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~$1500 Build - Need Help/Suggestions

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New to the forum... Hope this is the correct/best spot to post a build.

I figure the best way to start learning and contributing to this forum is to get my own rig! For the last few years I have been making it by with a laptop, currently an HP.

I have done A LOT of searching in the last few days... trying to come up with a bang for my buck build that wont be totally irrelevant in 2-3 years. I do not necessarly need to play every game on MAX but i would like to play almost anything on decent settings. My normal play consists of wow, star craft, blackops. I also tinker with photoshop occasionally but for no other reason than to pass free time. 60% of my computers time will be spent online downloading/youtube/facebook/forums/hulu/netflix/etc. I have one screen on the list for now but would eventually get two... and i would love to double the graphics card in sli. I want a stable build that i can hopefully overclock to or near 3.8 ghz (i have seen them go to 4...). I have no specific allegiance to amd/intel etc. Thanks!

Processor: Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930 2.80GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail BX80601930 - $279.99 x1

Noctua for Intel CPU Cooler NH-U12P SE2 - Noctua - $65.95 x1

Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 560 1 GB DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x 16 Graphics Card N560GTX Ti Twin Frozr SLI - $249.99 x1

Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Memory - 4 GB : 2 x 2 GB - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3 - 1600 MHz - $58.00 x1
PC3-12800 - CL9 - 1.5 V - unbuffered - non-ECC

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive - 7200 RPM WD5000AAKS - $39.99 x1 (& ssd soon)

Board: ASUS LGA 1366 - Intel X58 - True USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s - ATX Motherboard P6X58D-E - Asus - $219.99

Power: Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Power Supply - Intel Core i7 compatable - $109.99

Wireless: ASUS PCE-N13 - Wireless PCI-Express Adapter - 802.11b/g/n - 2 External Antenna - Asus - $27.99

CD/DVD: Asus 24x DVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM/±R/±RW 24x 8x 16x (DVD) 48x 32x 48x (CD) Serial ATA Internal OEM - $19.99 x1

Case: Cooler-Master Haf X: Ultimate Full Size Gaming Chassis - Coolermaster - $179.99

Cooler Master R4-LUS-07AR-GP MegaFlow 200mm LED Case Fan (Red) - Cooler Master USA, Inc. - $14.68 x1

Extras: ASUS VE208T 20-Inch LED Monitor - ASUS Computer International Direct - 129.99 x1 (x2 soon)

Cyborg V.5 Keyboard - Cyborg Productions - $38.24 x1 (? open to suggestions)

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - Arctic Silver - $6.32 x1

Belkin 36-Piece Demagnatized Computer Tool Kit with Case (Black) - Belkin Inc.- $27.40 x1 (? open to suggestions)

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$1,468.50 Sub
$ 5.49 Ship
$ 0.00 Tax
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$1,473.99 Order Total

If you guys have suggestions for different parts or see compatibility issues/bottle necks etc let me know. Most importantly if there is somewhere else i could find these parts cheaper or better ones for a similar price let me know. I priced all these on newegg and amazon.
post #2 of 13
This will bump up your total a bit, but I think triple channel ram is the way to go with a 1366 build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-258-_-Product
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How many of the power supplies connections will be left disconnected? Would it be "nice" to spring for the modular version, thier 750hx? Or is it really not that big of a deal to leave the few cables tucked away behind the board? And thanks for the triple channel suggestion. It brings up another question though... Is 1366 the way to go?
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ASUS P6X58D E or Premium? I really like the extra lan hookup, and the better heat sinks. Looks like they are about even otherwise with a rather large price gap. Thoughts?
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P6X58D-E is better than the premium.

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EDIT: Since I have almost the same setup, I strongly recommend you to take a look at the Coolermaster CM-690 II Advanced, rather than the Haf-x (if you're not going water).
Edited by _Chimera - 2/21/11 at 3:06am
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You know what, I don't think you need a 1366 build, you're not a hardcore bencher/gamer, neither a designer, video editor etc... so I came up with this build:

Combo (i5-760 + P7P55D-E Pro) - $372.99
CM Hyper 212 Plus - $29.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2x2GB DDR3-1600 CL7 - $64.99
Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB - $124.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB - $49.99
ASUS GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 - $249.99
CORSAIR Enthusiast 650W 80plus - $89.99
2x Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED - $319.98 ($159.99 each)
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic - $69.99
Saitek Cyborg V5 CCB44026N002/06/1 Black - $41.99
BELKIN PC Service Tool kit (55-Piece) - $34.99
ASUS PCE-N13 PCI Express Wireless Adapter - $27.99
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - $17.99
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - $6.99





Subtotal:$1,502.85

You get:
· SSD
· Dual 1080p Monitors
· 560 Ti 1Gb GPU
· Awesome Mobo
post #7 of 13
Spend $100 less on the motherboard and spend $100 more on a video card. There's absolutely no reason that you should be spending $220 on a motherboard because you're not going to notice any difference at all.
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Originally Posted by sccr64472 View Post
Spend $100 less on the motherboard and spend $100 more on a video card. There's absolutely no reason that you should be spending $220 on a motherboard because you're not going to notice any difference at all.
I totally agree. There are many premium motherboard out there but you should find what fits your needs. I use an old motherboard and its still kicking it. If you pick motherboards these days which is new all come in good quality. You are paying high price for those extra features maybe more PCI-E slots or maybe more RAM slots.
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In reality... for both types of builds posted so far i wouldn't fully use either of the boards. On the 1333 i would probably never go past 3 ram. On the 1156 never past two. Right now i just couldnt justify the need for more than 6 gigs. And even if i required more i could always swap rather than continue to put more in.

Graphics cards... i had one in there for starters. But i would and will eventually put a second in SLI.

Internet... i would only need one lan and i do require wireless at my current location (so i wouldnt need the premium, just the e model of the mobo listed).

I do want usb 3.0 and 2.0 with plenty of connections.

I want it to have plenty of stability and overclocking capability because i do want to get close to 4.0 on the cpu if possible. I dont see myself wanting more than 4 cores so if the i5 works then thats awsome, i7 is cool also.

Specifically on the case... i do want a window. Pointless to the computer but its nice to look at. Maybe the sniper would be a good choice? But theres no front facing 3.0 connection. But at this time i guess that doesnt really matter.

I do like the 2nd build, im just trying to weigh it and see if i would be happy in 3 years. You all have rigs already... did you want more when you were done?
Edited by mlbplayer86 - 2/21/11 at 6:13am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sccr64472 View Post
Spend $100 less on the motherboard and spend $100 more on a video card. There's absolutely no reason that you should be spending $220 on a motherboard because you're not going to notice any difference at all.
Btw... what would you recomend as an alternative board and vid card combo? that hopefully fits the above post
Edited by mlbplayer86 - 2/21/11 at 8:24am
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