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Help building an i7 gaming computer

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January 31, 2009 10:01:38 PM

I'm looking for help building an i7 gaming computer. Budget is around $2000-2500. Need everything from case to PSU.

Current build is

Case: CoolerMaster Cosmos S Gaming Full Tower
PSU: 700 Watt Thermaltake Toughpower - Quad SLI ready
CPU: Intel Core i7 920
Cooling fan: Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX Gaming CPU Cooling Fan
Mobo (option 1): Asus P6T Deluxe
Mobo (option 2): EVGA X58 3x SLI
RAM: 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1600MHz Corsair (or some other name brand)
Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX260 896MB 16X PCI Express
HDD: I'm not sure if I should go with a 1TB Seagate or a 150GB(maybe more?) Raptor (or VelociRaptor)

Thanks in advance. I'll answer any questions asked if there are preferences...can't really think of anything at the moment.
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February 1, 2009 3:49:31 PM

Big Typhoon VX - be SURE to get the separate socket 1366 upgrade kit or get one of the socket 1366 ready CPU coolers like the Cooler Master V8
A lot of the better CPU coolers also come in socket 1366 ready models or have socket 1366 adapter kits: Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 / Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme / Thermaltake V1 AX as examples.

CoolerMaster Cosmos S vs CoolerMaster RC-690 Price difference = ~$150 Performance difference = ~Zero

Use the case savings to get a WD VelociRaptor 150GB and/or Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB

PSU: Look at PC P&C 750W or Corsair 750TX

You didn't mention what size/resolution you'd be using for gaming.
GTX 260/Core 216 is the model of GTX 260 you want to get. But you probably have room in your budget for a GTX 285.

February 1, 2009 7:59:31 PM

I was just wondering about the GTX285 actually. Not sure if I should get that or the GTX280... someone talked me into getting one of those instead of the 260, but I'm not sure which to go with. I did a check over cyberpowerpc (not sure if it's a trustworthy site or not, or whether I should just order the parts and build my own). This is what I've come up with so far:

Case: CoolerMaster Cosmos S Gaming Full Tower (can change though)
PSU: CyberPowerPC XF800S Performance ATX 2.0 (can change this as well)
CPU: Intel Core i7 920
Cooling Fan: CoolerMaster V8
Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe
RAM: 6GB (2GBx3) Corsair Dominator PC1333 DDR3 PC3 10666
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX285 (or 280?)
HDD (1): 150GB VelociRaptor
HDD (2): 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM
Optical Drive (1): LG GGC-H20L Blu-ray/HD-DVD reader/ DVD RW / RW Writer
Optical Drive (2): LG 20X DVD R / RW + CD-R/RW Drive Dual Layer
Network: Intel Pro Gigabite 10/100/1000 Network Card
OS: Vista Home Premium 64-bit
February 1, 2009 8:31:27 PM

I'd go with the 280, the 285 isnt much better & isnt worth the money difference.