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April 16, 2009 3:06:25 AM

Okay I'm trying to build a gaming pc for a midrange pc price.. bear with me.

COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 | $64.99 ($5 off)

WD 320GB SATA HDD | $49.99

2 Sapphire 4870 1GB's | $368.00 ($184.00 each) (Volume order, -15.99 sale) ($31.98 total off)

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W PSU | $94.99 ($20 Mail-in rebate not included in price) ($65 off)

OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 | $97.99 ($20 Mail-in rebate not included in price) ($28.99 instant included)

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 | Combo with CPU, $553.98 ($25 off)

Intel Core i7 920 | Combo with Mobo, price above

Arctic Silver 5 | $8.99

Subtotal: $1,238.93

I know I've skimped in a few areas to fit the two 4870's, is that a good idea or should I drop down to a single 4890 and upgrade some other components?

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April 16, 2009 3:12:50 AM

I checked the Antec power supply calculator and it said i'd only be needing about 600 Watts so that's why I picked that
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April 16, 2009 3:15:12 AM

I should probably also mention I'll be playing on my Asus VH242H 23.6 inch 1080P monitor, so 1920x1080.
April 16, 2009 3:17:27 AM

Netherwind said:
I checked the Antec power supply calculator and it said i'd only be needing about 600 Watts so that's why I picked that

Always be safer than sorry. An underpowered rig can falter and just ruin the 2,000$ you spent on your rig.
Go with at least a 700W. I only say this because this is an i7 rig, so it draws more power. And you'll have room to OC!
April 16, 2009 3:24:13 AM

I would get 2 of these instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And I would go with at least a 700w PSU I think for dual GPU's of that caliber, although the 650tx would do alright...it would just run at a high load, which means high temps, Lower efficiency and shorter lifespan.
April 16, 2009 3:37:09 AM

All of those would be putting me over the budget though that I'm trying to keep which was 1200, i'm a little over as it is
April 16, 2009 3:59:46 AM

Dang..bad links

Total Edit.......
April 16, 2009 4:24:35 AM

Core i7 920/Gigabyte GA-EX58 Combo $483.98 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V CPU Cooler $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(2X)-MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv2 GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 $349.98 (only one rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 22X DVD/CD $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER RC-690 Computer Case $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1243.90 after rebates

The MB needs the latest BIOS (F5?) for SLI
It is F5 Bios
http://www.gigabyte.us/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.a...
April 16, 2009 4:43:23 AM

In benchmarks I'm seeing the 285 get beat by 4870x2, so wouldn't it also get beat by 2 260's?
April 16, 2009 4:57:37 AM

Hands down I'd say.
2 X 260-216 getting close to a GTX 295 and the way i7 scales multi cards? Close call.

I think xthekidx was pointing out a better MB with a upgrade route to 2 X GTX285's
April 16, 2009 5:11:31 AM

Subtotal: 1,220.92

$30.00 rebate on the EVGA 285 + i7 combo
$10.00 rebate on the MB/RAM Combo
$20.00 rebate on the Corsair

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V CPU Cooler $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233029

Total$1200.91
April 16, 2009 5:14:14 AM

I don't subtract mail in rebates because I still have some sent in from years ago i never recieved
April 16, 2009 5:21:44 AM

Oh, and I don't plan to SLi the GTX285, should i drop back down to the 650 watt?

I could always wait for Sapphire's Toxic 4890 and use that, and dump the extra money into CPU cooling, bigger hard drive..
April 16, 2009 6:13:24 AM

Had a change of heart, went back to trusty ATI..build as of posting:

Cooler Master 590 case | 64.99

Asus 4890 OC | 259.00

750 Watt Corsair PSU | 124.99

Arctic Silver 5 | 8.99

Core i7 920 + P6T Deluxe V2 | 553.89

G.Skill 6GB DDR3-1333 | 84.99

WD 320GB HDD | 49.99

ARCTIC COOLING ACCELS1 Rev 2 VGA Cooler | 24.99

AC Turbo Fankit | 8.99

Scythe Mugen CPU Cooler | 31.99

Subtotal: 1,213.89

Rebates: 40.00

Shipping: 35.38

Grand Total: 1,209.27

Anyone have any final thoughts? I haven't ordered it yet.

April 16, 2009 12:32:42 PM

Netherwind said:
Had a change of heart, went back to trusty ATI..build as of posting:

Cooler Master 590 case | 64.99

Asus 4890 OC | 259.00

750 Watt Corsair PSU | 124.99

Arctic Silver 5 | 8.99

Core i7 920 + P6T Deluxe V2 | 553.89

G.Skill 6GB DDR3-1333 | 84.99

WD 320GB HDD | 49.99

ARCTIC COOLING ACCELS1 Rev 2 VGA Cooler | 24.99

AC Turbo Fankit | 8.99

Scythe Mugen CPU Cooler | 31.99

Subtotal: 1,213.89

Rebates: 40.00

Shipping: 35.38

Grand Total: 1,209.27

Anyone have any final thoughts? I haven't ordered it yet.

Get a larger HD, and stick with the GTX 285. That's a pretty good deal. The card only costs about 280$ W/ mail in rebates, you'll get more FPS with it for only 30$ more.
April 16, 2009 12:41:57 PM

The ati 4890 right now it's not worth paying that much, the prices are high because it just got introduced and they want to sell it at a high price.

Also 8MB Cache on your hard drive would not be good, it would be painful seeing that you have an i7.

Here is also another good hard drive,

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

16mb cache I personally use it and it's fast at loading games, and the price is right.

If you are paying that much for that video card, here are some other video cards that will be faster.

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (this one is the best for your money)

You can also get two 4830's and do crossfire and it should still be faster I think
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (this one is overclocked and has 1gb memory) Perfect for GTA4
April 16, 2009 1:05:55 PM

two 4830's is about a GTX 285, overclock them to 700mhz and you'll have a nice setup, or you could be greedy and get three since apparently they scale well all the way upto 4 gpu's.
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