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February 5, 2007 11:31:10 PM

Purchased including tax and shipping.
Being built and sent to me as we speak.
Mainly for gaming, but photoshop, microsoft office, and videos too.

Tell me what you think please!

Here is the setup:

eVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI 775 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 2.66GHz Quad Core processors
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Dual 768MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX-SLI Enabled Video cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Thermaltake Armor Extreme Edition VA8004BNS Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1111 (PC2 8888) RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1683...

ENERMAX GALAXY EGA1000EWL-DXX ATX / BTX 1000W Gamers Edition Power Supply 100 - 240 V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

LITE-ON Black 20X DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive (for applications and operating system mainly)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250820AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for storage mainly)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Super Talent Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader 3.5-inch USB 2.0
http://www.iocombo.com/product/showproduct.php?producti...

Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP Wide-Screen Black Flat Panel Monitor
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium FULL VERSION [DVD]-clean install
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-Vista-Premium-V...

Microsoft Office Home 2007
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Office-Home-Student-200...

CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W 8 Outlets UPS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1684...

Thanks for any input....
Hopefully, no big mistakes.... can't really turn back now!

More about : 5000

February 5, 2007 11:33:15 PM

That's quite a setup? Could you donate your extra cash to me? :lol:  I wouldn't mind money toward my cheap-arsch $900 computer in a month!
February 5, 2007 11:38:06 PM

sure,
could you just post your bank account number and routing number...
I would be glad to make a deposit... :lol: 

If I could pull that one off, I could probably buy a few more PCs just like the one I just did....
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February 5, 2007 11:54:54 PM

What money in my bank account? All 12$ in there? :oops: 

I'm a poor kid... you won't get much from my bank account (not that withdraws are allowed without parental permission).

I'm looking at some places to make extra cash; so far racked up $15 in free-time.
February 6, 2007 12:03:22 AM

Keep at it..
Every dollars counts...
I worked a ton of overtime hours to save enough to afford this rig...
Hard work has to pay off sometime.... now is my time :D 
February 6, 2007 12:04:51 AM

That looks to me like a rig that will be top of the line...

For four weeks.

Then R600, K8L, new C2D line-up, 8900GT/8600Ultra will come out (All in the next four-six weeks) and your system will be sub-par for double the cost.

People that spend $300 on a single 8900GT will get the same performance as your big huge high-temperature (Pretty much as hot as lava) 8800GTX SLI set up, and with a processor that cost them 1/6th of the cost of your processor.

But I hope you enjoy the rig. If you're really intent on dumping 5 grand into a rig that will last 6 weeks, be my guest.

But just so you know, half the people here are going to be able to match/beat your rig in benchmarks for half the cost.

Also, why such a big LCD monitor? Why not spend 1200-1300 on a 1080i DLP projector TV or an LCD TV that has DVI support for computers? You'll have a 42-50" viewable screen with HD support.

You should honestly just get an E6600 and learn how to over-clock. E6600's over-clocked are actually the fastest processors out right now. (They over-clock higher than the QX6700/6800 and they also get better benchmarks in programs that COUNT.)

I would also not spend nearly a grand on two GPU's that are likely to be outdated in only 4-6 weeks. Trust me, people that bought the 7800GTX/GTS were GREATLY disappointed when the revised G70 core came out not even 3 months later with the 7900GT/GTX that pretty much DESTROYED the 7800GTX/GTS in every benchmark, ran cooler and they were at the MOST, $300. (Versus the 7800GTX's launch price @ 550+$)

Expect a $300 8900GT to come out, that will outperform the 8800GTX.
February 6, 2007 12:09:43 AM

BTW the Thermaltake Armor Extreme Edition is designed for AMD QuadFX MOBO's but will work. Do you really need a 1000W PSU. 8O
February 6, 2007 12:12:17 AM

All good points.
My last computer just died and I needed a new desktop PC sooner rather than later.

I could have gone much less, no doubt about it. I've never overclocked so that really wasn't a big option for me.
Basically, I could wait until the R600 or the 8900 series comes out and then I could wait for the R700 and the 9000 series and then I could wait for the R800 and the 9100 series.
You have to dive in at some point. I needed it now and I bought the best available.
PC, even the best built, will never be considered top of the line in 6 months regardless.
The only thing I can feel good about is it's not gonna be outdated anytime soon. It should last me at least 2-3 years of good service.

