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hi guys. i need some help could i have some ideas on the best parts for a custom gaming pc my budget is around $4500. i would like a total parts list if possible. thanks
 

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4500 :O

i payed 1250 ish. Dont know whet the dollar is now, but i got this ATM


Mobo: Asus P5Q Deluxe, P45, Socket-775, DDR2, ATX, 2xGbLAN, Firewire, 3xPCI-Ex(2.0)16

CPU: Intel Core? 2 Quad Q9300 2.5GHz Socket LGA775, 6MB, 1333MHz, BOXED w/fan

RAM: Corsair TWIN2X 6400C4DHX DDR2, 4096MB Kit w/two CL4 2GB Dimm's, E.P.P and DHX

Power Supply: Corsair Powersupply 620W, 120mm Vifte, 8xSATA, ATX/EPS, 2xPCI-E, 20/24pin

Audio device: Asus Xonar DX/XD, 7.1 channel, EAX2.0, PCI-Express 1x, "low-profile"

GPU: XFX GeForce GTX 260 896MB PhysX CUDA PCI-Express 2.0, 576MHz, 2xDVI, HDMI, Core 216, w/

I used the HDD from my old comp, 2xWestern Digital 500GB

same with the DVD-rom .

Running Far Cry 2, All video settings is on Ultra High, When i run the Benchmark the Average FPS is 55.00+
 

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Na, he's going to want a i7 core machine.

here,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224
Corsair Dominators.
Could go with OCZ gold series for tighter timings and cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284
WDC HDD 1tb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608007
Noctua cooler,
wish the dark knight s1238v was stock or i would of recommended that one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043
Antec 1200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052
ASUS 1080p.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128361
Gigabyte extreme x58
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131346
ASUS Deluxe P6T.

rather go witht the ASUS, your pick.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801
2 x 4870 sapphire 1gb.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153053
Thermaltake psu

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202
i7 Core cpu.

looking at $2,237.77

If you wanted you could get a touch screen monitor :) lol


 

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$4500?!?!?! Dang! You can get you a L33T system!

These are all pricing from Newegg as of Monday, Feb 16, 2009. I tried to get you really good parts at the best prices (rebates and instant cash off, where possible) and free shipping...without compromising quality.

Here's my list for you:

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
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SIGMA WINDSTORM WINDSTORM - WB Black 1.0 STEEL SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SIGMA WINDSTORM WINDSTORM - WB Black 1.0 STEEL SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811226041
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate


$79.99

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Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive)

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive) - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136296
Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy




$539.97
($179.99 each)

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Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Items Return Policy




$5.99

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OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227381
Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy

-$30.00 Instant


$159.99

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DFI LANPARTY JR X58-T3H6 LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

DFI LANPARTY JR X58-T3H6 LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813136066
Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy


$229.99

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XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835233003
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$7.99 Saving


$29.00

1
Nippon Labs 15 ft. USB2.0 A/male to B/male cable Model USB-15-AB

Nippon Labs 15 ft. USB2.0 A/male to B/male cable Model USB-15-AB - Retail
Item #: N82E16812816019
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$7.99

1
XIGMATEK ACK-I7361 CPU Cooler

XIGMATEK ACK-I7361 CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835233027
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$9.99

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OCZ Apex Series OCZSSD2-1APX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II Internal Solid state disk (SSD)

OCZ Apex Series OCZSSD2-1APX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227411
Return Policy: Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy

-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate


$319.00

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Intel Core i7 940 Nehalem 2.93GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601940
ABS Tagan ITZ Series ITZ1100 1100W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

*

Intel Core i7 940 Nehalem 2.93GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601940 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115201
Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

*

ABS Tagan ITZ Series ITZ1100 1100W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817814002
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$80.00 Instant
-$50.00 Combo


$729.98

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MSI N295GTX-M2D1792 GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814127404


$499.99

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Acer Ferrari F-22 Black-Red 22" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824009156


$309.99


This system shipping and all would run you under $3100. Then you could decide if you wanted a 2nd video card for SLi, 2nd monitor, Blu-ray or just DVD, external sound, 4.1/5.1/7.1 speakers, etc.
 

