Help me build a i7 Gaming PC w/ $2G Budget!

redice

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Have a $2000 shipped budget.

USE: Mostly Games. Want to use Intel I7, SLI/Crossfire (definitely 2 for now, maybe 3 in the future), 6GB+ memory. maybe water-cooled? Want a fast HDD for the OS (velociRaptor?) and do not need a storage drive (will be reusing).

Want to overclock.

REUSING: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard, Speaker, Storage HDD, OS, and Sound Card.

Planning to build within the next month. I live in the US, and looking to purchase the parts mostly online.

Let me know whats good! Thanks
 

Roffey123

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Oh boy oh boy, I wish I had that sort of money :pt1cable:

Anyways, a bit over budget, but nothing a bit of shopping around won't solve:

Case: Antec 1200- $155
OS HDD: WD VelociRaptor 150GB- $180
GFX: 2x 4850x2 1GB (quad crossfire :p) - $520 at $260 each
PSU: Antec Quattro 850W - $200
RAM: 6GB G.Skill (1600MHz)- $110
Mobo: Asus P6T Deluxe- $290
CPU: i7 920 @2.66GHz -$289
Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P-$85
Optical: Pioneer 4x BD/DVD burner-$200

Comes to a princely sum of $2030. As a I say, shop around and see if you can swap parts for a better deal. If you don't want the Blu-ray, then the extra $100 might be better spent on dual 55nm GTX260s
 

xthekidx

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I wouldn't get 2x4850x2's just yet. Only Saphire makes them so you will be dependant on only one company for driver support, and not many people can afford to get 2 of them so quadfire support for that GPU will be limited. Also depending on the size of the monitor, that money might be wasted on all that GPU power if you game at 1680x1050 res. I would just get a GTX 285 right now, then SLI later (again this might be too much GPU for your monitor).

The Velociraptor is not much faster than the 640gb Caviar Black...and a quarter the size...not worth it IMO.

I would make many more suggestions but its kind of pointless without knowing the size of the monitor you will use, as well as the OS...if you use xp32bit then you should invest in a different OS, namely Vista Home Premium 64bit, you will see much better gaming results.
 
A couple suggested adjustments to the above build:

Xigmatek Dark Knight
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

Cooler Master HAF
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160&Tpk=HAF
OR
Cooler Master Storm Sniper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194&Tpk=Storm%20Sniper

Quad 4850s are not really a great investment according to benchmarks I've seen, and if you get a single GTX 295 at least you'll have some expansion room or space for other cards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130449

No reason to spend that much on a PSU, when you can get this top-rated Corsair for less:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009&Tpk=850TX


 

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I was thinking of just going with one Video Card myself since I'm currently running a 22" monitor (but do plan to upgrade soon). I am going to be running Vista Ultimate x64.



I was thinking of just going with the 295 also, but is it a big improvement over the 285 for the money?
 

xthekidx

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A GTX 295 is total overkill for a 22" monitor, so is a GTX 285. If you upgrade to a 24", then the GTX 285 will be about right I would say, the GTX 295 would probably still be a bit much, but you could still justify it if you wanted to play Crysis with all they eye-candy turned all the way up.
 

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Newegg has a 4870 with 1GB for $230 last I looked. Best Buy has 300GB Velociraptors for $230 (Newegg is about the same, but getting local makes returns easier)...

For a fast gaming machine, I would go with the i7 920, a P6T MB (don't seem any point getting the delux version), 6GB Ram (3x2GB), 4870 with 1GB (which you can crossfire at a later date, if needed), the Zigmatek cooler, and two Velociraptor 300GBs in RAID 0 (striped) mode. The NZXT Tempest has front panel e-Sata, I think, which I like since I have an external 1GB HD with e-Sata, but most cases will do perfectly well. The BFG 650 PSUs seem to be relatively affordable and very good quality.

If you are going to crossfire from day 1, get a 4870 X2... gives you the option of going 4-way in the future.

The Velociraptors in RAID 0 will give you great access times and even better read and write times... up to double the throughput of a single 7,200rpm drive and you get all 640GB if you use RAID 0.

Overclocking to 3.4 should be 100% stable with this and it should play anything, especially if you get the X2. I haven't priced it out but it should come in comfortable under $2K
 

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OK this is the initial build I have come up with. Keep in mind I do plan on upgrading my monitor to something 24"+ and want the room to be able to do 3xSLI when I need it (hence the PSU)

CPU:
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz - 269.99
Motherboard:
EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 - 289.99
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ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 - 289.99
Memory:
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - 119.99
Video Card:
EVGA 017-P3-1291-AR GeForce GTX 295 - 509.99
PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX - 239.99
HDD:
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS - 179.99
Burner:
LG Black DVD Burner - 22.99
Case:
SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV01 - 199.99
Cooler:
???

Total - $1892

Let me know what I can save money on, but keep in mind I want the best possible for my needs. (I am also pretty set on the Case and HDD)

Thanks!
 

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Where else can i buy this, looks like newegg is sold out?
 

redice

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OK just ordered my parts..here is my final build. Will post pics of the install when I get them!

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz - 229.99
EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 - 299.99
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - 119.99
EVGA 01G-P3-1285-AR GeForce GTX 285 SC Edition - 349.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX - 235.49
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS - 229.99
SAMSUNG Black DVD Burner - 24.99
SilverStone Raven RV01 - 199.99
Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme 1366 RT - 84.99

Total came out to a little over $1800 with rebates.

Thanks for everyone for the help!
 

Jack64

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redice, looks like you are going to have a very very nice system, man, these folks on here are great. I wish I had been on here before I built mine, would have saved me what seemed like weeks of research on every part I ordered. But, live and learn. I guess I did ok with my build, but a few missteps along the way delayed me finishing it.
bad MB, bad HDD, wrong cpu cooler. should have been on this forum......ah well.