mid-size pc build

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was gonna go alienware. it's so amazing, but so expensive.

mid tower case
cooler master

[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advance-Mid-Tower-RC-692-KKN2/dp/B00336EM0W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1262925683&sr=8-1[/ame]


cpu
intel core i7 975

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...ch-_-Processors+-+Desktops-_-Intel-_-19115224


mobo
msi eclipse sli SOLD the f OUT

[ame]http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Eclipse-6DDR3-1600-CrossFireX-Motherboard/dp/B001KC05XE%3FSubscriptionId%3D16330PR1NAHTNCZP5602%26tag%3Dpriwat-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001KC05XE[/ame]


gpu
xfx radeon hd 5970

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=XFX-5970BK&c=pw




RAM

??



sound
creative x-fi titanium

[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Labs-Express-Blaster-Titanium/dp/B001E25KDK%3FSubscriptionId%3D16330PR1NAHTNCZP5602%26tag%3Dpriwat-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB001E25KDK[/ame]


cpu 700
mobo 300
gpu 700
ram 500?
sound 100
misc 300

2500?
+
new lcd? 500-1000
 

Ph?bus

EGO Is My Life!
Don't buy Alienware. It's overpriced generic parts.

First, what is your budget?
Second, do you want to buy a pre-built or build your own? ( I would recommend the latter)
Lastly, what games do you play?
 

Maj.Emish

Thread Junky
if you're gonna spend between 500 - 1000 on a new monitor don't go lcd go with an led monitor. you can get them for like 300 bucks for a 22 inch.
 

Ph?bus

EGO Is My Life!
If you're spending that much overall,
you want some pretty beastly stuff.
SLI'd 480s,
Ethier 3 3D monitors, or 1 30" 2560x1600
i7 980x or just a normal i7 930
6gb ram
WC throughout

:drool:
 

dbee

Forum Fiend
Agreed with Phobus. I would save the cash from the 975 and just get a 930, just as good. I would probably go with a triple monitor setup over a 30" , either way it would require some serious GPU juice, tri 470 or 480's if you want to go for triple monitors or even a 5970 if you prefer ATI. Dont forget the SSD :)
 

PewPewBangBang

EGO Zealot
Yea definitely go with a newer motherboard that supports the USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s

Go with SLI'd GTX 480's maybe even Tri-sli if you want to spend the money and completely future proof it.

Don't get an i7 975, not worth it, get a 930 as others have said or the 980x and just overclock.

Considering the parts you've picked and just a guess at the budget, i would get a better case. Get a Cooler Master HAF 932, i have one and its amazing, will fit anything and support watercooling.

I would recommend going watercooling but its truly a hassle......ask yourself this question, "do you want water-cooling and really push the performance of your hardware or get the best air cooler on the market like my Noctua and get great performance/overclocking but a tad less than watercooling but have virtually no maintenance expect using compressed air and dusting out your components every like 2 months while water-cooling, you may need to pay a lot more attention and a whole lot of junk. (it's not hard but definitely need to learn and gather knowledge)

Also for RAM, i would say just get any 6Gb DDR3 1600 RAM, it doesn't play a huge role unless your a big photoshopper/video editor kind of person.

Screen....i would say get one big screen, 30 something inches. Multiple screens are alright for multitasking but thats about it, and World Of Warcraft :sleep:

Sound card is nothing ridiculous unless your a big audiophile. For the average joe who isn't an audiophile but still can tell a difference, onboard audio is enough as long as you have a good headset.

Do you need hard drives?? i would just say get a big HDD with a SSD for the OS booting and maybe games here and there.

3D would be pretty sweet with the Nvidia vision thing, SLI'd 480's or tri-sli would certainly be able to play any games with great FPS in 3D.
 

Ph?bus

EGO Is My Life!
Yea definitely go with a newer motherboard that supports the USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s

Go with SLI'd GTX 480's maybe even Tri-sli if you want to spend the money and completely future proof it.

Don't get an i7 975, not worth it, get a 930 as others have said or the 980x and just overclock.

Considering the parts you've picked and just a guess at the budget, i would get a better case. Get a Cooler Master HAF 932, i have one and its amazing, will fit anything and support watercooling.

I would recommend going watercooling but its truly a hassle......ask yourself this question, "do you want water-cooling and really push the performance of your hardware or get the best air cooler on the market like my Noctua and get great performance/overclocking but a tad less than watercooling but have virtually no maintenance expect using compressed air and dusting out your components every like 2 months while water-cooling, you may need to pay a lot more attention and a whole lot of junk. (it's not hard but definitely need to learn and gather knowledge)

Also for RAM, i would say just get any 6Gb DDR3 1600 RAM, it doesn't play a huge role unless your a big photoshopper/video editor kind of person.

Screen....i would say get one big screen, 30 something inches. Multiple screens are alright for multitasking but thats about it, and World Of Warcraft :sleep:

Sound card is nothing ridiculous unless your a big audiophile. For the average joe who isn't an audiophile but still can tell a difference, onboard audio is enough as long as you have a good headset.

Do you need hard drives?? i would just say get a big HDD with a SSD for the OS booting and maybe games here and there.

3D would be pretty sweet with the Nvidia vision thing, SLI'd 480's or tri-sli would certainly be able to play any games with great FPS in 3D.
Ever heard of Eyefinity? -.-

And one 480 or 470 would be able to do 3D just fine. But if you go 3D Surround, you would need SLI'd 480/70s.
 

