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~$1700 new gaming build, seeking suggestions and advice on parts.

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February 15, 2011 7:58:58 PM

Hello everyone,
First time builder here, hopefully I can get tons of advice and comments on if everything fits/will be compatibile. I'm pretty sure things will match up and fit, but any input would really be appreciated. I'm comfortable with swapping parts around, but have never had to do anything major regarding a processor or mb (as in replace/rebuild fully).



Approximate Purchase Date: This month.
Budget Range: Around $1,700 give or take.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, Dragon Age, SC2, KOTOR2, Civ5, Fallout New Vegas etc..), Internet Surfing, MS Office.

Parts Not Required: Looking to buy everything minus OS and monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Tigerdirect.com. My links are for Newegg but feel free to let me know of a better deal somewhere else.

Country of Origin: United States of America

Parts Preferences: Intel I7, Nvidia SLI capable Video Card

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: SLI would be a great option. May not use it now, but would like the option to add another SLI capable card later.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 is what I run on my Normal Desktop.

Part Links

CASE (Will everything fit in here?)
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Blue RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER SUPPLY(Is this too much voltage?)
Antec TPQ-850 850W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM (6gb)
G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD
ASUS 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 Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BlueRay Player
LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Additional Comments: First time building a computer from scratch. Trying to find a good case and motherboard that lets me use both video card slots without taking away a slot I may need to have now/later for additional hardware pieces. I'm not 100% positive that everything is compatible and will all fit inside a good case. I am also not sure about a good power supply. Case can be pretty generic, but I want everything to fit comfortably. If there is something I can do to help the computer run a little quieter...that would be great too.

If I need any additional items that I am missing, please let me know that as well.


Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time!
February 16, 2011 3:39:29 PM

Also would like to point out that if this build looks good, please let me know and I can go ahead and purchase the pieces.

Thank you!
February 16, 2011 10:40:51 PM

That looks like a good pc for the most part.

My feedback:

1) Put 6GB more ram if you can. ( For now it may be over kill, but a few years from now you likely be glad you did.)

2) You may want a 1000w for SLI.

3) I would do SLI now or never with this card. I have a HD 4870 and by the time I wanted to do cross fire, then they don't sell new ones any more and geting used ones is more risk and harder to do then geting a new card.

4) You can add an SSD if you want, but I would wait for the PCIe SSD to come down.

5) The rest looks good for a LGA 1366 build.

Hope you like your new pc.




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February 16, 2011 11:00:35 PM

You should look at my 1500$ build, the SB mobo supports SLI if I'm correct. Wait a week or a month. Intel announced the fix has been implemented, all to do now is wait for the companies to stick the B3 (I believe) P67 chipset into the mobos. Then they'll be back.

So just my two cents.
That defiantly will fit everything. It's far from generic.

Don't get a PCI SSD, SATA III SSDs will be fast enough. No need to spend money for over priced stuff like that.

You defiantly don't need 12gb of ram. It'll be outdated by that time anyway. So meh.
February 16, 2011 11:13:21 PM

aznshinobi said:
You should look at my 1500$ build, the SB mobo supports SLI if I'm correct. Wait a week or a month. Intel announced the fix has been implemented, all to do now is wait for the companies to stick the B3 (I believe) P67 chipset into the mobos. Then they'll be back.

So just my two cents.
That defiantly will fit everything. It's far from generic.

Don't get a PCI SSD, SATA III SSDs will be fast enough. No need to spend money for over priced stuff like that.

You defiantly don't need 12gb of ram. It'll be outdated by that time anyway. So meh.


I did not say get a PCI SSD right now. I said to wait for them to drop.

If he did a 1155 LGA then I would go with 8Gb. ( I only said 12 GB, because 6GB was like $50 and he would not bottle neck there.

I would wait too for the fixed 1155 LGA.
February 17, 2011 10:22:01 PM

If I go with the new Sandy Bridge, what motherboard should I go with? I'm not sure how well mb manufacturers size up nowadays. The fixes are supposed to coming out at the end of the month, correct?

If I go SLI with the GTX's, do I need a 1k power supply? Each card requires 550w.

I would like to go with a little more ram, but I believe the i7's are tri channel, right? I was told that I shouldn't need more than 6gb.

I'm really up in the air when it comes to SSD's as well. They seem a little pricey for me at this moment in time.

Thanks for all of the responses so far, I really do appreciate it.
February 17, 2011 10:35:31 PM

nuhhea said:
If I go with the new Sandy Bridge, what motherboard should I go with? I'm not sure how well mb manufacturers size up nowadays. The fixes are supposed to coming out at the end of the month, correct?

If I go SLI with the GTX's, do I need a 1k power supply? Each card requires 550w.

I would like to go with a little more ram, but I believe the i7's are tri channel, right? I was told that I shouldn't need more than 6gb.

I'm really up in the air when it comes to SSD's as well. They seem a little pricey for me at this moment in time.

Thanks for all of the responses so far, I really do appreciate it.

+1 for waiting a month for the Sandy Bridge boards. And your correct... 6 gigs of triple channel RAM is plenty. If you do decide to wait a month and go with a SB build, look at the Asus Pro for $190...cheaper if you combo it with a 2500K or 2600K, or the Asrock Extreme4 for $155. Either board is decent and will get you a good o/c...the Asus board though has a better warranty.

For a psu...people may argue about this, but having a little headroom is a good thing...so this is how I look at it....

2 x gtx 560's = 750w psu

2 x gtx 570's = 850w psu

2 x gtx 580's = 1000w psu
February 18, 2011 2:23:24 PM

You don't really need SLI 570, they don't sit at a real good price right now because the 6950 2GB at 300$ easily gets past it and the 560 Ti at 250$ OCs easily to the 570's lvl. IMO go with SLI 560. or CF 6950.
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