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January 23, 2009 3:54:09 AM
January 23, 2009 4:15:29 AM

Lose the cpu and buy a q9550 and just overclock.. everything else looks good accept wut u stated.. your power supply will do for now but if u plan on going sli u better look into atleast 900 watts id recommend a 1000.. Ditch the case give your self something with some more room.. Full tower is good and if u want to keep it under like 150 bucks just go for somthing not to high end.. To be honest cases get u with alot of stuff that doesnt matter. I assume ur not going liquid cooling so look for a case with lots of fan spaces but at the same time try to keep it quiet by having good materials. This is a pretty similar build to mine but ur lacking in some spots that might really matter. Heres wut i think.. CPU and Video card should be nearly the same price both are very important.. Power supply = more stable everything and the ability to run multi graphics cards.. Better case = better cooling.. noise reduction.. space. Hopefully i helped a little just my opinion
January 23, 2009 4:19:17 AM

matm1234 said:
if u plan on going sli u better look into atleast 900 watts

The GA-EP45-UD3P doesn't support SLI, so that shouldn't be a problem. :lol: 
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January 23, 2009 4:23:56 AM

oh didnt notice that about the motherboard ill go check one with SLI ready and edit it thanks for the tip , and about the power supply if i go SLI then i might try a 900w ithink ill do SLI in the future so maybe ill change that too.
January 23, 2009 4:31:25 AM

Unfortunately you'll have to go with a sub-par Nvidia Nforce chipset motherboard for SLI unless you go with the new X58/i7.
January 23, 2009 4:46:47 AM

shortstuff_mt said:
Unfortunately you'll have to go with a sub-par Nvidia Nforce chipset motherboard for SLI unless you go with the new X58/i7.


yeah i was checking that now , i wonder if 280 gtx gets alot of more performance on SLI cause if it doesnt i wont SLI it in the future ;x
January 23, 2009 5:49:38 AM

changed motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

for

EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

after checking newer benchmarks it seems that 280gtx on sli gets u 50 to 75% of performance in some games so its worth to have a motherboard ready with sli for the future , truth this motherboard isnt better than the last one but the downgrade isnt that much.

Now im confused on how much power supply ill need to mantain another 280gtx on sli if i plan to acquire another...
January 23, 2009 8:12:54 AM

The 750i does SLI at x8.....for x16 SLI you need a 780i. I don't think its worth the extra cost to SLI for a 20-30% gain in performance. Would be better to get the P45 or P43 chipset and use the extra money to buy a 295 GTX. Then you would only need a 750 watt PSU. I don't understand the reasoning behind the GPU cooler (adding this will void its lifetime warranty) .....why not just buy the 55nm GPU and be cooler from the start?

+1 for the Q9550
+1 for the Full Tower Case
-1 for the GPU Cooler
-1 for your memory ...the PI BLACK Gskill is $10 more with better timings and heat sinks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 23, 2009 8:32:56 AM

If you are wanting it to last 3 years what are you not getting an i7 build?

The i7 920 is chaper than that CPU and in the real world is faster also?

Fair play the mobo will be more expensive, but you will have a better machine overall IMO.
January 23, 2009 9:04:27 AM

Get the Coolermaster HAF 932 case, ive got it it is insane!!
January 23, 2009 9:07:16 AM

For $1500 you can build an i7.

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $70

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - $250

EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - $270

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - $140

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - $290

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - $181

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - $80

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - $25

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - $100

Total comes to $1406 before shipping, about $1450 with shipping (Notice: I have included an OS, you have not in your original build, so your build would be about $1600). If you bought some of these items in a combo from newegg you could probably save about $50, then another $40 after MIR.

Spend about $100 more and upgrade to 1000w psu and a gtx 280.

SILVERSTONE OP1000-E 1000W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - $200

EVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - $325

If your monitor that you are going to use is less than 22" though there isn't any reason to go with a better card because your monitor won't be able to display it, a gtx 260 core 216 will be plenty, plus 850w gives you enough headroom to go sli with that gpu later if you wanted.
January 23, 2009 9:20:12 AM

Oh I forgot add $70 for a good cpu HSF like the V8 or TRUE (Both will fit in the CM 690 case).

Total brings you to $1476, ~$1600 for the upgraded psu and video card and you have one kickass machine my friend, far better than your original build suggestion IMO.
January 23, 2009 10:17:44 AM

arrrg ok ok ill go for core i7 i know it will be worth it XD , dam at first i started at 1200 then 1400 now ill end at 1600 poor but happiest pc gamer in the whole universe.

thekid thanks alot for the feedback there ill check it out but yeah ill gofor core i7 and about the card well i just cant go to 260 gtx , and besides 280 gtx in overall benchmarks is awesome and i will SLI that card in the future about 1 year maybe not now thats why im buying that big monster , not gonna buy the gtx 295 too expensive and gtx 280 on SLI almost the same and in 1 year it will be so cheap that i wont spend much money.
January 24, 2009 10:22:57 PM
January 24, 2009 10:48:54 PM

That motherboard isn't good, go with ASUS P6T, $250

Power supply is good for now, but if you want to go SLI I would be getting a 900W PSU to be safe, that 750w won't be enough for 2 GTX 280's

That CPU cooler won't work with X58 motherboards, try the Xigmatek S1283, I think there is a bolt through kit for it to make it work with LGA 1366, Although I could be wrong here. Most good HSF for i7 cost around $60-70.

