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Firstly, I would like to state that I'm entirely new to overclocking and well, building custom systems, I've spent the past 2 weeks deciding on what to buy. I've budgeted around $1850 for the Desktop itself, leaving 150 for a monitor of my choice.

Another point I need to state, is that the country that I'm in is technologically hindered, since a "mafia" governs the importing of computer products which renders many adequate products expensive and great products astronomically expensive.

Example: Zotac 480GTX costs $780 (before tax)... will cost around $870 after tax.


So what I've crunched in about a week of mild research is this system.


3.06 GHz - i7-950 $299.00
Intel DX58SO $225.00
1TB WD1002FAEX 7200RPM S-ATAII 64MB Black Edition $87
Patriot PX736G2000ELK Viper Xtreme Triple Channel DDR3 6GB (3 x 2GB) PC3-16000 (2000MHz) Enhanced Latency Kit $161.00
LG GH24NS50-24X DVDRW - Dual Layer SATA $24
A90 Armor case $105
Thermaltake 800 $135
EVGA 460 GTXx2. $235x2 - $470
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition $113.00
ThermalTake CL-P0466 SpinQ w/ 1366 Clip CPU Cooler$49


This will bring my system to a total of $1668.
After I apply the 10% retardation tax, it will be $1834.8

Memory:
I've searched for alternatives in terms of memory and PSU, but I couldn't find ANY other brands. I read multiple reviews about Patriot memory, and it seems to be really well refined. In terms of the memory, I'm not really sure how the speed of memories work with the processor and motherboard. Basically I would like to know if I should either buy the 2000 MHz 6GB Memory Kit, or the 1600 MHZ 6GB Memory Kit. The difference between them is roughly $3 so it makes no difference to me whatsoever. I checked the DX58SO Motherboard specs, it does NOT support 2000 MHz, however I can apparently tweak it up manually "?"

PSU:
I chose the 800W because its roughly $135 and is perfect for my budget, I don't intend on overclocking my CPU to anything over 3.6GHZ *my goal*. Will this PSU be enough with the SLI-ed GTX460s and accesories in the motherboard?

Motherboard:
The only other motherboard I could find was the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R, however it's priced at around $410, will the DX58SO suffice for a 3.06 --> 3.6 OC? I'm going to buy a CPU cooling mechanism from Thermaltake regardless if needed or not, just looks amazing .

GPUs:
I chose the EVGA FPB 1GB DDR5 because of their insanely cheaper combined price of $517 compared to a weaker 480GTX priced at $870. Despite the fact that the video card sells for around 160-170 outside of my country, this is the best current video card I have access to.

Processor:
Only 2 i7 cores available, i7-950 or i7-960. the 950 is for $330, whilst the 960 is for $660 . F**king bull***** if you ask me. I can however invest money into Sandy Bridge Intel processor/motherboard, however the complication of no more 3 channel memory arises.

Case:
The Armor A90 looks like its the best case for my budget, and seeing as how I only have access to Thermaltake cases, I had no other choice.



In a nutshell, This is what I managed to rig up for my PC, I intend on using it for Gaming. I do multitask alot, usually have about 5-10 programs running. I do also hope that this PC will last (with care) for about two years. Thank you for understanding my noobness in terms of computer knowledge .

Sincerely,
Fwosty
post #2 of 33
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I can however invest money into Sandy Bridge Intel processor/motherboard, however the complication of no more 3 channel memory arises.
Triple channel and dual channel has little performance differences. Only visible on synthetic benchmarks.

If I were you I'd just go wait until the P67 chipsets are fixed and go Sandy Bridge.
    
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Triple channel and dual channel has little performance differences. Only visible on synthetic benchmarks.

If I were you I'd just go wait until the P67 chipsets are fixed and go Sandy Bridge.
I would wait, but even if I wait. I would have to wait even longer for them to be shipped to my country, which is Lebanon in-case you're wondering. I haven't found ONE single 500 series nVIDIA card yet... And the best processor you can buy is the i7-960. It's a completely messed up market, but I have to deal with it.
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You might hate me for saying this, heck, you might even wanna punch me...

But, patience is a virtue.

Then again, the decision is still up to you.
    
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And I just realized I posted in the wrong forum section .
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post #7 of 33
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Well if I am to stick with the 1366 chipset, could the Intel mobo run the 2000 Mhz Patriots? Basically what I'm asking is,

Intel DX58SO

+

3x2gb 1600mhz
or
3x2gb 2000mhz


I intend to OC to 3.6 with a CPU cooler, 460GTX SLI, and an 800W 80%+ efficiency PSU.
Damn my noobness, but... Possible?

And thanks for the correction Chunky
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Well if I am to stick with the 1366 chipset, could the Intel mobo run the 2000 Mhz Patriots? Basically what I'm asking is,

Intel DX58SO

+

3x2gb 1600mhz
or
3x2gb 2000mhz


I intend to OC to 3.6 with a CPU cooler, 460GTX SLI, and an 800W 80%+ efficiency PSU.
Damn my noobness, but... Possible?

And thanks for the correction Chunky
CPU: i7 920/i7 930 if they are cheaper (same chip, different clock, can still achieve 4.0)

MOBO: anything by Asus, I swear by them

GPU: get a 460, better yet, get a 560 ti or when money comes, get another 460 for sli or maybe tri sli


or maybe a 470/480?
for the 480 just get it second hand from someone in OCN,
SadSoul has one for 300+shipping worldwide
http://www.overclock.net/video/90094...gtx-480-a.html

but dont forgot about ati's offerings, 6870 in cf destroys everything thats thrown at it.
GOOD ATI BRANDS: MSi, XFX, ASUS, SAPPHIRE
GOOD NVIDA BRANDS: EVGA, MSi, PNY, Asus

Zotac is fine.

CPU COOLER: DONT GET 212+ I REPEAT DONT GET 212+
i recommend a Thermalright Silver Arrow or a Noctua NH-D14 for an OC up to 4.0.

just get the 1600 mhz ram, 400 mhz isnt much, ram speeds have never mattered that much in the already fast 1600mhz.

for psu, just go to psu calculator for reference
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post #9 of 33
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Thanks for the reply somebody, theres no other core I can find in this country atm . as for the Video Cards, I'm currently buying 2x EVGA 460 GTX for SLI, I can't find one single 500 series GPU in my country. And ill end up getting the 1600 mhz memory as you've advised.

This is the website where im obliged to buy my parts from, it has the cheapest equipment here. Theres a tight monopoly and technological ignorance when it comes to powerhouse PCs.


http://www.pcandparts.com/price.htm
I'm completely open to a new build providing that all the products come this above mentioned website. I'm looking at around $1730 (excluding tax) for the desktop itself.
Edited by Fwosty - 2/17/11 at 3:41pm
post #10 of 33
Thread Starter 
I've decided to swap out the
1TB WD1002FAEX 7200RPM S-ATAII 64MB Black Edition $87

for a much better

Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200RPM 32MB 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ SSD Hybrid Drive$153.00.

I'm also dropping the win7 64 bit from the list which is an extra 113*1.1 = $125 for other parts
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