Thanks for the input though, honestly.
February 6, 2007 12:14:32 AM

Gegitech,
I've been toying with getting the parts I wanted for about 2 weeks.
I've had a few different posts with different rigs.
The most comments I got originally on a 750W PSU was that I should get a 1000W PSU.
The second most commented on was RAM. Many said the Corsair PC8888 was the best out there and convinced me to switch.
February 6, 2007 12:15:49 AM

300watt change over ram? :?
February 6, 2007 12:17:24 AM

It shouldnt matter to anyone wether their computer is top of the line or not, aslong as it plays games at the levels that they like to play them then they should consider themselves having a good machine. The fight for having the top of the line hardware is a wastefull battle, wastefull cash wise, but if you are rich.....why the hell not. I probably wont be upgrading for awhile, as I am dedicating more cash resources into pimping out my civic.
February 6, 2007 12:18:09 AM

Quote:
Corsair PC8888 was the best out there and convinced me to switch.


PC8888 :?

Thats Fast :lol: 

I'd switch to that in a heartbeat if I could get it.
February 6, 2007 12:19:00 AM

Gegitech

no sorry, you misunderstood.

I had posted a rig similar with a 750W PSU. Many people told me to go to 1000W.

I also had toyed with a few different RAMs, but everybody has their favorites and I like Corsair. They all suggested to go to the PC8888 ram.

They two recommendations were not really related, just the two most popular recommendations.
February 6, 2007 12:19:37 AM

Quote:
Purchased including tax and shipping.
Being built and sent to me as we speak.
Mainly for gaming, but photoshop, microsoft office, and videos too.

Tell me what you think please!

Here is the setup:

eVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI 775 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 2.66GHz Quad Core processors
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Dual 768MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX-SLI Enabled Video cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Thermaltake Armor Extreme Edition VA8004BNS Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1111 (PC2 8888) RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1683...

ENERMAX GALAXY EGA1000EWL-DXX ATX / BTX 1000W Gamers Edition Power Supply 100 - 240 V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

LITE-ON Black 20X DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive (for applications and operating system mainly)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250820AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for storage mainly)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Super Talent Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader 3.5-inch USB 2.0
http://www.iocombo.com/product/showproduct.php?producti...

Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP Wide-Screen Black Flat Panel Monitor
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium FULL VERSION [DVD]-clean install
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-Vista-Premium-V...

Microsoft Office Home 2007
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Office-Home-Student-200...

CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W 8 Outlets UPS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1684...

Thanks for any input....
Hopefully, no big mistakes.... can't really turn back now!



8O Holy crap! That's a screaming beast of a system you have there. I'm sure she will serve you well into the future.
February 6, 2007 12:20:46 AM

Quote:
It shouldnt matter to anyone wether their computer is top of the line or not, aslong as it plays games at the levels that they like to play them then they should consider themselves having a good machine. The fight for having the top of the line hardware is a wastefull battle, wastefull cash wise, but if you are rich.....why the hell not. I probably wont be upgrading for awhile, as I am dedicating more cash resources into pimping out my civic.


Real pimps don't drive civics.
February 6, 2007 12:21:50 AM

Its just a little over kill. I would say You would need a PSU that big if you had a huge raid accompanying that PIMPED rig. Put the icing on it with a nice Liquid Cooling system seeing you have 2 8800gtx and a quad core that is begging to be overclocked.

Also I think its PC800 Ram
February 6, 2007 12:32:20 AM

I just figured I could put my PC in the trunk of my car every morning and if I ever left my lights on, no problem with the 1000W PSU. In all seriousness, I just wanted to be sure because the 2 8800GTX really pull a lot of juice. Most people told me not to go less than that on this board.

PC800 RAM? not sure what you mean

it's PC2 8888; DDR2 1111 MHz 4-4-4-12.
February 6, 2007 12:37:31 AM

sry my mistake
February 6, 2007 12:40:56 AM

Quote:
It shouldnt matter to anyone wether their computer is top of the line or not, aslong as it plays games at the levels that they like to play them then they should consider themselves having a good machine. The fight for having the top of the line hardware is a wastefull battle, wastefull cash wise, but if you are rich.....why the hell not. I probably wont be upgrading for awhile, as I am dedicating more cash resources into pimping out my civic.


Real pimps don't drive civics.

AMEN! *Pats his GTI*
February 6, 2007 1:05:13 AM

Without benchmarks, its hard to tell if you are bragging or complaining.

