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March 14, 2009 3:27:53 AM

Hello,

I've been reading the forums for a while and I've finally decided to invest in a new gaming pc, so far this is what I've picked from what I've read in here, specially proximon's post.

Here's the list:

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER COSMOS S RC-1100-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HP Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech G11 Silver & Black 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Standard Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech MX518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB or PS/2 Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming-Grade Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I wonder if i should pick an asus motherboard instead? I'm considering moving to a gtx 295 or something like that at the end of the year (or early 2010), so i don't know if that power supply will be good enough for future upgrades?


I appreciate your feedback.

Thanks!

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March 14, 2009 4:23:09 AM

You could get a GTX 285 now, then add another GTX 285 later. That would cost about $320 now and (probably) $260 a year from now. Getting a GTX 260 now ($180) and a GTX 295 a year from now (for $400, I'm guessing) means you spend the same amount but get lower performance both this year (GTX 260 < GTX 285) and later (GTX 295 < GTX 285 SLI).

If you like this idea get a Corsair 850TX. That can handle two GTX 285 cards.

You don't need to buy an aftermarket cooler unless you want to overclock.

Edit: OK, in theory, you should be able to resell a used GTX 260 in 2010 and recover some cash, so the comparison is not 100% fair. Still, you won't recover much from a card that costs $180 now new with warranty if you try to sell it used without warranty when it's no longer in the top 10. I guess it depends on how good you are at reselling stuff.
March 14, 2009 4:42:11 AM

Nice build :)  but I can see where some changes could be made. That RAM is going to hold back any overclocking you plan on doing...it's latency is high, and it's timings suck. Also you might want to take a look at the new SLI board Gigabtye just put on the market a few days ago. It's cheap right now seeing how it's a new product.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R-SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 ($89.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

Also give this case down below a serious look. Like one poster said on here (xkidx)...Cooler Master is giving this case away at this price. It's a killer case, and it was listed at $200 just last week. It's a big case...it's set up for SLI and has excellent cooling and airflow. Not to mention a few other extra's that most cases in it's price range don't come with.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99
COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KKN1-GP Black ABS Bezel, SECC Body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2009/01/16/nv... <--- gtx 295 test results and review.
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March 15, 2009 11:31:30 PM

Thanks a lot for the feedback!

Let's see, feedback taken into consideration it's looking like this right now


Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER COSMOS S RC-1100-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HP Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1281-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech G11 Silver & Black 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Standard Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech MX518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB or PS/2 Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming-Grade Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




so, what do you say? feedback always appreciated.
March 15, 2009 11:49:33 PM

I would switch out the burner in your build with the one down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

And if you wanted to save a few dollars check out these two quality items down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99
COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KKN1-GP Black ABS Bezel, SECC Body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
March 16, 2009 3:33:01 AM

Impressive build.

+1 for Why_Me's changes above.

I don't like that HP's reviews. LG on the other hand makes very good burners. I've had one that worked flawlessly for 4 years. It was still working last time I used it, but it was IDE and I left it in the old PC. I have another LG model now and it's very good too.
March 16, 2009 3:51:14 AM

I personally would go with teh Cosmos 1000 case, like someone said before a case is very personal so its pretty much up to you. I don't know what its about the Cosmos.... I'm just drawn to it.

As for the CPU coolers, V8 vs Dark Knight, there probably isn't much difference in performance (Dark Knight is the better or the two) but it looks like if you needed to, you could club someone to death with the V8, its bascially a weapon.

Yeah, loose the HP burner unless it something like lightscribe that you want.
March 16, 2009 3:57:30 AM

How about the CoolerMaster Haf 932? That's a very nice case too.
March 16, 2009 6:17:27 PM

thanks for the feedback, I really like how this little project is shaping up


so now this is how it's looking



Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER COSMOS S RC-1100-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1281-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech G11 Silver & Black 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Standard Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech MX518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB or PS/2 Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming-Grade Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




found this haf 932 case, looks nice

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

honestly the sniper looks nice but I'm more into the full tower cases, lots of space and i'm considering the idea of getting a second 285 by the end of this year


so looks and price difference aside which one would be better to store the two 285s?

thanks!
March 16, 2009 7:04:45 PM

All 3 cases (Cosmos, Haf 932, Storm Sniper) are big enough for GTX 285 SLI. Short answer, get the cheapest one or the one that looks best to you. Long answer, see the pros and cons for each below and try to decide which matter most to you. The right choice for you depends on your preferences.

