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April 6, 2009 9:34:13 PM

Purpose: Gaming PC but also use it for development type work . . . overall speed is the key. OS: Vista 64 Bit


Case: Antec 902 - $150
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=i7-920BOX

Board: asus p6t Deluxe - $285
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=MB-P6T-DX&c=fr&pid=eba...

Chip: i7-920 -$285
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=i7-920BOX (has a package deal with case)

Ram: 6GB tri-channel Pc-2000 DDR3 - $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Better Clock speed VS lower latency?)


GPU: 2x GTX 285 SLI - 2 x $320 = $640
http://www.buy.com/prod/evga-geforce-gtx-285-1gb-ddr3-6...
(is it better for 3-way crossfire or 4-way SLI with lower cards? Haven't seen any benchmarks on these??)

PSU: OCZ 1000w SLI certified $215
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Sound: CL SB X-FI Titanium PCIe $90
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
(I'm a sound nut)

Hard Drives:
I have an old 10k RPM SATA HD from a DELL XPS (current PC bought in 2004), but not sure on the cache (120GB space). My plan is to use that for a system/programs drive and add a second 1TB data drive. Also has anyone seen any benchmarks about solid state vs SATA? Would it be good for the primary drive to be solid state instead?

Need advise on cooling for CPU/Ram as OCing is . Want to stick with air unless absolutely necessary.


Budget is about $2000 +/- 300. Looking for suggestions on any specific piece or general approach. I'm also interested in running an 8-core system (I see the Mac's have 8 cores but haven't seen anything other than skulltrail for intel PCs.) Any dual core mobos out there and would you recommend going for it?

EDIT:
Something like this but can't find a retail version:
http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&ta...


Interested in all comments, am not attached to this build, just one an all-around performance machine.

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April 6, 2009 11:07:49 PM

Try this out for size.
4X2gb 2X$50=$100 DDR2-10662X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
790FX board. $140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Phenom 2 940 $225 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec 902 $150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ 850W PSU $150 -$15 MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Phenom will run a little slower than the i7, but it's still plenty fast and leaves you money to upgrade later, which is usually the better choice. These come to $765, leaving you plenty for:

Two HD4850X2s, $280X2=$560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Say hello to quadfire.
And a Xonar, $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This card blows away anything else.
Total: $1525

This system will perform as good or better in most real-world applications. The Phenom will be outperformed by the i7 in your system, that is true, but the added graphics horsepower will more than make up for it in almost every stiuation, and I'm sure the leftover $$$ will go go good use in a year or two. And you'll love the Xonar, trust me.

But it's your call. Your system will kick ass either way.
April 7, 2009 1:13:21 PM

I'd sack sound for performance any day . . . can always upgrade to the Xonar at some other point but from what I read on the reviews most games aren't their in terms of sound as of yet.

Video:

I'm interested in teser's comment here (and this is for the 4870 x2):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


"after researching the problem I found out that this is a problem with both this card and the 2 GPU Geforce that recently came out, and windows wouldn't use both GPU's on desktop, and would only use one of them. In short the game was unplayable in windowed mode and I was forced to play full screen and suffer through long tab in / tab outs"

"As you can see I switched from the 4870 X2 to the 285 GTX, I couldn't be happier with this card... no problems with it whatsoever and for some reason I'm even getting 15-20 more FPS in full screen games then I did with the 4870 X2. Just goes to show nvidia has their drivers worked out and the 4870 X2 failed horribly at meeting it's potential"

On the other hand it looks like the GTX 285 doesn't support the shader 4.1 model?

The good news is the 2 HD4850s are $80 cheaper . . . which may save me for the xonar right there.


With regards to the ram I think 6GB or 8GB I'll be fine for now. Can always upgrade later if needed. My question is Speed vs Latency. Are there any benchmarks on this for the newer hardware?


Appreciate your comments.