The CM 690 case is better than that one, but that one will work if you just like it for looks. I personally am a huge fan of the 690 case because it is very wide and will fit most CPU heatsinks, many midtowers will not.

That ram you chose isn't the greatest, but if you want to save cash there I would go with this ram, it has much better timings:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 24, 2009 11:11:33 PM

Damn you edited while I was responding.
You don't need that VGA Cooler IMO. Just make sure you have good circulation in your case.

I would get a CPU cooler now, because I bet you will want to OC eventually and unless you want to spend an hour and a half taking out your Mobo to install the cooler (you will have to do this for any good cooler because they have backplates to support the weight of the coolers). You might as well put it on before you install the mobo into your case. Even if you don't OC ever, the better cooler will prolong the life of your CPU and will be worth the cash IMO.
January 25, 2009 1:13:00 AM
January 25, 2009 2:09:53 AM

well the TRUE cooler is big and I don't know if it will fit in the case you have picked out, so check with the vendor of that case and see if there will be enough room for it. However the TRUE is probably the best cooler on the market.

Also, I'm not so sure about that PSU, not a great brand. Look at this one, I think its pretty good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 25, 2009 2:56:42 AM

xthekidx said:
well the TRUE cooler is big and I don't know if it will fit in the case you have picked out, so check with the vendor of that case and see if there will be enough room for it. However the TRUE is probably the best cooler on the market.

Also, I'm not so sure about that PSU, not a great brand. Look at this one, I think its pretty good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



about the psu ill keep the tagan cause of the price and i readed good review about it here take a look:

the review

althought im still undecided about 900w for power supply cause i used a power supply calculator and it gave me on 100% load with SLI 630 w thats why i choose a 750w in the first place ;x

here is the calc i used


Power SUpply Calc


and True u are referring to what cooler ? the thermalight? is true the short name for Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme 775 RT CPU Cooler ?
January 25, 2009 3:21:40 AM

3lvis said:
The 750i does SLI at x8.....for x16 SLI you need a 780i. I don't think its worth the extra cost to SLI for a 20-30% gain in performance. Would be better to get the P45 or P43 chipset and use the extra money to buy a 295 GTX. Then you would only need a 750 watt PSU. I don't understand the reasoning behind the GPU cooler (adding this will void its lifetime warranty) .....why not just buy the 55nm GPU and be cooler from the start?

+1 for the Q9550
+1 for the Full Tower Case
-1 for the GPU Cooler
-1 for your memory ...the PI BLACK Gskill is $10 more with better timings and heat sinks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

incorrect actually, the evga 750i FTW is a non reference design, and it actually features fully unlocked x16/x16 pci e 2.0 SLI unlike every other 750i on the market.

just for future reference ;) 
January 25, 2009 3:23:34 AM

mmm, you might want to think about the GTX 285 instead of the 280 though.
January 25, 2009 3:24:22 AM

yes that is the short name for the thermalright. make sure you get the 1366 RT cooler, not the 775 otherwise it wont mount on your motherboard and you will have to buy a separate mounting kit for $10.
http://www.crazypc.com/products/ultra-120-1366-50985.ht...

630w is way too low for that system, and 750 even is too low IMO. It might be ok if you didn't overclock and didn't add any other devices to your system, but you should build for expandability and have like a 50w buffer to be safe. That is why I would say a 900w, or at least an 850w with 2 GTX 280's.
January 25, 2009 3:35:36 AM

i disagree. two 9800GX2's can run on a 750W comfortably. if a quality 800-850W isnt much more expensive than you may as well, but theres really no need.
January 25, 2009 4:24:31 AM

If you are referring to the 850tx, I think that would be a good PSU for you.

Don't go to that case, Its not very big and I think you will have trouble fitting your video cards in there, not to mention a heatsink for your CPU. I still think the Coolermaster 690 case is your best option.
January 25, 2009 4:44:43 AM

ok i changed to that case u mentioned it looks cool a bit pricey but very good.

EDIT: ok ill go for the corsair 850w psu ;p
January 25, 2009 5:13:21 AM

lol. Just so you know I have 2 gtx 260's with an i7 and I went with an 850w psu. the larger psu gives you more options. It will also make your psu run at higher efficiency when your system is under load if the amount of power you need isn't so close to the psu's capacity. So I think the 850 is wise.
January 26, 2009 6:55:21 AM

Dude man I'm building a $1600 dollar system and its already twice that machine. Check my post
January 26, 2009 1:16:04 PM

Hmm i cant see how can it double the machine im building...

we have same procesor , almost identical motherboard , and my graphic cards have slighty better benchmarks than yours, although im buying other stuff than you are but yeh ur pc setup looks cool.

maybe u got confused fromthe first post to the last cause i changed the parts at the end of this thread...
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