Flamebait, pure and simple.
February 6, 2007 1:29:50 AM

more ram - min 4GB
less M$ - XP Pro
bigger monitor - Dell 30" (or one less 8800 GTX)
a case that doesn't require opening doors to play a CD/DVD

basic overkill that should be good for about a year, when all the components will be worth about $2500 new
February 6, 2007 1:43:01 AM

Looks good.

Only two very minor points I would have done differently:
a 6800 extreme instead of the 6700 quad. It has fastrer gaming benchmarks and is cheaper.
Also 2 150gb raptors in raid 0, not one 74gb raptor.
February 6, 2007 1:45:08 AM

Looks good. Very similar rig to mine actually.
Only a few very minor points I did differently:
Different case (p180b as I wanted quiet).
a 6800 extreme instead of the 6700 quad as It has higher gaming benchmarks.
Also 2 150gb raptors in raid 0, not one 74gb raptor. The 74 is prev. generation. (although still fast).
I went with water-cooled gpus and cpu (again as I wanted quiet).

I made the mistake of going with the striker extreme mobo. You got the right one. The striker can't even boot with its memory clock set to the 1111Mhz speed of our memory. Its even only stable upto about 900Mhz.
February 6, 2007 2:07:36 AM

If I had $5000 to waste on a computer, I would get a AMD setup to own that quad core intel

ASUS Dual Socket L Motherboard, Two FX-74 3.0Ghz, Two 8800GTX from EVGA OR XFX, Two Western Digital Raptors, Corsair XMS2-800 Dominator with the best timings (3-4-3-9), a Creative Labs X-Fi Elite sound card, a 1000W Continous PSU (SLI Dual 8800GTX Certified) from PC Power and Cooling, and a big monitor, and whatever else you need.

This machine will be the top of the line till about June/July 2007 when AMD Launches the 4x4 setup where they have a Quad Socket and Quad Core Processors, AKA QuadFather of 16 Cores.
February 6, 2007 3:29:17 AM

Quote:
If I had $5000 to waste on a computer, I would get a AMD setup to own that quad core intel

ASUS Dual Socket L Motherboard, Two FX-74 3.0Ghz, Two 8800GTX from EVGA OR XFX, Two Western Digital Raptors, Corsair XMS2-800 Dominator with the best timings (3-4-3-9), a Creative Labs X-Fi Elite sound card, a 1000W Continous PSU (SLI Dual 8800GTX Certified) from PC Power and Cooling, and a big monitor, and whatever else you need.

This machine will be the top of the line till about June/July 2007 when AMD Launches the 4x4 setup where they have a Quad Socket and Quad Core Processors, AKA QuadFather of 16 Cores.
I wonder if they'll make an All In One heatsink for those processors. haha, could get expensive
February 6, 2007 4:03:21 AM

:D  I think they'll stick to one heat sink per physical processor for the time being. just don't get four OEM processors because then Zalman gets your money.
February 6, 2007 4:58:05 AM

For all the people that are against buying the 8800GTX cards, just figure that you have to take a dive into buying a card sometime. Once the new cards come out people will be saying the same thing as to wait for the next line and so on.
February 6, 2007 6:31:22 AM

Quote:
For all the people that are against buying the 8800GTX cards, just figure that you have to take a dive into buying a card sometime. Once the new cards come out people will be saying the same thing as to wait for the next line and so on.


No, it's not true.

Look at my story, because it's 100% true.

It's not the same thing as, "Oh well if I wait for the 8900 I'll end up waiting for the 9000".

Don't be an idiot. I said it clear as day. The 7900 came out less than THREE MONTHS after the 7800GT, and the 7900GT is still a high-end card today.

The 7800? Can't hold a candle.

What I'm telling you is the 8800GTX/GTS is going to only be a 3 month long high-end card, and its lifetime will NOT warrant the 600$ cost. In 4-6 weeks a high-end card will hit the market that'll last a year and a half on high settings, because it will be a REVISED version of the core.

If you're not getting it, let me clear it up for you. There won't be a 9000 series Geforce card for another year and a half, period. The G80 core is the core they're pushing out for 2007. The way video-cards work is: Initial launch, (9700 Pro, GeForce 7800GT, GeForce 4 Ti4200) which is essentially their first card, with usually hot running cores, not-so-hot realtime performance, and they usually destroy previous gen cards which falsely makes them look like the ultra cards of the future.

