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So i'm building a high tier gaming pc...

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December 19, 2008 4:15:50 AM

and I was looking for some tips as to how I can improve the system and hopefully knock down the price a bit.


LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/ SecurDisc Tech Black SATA Model GH20NS15

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Acer P243WAid Black-Silver 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support - Retail

MSI R4870X2-T2D2G-OC Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Ideazon Merc Stealth Illuminated Gaming Keyboard- ZXP-2000 Black USB Wired Ergonomics - Retail

RAZER Lachesis RZ01-00170100-R3M1 Banshee Blue 9 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Laser Gaming Mouse - Retail

RAZER RZ02-00200100-R3M1 Destructor Professional Gaming Surface - Retail

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-DS4 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Thermaltake SpinQ Performance Series cooler with ultra-lightweight aluminum and six heatpipes CL-P0466 CPU Cooler - Retail

PLANTRONICS GAMECOMPRO1 USB Circumaural Gaming Stereo Headset

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.
December 19, 2008 4:30:27 AM

Apevia PSUs are O.k, but I wouldn't go with them for a power hungry system. Go with something from FSP, Corsair, or Antec instead. The raptor is a good performance drive, but you may find the storage space lacking if you don't have a secondary drive. If you're only going to have one hard drive I would say go with a WD cavalier black, such as the 1TB model, instead. Having a USB gaming headset kind of bypasses the onboard sound and uses up more CPU cycles. If that's what you want to use them you may want to disable the onboard sound to save some clock cycles if that devices processes sound on it's own. Personally I would spend money on more ram or a faster CPU before investing so much in the peripherals since you can get those latter and just start off with some cheaper decent input devices. I'd also go with a DVD burner instead of just a CD burner, or at least a combo driver, considering more and more games are being released strictly on DVD. You're spending more on your mouse than what it would cost for a decent DVD burner.
December 19, 2008 4:38:25 AM

I think you should get a 24inch monitor with 1900x1200 so you can watch HD content from your computer. Samsung's 2443 is 60$ more expensive at $300.
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December 19, 2008 4:41:45 AM

You should swap that IDE CD burner for a SATA DVD burner.

I'm not impressed with that RAM. I'd stick with some quality DDR2 800 RAM with tight timings at 1.8v. Either of these kits would work great:

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $45.99 - $20 MIR

or

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99

That's a pretty expensive, older model motherboard. I'd pick up one of the new new UD3 series boards instead.

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $136.99 - $20 MIR

or

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99 - $15 MIR
December 19, 2008 8:34:19 AM

I'm going to end up buying the Razer Megalodon when it becomes available for purchase, and I decided to get 8 gigs of G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail.

I decided on the
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail mobo,

and the
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail power supply.

I also replaced the cd burner,I mistook it for a dvd burner.

Will 750 watts be enough?

Also should I stick with the Q9550 or upgrade to a i7?

Finally, should I get the Acer P243WAid Black-Silver 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 400 cd/m2 3000:1 ACM - Retail

or
SAMSUNG 2443BWX Glossy Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 20000:1(1000:1) - Retail
December 19, 2008 10:28:24 AM

Another +1 for a better PSU.

Also, if you're trying to save some money, ditch the HDD and get a Western Digital 640 GB HDD.

It's up to you on the i7 or 9550 - If I had the money and was building today, I'd got i7, but you will also have to take into account that the motherboard will set you back $250-300, CPU will be another $300, and RAM is all DDR3, so it'll set you back quite a bit too.

You may want to check out a 4870 1GB if you are sticking with the P45, since it will allow you to crossfire.

December 19, 2008 6:17:31 PM

I decided to dump the 280 for 2x MSI R4870 Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
dropped the mobo, processor, and ram for

Intel Core i7 940 Nehalem 2.93GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601940 - Retail

3x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-DS4 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail





Still wondering about which monitor I should get though.
December 19, 2008 6:53:00 PM

I'm currently sitting at $2,709.82, and at this point if there's any small upgrade I can get I'm willing to shell out some money for it. Is there anything else I should consider?
December 19, 2008 7:01:58 PM

I'd go with the i7 920 instead of the 940. I just can't see how the price difference is justified. The 920 is an excellent overclocker. I've personally seen a 920 do 4.2GHz on air.

If you're going to go with 4870 1GB cards in crossfire, you might want to consider the 4870x2 instead. You'll have the option of adding another one in the future that way (even though I don't think you'd need to). Another argument for the 4870x2 is that the motherboard you chose goes to 8x speed in crossfire according to its specs.
December 19, 2008 7:18:32 PM

Yeah, you're right. good call.

dropped the 2 4870s, got

MSI R4870X2-T2D2G-OC Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

dropped the 940 for a 920.
December 20, 2008 11:04:53 AM

Another +1 for the 920 instead of the 940. Good choice on the 4870x2.
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