First time gaming/general use build $900-1250

usernts

Distinguished
Jul 3, 2009
4
0
18,510
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: US $900-1250 (might have a little room to stretch, but I would like to stay much closer to the low end)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet, Movies occasionally.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, Microphone, Optical Drives, Monitor (unless you find a heck of deal)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Doesn't really matter too much as long as they are reputable. I would prefer free shipping and to buy everything in the same place.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, maybe XFX gpu, maybe asus mobo? (up for suggestions)

OVERCLOCKING: Probably

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: My current monitor is 1280x1024 but I would being willing to work with higher wide screen resolutions if I can find a deal on a monitor. Nothing too crazy

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Aesthetics don't make much of a difference as long as it's not hideous. I suppose I'm looking for a quadcore (for future-proofing maybe i7 920?) . DDR2 or DDR3?

I've haven't really kept up with the computer scene for some time, so you'll have to forgive the lack of parts selection.

Q or i7?

Definitely an Intel chipset and around 4gb of RAM.

These builds sparked my interest.
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-267710_13_0.html
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-267644_13_0.html

Thanks






 
CASE COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

MOBO GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374

CPU Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

RAM OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365

GPU XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150359

HDD Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
X 2 for raid setup

PSU CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

HEATSINK ZALMAN CNPS9900LED 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046

1249.90 + tax and shipping – 45 in MIR

With this setup you should be good to go. Be able to xfire latter and be able to add a new monitor when ready and OC just add some cpu glue in with the order.

Others might be able to help more

GL with the build
 
niklas_13' build is very good...but I would change a few things...

1. Definately the CPU cooler...That Zalman is overpriced for the performance it offers...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/core-i7-coolers-roundup.html

The Scythe Mugen 2 offers better performance for far less...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093

2. Mobo - That Gigabyte is definately a very good mobo no doubt...but it is prices high on newegg...

Here are few ASUS options ...
If you will only crossfire -
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131386

But my favourite - Just $30 more but well worth it...
ASUS Rampage II GENE LGA 1366 Intel X58
Review - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/rampage-gene-lanparty,2302.html
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131371

And look out for combos in newegg...would save you lot of cash...
RAM + Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.209924
 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 $54.95
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10006382 $109.99 Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.209740 Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $459.98 $15.00 Mail-In Rebate
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $39.98
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102830 $199.99 ($189.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) Free Shipping*
SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.204577 Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $167.98 $15.00 Mail-In Rebate Free Shipping*
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254035 $149.99 Free Shipping*
Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers - Retail

Total: $1,187.85 | $1,142.85 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows RC 7
 

usernts

Distinguished
Jul 3, 2009
4
0
18,510
Thanks a ton. I really appreciate you guys going out of your way to help me out.

Oh, and Why_Me, I already have an optical drive, but thank you for the suggestion.

So, here is what I came up with after going through all the parts you guys posted. Hopefully there's nothing wrong.

$1260.82 shipped - $1240.82 after rebates :bounce: Perfect

finalcomp.jpg
 
looks good !!!

1.You could pickup a 2nd HDD latter if you like for raid

2. Dload a free copy of Windows 7

3. Make sure your old dvd is sata

Then you are set with a sweet system :) damn i should of waited 4 months before i built mine lol
 

usernts

Distinguished
Jul 3, 2009
4
0
18,510
Uh oh. My old optical is IDE. I didn't notice the lack of IDE ports. I guess ill be adding that drive.
 
+1 for the CM 690 same as in my post

For the DVD a SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223Q LightScribe Support - OEM is all you should need

NEWEGG is out of them try another store :)
 

Latest posts