What you're basically seeing is a 22 year old Olympic medal winning boxer beating the crap out of 35 year old veteran, nearly retired boxers. And in three months, the 22 year old boxer will come back with more training and more conditioning, but he'll have to fight other 22 year old boxers with training and conditioning. So why bet on one, so early, when in three months you could easily see him get 1st round KO'ed?

Think of it this way-
For the next month, 8800GTX = Top of the line.

Beginning of March = R600 benchmarks hit the scene. Will either best the 8800GTX or compare to it, either way the 8800GTX will get a run for its money. Depending on price, the R600 could either destroy or be destroyed by the 8800GTX performance per dollar.

Middle of March = Nvidia releases the REVISED high-end G80 card, alongside the 8600GT, which will most likely carry revised colder G80 cores, which is vital because this means more stability, better benchmarks, higher lowest FPS.

The truth is, you're comparing the launch of the 7900GT versus the 7800GT, to the launch of the 8800GTX versus the 7950GT's. It's not the same thing. By the time the 8800GTX was released, the 7950GT's had already been in the market for MONTHS. The latest release from Nvidia was the 7950GX2 which was really beating a dead horse since the 7950GTX in SLI was the best you could get out of the G70 core.

The G70 came, saw and was bested by the R500 chips.

Since the G80 has released, you have no idea how the G80 revisions will be, or how the R600 will play out. The G81 is VERY near my friend, and you're basically dumping $1100 into a set-up that could very easily be beaten by a $300 budget high-end card that's coming out in 4-6 weeks.

Don't be an idiot and say sarcastic remarks when we're replaying the market to you. Why spend $1100 on a card set up that won't be high end for longer than 4-6 weeks, when you could wait a month, spend $300 and get a card that'll last you 1 year at high-end?

It's like you're saying you want to spend $800 more than necessary just to shut us up. Don't get mad at us for trying to save you money.
February 6, 2007 7:50:47 AM

Quote:
Tell me what you think please!


I think you spent a lot of money on your mistress, and I'm sure you'll be very happy together for about - Oooooh; a year. Then you'll get bored of your trophy PC, and she'll appear a little worse the wear against the latest batch of eye-candy...

You'll end up dumping her like yesterday's fish, and you'll get $50 for the graphics cards you paid $1,140 for...

That's what I think.
February 6, 2007 7:52:52 AM

Quote:
Tell me what you think please!


I think you spent a lot of money on your mistress, and I'm sure you'll be very happy together for about - Oooooh; a year. Then you'll get bored of your trophy PC, and she'll appear a little worse the wear against the latest batch of eye-candy...


Try two months, lol.

Just like the 7800GT, I think 8800GTX will soon be replaced by an 8900GT.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 6, 2007 9:05:47 AM

That is quite a system. Way, way overpriced, but if you got the cash to spend on a computer, then I guess it's fine. Your 5 grand will get you braggin rights for about 5 weeks.
February 6, 2007 9:12:27 AM

1. Little storage space

2. Vista and 8800 don't get along well yet, especially when SLI drivers are in question. brace yourself.
February 6, 2007 9:49:35 AM

ooo ty NamelessMC. I'm about to build a gaming PC for about $3500 or lower [canadian] and I was gonna get that 8800GTX, but if what your saying is true then i guess i'll wait a bit and save even more. Is this 8900 supose to be better then the 8800GTX?
February 6, 2007 9:52:27 AM

Now that I've read your post, I fell bad about buying Core 2 Duo )), knowing that 1333 FSB revisions are coming out pretty soon, and my mobo already supports that speed thanks to the bios update. damn.
February 6, 2007 2:50:07 PM

Guys,
thanks for all the feedback.

basically, I knew I would get mixed reactions to the original post.
I think there is no doubt that the computer is top of the line right now.
In a few weeks/months.... well I guess thats where the debate starts.
I knew some would really like the system, but others would find critism.