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April 7, 2009 5:24:58 PM
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smithereen said:
Try this out for size.
4X2gb 2X$50=$100 DDR2-10662X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
790FX board. $140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Phenom 2 940 $225 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec 902 $150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ 850W PSU $150 -$15 MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Phenom will run a little slower than the i7, but it's still plenty fast and leaves you money to upgrade later, which is usually the better choice. These come to $765, leaving you plenty for:

Two HD4850X2s, $280X2=$560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Say hello to quadfire.
And a Xonar, $200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This card blows away anything else.
Total: $1525

This system will perform as good or better in most real-world applications. The Phenom will be outperformed by the i7 in your system, that is true, but the added graphics horsepower will more than make up for it in almost every stiuation, and I'm sure the leftover $$$ will go go good use in a year or two. And you'll love the Xonar, trust me.

But it's your call. Your system will kick ass either way.


You should receive a warning from a mod with that post of yours for obvious reasons. Please do not be giving advice on here when it's obvious you don't have a clue. And next time you post a psu make sure it has enough 6 pin connectors for two vid cards for the build you recommended. Take a better look at that OCZ you posted...it has a total of 2 PCI-E connectors....duh.

To the OP....click this link down below.....

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/263697-31-build
April 7, 2009 7:58:26 PM

Found a little bit of extra cash.

Found a company (ibuypower.com) with decent upgrade costs:
Motherboard ( Asus P6T Deluxe V2 Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire and SLI Supported w/7.1 Sound, Triple-Channel DDR3, Dual Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, Three PCI-E MB )
Memory ( 6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1600 Triple Memory Module [$25 OFF Mail-In Rebate] Corsair or Major Brand )
Video Card ( [$25 OFF Mail-In Rebate] 2x ATI Radeon HD 4870-X2 DDR5 2GB PCI-Express x16 - running CrossFire mode )
Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA )
Hard Drive ( 1.5 TB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 32M Cache] )
2nd Hard Drive ( None )
External Hard Drives [USB 2.0/eSATA] ( None )
CD/DVD Drive ( [5X Blu-Ray] Sony Optiarc BC-5100S BLU-RAY Reader & DVD±R/±RW Burner Combo Drive )
CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive ( [** Special !!! ***] LG 22X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive Black )
Sound Card ( Creative Lab Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer )
Speaker System ( None )
Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
Floppy Drive ( None )
Monitor ( None )
2nd Monitor ( None )
USB 2.0 Accessories ( Add External USB 2.0 Hub (4x USB 2.0 Ports) )
USB 2.0 Accessories ( Built-in USB 2.0 Ports )
Meter Display ( XION Color LCD Thermal Control Panel )
Flash Media Reader/Writer ( 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer Black )
Operating System ( Microsoft Windows Vista Business + [Free 60-Day !!!] Microsoft Office 2007(Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access ....) 64-Bit )
Software/Game ( [Free Game] - Halo 2 Free with purchase of Microsoft Windows Vista operating system )
USB Flash Drive ( None )
MP3 Player ( None )
Video Camera ( Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 2.0MP USB Interface WebCam )
Headset ( None )
Power Protection ( None )
Advanced Build Options ( Tuniq TX-2 High Performance Thermal Compound The best interface between your CPU and the heatsinks )
Warranty ( Warranty Service Standard 3-Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support )
Rush Service ( Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days )

Subtotal :
$2,611.00

April 7, 2009 8:47:31 PM

Personally i would not buy from there...

Build ur own. Do they even spec the PSU for that?!
April 7, 2009 10:52:02 PM

Wow, my bad. I apologize sincerely.
April 8, 2009 2:27:46 AM

That sound card,CL SB X-FI Titanium PCIe $90, does it have drivers for x64 vista? That's my question

Also i'd suggest get one of those 200 bang for buck asus sound cards but if you're just looking for eax there is that one other company that produces a few eax cards. Or just go onto creative website and check which models support x64 vista
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