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$2500 Gaming System Critique

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December 31, 2008 1:11:46 AM

PSU: Cosair CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932

Motherboard and Graphics Cards (Combo): EVGA X58 ATX and two (2x) EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 (Overclocked)

Processor: Intel Core i7 920

Soundcard: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional

RAM: Cosair Dominator 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Triple Channel

Cooling: Thermaltake V1 Max-Performance CPU Cooler and Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

Hard Drives: One Western Digital VelociRaptor 150GB for my operating system and one Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB for my data.

Monitor: 24″ BenQ G2400WD

DVD Drive: Samsung 22X DVD+/-RW SATA Burner

OS: Windows Vista 64-bit SP1

With instant rebates and mail-in rebates the total comes to $2509.21 (with shipping). Does this seem like a reasonable build. Can the X-Fi Fatal1ty and the SLI setup fit with this board? I have plans to overclock this computer. Thanks for the help!
December 31, 2008 2:58:59 AM

look at the reviews for your heatsink, their have been complaints about its compatibility with the LGA1366 socket type
December 31, 2008 3:40:24 AM

Yea. Get a TRUE or a Cooler Master V8 for the build. Can you wait a couple weeks, because the GTX 295 is coming out, you might only need 1 vid card then.
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December 31, 2008 4:03:21 AM

i think u should get a more powerful psu mayb a 900W or above for that build...nt that it is not sufficient but think if after some months u have some money left to buy 1 more of the 260 and wanna triple sli them ....then the 750W mite not be sufficient...
December 31, 2008 6:04:30 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. I made a few changes:

Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe LGA 1366

I was only considering the EVGA board because of the combo deal on Newegg. I don't think I want to drop the $ and get an Asus Rampage II Extreme.

PSU: Cosair CMPSU-850TX 850W

I have no plans to try triple SLI so this should cover me in case I want to run a dual SLI in the future.

Graphics Card: GTX 295

I am in no rush to buy this computer (although I want to!) I can wait for this card to be released. It seems like it will have a starting price around $500 so I'm satisfied. Plus I'd rather have CUDA support.

By the way this does put the computer slightly over $2500, but still close :) 
December 31, 2008 8:16:27 AM

btw if you stick two GTX 295's in,

1: its actually quad SLI
2: great on that i7!
3: drivers (especially early ones, but if you wait a year or so before getting another, it should be alright...) won't be optimized for it, not to mention games...
December 31, 2008 4:05:36 PM

If I do decide to go quad SLI I'll probably want a larger monitor, but that is much further in the future!
January 21, 2009 12:35:55 AM

For those that are interested, I updated the build and will probably buy this in the next few weeks.

PSU: Cosair CMPSU-850TX 850W

Will allow for future upgrades and for SLI.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932

Rave reviews all over the net.

Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe LGA 1366

I'll probably wait for V2 of the P6T or I might switch to the EVGA x58.

Processor: Intel Core i7 920

Soundcard: HT Omega Striker 7.1

Might be overkill for the set of speakers I buy below but well worth it for when I get a new set in the future.

RAM: mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Had some of the best overclocks but many people go with G.Skill.

Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition

Several combo deals at Newegg.

Cooling: V8 Coolermaster and Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

The Coolermaster V10 will arrive sometime in February which will be substantially more expensive than the V8.

Hard Drives: One Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB and one WD Caviar SE 640GB

Monitor: 24″ BenQ G2400WD

Great gaming monitor, fast response times via AnandTech - The LCD Thread

DVD Drive: LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner

Speakers: Logitech X-540

The build is about $2100 (the mail-in rebates cut the cost of shipping) which can be reduced to about $1750 if you eliminate the monitor and speakers.
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