To rebut a few points..
Regarding the graphics cards... well, I wasn't exactly sure when the new cards were coming. I knew the R600 was around the corner, but by the time all the benchmarks are back, it could be even more time until I would be making my decision.
I honestly hate the idea of spending >$1000 on graphics cards and having a better performing card for $300 in a month or two. Honestly, I will believe it when I see it. I just didn't and couldn't wait to see what is in store in the next one-two months. I needed a PC now b/c my old one is down.
Either way, this will be a huge upgrade for me and I will be happy. Sure it costs me a lot right now, but a thousand dollars more or less, isn't the end of the world for me. If it really was, I would be putting together a much more economically efficient rig with slightly less performance and half the cost. I rarely splurg on myself, and this was one of the those rewards for a lot of hard work this past year.
I couldn't build it myself for two reasons...
I have never done it before and i didn't want to start to learn on a $5000 rig. If I was putting together a $1000 rig, well then maybe I would have.
Also, I really don't have the time to do. In the future, maybe, but not now.
Also, the guy thats putting it together was actually very helpful in my selection for the parts, otherwise I would have not even went with half of the things that I currently have. It would have been a much worse computer. Also, he'll set it all up with updated BIOS, upgrades, drivers, operating system. He said it will all be stable and if there are any issues, he is available for technical support, hardware support, ect... makes me feel better than trying to figure it out on my own.
Storage... right now I have a 80 GB harddrive with 40GB of space left. I really doubt I will even fill the 300+GB I currently have in the setup. I just wanted the Raptor for slightly faster loading times and the Seagate for storage. 300GB of raptor would have even added more money that I felt I really wouldn't even use at all. maybe a little faster loading, but it really wouldn't benefit much in my application use/gaming.

Anyway.. appreciate all the feedback.
February 6, 2007 3:29:16 PM

Joe,

That system looks great. Read up on EVGA's "Step-Up" program. You should be able to trade-up on those cards when the next gen comes out, provided it's within 90-days. You might be able to seriously recoup some cash that way for extra performance. Then again, if something better doesn't come along in 3 months you've got no complaints either!!
February 6, 2007 3:50:08 PM

Quote:
ooo ty NamelessMC. I'm about to build a gaming PC for about $3500 or lower [canadian] and I was gonna get that 8800GTX, but if what your saying is true then i guess i'll wait a bit and save even more. Is this 8900 supose to be better then the 8800GTX?


Basically, I'll honestly say it's speculation at this point, but it's speculation with a LOT of hard evidence to support it.

The 7800 had a VERY similar launch as the 8800 did, only at the time it was SM3.0 shaders and Far Cry was the "graphics card killer" at the time.

While the 7800 came out and honestly made its ATI counter-parts pale in comparison, it had a few bugs, a few problems, and when ATI upped the ante, the 7900GT came out and virtually destroyed even the 7800GTX in benchmarks.

@Joejones - If you're insistent on buying the cards, get them from EVGA so you can use the step up program, but I will WARN you. You will NEVER get back the $1100 you spent on those cards and if you step up to 8900GT's when they come out, EVGA won't refund you the difference either.

You'll be UPGRADING from a $1100 GPU set up to a $600 GPU set up that out performs your previous set up, and the $500 you lost will be GONE. Consider it your stock investment with no dividends into EVGA's stock market.

@TrunkzJr: My best advice to you, is to try to game it out on a console for 4-6 weeks and save your money. Wait until the dust clears. Right now it's like Wal-Mart in the middle of Death Valley at the PS3 launch. Before you dump $900 on a PS3 some guy's trying to sell you, why not wait until the dust clears and see how the market plays out? That way, when you finally decide to buy, you have more options and nothing tries to persuade you one way or another just because it has no competition.

Right now one of the 8800GTX's hugest selling points is that it destroys its competition. The sad thing is, the 8800GTX doesn't really HAVE competition. There's no other DX10 cards out. No ATI $500+ R600 competitor with real benchmarks.

The best thing to do right now is either get an EVGA 7950GT and use the step-up program when the new G80's come out so you get a good system right NOW, or wait entirely to see if the R600 is worth buying.
February 6, 2007 4:14:17 PM

I was shocked to see $5K and only 2GB of Ram. Before you spend $5K again you should post here. I know for a fact I can build a kick ass system for under $2.5k.
February 6, 2007 4:19:28 PM

just started reading about the step up program....

I guess I would have to see how the performance really differs with the new cards, consider the incremental cost increase, and see f it would truly be worth doing the upgrade.
If you don't buy directly from eVGA... can you still participate?
I'm not exactly sure where the builder bought the parts from...
February 6, 2007 4:22:39 PM

Quote:
just started reading about the step up program....

