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I7 Gaming Build - Under $1500 (no monitor)

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March 20, 2009 11:41:46 PM

Tell me what you think...keep in mind the system has a few arguable 'upgrades' because I want the system to be *very upradeable* and newegg 'combo deals' are determining some decisions, but look at rig + final system + upgradeability down the line. (Can add another GPU for SLI by end of year and extend systems life as 'high end' for an additional year).

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
-Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GV-N285-1GH-B GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KKN1-GP Black ABS Bezel, SECC Body ATX Mid Tower
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound
3x Scythe S-FLEX SFF21D 120mm Case Fan
3x Rosewill 12" Fan power supply cable
D&S Cables 3T8-B Black Type 8" Cable Tie

$1490 with shipping & then $90 in mail in rebates = $1400
Add Mouse/Keyboard of your liking for about $1500 grand total

I plan on ordering my monitor from Dell.
27" Ultra Sharp Widescreen 1920x1200 for $570
March 20, 2009 11:43:30 PM

Which combo deals are you using?
March 20, 2009 11:45:58 PM

GB Mobo + GPU combo is $110 off
CPU & Noctua is $32 off (I'm kinda set on Noctua, as I like their engineering record)
Case & PSU is $120 off (otherwise, I would have gone with the trusted CM-690 or whatever)
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March 21, 2009 12:06:39 AM

Nice build! :) 
March 21, 2009 12:10:12 AM

drakleon84 said:
GB Mobo + GPU combo is $110 off
CPU & Noctua is $32 off (I'm kinda set on Noctua, as I like their engineering record)
Case & PSU is $120 off (otherwise, I would have gone with the trusted CM-690 or whatever)

Are these on Newegg?

I have no nits to pick with the build! Looks good to me.
March 21, 2009 12:17:21 AM

It looks very good, but I think you will need to SLI as soon as you get that 27" monitor, a single GTX 285 will struggle with 25x16 res in Crysis or other fast paced FPS games.
March 21, 2009 12:24:04 AM

xthekidx said:
It looks very good, but I think you will need to SLI as soon as you get that 27" monitor, a single GTX 285 will struggle with 25x16 res in Crysis or other fast paced FPS games.

27" monitors are 1920x1200. The pixels are just a bit larger.

As far as I know, only 30" monitors are 2560x1600.
I would love to find a 2560x1600 monitor with large pixels if anybody knows of one. It would have to be 35'" or so.
March 21, 2009 12:27:53 AM

hmm...I thought pretty much anything over 26" was 25x16... I'm pretty sure I have seen 25x16 28" monitors...
March 21, 2009 12:29:40 AM

Well it appears I was mistaken, I can't find 25x16 res in anything less than 30"
March 21, 2009 1:09:46 AM

So do you think that 27" monitor will run everything but Crysis, maxed out fairly well?

I plan on picking up another 285 in fall (my bday in september, i'm sure i can talk the girlfriend into it)
March 21, 2009 1:12:17 AM

kid, you're the one who had me onto that CM-690 case originally. i started debating going for the antec 900, then figured I liked the value of the CM better b.c i didn't think the 900 gave any performance boost, just looks (and maybe less performance).

but that CM-sniper looks rather freaking nice for basically $90 (combo dealed with the PSU).

Also, Corsair has a 750W PSU thats like their (80+ Efficiency guaanteed version or whtever) that retails for $170 ($40 more than the 850), but the 850 says in specs it's guarenteed 80%+ effcieny also.

I'm failing to understand what benefits that 750 offers over the 850.
March 21, 2009 1:36:16 AM

The only 750w Corsair is the Corsair 750tx, which is the step below the 850tx, there is no reason to go for the 750tx if the 850tx is cheaper. The storm sniper is an excellent case and that is a very good combo. The CM 690 can also be bought in a combo as well. If you can afford the Storm Sniper then that is a great case and you should go for it, but the 690 is an excellent choice too.

The Antec 900 probably has slightly better cooling than the 690, but the two are very close, and the reduced price of the 690 is what makes it more attractive to me for a case.
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