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Old 09-10-2010, 01:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, I'm brand new to these forums but I've read some posts so far and it looks like everyone is really helpful so I'd like to give this a shot.

The goal here is to build a gaming PC that can run current games like Starcraft 2 and WoW at max settings (efficiently, i.e. without struggling) and beyond that I would like to be able to run games in the future, for example: Diablo 3 and Star Wars the Old Republic at near max settings as well. I have always been interested in some FPS games but I've never had a computer that could handle it so I'm looking to try some of those as well.

My Budget is around $1000 but I don't mind going a little over for lasting quality and performance. I have a mouse and keyboard and I'll be ordering a new monitor and windows 7 64-bit at a later date so we're just looking at the raw gaming machine.

My hours of research has lead me to the following setup. Feel free to tear it apart and tell me if I'm heading in the wrong direction. All feedback is welcome!
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You are in the US so we can use NewEgg. I am too bushed to try putting something together tonight... if I did who knows what conflicts I would recommend.
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Here's what I have so far:


Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$109.99 $109.99

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$199.99 -$10.00 Instant $189.99

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE FTW 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

$239.99 $239.99

RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

$69.99 $69.99

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

$299.99 $299.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM

$149.99 $149.99

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$139.99 $139.99

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04

D-Link DWA-556 PCI Express Xtreme Desktop Adapter

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My two cents:
- i7 950 is a waste of money. Get a i7 920 or 930 and OC it. You can easily OC to 4GHz with a good aftermarket heatsink.
- Get a more known brand for the PSU, like Corsair, OCZ, Seasonic, etc.
- Don't get a velocyraptor, it's a waste of money. The extra performance, which is very little, doesn't worth the extra money. Get a WD Black or if you want a really quick disk get a SSD.
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Price difference between the i7 950 and i7 930 is 15 bucks. Would an after market heat sink cost more than that? Looking at difference PSUs now. Also, I don't need a lot of GB on my hard drive I just don't take up that much space what would be a good model that has good performance?
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Well if it's only $15 difference than keep the i7 950. A good aftermarket heatsiink costs more than that.
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I've also been thinking of this mix, a slightly cheaper version of the i7 processor (like you said) a cheaper hdd and a cheaper motherboard and getting 2x Nvidia GTX460. Would the 2 graphics cards make a huge difference? A little confused here.
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your original post said that your budget was a little over $1000, and being that the build you put together was 1199.93, I'm going to suggest that you take a look at the build i put together for someone here:
Help finding parts for building a PC

the cost of buying 2 cards to sli/crossfire is kind of a waste. you would be better off spending the money on the next better card. and then buying another later on down the road when you need a performance boost
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Youre dumping alot of money on parts, but youve skimped on the psu. A cheap psu can easily pop and tae out all your expensive parts.

I'd recommend a much better psu, be it a Corsair, OCZ, Silverstone, Seasonic. Something in the $100 price before rebate zone.

Wow, after all rebates. $59.99 OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W
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Youre dumping alot of money on parts, but youve skimped on the psu. A cheap psu can easily pop and tae out all your expensive parts.

I'd recommend a much better psu, be it a Corsair, OCZ, Silverstone, Seasonic. Something in the $100 price before rebate zone.

Wow, after all rebates. $59.99 OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W
Newegg.com - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 &#47; EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7
Was actually looking at this one:

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
url: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V &#47; EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

What do you think of that one (the asus PSU recommender actually said 650W but if its 700W with all my stuff I'd like to know)? thanks again.
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