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Old May 7, 2010, 12:36 PM
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HI. Im helping a friend build a gaming rig. His budget is about $2700. He want to be able to play all the newer games in max settings (or as close to max as possible), as well as some of the older classics like crisis at 1920 x 1200 res.

As for overclocking, he wants something that could safely handle some timid OCing but nothing extreme

Everything is Canadian. Hes going to price match with memory express to eliminate shipping except the few things they might not have which he could get from NCIX.

As for brands there is little to no preference. I like eVGA and Corsair so the list below is kinda biased to those, but its completely open for change.

I threw this list together. Havnt been keeping up to much since I got my rig in the summer so it might be better to go AMD or ATI.

Intel i7 930 - $297.79 @ PC Cyber

eVGA GTX 480 Stock - $516.60 @ Direct Canada

WD 1TB Black 7200 w/ 64mb - $97.95 @ PCV Online

Corsair 1000W PSU - $241.50 @ Direct Canada

Creative X-Fi Titanium - $82.80 @ Swift Gamers // Good chance he will end up using onboard sound instead

Asus P6TX58D - $252.05 @ Infonec Computers

Corsair Dominator 6GB 1600mHz - $229.99 @ Newegg

Thermaltake Ultra-120 Black w/ dual fan - $111.10 ***

Samsung 245T - $619.99 @ memExp

Samsung SH-S243D 24X DVD - $21.01 @ Swift Gamers

SUBTOTAL - $2274.78

*** Thermaltake Ultra-120 Black Rev.C - $61.15 @ Direct Canada
TT Fan Shrouds x 2 - $9.98 @ memExp
TT 1366 Bracket - $9.99 @ memExp
2 x stock TT fans - $29.98 @ memExp // I know Noctuas are better, but there so god dam ugly.

Plus about $150 for a case.

Hes also looking to go SLI in the future so it needs some power to spare. And even if he doesnt get a sound card, he still wants PCIe-1x incase he every changes his mind or decides to put a WiFi card there.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Old May 7, 2010, 12:49 PM
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I may be mistaken, but I don't really see the need of getting the Core i7 930, 940, 950, etc. just because a D0 920 can overclock so easily. Especially at the price drops we've seen on the i7 920 (~$260 and even lower sometimes), I feel an i7 920 is all you would need. Saving $300 on the CPU is huge, giving you breathing room with all your other purchases. I also think that getting such high caliber RAM is excessive. Other people will most likely disagree, but I would go for the cheapest triple channel kit of RAM you see (excluding shady or unheard-of brands).
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Old May 7, 2010, 12:50 PM
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Hi Most of your list is pretty good. I would change a few things though. For memory, I would look at getting PC 15000, Mushkin # 998834. Lifetime war. a little less $. The mobo I would use is either the P6X58D or P6X58D-E. It has next gen. usb and sata. The 1st is the premium, but the 2nd has better controllers, and is much cheaper than the Evga. The cpu I would buy is the 930 because it is very friendly to overclocking. I've seen upwards of 4+ ghz on air. The HDD would be WD 1 TB green instead, and the money saved would be more than enough for a SSD 60-100 gb for the OS. Love that psu!!! Good luck.
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Old May 7, 2010, 01:53 PM
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If he's only going for a "timid OC", those parts are serious overkill. Save him some cash, go with a i7 930, the regular EVGA X58, a 850w PSU, and some G-Skill memory. That should save enough for a 2nd GPU, or he can put it in his pocket. Oh, and that GTX480 is $516 at DC, not $416.
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Old May 7, 2010, 02:14 PM
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^^^ Great advice !!.....Yeah I just bought 2 x evga 480's......saw that $416 .........wtf???......

Even the lesser speed Dominator 3 x 2GB 1600 hx can be had for around $220...wayyyy less than the 1866 Mhz .......

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Introducing me n my OCD to Watercooling, is like taking an Alcoholic to an "all you can drink" Beach Bar in Mexico

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Don't plan on oc'ing much using the H50. Slap a serious air cooler instead (ex. Noctua D14 with dual 120s), or build a custom water-cooling setup based on a dual 120mm rad. Don't get me wrong, the H50 is a good wc setup, but not for i7 oc'ing.
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Old May 7, 2010, 03:54 PM
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if its a gaming machine,as said above, cheap out on cpu and such. psu is good, kinda overkill for one card.even if its a gtx 480 lol
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Old May 8, 2010, 01:12 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I took the suggestions and updated the list and managed to bring the actual rig (without monitor) under $2000. See what you think, and please keep the suggestions coming.

Keep in mind he wants lots of room to upgrade. Will definantly be looking to SLI sometime in the future.
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Old May 10, 2010, 06:51 PM
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The H50 is a great cooler if you have a good case. I have the Silverstone Raven and the H50 my i7 is always overclocked to 4.0ghz and as high as 4.2ghz at one point, its getting to be summer now and my apartment gets way to hot :(. My i7 idles at 35-42c lowest/highest cores. and when running intelburntest only goes as high as about 75-80c which as what i have seen is fairly average. if you mount your rad in a good spot where it gets good airflow it will be an inexpensive and quiet cpu cooler that doesn't take up a ton of space in your case :) but in the end it is always up to you. I'm just throwing in my 2 cents. :)
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