, but is there one that is very close in performance, yet radical price different (lower)?
- Similar question as the above, but this time to the processor.
- What is a suitable Motherboard for What i have listed ?

Thank you for reading my message.

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January 29, 2011 11:53:09 PM

-For a gaming build, I wouldn't go with a 1366 based system today.
-The 5970 is a dead card .... has no place with current offerings.
-I'd stay away from that PSU
-Those faux liquid cooling kits w/ the 120mm fan really isn't going to do anything for you that the top air coolers won't. In fact, they do as much as 5C worse.
-No need for DDR3-2000 unless ya thinking LN2
-Those Killer NIC's cost a lotta money but really don't have a significant effect on what you experience. On board Gigabit ethernet will do just fine, same for sound.

This build:

-Has PSU and case sized for "maybe" addition of 2nd card in SLI
-Has cooler for overclocking
-has easily removed air filters for ya dusty rug
-The 2nd GFX card and case window fan are intended to be added come say XMas 2011 or 2012

Case - $160 - Antec DF-85
Case Fan - Later - Antec Red 120 mm
PSU - $120 - Antec CP850
MoBo - $495 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2600K
Cooler - $62 - Prolimatech Megahalems
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu
CPU Fan - $11 - Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P
CPU Fan - $11 - Same
Fan Cable - $8 - Akasa PWM AK-CB002
RAM - $77 - (2 x 4GB) Mushkin CAS 9
GFX - $370 - EVGA GTX 570 Superclock
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
SSD - $230 - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB
DVD Writer - $80 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT
OS - $140 - Win 7-64 Pro OEM

Total $1,824

Ya said everything outside the case wasn't needed but gave two different monitor resolutions ? If ya need a monitor, this LED one will put ya $4 above ya $2k limit


HAF-X Case w/ XFX Black Edition 850 PSU
6970 GFX Card is a match fo 570 (570 does better in SLI tho than 6970 does in X-Fire)
If budget allows, consider Asus Revolution or Sabertooth MoBos
Scythe Mugen 2 cooler comes with fan for $40
Seagate 7200.12 and new WD Black are reasonable alternatives for HD
C300 SSD has faster reads but much slower writes
January 30, 2011 9:58:20 AM

Thanks for the reply but i would like to ask some questions, because i'm quite new at this.

When you say, "the 5970 is dead card", Do you mean because of its high price, a cheaper SLI would be better to out perform it ?

The memory Module you linked, is at 1333Mhz, wouldn't overall the 2000Mhz make such a big difference?

Isn't the i7 2600k a better option to run the pc faster? then the i5 ?

thank you for the reply Jack =)
January 30, 2011 1:09:40 PM

I forgot to also ask,
I would like a smaller case but i was wondering if you linked me the Antec DF-85 due to the fact that i need that amount of fans to keep the Pc cool. Thanks