It's time to start the build

By piggah ยท 22 replies
Jan 24, 2009
  1. ok so yeah 3 months ago i was told to wait and see later down the road what new technologies came out for the rig i want to build so I've waited and this is now what i've come up with. All I'm asking is for suggestions the spending limit is still 3,000 usd. Maybe some one can suggest some peices that would improve performance and also be cost effective. check it.

    processor and tower

    motherboard and hard drive

    operating system


    power supply

    video card or possibly this i can't make up my mind

    sound card





    any suggestions. Oh and if I forgot something because I often do forget things let me know also.

    I started this new thread because the old one was a while back and figured why not start fresh!

    and the final price for this is 2120.74 usd
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Are you building a server or gaming rig? I'm guessing a gaming rig since your motherboard is a server board but does not have a PCI slot for the PCI sound card and it has room for four processors but it supports Operton CPUs not Phenoms and you wouldn't get a gaming graphics card for a server motherboard.

    Also, you didn't include any CPU cooling. The combo you chose comes with a processor that does not include a heatsink and fan.
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Dont buy a phenom 1 processor, an OCZ power supply, and i would say there are newer better sound cards, albeit for a higher price. I honestly don't know about the speakers, they are quite expensive.

    I don't know what your doing with this build, as mailpup said, its a server motherboard AND your CPU will not work out.

    Is this a gaming builid?
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

  5. piggah

    piggah TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 80

    oops i guess i messed up :D ma bad umm i tried tho. to do it on my own. boy am i glad i asked before i started purchasing and yes i'm building a gaming rig...
  6. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Posts: 502

    I would think he should bump up the powersupply with a system of that magnitude! :) Mayber a Corsair or PC Power and Cooling, 620W, even with a nice amperage on the +12v rail might still have some problems in the long run. Dropping another 50+ bucks for something better would make more sense to me, especially now that he has the ~900 USD overhead ;).

    Just throwing out my suggestions. This or That. They're around 200 dollars but they still seem more appropriate. :)
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Actually, I forgot to replace that PSU in the build. I was doing a build on another forum and I posted that PSU here by mistake.

    It is fixed now, thanks Obi. :)
  8. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    There's a difference between spending, and spending wisely. That build is way overkill for what the OP can get. Plus I don't agree with a lot of the part choices, namely the motherboard, PSU, HDD and video card.
  10. Schulze

    Schulze TS Rookie Posts: 18

    thx for this info everyone. it really helped
  11. piggah

    piggah TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 80

    thank you all for all your help i really appriciate it and rage once again you out did yourself :p I'll fill you in on the build and any problems i may have during it here. One more thing about the monitor what do you suggest with the money left over from the build you mentioned. Should i go for duals or stick with one big monitor. Keep in mind its solely for gaming.
  12. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,484   +45

    The only issue I see with this rig is the ram, I assume that anyone, well most people buying a 920 or any core i7 wants to overclock. We have to remember that if he does want to do this the memory controllers are on the cpu. the 965 is the only corei7 that has a bclk( base clock) multiplier that would pair nicely with a 1333 set of

    Just think about not being able to overclock your core i7 to 3.4ghz or higher because of your ram
  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Do correct me if i am wrong, but Corei7 is different than core 2, getting rid of the FSB also gets rid of the dependence on RAM speeds in order to bring up the total processor speed.

    Intel QPI is not linked to RAM speed, plus even core 2 is not highly effected by RAM speed, the only time RAM speed becomes important is if you are really trying to push it, like an enthusiast everclocker.
  14. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,484   +45

    core i7 is diff from core 2 duo, The issue with core i7 is that unless you're buying the 965 the other two models automatically have different settings for overclocking, the qpi isnt related to ram in determining the ram speed, BUT the qpi, must always be at least twice the speed of your ram, so you see, once you oc, or of you do oc at all the wall is hit with qpi, trying to get that 2-1 qpi/ram speed ratio. That's why no matter which board/and or cpu you buy other than the 965 your ram will natively run at 1333.

    There's a lot of math involved, it took me a few hours of reading to understand .
  15. everbroken

    everbroken TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Hey man, I don't know a lot about the computer things, butttt... If you wanna order online, and get those cheaper prices, I know a lot of places are selling prepaid cards you can use online... I'm not sure how big they get, but I think they are about 3 bucks a card... so for every say, 100 bucks you pay 3, but idk. They might go bigger.

    Something to look into.
  16. everbroken

    everbroken TS Rookie Posts: 21

    My post is DEFINITELY retarded considering it's in the wrong thread, sorry man, I meant it to be somewhere else.
  17. piggah

    piggah TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 80

    hmmm i wasn't really planning on overclocking or needing to deal with that I'm not even sure i'd be able to execute it correctly. I was just looking for some advice to help me build a freakin sweet gaming rig... without the overclocking.

    i just found out ummm i've only got 1500 to spend would it be better to just get a premade gaming rig or is there a way I could build a decent gaming rig with this price... sorry for that. Oh and monitor(s), speakers, and mouse must be included in that price... Again I appologize my math was really far off...

    oh and this is the desktop i'm looking at if you where wondering... [ame][/ame]
  18. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 887   +19

  19. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Ive looked at the computers, i you would do far better building one, it won't be too hard.
  20. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

  21. piggah

    piggah TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 80

    what would you suggest for the sound card i can go a little over 1500, like 1800 if need be.

    will this system run pretty much any game i decide to play?
  22. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Although the onboard sound will be more than sufficient, you can go with the ASUS Sonar DX for a decent sound card.
  23. piggah

    piggah TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 80

    cool thanx for the help once again I will update on the status of the build and any problems i may come across. Here.
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