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OnionFily June 29, 2010 02:27 PM

New Gaming Build, First Time Builder
 
Alright guys, first time poster, and actually a first time builder. I found this site searching for benchmarks, saw a very thorough forum, thought I'd try my luck here.

I'm looking to order/build my PC within the next 2-3 weeks. It will be used primarily for gaming. My budget is around $1500, possibly stretchable to $1700, but I really don't want to go over $1500 if I don't have to.

Sound card isn't needed as I have one I bought a few years ago that'll still hold up today. DVD/CD Drive I was just considering using from a 6 year old PC as it's not a primary focus I have.

I've been an Intel Fanboy for a while now, but keep hearing that if I want to futureproof this PC, to try and look into AMD. So for this topic, if you're going to recommend a AMD, would you be able to explain why?

I've also been a nVidia fanboy for a while, but was told to look into the 5850. As of yet, I have found no reason to shift my focus onto the 5850 as it seems to drag it's feet alongside the GTX 470.

As for everything else, no preference, just whatever does the job right.

I really want to be able to run games like Crysis at or close to max settings. So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me out.

GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 470 - (NCIX.com - Buy ASUS GeForce GTX 470 Fermi 607MHZ 1280MB 3348MHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI Video Card - ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 In Canada.)
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz - (NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.66GHZ Bloomfield 8MB 4.8GT/S - BX80601920 In Canada.)
MOBO: Gigabyte X58A-UDR3 - (NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte X58A-UD3R ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 4PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 Sound GLAN CrossFireX SLI Motherboard - GA-X58A-UD3R In Canada.)
MEMORY: Corsair XMS3 6GB DDR3 - ()
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200RPM - (NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS 3.5IN NCQ Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Warranty - WD5000AAKS In Canada.)
SOUND CARD: N/A
DVD/CD: N/A
POWER SUPPLY: Corsair TX850W - (NCIX.com - Buy Corsair TX850W 850W CMPSU-850TX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Active PFC 140M Fan Power Supply - CMPSU-850TX In Canada.)
CASE: Lancool PC-K56WB Mid Tower - (NCIX.com - Buy Lancool PC-K56WB ATX Advanced Mid Tower Case 5X5.25 4X3.5INT No PS USB Audio Window - PC-K56WB In Canada.)

SugarJ June 29, 2010 02:36 PM

The only thing I'd change is to pick up a Caviar Black for a hard drive instead of a Blue. Your PSU might be overkill for now, but would be fine for a SLI configuration down the road.

I'd suggest picking up an aftermarket heatsink/fan like this: NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM - RR-B10-212P-GP In Canada. to keep your CPU cooler, and give you some overclocking room if you want.

Also, new DVD drives can be had for $20, worth it in my books rather than moving the old one. NCIX.com - Buy Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM - SH-S243D/BEBE In Canada.

Keltron 3030 June 29, 2010 03:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SugarJ (Post 397564)
The only thing I'd change is to pick up a Caviar Black for a hard drive instead of a Blue. Your PSU might be overkill for now, but would be fine for a SLI configuration down the road.

I'd suggest picking up an aftermarket heatsink/fan like this: NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM - RR-B10-212P-GP In Canada. to keep your CPU cooler, and give you some overclocking room if you want.

Also, new DVD drives can be had for $20, worth it in my books rather than moving the old one. NCIX.com - Buy Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM - SH-S243D/BEBE In Canada.


+1

Might i just add that while that is a nice case you picked, you could always look into the Cooler Master 690 II. You don't need to go for this thou, as its your decision :thumb:

_dangtx_ June 29, 2010 03:45 PM

well, besides getting one or 2 5870's in crossfire on an amd system(way less expensive) yours is not looking bad.
good psu, overkill
case is ok, id much prefer the 922

OnionFily June 29, 2010 03:50 PM

I've heard a few mention the PSU being overkill. What wattage would you recommend? I was just trying to take the precautionary step, lol.

Behemoth- June 29, 2010 03:58 PM

PSU is fine if you expect to SLI/crossfire. I'dd also get a 930 instead of the 920. It seems like you want to keep this rig for a long time so look at an evga card instead of Asus. (lifetime warranty.) Not in stock at NCIX right now but you can leave them a message or look elsewhere.

As for the case, I have the very same case and it is nice, but for the build you want, you will want to look at something bigger. cable management in this one is fine for smaller builds I think. and that's the kind of case you WANT a modular PSU. Look and the HAF 922 or if you want to stay with a clean looking case, : NCIX.com - Buy Lancool PC-K62 Black ATX Advanced Mid Tower Case 5X5.25 4X3.5INT No PS USB Audio - PC-K62 In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.8GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 130W 45NM Retail Box - BX80601930 In Canada.

Remember to price match and check weekly sales page!

SugarJ June 29, 2010 04:08 PM

A 650w is plenty for this build as is. A 850w gives you the option for SLI down the road.

And yes, I missed that you had a 920 in your list instead of the 930. The 920 is EOL, and the 930 can now be had for the same price.

OnionFily June 29, 2010 05:21 PM

OK guys, I took into consideration some of the things you said, and this my build for now.

Can someone review this once more for any incompatibilities?

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UDR3 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6GB/s USB 3.0 ATX
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 3.5"
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 470 SuperClocked 1280MB 320-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express
MEMORY: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB 240-Pin DDR3
CPU: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz

With taxes and shipping, as a rough price from newegg, it almost hits 1600. Slightly over my initial budget, but pretty damn good I'd say. Still need to shop around of course, making sure I find the lowest prices. I have a friend with an unused DVD/CD Drive he'd give me, so that's $20-$30 saved.

Still looking for anyone who's got any suggestion on possible parts that'll save me money!

_dangtx_ June 29, 2010 05:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OnionFily (Post 397638)
OK guys, I took into consideration some of the things you said, and this my build for now.

Can someone review this once more for any incompatibilities?

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UDR3 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6GB/s USB 3.0 ATX
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 3.5"
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 470 SuperClocked 1280MB 320-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express
MEMORY: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB 240-Pin DDR3
CPU: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz

With taxes and shipping, as a rough price from newegg, it almost hits 1600. Slightly over my initial budget, but pretty damn good I'd say. Still need to shop around of course, making sure I find the lowest prices. I have a friend with an unused DVD/CD Drive he'd give me, so that's $20-$30 saved.

Still looking for anyone who's got any suggestion on possible parts that'll save me money!


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OnionFily June 30, 2010 02:59 AM

Wow, dangtx, just... wow. Didn't expect a full post! Thanks! Going to look into those AMD's.

Here's the argument I keep hearing though;

AMD's don't ALWAYS offer the same power Intel does, but that they truly are future proof systems. As in, where as Intel is already introducing a new socket type this year, AMD backs their products for ages, so according to this statement, I can upgrade the CPU in a year or 2 without suffering incompatibilities.

Doe this statement hold truth?

Also, if I were to jump ships and go AMD now, would all my other parts still be compatible?


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