I guess I would have to see how the performance really differs with the new cards, consider the incremental cost increase, and see f it would truly be worth doing the upgrade.
If you don't buy directly from eVGA... can you still participate?
I'm not exactly sure where the builder bought the parts from...


Who is this "builder"?

I'm pro at building. I can put together anything, anytime, any place and have it fully operational in less than 24 hours.

If you are insistent on buying from a builder, why not have someone here at the forums build it for you?

As far as trust goes, you could have someone reputable build it, and I'm sure they'd be willing to do it for a minimal cost. I'm 100% positive I'm not the best builder on this site and I could get your system fully running in a day, for as little as $50 labor.

Even if you're not building this PC yourself, you don't have to set in stone who you pay to order the parts and put it together. You also don't have to let the person decide brands for you.

You could easily tell him, "I want EVGA for my video-card and with full purchase details, receipts and boxes, so I can use the step-up program".
February 6, 2007 4:36:09 PM

Quote:
Tell me what you think please!


I think you spent a lot of money on your mistress, and I'm sure you'll be very happy together for about - Oooooh; a year. Then you'll get bored of your trophy PC, and she'll appear a little worse the wear against the latest batch of eye-candy...

You'll end up dumping her like yesterday's fish, and you'll get $50 for the graphics cards you paid $1,140 for...

That's what I think.

Mistress. :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  Classic!
February 6, 2007 4:44:40 PM

Wow! That's an insanely high-end system. What services, how many end users, and what applications will you be hosting out with that hunk of hardware? Oh wait, that's right, you're gonna photoshop, game, and play videos. Congrats on being able to drop that much cash on a computer, but you could have saved yourself about $3K and built a rig to meet your usage needs and saved/used the cash for future upgrades.

The last time I spent $5K it was to get replacement windows for my house. Just a question of priorities, I guess...
February 6, 2007 5:03:49 PM

NamelessMC -

I felt more comfortable buying from a builder than doing it myself.
I found him accidentally while looking on ebay for a computer of all places.
I emailed him, he got right back to me. We started talking on the phone and he was really a nice guy, professional, and knowledgeable. He never "decided" parts for me. It was quite the opposite, mostly I did a lot of research on my own. A lot from this site. I would then put post on the board for feedback and talk with him personally. Between the two places of advice and my own research, these were the parts I decided on.
He has always been available via phone 24/7. He's talked with me at 11PM on a friday night and during the superbowl too. He was very helpful even before I made the purchase. He responds usually in 30 min to an email and picks up his cell phone almost everytime no matter the time.
I could have looked for builders in a lot of places. Here could have been one. But frankly, I'm new to the boards and I don't know who to trust. A handshake with $5000, just isn't all that good.
This is a business run in KC. He has a paypal merchant account and is registered with the BBB without any complaints. He has a super ebay merchant account also without complaints (100% feedback).
I'd rather have someone take there time to build a rig and test it for an extra week to make sure it runs perfectly, than get it a week earlier and have potential bugs.
Anyway, I'm not saying he's the best builder, period, maybe you're better. I'm sure there are better on the forum. But frankly, he was very professional and very helpful in the process and I would recommend him to my closest family members if I had to do it again.
The cost of the build really was only $50 for him. If you look at the cost of all the parts listed in the original post it runs @ $5100 with shipping and taxes, if I were to buy the parts myself. It really didn't cost me any more to have him do it. He probably gets a cost break which allows him to make money, but I couldn't beat the price of the parts alone if I tried to do it myself. Let alone, I couldn't even get the Corsair RAM.
I'm going to see how it runs with 2GB and upgrade to 4GB if I have to in the future. I chose this RAM so it wouldn't clock down with 4GB in 4DIMMs.

The guy that is building it is here:
chris is his name
http://www.kctechheads.com/whoweare.html

here's his ebay account
http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback&...

I have had only the best interactions with him so far. I would recommend him again. Please only contact him if you have serious questions and stuff, I don't want him getting spam or lots of crap calls because I posted him stuff here. I'm sure he may actually appreciate the sales pitch, but this is all just based on my experience and opinions.
By the way, I am not Chris. :D 

edit:
forgot, I will ask him about receipts and things. I'm sure he will be more than happy to give me all the stuff I want. I did paid for the parts essentially, it's shoudl be my right, and I think he would agree.
February 6, 2007 5:12:21 PM

Civics are wicked, I love mine. However im not pimping it out that much, im more gearing it towards performance. Pimps usually drive terribly performing american boat cars.
February 6, 2007 5:22:51 PM

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If I had $5000 to waste on a computer, I would get a AMD setup to own that quad core intel

ASUS Dual Socket L Motherboard, Two FX-74 3.0Ghz, Two 8800GTX from EVGA OR XFX, Two Western Digital Raptors, Corsair XMS2-800 Dominator with the best timings (3-4-3-9), a Creative Labs X-Fi Elite sound card, a 1000W Continous PSU (SLI Dual 8800GTX Certified) from PC Power and Cooling, and a big monitor, and whatever else you need.

