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I7 build. need a final look before i buy.

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February 17, 2009 5:06:19 AM

been working on this build almost a week. I'm not really good at this stuff, only know the basic.
trying to build a pc that is future proof, that would last at least 2-3 years
I'm a very heavy mutitasker, light gamer, wanting to play crysis and far cry 2 at high setting.
my total budget is around 1600$ nothing more then 1800$

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

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

or ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
if so why?

RAM
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

PSU
ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ700 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified - Retail

Hard Disk
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

what is the difference between that and
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
seems like alot of people buy this one. and is out of stock on newegg

or should i go for ssds, size is not a problem to me
how much faster is ssd to 10000rpm in mb/s

Case
COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper

Cooling
water cooling
need some recommendation on this. wanting to get a really good looking one with bay reservoir

Video Card
EVGA 512-P3-N884-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ Superclocked Edition 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail X2

using my old sata dvd drive and 34" lcd

dont know much about video cards, wanting to spend around 300$ on it. should i get 2 9800GTX+ in sli or 1 GTX280?
if i want to run crysis at 1920X1200 is 8800gt 1gb memory in sli better then 9800gtx+ 512mb memory sli?

im really noob at this so please help, im kinda in a hurry to finish this build so if someone have some free time on there hand please aim me at "Itzsenxd" all help are greatly appreciated ^_^

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February 17, 2009 5:49:14 AM

P6T Why: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2340773,00.a...

You are paying too much for a not so great PSU. Go for the PC P&C 750w silencer Red (if you don't care about having a red PSU, its an awesome value) or the Corsair 650tx. If you wanted to SLI later, then go for a larger PSU, like the Corsair 1000hx, but that might be out of your budget. You could just get a smaller PSU now and get a larger one later when you upgrade.

Again paying too much for those GFX cards, The 9800GTX+ is overpriced IMO. Good options for you would be the HD 4850x2 or 1 GTX 280, both will do better than those SLI 9800GTX+'s. Single GPU solutions are better because less performance is lost due to scaling, and it frees up another slot for you to add another GPU later down the road.

You don't need liquid cooling, air will be enough. That mobo will OC high enough to produce temps that require water cooling. I'd say get the Scythe Mugen 2, S1283 with the LGA 1366 mounting bracket, Coolermaster V8, or Thermalright Ultra Extreme. With money saved here, you can put more money into a GPU, like the GTX 285, which would be best if you want to max Crysis on 19x12 res.

Your other selections look good.
February 17, 2009 9:50:54 AM

^ i agree with the kid.
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February 17, 2009 11:19:01 AM

The difference between the two hard drives is where the sata connectors are. For your case either will do. The HLFS is the newier verison of the drive and that's why there hasn't been all the newegg reviews on it yet. There should be no preformance difference. The HLFS supports standard Hot swapping, which I dought you'll be doing.

So with that being said get the cheaper.
February 17, 2009 12:24:10 PM

P6T ASUS deluxe over the UD4P,

Graphic card wise, Doing what the kid said, try and get the GTX 285 if possible.

recommend the PC red 750w or the Corsair 750w psu

Same in cpu cooling, S1283 with the lga 1366 retention bracket.
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