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New Gaming Rig - HELP

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March 16, 2009 4:56:23 PM

Hi Guys ;-)

Need some help this is the specs of the computer i would of like to have gotten but need to cut down price by $400 -$600
Here are the specs:

1 x THERMALTAKE ARMOR MODEL TT-VH6000BWS ATX CASE
1 x 1010W PSU
1 x INTEL "SMACKOVER X58 M/BOARD W DUAL DISPLAY,GB LAN & SOUND
1 x INTEL CORE I-7 920 CPU 2.66GHZ QUAD 8MB CACHE
1 x 1 TB HARD DISK DRIVE 32MB CACHE
4 x 2 GB DDR3 - 133 RAM
1 x 20 x DVD WRITER
1 x Gigabyte® NVIDIA® GeForce GTX295, 1796MB 896Bit GDDR3

The rig comes to about $2400, any suggestion are welcome i actually live in South Africa so had to covert to US Dollars
Getting stock such as chassis is the main problem here though hardware is easily avadible.
Don't worry about software just want on computer specs please.

Looking forward to your always infomative suggestions, THANX!!!

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March 16, 2009 5:24:36 PM

Well, you'll probably want to run your DDR3 is sets of 3 (triple channel, 6 DIMMS)
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March 16, 2009 5:36:20 PM

what make of psu?

Also Intel boards are known for bad overclocking so if you want to overclock then go with a different board.
March 16, 2009 5:54:17 PM

I'm not an overclocker and my main concern is getting the pric tag down. One of the biggest problems is my chassis - looking for one that is cheaper under $200 and that has plenty of space and bays as well as well aired (could possibly be liquid cooled in the future) - another worry is what Graphics card couyld i get for $350 - $480 that is worthy of thee i7 and that can in the future be sli or crossfire.

Will a 750 watt (don't know make will find out) be able to hold the system together with the GTX 295 + i7 920 core or a possible combination of instead of the GTX 295 a GTX 280 SLi 1 GB

Thanx for the posts
March 16, 2009 5:58:37 PM

For one I wouldn't go with the Intel board. Go with an X58 board from ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte, or MSI instead. You should also get a triple channel kit with an i7 board rather than a dual channel one. The PSU seems like alot for one 295 and an i7, so unless you plan on adding another 295 latter on you may want to look at a good quality 650-800W unit. If you really want to cut the price by $400 -$600 then you may want to think about switching it to a Phenom II w Radeon 4870 1GB or 4850X2 2GB build instead.
March 16, 2009 6:11:36 PM

Thanx for the recommendation will change the intel x - 58 to an asus or gigabyte, downgrading the psu to a 750 watt -however will not comprimise on the i7core purely for future usage and upgrading as well plus i multitask alot and use photoshop etc. - but i am a hardcore gamer - with the i7 core what setup and specs would u recommend kepping in mind my budget not including the i7 core is $1100 - $1400 Thanx for the post
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