Cosmos:
+: the largest (i.e. the largest depth, 24.7") which means it will fit even larger cards than the others. It also has the most fans.
-: the others already fit the largest cards made so far. Also, it's not the best cooled despite having most fans, because its fans are smaller. Also, it's the most expensive. Also, it takes lots of room under the desk.

Haf 932:
+: best cooling of all three. Think of it this way: Cosmos=150 cfm from one 230mm fan + 4 * 60 cfm from 120mm fans; Haf = 80 cfm from a 140mm fan and 3*150 cfm from three 230mm fans. All numbers are approximate, of course. You end up with 390 for the Cosmos and 530 for the Haf, i.e. the Haf 932 has a lot more air moving in there and (hopefully) lowering temperatures. The Sniper has something like 300 cfm total, I'd estimate.
-: all that air whooshing around makes noise; not as big as the Cosmos; not as cheap as the Sniper

Sniper:
+: cheapest, least room taken under the desk, probably quietest
-: least room inside
March 16, 2009 9:02:45 PM

I think i will pick up the HAF..

so what's the general consensus? good to go?
March 16, 2009 9:16:07 PM

aevm said:
All 3 cases (Cosmos, Haf 932, Storm Sniper) are big enough for GTX 285 SLI. Short answer, get the cheapest one or the one that looks best to you. Long answer, see the pros and cons for each below and try to decide which matter most to you. The right choice for you depends on your preferences.

Cosmos:
+: the largest (i.e. the largest depth, 24.7") which means it will fit even larger cards than the others. It also has the most fans.
-: the others already fit the largest cards made so far. Also, it's not the best cooled despite having most fans, because its fans are smaller. Also, it's the most expensive. Also, it takes lots of room under the desk.

Haf 932:
+: best cooling of all three. Think of it this way: Cosmos=150 cfm from one 230mm fan + 4 * 60 cfm from 120mm fans; Haf = 80 cfm from a 140mm fan and 3*150 cfm from three 230mm fans. All numbers are approximate, of course. You end up with 390 for the Cosmos and 530 for the Haf, i.e. the Haf 932 has a lot more air moving in there and (hopefully) lowering temperatures. The Sniper has something like 300 cfm total, I'd estimate.
-: all that air whooshing around makes noise; not as big as the Cosmos; not as cheap as the Sniper

Sniper:
+: cheapest, least room taken under the desk, probably quietest
-: least room inside


Cosmos: 24.8'' x 10.5'' x 23.6'' 37.3 lbs.

HAF: 22.7" x 9" x 21.5" 29.1 lbs.

Storm Sniper: 22" x 10" x 21.7" 24.32 lbs.

Storm Sniper = 1 x 120mm case fan, 2 x 200mm case fans
March 17, 2009 12:28:54 AM

OMG, 37.3 lbs !!! And that's empty, of course :) 

Yeah, you're good to go.
March 18, 2009 12:20:18 AM

there we go, thanks a lot to everyone for their amazing help in making this possible :) 
March 30, 2009 4:33:24 PM

hello guys, it's me, again

built it and it's been working nicely so far..

but there's something that's been bothering me for a while so i come for advice..

turns out that the dark knight + the cosmos S side fan is a no go.. it just doesn't fit

(found a cheap cosmos S in a local retailer so i dropped the HAF idea)

right now i took out the side fan and left the dark knight in..

i'm wondering what to do next..

i'm considering some of the following:

run without the side fan and put another fan one on the top next to the stock one..

change the dark knight (which i don't want to)

flip the fan (so it will be outside and not inside the case) removing the cosmos logo grill and leaving only the filter and the fan

try and mod the side panel



so, what do you say?
March 30, 2009 7:58:24 PM

Ehh just move the side fan. Sucks, but seems like your only reasonable solution. Your ambient temps probably won't change that much, and definitely shouldn't affect your performance.

Funny I just read this thread now, and was about to type a response recommending Lian Li. Oh well.
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