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I7 Gaming Build - Thoughts?

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January 12, 2009 3:42:13 AM

I am building a new gaming machine - my last build was an Athlon FX-57 (it's been a little over three years). I have decided to go with an i7 build. I tend to upgrade not as often, but this build will be almost half of what I paid for my last build (approx $4500 if I recall correctly). I would like to have something that will perform for the next 24 months, and I chose the i7 because I want the assumed future upgradability in that time frame. I have created a list on the egg, but I may get some parts from the Amazon to save on shipping and get it sooner when I do buy it (Amazon Prime FTW!). So, what do you think? What am I missing?

I may decide to SLI with the 295 cards as it seems to make a little more sense now that it scales a little better with today's processors (I regret SLI with my 7800GTX cards all those years ago - wasted money). Perhaps it is still wasted money. But I want to game at 19x12 (nice 30" monitors not only are expensive but too big for gaming - imo) and be able to leave the system alone for 18 months or so. I want to OC the 920 an average amount, probaly to 3.4GHz or so.

Holes, problems, suggestions? Much appreciated. As for budget, an extra $500 or so is fine - fortunately I can afford it - but throwing away money is dumb. I don't need SSDs in raid or anything like that, though I am considering a velociraptor 300GB for the OS/games (not accounted for, still considering it [I spend a grundle to raid two raptors some time ago and ran out of room. Nx74GB was all one could do at the time]) and just running a single 640GB for storage. I don't download movies, have a porn collection, pirate games, run a server farm, etc, so terabytes aren't required. :) 

PS - I may end up waiting for the P6T Deluxe V2 to come out, but I may get impatient as well.

Edit: I am planning on running Vista 64 ultimate.

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January 12, 2009 3:52:50 AM

Only 1 note: You said you want it to last 2 years, but you also said you don't want to trow money away... so why the GTX 295?

Sure it is capable, but can't you get the same performance with 2 or 3 lesser cards in SLI?

If your target game resolution is 1920 x 1200 then 2 GB of video RAM looks like overkill... that's my humble opinion.
January 12, 2009 3:59:59 AM

Thanks Apollux,

I am hoping that the 295 will perform better than two 260s, perhaps even better than two 280s with scaling degradation taken into account. I will admit that I haven't looked hard for dual 260/280 vs 295 benchies yet.

As far as the VRAM, it is what it is on the 295.

I should have mentioned above that I will be using Vista 64-bit ultimate until Windows 7 comes out. I am a programmer who has access to all of MS software suite, so I may be able to score a beta of Windows 7. Not sure I want to deal with a beta OS though, not after the SNAFUS that Vista caused...
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January 12, 2009 4:02:46 AM

Dual gtx 280s are better than a gtx 295