This machine will be the top of the line till about June/July 2007 when AMD Launches the 4x4 setup where they have a Quad Socket and Quad Core Processors, AKA QuadFather of 16 Cores.




You've got to be kidding me, right? Do you even read the reviews on the qfx? The QX6700 beats it out right in all but maybe, maybe one benchmark. And that's without overclocking. Once Barcelona is out and benchmarks are readily available, then you can talk. Until then, don't base your responses on speculation.(no matter what baron mistake, I mean matrix says). Besides, you can get a dual quadcore xeon setup, with fb-dimms, unfortunately, right now. That's 8-cores of goodness. The only other downside is no sli, but with the 8800 GTX being such a beast, you don't need it for anything other than bragging rights. That's as of right now, I understand that.
February 6, 2007 5:30:50 PM

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Purchased including tax and shipping.
Being built and sent to me as we speak.
Mainly for gaming, but photoshop, microsoft office, and videos too.

Tell me what you think please!

Here is the setup:

eVGA NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI 775 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 2.66GHz Quad Core processors
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Dual 768MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800GTX-SLI Enabled Video cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Thermaltake Armor Extreme Edition VA8004BNS Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

CORSAIR Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1111 (PC2 8888) RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1683...

ENERMAX GALAXY EGA1000EWL-DXX ATX / BTX 1000W Gamers Edition Power Supply 100 - 240 V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

LITE-ON Black 20X DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive (for applications and operating system mainly)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250820AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (for storage mainly)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Super Talent Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader 3.5-inch USB 2.0
http://www.iocombo.com/product/showproduct.php?producti...

Dell UltraSharp 2407WFP Wide-Screen Black Flat Panel Monitor
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium FULL VERSION [DVD]-clean install
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-Vista-Premium-V...

Microsoft Office Home 2007
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Office-Home-Student-200...

CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 1500VA 900W 8 Outlets UPS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1684...

Thanks for any input....
Hopefully, no big mistakes.... can't really turn back now!


You forgot:

1) Titanium desk bolted to the frame of your house in order to handle the mechanical stress when you turn that PC on.

2) Apollo-rocket-like gantry exhaust system underneath your desk to ventilate the monster.

3) $ to pay your local power company to install an extra transformer and new lines into your home.

4) Box of Kleenex for all the crying when I whip your backside during online gaming with my old Dell 4600 with a Pentium 4 3.06 GHz & ATi x850xt PE video card. Just kidding, buddy. :D 
February 6, 2007 5:32:57 PM

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It shouldnt matter to anyone wether their computer is top of the line or not, aslong as it plays games at the levels that they like to play them then they should consider themselves having a good machine. The fight for having the top of the line hardware is a wastefull battle, wastefull cash wise, but if you are rich.....why the hell not. I probably wont be upgrading for awhile, as I am dedicating more cash resources into pimping out my civic.


Real pimps don't drive civics.

Use the money you would waste on a civic and just buy an Evo or STi. At least your resale would be much higher.

I never understood why someone would blow $15,000 on a $8000 civic instead of buying an actual sports car.
February 6, 2007 5:40:29 PM

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NamelessMC -
The guy that is building it is here:
chris is his name
http://www.kctechheads.com/whoweare.html


I live close to KC and work in KC...I could build you 2 machines for that price, and have almost the same performance level of each. Sorry to hear you are spending $5000 on a PC...my condolences to you.
February 6, 2007 5:53:58 PM

I think you did bad... just because u spent 5k on a computer... i still don't understand why people don't spend like... 2k at a time. spend 2500 now and get 95% as much performance and then spend 2500 again in 2 years and get 300% the performance... same amount of money 300% the performance, hmmmmmmm....
February 6, 2007 5:54:58 PM

You spent that much for 2 gb of memoy?
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