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Old 02-02-2009, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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this is my first time building a pc from nothing. my budget is 3k, woot to tax return's . this is what i have put together so far. this is for game's and i don't just stick to 1 game. i play a bit of anything i can. i do plan to add L_Cooling. my questions are 1 is everything compatible. 2 what would you change to optimize performance with this budget . 3 what L_cooling would you recommend. i know waterblocks for this build wont come easy. i cant find any as it is.

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Old 02-02-2009, 05:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: i7 3k budget first pc build

You must've done your homework, all-in-all a solid build, the psu is a little pricey imo.

That water cooling kit has got to go,

start fresh

Apogee GTZ Swiftech Apogee GTZ Extreme Performance Waterblock the 1366 bracket is $10 if it doesn't come with

get a good pump Swiftech MCP355 12v DC Pump

this is your best bet for a radiator Petra's Tech Shop

I haven't seen a water block for the 295 yet but I guarantee if one isn't out it won't be long before one is...

reservoir is really your choice on footprint, I know there's one made for the MCP355 pump that goes right on top of it, these parts are parts aspire (i forget the rest of his name) recommended to me and I'm planning on clocking an i7 920 fairly high. *cough* 4.5GHz *cough* of course I'll have more than a 3x 120mm radiator but that one will do you just great

anyways, with the water cooling this will turn out to be one hel* of a computer
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That's a pretty solid build you have there.

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

Just as a preference thing I would go with Corsair, They are rock solid and that other psu is comparatively over priced.


Aspire.Comptech can tell you more about the W/C stuff.
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Or if you already willing to spend that much, go with PC Power and Cooling - probably just about the best PSUs. This one is even cheaper than the corsair

Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Or if you really want to spend more (not that you would even need it with 2 GTX 260s):

Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling PPCT860 860W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Both these (and the corsair) have single 12v rails, the thermaltake doesnt. Also i couldnt find out the total amps on thermaltakes website, which annoys me, but both the 750w corsair and PC P&C produce 60A, which the 860w produces 64A...all of which are huge.

EDIT: Also, personally i would ditch the velocoraptor. Some of the 1TB drives from WD and Seagate come pretty close in performance. With that cash and cash saved from the PSU i would get another GTX 260, cause you might need it going with a 28" screen.
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Pretty nice, but my thread has a build around that price range, you should check it out.
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Your wasting a bomb of money make these modifications;

Don't get the velociraptor its not faster then the WD caviar 640 black in real world performance get raid0 32gb SSD's would be much faster. Use a storage drive like the caviar black for your main data including your my documents, software and the 1tb for other storage or a 1.5tb seagate 1.5tb as it has the best price/space. Use the ssd space for your OS and favourite 1 or 2 games be very quick. If your up for this hit me up will look up some good drives.

Get this psu instead Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Watercooling kit pah there rubbish wait for aspire to see this thread he will set you up with a very nice watercooling setup I have read up a bit but his judgement is a lot better then mine

Get gtx 285 in sli they will be faster then a single gtx 295

This motherboard is better for gaming (2xpci-ex x16, 1xpci express x8 + 1xpci expressx4)
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P6T is only worth it if your using those dedicated raid controllers which your not planning to by the looks of it

Better for less
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Saltnay, why can the Asus P6T run 16/16/4 PCI-e, and they Deluxe version can only run 16/16/4? Did they not update the specs?
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+1 to salty's psu. get that one. and that ram is pretty good to.

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TpowerX58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

^ that is the best i7 overlclocking mobo as of yet. if your going to overclock then get that one.
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Does it matter, because I thought the i7 reaches it's max OC, before the FSB on the mobo ran out.
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I think this guy is more of a gamer then a clocker he is only going with water and that gigabyte will allow him to have tri-sli gtx 285's. The biostar would force him to have that third card crippled if he went down that route ofcourse if he chooses to go down that route I would need to change my psu suggestions.

The biostar has the world record for clocking an I7 I believe
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