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Budget: $1250 Goal: i7 + gaming at 1680x1050

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December 30, 2008 4:45:39 PM

Here's what I've come up with, if I'm lucky the GTX 260s will come down in price after the 8th...

CPU: Intel Core i7 920
MB: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5
Combo: 573.98

Case: Antec 1200
GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition
Combo: 379.98

RAM: G.SKILL 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-3GBNQ
Item #: N82E16820231222
Price: 94.99

PSU: PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817341011
Price: 109.99 (-$40 MIR)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Item #: N82E16822136319
Price: 79.99

OS: Windows Vista Premium 64
Price 99.99

Total: $1338.92

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Mainly I will use the system for gaming, audio/video, but, honestly, gaming is the only reason I need an upgrade. My monitor is 1680x1050. I would like to upgrade my LCD in the next year, at which time I would like to add another GTX 260.

Couple questions come to mind, will the MB handle two GTX 260s? Will everything fit in the case? Is the PSU sufficient to power to 260s? Are there step-downs (like motherboard/psu) that I could do now to reduce the overall price? Currently it's locked in at the high end of my budget. I am willing to shop multiple vendors (prices are newegg).
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December 30, 2008 5:23:26 PM

Ugh, the THG article brings up too many questions, such as it worth going i7? Well, I think I will still take the plunge for being future-proof.

Good point on the PSU, with the MIR it's a great price, I will pick that up today!

How does the NZXT Tempest compare noise/cooling/cable management wise to the Antec 1200 or 900?
December 30, 2008 5:24:59 PM

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard - $136
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128358

Q9550 CPU - $319
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115041

Gskill 4 gigs of ram - $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231122

WD6401AALS 640 Gig HD - $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319

DVD Burner - $23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319

PC Power & Cooling 750W PSU - $100 ($70 after MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341011

Cooler Master Case - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119047

Sapphire 4870X2 Video Card - $490
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102768

Xigmatek CPU Cooler - $37
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233003

Xigmatek Retention Clip - $9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233019

This comes in around $1325. I don't think you could build a better PC for gaming for that cost considering you can easily OC this to 3.6 - 3.8 on air with the Xigamtek Cooler.
December 30, 2008 5:41:42 PM

It's worth it go to with I7, my 920 gets 4.0 on air at 1.225vcore, can boot at 4.5 with 1.45vcore on the EVGA x58.

The build looks good, I think you'll enjoy it, if you plan on OC'ing buy an aftermarket heatsink of course, I'm using the TRUE.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8444/cpu-tri-57/Therm...
December 30, 2008 5:43:07 PM

Thanks serpent1202, since I have another week or so until my budget is available I'll take a look at your build. Is the 4870x2 more effective than two 4870s or is it a wash price/performance wise?
December 30, 2008 5:48:52 PM

It's probably a wash.

i7 is great if you do a lot of audio/video encoding. If gaming is your priority, the above build will win over the i7 920 build with a lesser GPU.
December 30, 2008 5:58:54 PM

With his resolution the single gtx260 he chose will suffice. Unless you plan on going to 1920x1200 or higher, you won't need sli/xfire or the x2. If you do plan on getting a large monitor down the road, another gtx260 will be very cheap by then with the gtx295 coming out in a week( and the gtx285 within the month). The antec1200+gtx260-216 combo saves you 40 bucks too, which is nice.
December 31, 2008 6:41:49 PM

I ordered the 1200 and the PC P&C PSU so I have something in my hands to get started with :) . I love big cases with lots of room, so it should be a good fit. Can't wait till they arrive!
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