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September 26, 2011 5:37:19 PM


Hi i have a budget of $ 4500 for my build. Please help. I have the following in mind.

CASE: Lian Li Black PC-P80N USB3.0 Black Case ($500)
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z ($450)
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K ($330)
GPU: XFX HD6990 830M PCIe/4GB/DVI/DP (850x2=1700)
MEMORY: 2 x G.SKILL 12GB KIT DDR3 RIPJAWS C9 2000MHZ (230x2=460, will these fit on my motherboard?)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 180GB SSD ($290)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 64M Cache/7200RPM/SATA3 Hard Drive ($180)
Optical drive LG LG BH10LS30 10x Blu-ray Disc Writer ($100)
SOUNDCARD: CREATIVE X-FI TITANIUM FATAL1TY CHAMP PCI-E ($210)
PSU: THERMALTAKE TOUGHPOWER 1500W MODULAR PSU ($ 350)

TOTAL $4570. I am not sure about the GPU yet. I have never used ATI products. I would like a hassle free set up. The only reason i picked hd 6990 is because the gtx 590 is more, and i have read that the 6990 performs better. Any thoughts?

I use it for gaming primarily. I have a 30 inch dell monitor for display. Thank you.

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September 26, 2011 6:09:58 PM

Is this serious?

A $1000-$1500 build will be able to handle any games that's going to come out in the 1-3 years or so.

Anyway, please DON'T BUY THAT! Save $3000 for charity or something but don't buy an expensive thing like that.
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September 26, 2011 6:31:59 PM

This is the second build I've seen that is ridiculously expensive. As suggested in the other thread, you are better off building a $2k machine and then upgrading again 1-2 years later.

Anyways, this build is ridiculous. You don't need a $500 case, a 1500W PSU, or 24GB or ram (which you can only use 16GB). Do you even know why you chose a $450 motherboard?
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September 26, 2011 6:36:06 PM

expense and money is all subjective and relative.

I have very limited experience with building computers. Hence the mistakes you pointed out. The $500 case is debatable, but i just like the build quality. The Mobo i just picked because I thought the parts I would put in would warrant a high quality one. I am clueless about the RAM.

If you disagree, feel free to advise, but I would rather not have negativity directed my way.
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September 26, 2011 6:41:23 PM

What negativity? You asked for a critique and people are giving you one. Once you go beyond $1500 dollars for a build, you won't really notice any big difference between the 1500 vs 4000 dollar build.

dude, the MAIN use of a case is just to put the parts together. You don't need a $500 case even for build quality. I doubt you'd be using it as a punching bag or toss it outside the window.
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September 26, 2011 6:45:22 PM

ok thanks for the link.

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September 26, 2011 7:17:27 PM

needmoremana said:
expense and money is all subjective and relative.

I have very limited experience with building computers. Hence the mistakes you pointed out. The $500 case is debatable, but i just like the build quality. The Mobo i just picked because I thought the parts I would put in would warrant a high quality one. I am clueless about the RAM.

If you disagree, feel free to advise, but I would rather not have negativity directed my way.


Just because something is more expensive does not mean it is higher quality. You can buy a $150-200 quality motherboard that does everything you need and has future capabilities that you will probably never use. A $500 case provides almost no benefits over a quality $100-200 case for most uses. A second 6990 will probably give you no discernible benefits over a single 6990. A sound card might provide better audio quality, but the real question is do you have the speakers and ears to appreciate the difference. All of it is essentially wasted money. Like I said, you are better off building a $2k build and upgrading later with the saved money.

Reading the system builder $2k guide would be a good place to start and then either build that system, or use it as a base for a different system.
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October 24, 2011 3:08:19 PM

Why so much for the MOBO? I just bought the same board for $300.00 new from retailer. 16GB ddr3 1866 PC3 14900 ram for $150.00, i7 2600K for $270 and an ASUS GTX580 for $460.00. The case is a full tower Cooler Master for $179, and a 1200w PSU for $240. ASUS Xonar 7.1 sound card for $79. 3T hard drive plus 120 GB SSD for $273 total. The entire system for under $2k and no sacrifices. Shop well, live well.
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