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FullMetal built a nice rig for you. I would consider a Corsair PSU and perhaps a CoolerMaster V8 or TRUE with proper retention bracket for the cooler. Also, you have the ability to go higher on the GPU (at a premium, of course) to keep SLI/X-Fire possibilities in the future.

@jcknouse Wow...that case is certainly a...*pause*...metal enclosure capable of holding computer components; the 940 is a waste of money, keep with an 920; that monitor has a resolution of 1680x1050--get at least a 24" so you can utilize some of the brawn your computer has at 1920x1200; go with ASUS or Gigabyte on the mobo...why micro atx?; why are we doing SSD AND raptor? how about he chooses one for his OS/games and goes with WD black 1tb for storage; MX-2 compound is ceramic and less likely to cause a short (though its hard to say anything negative about a classic like silver 5); make sure you have the proper mounting hardware/retention bracket for the core i7.

Wow...just...wow. There's a difference in utilizing a budget and then taking hundred dollar bills, folding them into paper airplanes, and tossing them in a fireplace :)
 

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i Would change the corsair dominators to the ocz's because of tighter timings but, depends on how well they run, could down clock the corsairs for tighter timings.

depends on what the op wants..
 

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It's not a grand case. But, it looks like it has immense airflow. If I was going watercooled, I would have gotten a different case.



Teaches me to comment on Intel. lol



True.



SSD for boot/OS load and primary applications. Velociraptors for game-play. Wouldn't want to go all-SSD til 512GB are reasonably priced...even with $4500.



Used AS5 on several machines now. never had a short or anything, and it has been more consistent than anything else I've ever tried




That's what the secondary kit was supposed to be...LGA1366 bracket for all HDT XXX1/XXX2/XXX3 HSFs.



lol...if I had wanted to waste money, i would have gone 965Extreme, 12GB DDR3-2000 ram, SSD RAID, dual GTX295s, 26" monitor.

the case your mobo and CPU sit in doesn't matter so long as it has decent airflow for your cooling method. the PSU is the really important part of that. so, making sure to pick ThermalTake or PC Power and Cooling or Lian-Li really is superficial.


Plus...I spent all of about 5 mins on that config in a break from maintaining databases lol
 

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It was the case =( It set me off...

As far as the thermal compound, right in my comment I mentioned it's hard to knock Silver 5. However, their new ceramic compound is only two dollars more, and doesn't need a cure time. I have had numerous positive experiences with Silver 5, and if I had a spare tube lying around wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. However, for a general build, why take chances?

I think that the drive array is overkill. 120gig on the solid state (or a single raptor) ought handle the OS/games, and it's hard to imagine an enthusiast not needing more than 500 gig total storage out of 4 drives. Plus, given that...*shudder* case, its only midtower, and by drive #5 he's getting slightly cramped.

The case was 80$, and there are plenty of alternatives...I'd even be willing to go Antec 300...btw, were you thinking blue or red on the case? :p

I'm at work now, so brevity is understandable. Just...he has to look at the case every day... =/
 

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If you shop around you can get the parts even cheaper than newegg. For the i7 processor check microcenter.com they are going for 229.00$ till March 1st.

I also picked up a Antec 1200 for 129.99$
 

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Maybe that's where I'm different.

I keep the computer under the desk. I have my 24" monitor, keyboard, mouse, 500GB external drive and 3 speakers in my 7.1 surround on top.

Oh...and I usually have a nice cold beverage up on the desk too....I need a bigger desk lol

Seriously tho, I just look for function over fashion.

I don't know if an enthusiast needs TBs of space. Maybe with Vista you do, but I don't run that on any of my gaming boxes. Just 2 laptops that came with it. I still run XP Pro x64 for gaming.

I do have a box that has 3 500GB drives in RAID config, but that's my business PC at home with the 8GB ram too. I have it spaced out for DBs and all.

My current gaming rig is this:

ASRock Wifi mobo AM2+
AMD Phenom 9850 BE
8GB Patriot Viper SLi compatible DDR2-800 ram
1 WD 150GB Velociraptor
1 Samsung Spinpoint 500GB drive
2 DVD-RWs (can't remember the brand)
2 XFX 9800GTX+s in SLi
24" Acer Ferrari monitor

I put my stuff in a cheapo RaidMax case...and the airflow sucked...so I had to add 80mm case fans to improve it. that's why I saw the case and it's massive amounts of open airflow ports. for air cooling, you just can't beat a case that lets things stay cool.

