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Old 07-22-2010, 12:40 AM   #1
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Been looking to upgrade my old computer. I recently saved about 1k and want to invest in a good gaming computer and all around system. I was looking around and came up with these items. Not sure if all the parts will be synced and be a good match. So far I came up with these items. Any criticism is fine, really trying to build a great computer that will last a long time.

Case- $140
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-...9749103&sr=8-1

Blu-ray- $180
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...699&CatId=3634

Dont know if I need it, I have a lot of movies over 100. Not sure if I would enjoy watching movies on a 20ish inch screen.

Cooler-$50
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...0236&CatId=493

Processor- 270
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...0&Sku=I69-0920

Hard drive- 75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148433

Memory- 75
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...4&Sku=C13-8220

Might get this combo Processor and motherboard- 470
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...1&Sku=B69-4234

PSU- 70
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...567&CatId=2533

Video card- 170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150447

Open to any criticism. New to custom computer any help if really appreciated. Thank you
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:30 AM   #2
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If i were you id spend 30 more dollars and buy the Intel i7 930 processor. I heard its better than the 920. Ive only delt with the 930 so i cant say its better than the 920 but the 930 is one hell of a processor. Im gonna go ahead and warn you the stock cooler aint worth a crap. The CM 212+ is what i have on mine and it keeps it idle around 27 degrees C at 3.0Ghz and full load with prime 95 no more than 52 degrees C. But of course it will vary from processor to processor. So i hope this help you a little.
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Only consider the i7 920 if it's much cheaper than the i7 930 and you don't wish to overclock. Having said that, 30 seconds in the BIOS and your running the i7 920 at more than i7 930 speeds without a VCore increase. For extreme OC's though go for the i7 930. The only difference between the two is the stock Fq and from what i've seen the i7 930's OC a little further.
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Thank guys. If I did go with the i7-930, What motherboard would you suggest? Trying to keep it under 1k. Can someone suggest the ultimate computer I can build from a 1K budget? And what is overclocking? Will be using this for gaming but nothing too crazy maybe SC2 and for D3 when it comes out.
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Thank guys. If I did go with the i7-930, What motherboard would you suggest? Trying to keep it under 1k. Can someone suggest the ultimate computer I can build from a 1K budget? And what is overclocking? Will be using this for gaming but nothing too crazy maybe SC2 and for D3 when it comes out.
I haven't done the maths but go for either the Gigabyte GA-X58-UD3R or Asus' P6X58D-E. They are both great boards. Overclocking is pretty much upping the clock speed of the CPU, GPU or chipset to enhance performance and the i7 series chips are pretty easy to OC. However the i7 is pretty good as stock, anything else is a bonus.
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I haven't done the maths but go for either the Gigabyte GA-X58-UD3R or Asus' P6X58D-E. They are both great boards. Overclocking is pretty much upping the clock speed of the CPU, GPU or chipset to enhance performance and the i7 series chips are pretty easy to OC. However the i7 is pretty good as stock, anything else is a bonus.
Yeah what he said!! I have the Asus P6X58D-E board and its easy to OC with and its is a good all round board. But of course it your choice of which one you want.
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Yeah I was just looking at it. Just reading reviews on it and check out spec now. So far I know I'm getting the Case/ HAF932, Processer/i7-930, Motherboard/ Asus p6x58d-e. Which cooler would you suggest that works well with this system and will not kill my budget? I only have around 300ish to spend. I can spend a little more but I still need a lot of other parts. Thanks guys
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well the Cooler Master 212+ works wonders for me it keeps my 930 OC to 3.0Ghz right around 27 degrees C and no more than 52 Degrees C at 100% usage using prime95. but i have heard the CM V8 is a good one too, but ive only used the stock cooler and the CM 212+ cooler and stock aint worth a dang the 930 idled around 49 - 51 degrees C and toped out around 84 degrees playing runescape. Now it stay around no more than 46 degrees playing runescape. Oh yeah the CM hAF-932 is a really good case, i have it in the blue LEDs.
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The CM 212 is cheaper then the one I wanted to get. Still reading around trying to find a good cooler. Both will work with the i7-930?
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If you are going with a 1366 slot chip like the i7-930 or 920 you'd be better off getting a triple channel set of memory than the dual channel.
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Can I get 2 dual dd3 which makes it 4 cards total of 8gb. Because that will cost around 150 while the triple card cost around 180-200
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Blu-ray player: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136181

This would save you some money and allow you to possibly put it in to memory. In the case of the x58 boards they are built to do triple channel it will help to increase overall preformance. But its not going to kill you if you chose to go with the dual channel.
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Found this on tiger for 460
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...521&CatId=4139

Will this mother board be good?

What the difference between the p6x58d-E and the Premium? The difference is 60 dollars.

also decided to go with the trip
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

It being 125 more then the reg dual ch ddr3. Is there much difference?


Just did an estimate of how much this comp will cost and it came to be around 1300. Little over my budget what do you guys think?
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Can I get 2 dual dd3 which makes it 4 cards total of 8gb. Because that will cost around 150 while the triple card cost around 180-200
It won't be as fast, and I don't think overclocking will work well
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:25 PM   #15
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I think this will be my final build.

Motherboard- Asus p6x58d-e or premium not sure which one yet. $240/$285

Or might get Combo motherboard and CPU
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...1&Sku=B69-4234
Cost 470

Case- Cooler Master HAF 932
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Cost 140

Memory- Corsair TR3x6g1600c8d
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Cost $200

Hard Drive Seagate 1.5 TB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...8742&CatId=139
cost $90

PSU
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...567&CatId=2533
$70

Video card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-490-_-Product
$180

Cpu fan
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...236&CatId=4314
$50 or the 212 for $30

Any other suggestions or changes you would make?Thanks for all the help guys this will be my first custom computer. Very much appreciated.
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So now I'm really interested in figuring out what the difference would be in a numerical form. And what it looks like is that it depends on what kind of work load you are going to give your computer. If you are going to be doing processor heavy tasks the triple channel doesn't matter as much but if you are doing something that requires a large amount of memory then the triple channel allows you to split up the load to make it flow easier.

Heres a good article:http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/16..._it/index.html

Basically its saying that right now if you don't have the money for triple channel the dual channel is fine but it seems that maybe the next line of processors (speculation) will put more stress on the memory.

Looks pretty good, did you decide to drop the Blu-ray player?
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I will be using this for mostly gaming/hw/online browsing. But I can spend a little more so that I don't need to upgrade right away.

But if it will make my computer run more smoothly I wouldn't mind spending 100-200 more, If it will be a huge difference.

Still undecided on which motherboard I'm getting but how is the Combo? its only 460 which price wise is very good. But how does that P6T perform against the P6X58D Premium or P6X58D-E?
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niice, i always prefer the 216 to the 192 core gtx 260s, but just to let you know, it shoudltn affect anything but the gtx 260s are no longer in production
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So what video card would you guys suggest going be using it for some gaming. Keep it around 200 please?

I'm going drop the Blu-ray player for now. I can always upgrade that later when I save some more money. Right now I have a Ps3 and a 5.1 speaker set up with a large TV. I will eventually upgrade to wide screen and maybe a blu-ray player when I get some more funds.

Thanks Rakuma for the good read, might get the dual for now and save 125. I can always upgrade later. If i can stretch my budget, I might go for the tri ch dual
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I have a 5770 ATI card that im very happy with and you can get it for around 150-165. Its a good solid card.

Also with the video set up you have now if its with in sight of your comp I wouldn't be to worried about the blu-ray player/burner less you have some specific use for it.
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