PewPewBangBang

EGO Zealot
Yea i've heard of eyefinity.......and its a big gimmick in the end. The screen bezels ruin the experience.

Eyefinity is fun for about 1 month then you just get pissed off at it and annoyed. Plus he would need ATI cards and even the most expensive monitors meant for eyefinity have an annoying screen bezel around them which still in the end isn't really practical for gaming.

So yea, i wouldn't really ever recommend eyefinity until there are virtually zero screen bezels, it's just a big waste of money in the end and you will regret buying it.

Nvidia 3D vision is the only thing i would splash money on.
 

Ph?bus

EGO Is My Life!
Yea i've heard of eyefinity.......and its a big gimmick in the end. The screen bezels ruin the experience.

Eyefinity is fun for about 1 month then you just get pissed off at it and annoyed. Plus he would need ATI cards and even the most expensive monitors meant for eyefinity have an annoying screen bezel around them which still in the end isn't really practical for gaming.

So yea, i wouldn't really ever recommend eyefinity until there are virtually zero screen bezels, it's just a big waste of money in the end and you will regret buying it.

Nvidia 3D vision is the only thing i would splash money on.
It's this thing called modding. It's not that hard to remove the bezel. -.-
It's not a gimmick. For at least a 3 x 1 set up, any way.
Now a 3 x 2 set up is just retarded. That would piss you off instantly.
 

PewPewBangBang

EGO Zealot
It's this thing called modding. It's not that hard to remove the bezel. -.-
It's not a gimmick. For at least a 3 x 1 set up, any way.
Now a 3 x 2 set up is just retarded. That would piss you off instantly.
Not a lot of ppl would want to do that......idk if they came out with some sort of thing where you could just like literally fuse the screens together eliminating the bezel, that would be cool. Otherwise, idk not really worth it still.

I still prefer one big screen.
 

Ph?bus

EGO Is My Life!
Not a lot of ppl would want to do that......idk if they came out with some sort of thing where you could just like literally fuse the screens together eliminating the bezel, that would be cool. Otherwise, idk not really worth it still.

I still prefer one big screen.
If they're willing to get Eyefinity, they probably have to build a stand, so why not just remove the bezel? It's not that hard...
 

PewPewBangBang

EGO Zealot
I understand, debezeling is fairly simple, just remove screws etc....but still it's a hassle.

Setting up an eyefinity build is still overall a hassle....its cool but like yea...

Anyways, you only go eyefinity if you got money right?? ;)

anyways, i don't think the person who started this thread would really want to go eyefinity and do all this. I could be wrong but i doubt it.

Something really cool i did see was a guy was able to emulate the eyefinity effect on a single 52 inch HDTV.....looked pretty sweet.
 

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I made one post
man i reallly appreciate everyone who posted comments! i ll study what you all said. I visited my friend over the weekend who is quite the guru. he gave me a whole other list in an effort to reach a price/performance parody. It's a decision ill be making soon. i really like the i7 930 idea. he said go with .

AMD Phenom II X6 1090t


to answer the one guys question i ve played most all video games that exist over the years but nothing new in the last year or 2. I've been playing halo. dont ask why. I'm looking forward to halo reach. Of course i like css and by one freind says i need to have tf2. Obvioulsy a gmaing rig should play the newest games like bc2.


the system i built in 2006 was strong for it's day. Boring vid. dont watch. [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqOCtkgvjeY[/ame]
 
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Ph?bus

EGO Is My Life!
The Phenom II x6 1090T is a six-core processor. Only a handful of games use four cores. The i7's architecture is superior to the Phenom's, and they cost about the same, but you get more performance with the i7 set-up.
Obv choice is obv.
 

PewPewBangBang

EGO Zealot
The Phenom II x6 1090T is a six-core processor. Only a handful of games use four cores. The i7's architecture is superior to the Phenom's, and they cost about the same, but you get more performance with the i7 set-up.
Obv choice is obv.
Yup.....even though the Phenom 6 core is the best CPU out for AMD and probably one of the best they've made. The Core i7 are just faster and better in the end. The i7 930 will outperform the AMD 6 core and is a better buy in the end.

AMD is definitely a better budget performer though. The 6 core in terms of real world gaming won't be far off from the i7 which is why people sometimes recommend it and the overall package including a motherboard is usually cheaper than the Intel setup.

Maybe we should revise your build again.........especially with the release of the GTX 460, you could save a ton of more money if you want to and get really good performance still.

If you want a true budget/performance........i would say get the $200 phenom II x6 CPU......an AM3 motherboard that supports SLI. Get two GTX 460 and SLI them, get a CPU heatsink and overclock the CPU....keep pretty much the rest same. And you could save a ton of money right there. Im just taking a guess but i would say the $200 CPU plus about a $160 motherboard is $360 which would save you almost $200 atleast and the two GTX 460's will also save you a lot and give you performance in between a GTX 480 and ATI 5970...save about $200 instead of a 5970.....and $300-500 from two GTX 470/480.

You could save a total of around $500-700 but its your call. (These are all just rough estimates)

I'll be off on vacation so this is my last post till i get back in a month
 

reflex99

EGO Is My Life!
speaking of eyefinity

once I move air hockey table to garage, then i can has space for eyefinity.

I'll tell you how insane i go.


@OP in that vid is the thing with the stickers your pc?
 
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