But I hear ya. no worries. i like hearing other peoples opinion on stuff. maybe i'm not an "enthusiast"...just a "purist geek"

(yes...i hate led fans lmao :lol: )
 

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wouldnt of gone with that case in the first place, cant go by looks of something,

what i picked out is stuff i've been looking at for months other than that i7 and x58 stuff.

the s1238 and the lga 1366 retention bracket i would rather pick than the noctua, noctua has dual fans so it limits space even though antec 1200 is a full tower.

other than that, umm review what i picked...
 

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Hope this is not too dumb of a question, been looking at building a new system myself. Something I have not thought about for years. Amazing how much has changed when you don't watch this stuff all the time.

Anyway, can I ask, why the 2 x 4870 Sapphire vid cards instead of a single GeForce GTX 295? Seems the price would be pretty close. What am I missing on the double Sapphire setup? Sorry to be so ignorant, trying to read up on this stuff as we speak, but never hurts to ask to speed up the learning process.

Thanks,
 

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Oh that's cool. Besides, I haven't build an Intel box in...er...well, a long time lol :lol: I usually go with an AMD budget processor.

I tend to try out new cases and see how they do. i've used raidmax, ark, rosewill, broadway corp, etc etc.

as for the HSF, I just had heard the Xigmatek was good in the Intel arena. Noctua is too, from what I remember. I usually use ZeroTherm Nirvana (for cheaper builds) and Zalman 9700s (not so cheap builds) for AM2/AM2+.

kinda hard for me tho to keep up with it all. i'm a software/dba type. i love building PCs, but i don't have time to read for hours like i did...plus Computer Shopper went down the tubes years ago. glad i found Toms and some other sites where i can read.

I probably should have suggested that ThermalTake case I like for my next build. That thing looks like it pulls some serious air through it. It's the V9.

Thermaltake V9 Black Edition ATX Computer Gaming Chassis with Dual Oversized 230mm Ultra-Silent Cooling Fans VJ400G1N2Z Mid Tower - Retail - Item #: N82E16811133074

What do you think of that case? Just curious.

Only $5 than the other, and they have a combo to save $5 more on the DVD-RW. :lol:
 

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Ive seen on benchmarks that crossfire comes out over the x2 card.

memory type of GDDR5 on the sapphire to the GDDR3 on the 295.

Core clock of 750mhz on 1 sapphire 1gb to the 536mhz on 1 gtx 295.

Single processing core of 800 on the sapphire to (240 x2) on the gtx 295.

only thing i see that changes the 295 from the sapphire is the memory clock and interface. which isn't much difference when you put both of the sapphires together only thing i see being worried about is setting the jumpers on a new x58.






 

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That case is a nice case btw, just got to watch out for your side fan and a cooler hitting it.

seems like a descent airflow but, cable management is another thing
 

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cool. yeah, that 200+mm fan is kinda big. i wouldn't be able to stick a ZeroTherm in there probably. might have to look

i don't worry a ton about cable management. as long as it doesn't block my fans, i'm happy. i'm not out to impress people with how my PCs look. just that i can run 10 sessions of Shadowbane at once lmao :lol:

hopefully that Thermaltake case will work good. i am going to build a new gaming box next fall/winter. i am gonna make it AM3 if they keep up with Intel, or i will go low end i7 if AMD fails me. i just want a good box is all. i lived with P5-120s and AMD K6-3s for too long before i got a dual core lol :lol:
 

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That is not a bad case. Built a rig with a friend in that one. The fan is rather large--we had an issue with the first cooler he went with. One of those huge zalman ones. It ended up fine though.

Just remember cable routing and airflow are related--don't neglect it too badly.
 

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That's a lot of money. Why don't I suggest a system, and you pass the savings to me :D But seriously, you are better off spending $2,500 now, and using the savings to upgrade parts later. Systems go out of date so fast, the money could go to keeping your graphics card current.