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May 17, 2009 8:39:12 PM

As the title says i have $1,700 USD to spend (max) on a gaming rig. I would like newest generation parts. so far i have this:
EDIT:
Here we go, i want to make sure that everything is compatible and will work together.
asus dvd burner, generic keyboard, mx518 mouse, x-540 speakers (good for now)
parts that matter:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB
Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel
Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
combo with SAPPHIRE 100269OCSR Radeon HD 4890 and Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366
combo antec nine hundred and ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
if i do the 1080p monitor it is $1650 including shipping. any advice and how is the powersupply

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May 17, 2009 9:08:59 PM

Okay 8GB is only needed if you multi-task or use programs such as photoshop, autocad, etc. If you only game and browse the web - you don't need 8GB of ram. Also will you plan to overclock, it would awesome if you fill in the sticky on this forum.

GPU - Sapphire ATI Radeon 4890 OC Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$260 ($20 MIR, wait for the 1GHz edition if possible)

CPU - Intel i7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$288

MB - Asus P6T x58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$250

RAM - OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$95 ($20 MIR)

Case - Antec 1200 Full Tower ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$160

Cooler - Noctua NH-U12P SE1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$80

Compound - Artic Silver 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$9

PSU (too much, but room for upgrades) - Antec 1000W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$200 (Only get this you plan on getting the combo I listed below which comes with the Antec 1200)

OS
Windows Vista Home Preium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100

I don't know much about speakers.

Total: $1442 (Not including combos or MIR) (Including OS)

Combo Deals (Here you can find combo deals to save a good amount of cash)

GPU + CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Save $30

PSU + Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Only get this combo is you want the 1000W PSU
Save $40

Hard Drive + OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
1Tb WD 7.2k Hard Drive
Save $20

With combos: $1352 (Including OS)
With MIRS + Combos: 1312 (Including OS)
May 17, 2009 9:13:01 PM

how would the hd4890 compare to a geforce gtx 275? i am assuming it is better.
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May 17, 2009 9:15:45 PM

Okay here it is.

4890 > GTX 275
4890 = GTX 285
4890 CF = GTX 285 SLI
OC'd 4890 > GTX 285
OC'd 4890 CF > GTX 285 SLI

(By the 4890 and the GTX 285 being the same is because Ati loses in lets say 9 tests but wins in 8 (xbitlabs review), and for a $100 price difference, they are pretty much the same, anandtech did a review of the OC'd 4890 versus the GTX 285, the 4890 won. The links to reviews are below)

CF 4890 VS SLI GTX 285
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/gtx285sl...

OC'd 4890 VS GTX 285
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3555
May 17, 2009 9:18:31 PM

ok thanks i think i would stick with the 4890 then.
May 17, 2009 9:30:19 PM

would a corsair 620hx power this system?
May 17, 2009 9:36:29 PM

plow1313 said:
ok thanks i think i would stick with the 4890 then.

Good choice, but if possible wait for the 1GHz version of the 4890 to come out, and then you can still OC afterwards for an even bigger boost.

plow1313 said:
would a corsair 620hx power this system?

Would it? Possibly. Will it have a chance of not working? Possibly. Will it have a chance to destroy all your parts? Possibly.

The reason I recommended the 1KW Antec is because Antec is a well know company when it comes to power supplies, and it also allows you to save $40 when bought with the Antec 1200. Since you are getting that anyway (I assume) it'll be like spending $160 on the power supply. I did check the Corsair 750W and 850W, and really they had no good combos, or combos that actually worked with the items you got, but here are some other options:

Antec 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$150

Corsair 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$145 ($25 MIR)

I always like having extra wattage when it comes to my power supply, this leaves me room for upgrades and gives me peace of mind. You said you may crossfire in the future. A 850W will be taking a hard hit powering that, and the 620W will have no chance.

Really this is it - if you are getting the Antec 1200, get the combo which comes with the 1000W PSU and spend about $160 for a PSU that will last you a very long time.
May 17, 2009 9:52:38 PM

thanks. i am trying to keep this as much under 1700 as possible. i will be back with my final list.

Here we go, i want to make sure that everything is compatible and will work together.
asus dvd burner, generic keyboard, mx518 mouse, x-540 speakers (good for now)
parts that matter:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB
Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel
Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
combo with SAPPHIRE 100269OCSR Radeon HD 4890 and Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366
combo antec nine hundred and ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
if i do the 1080p monitor it is $1650 including shipping. any advice and how is the powersupply
a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2009 12:52:53 AM

philipV said:
Okay here it is.

4890 > GTX 275
4890 = GTX 285
4890 CF = GTX 285 SLI
OC'd 4890 > GTX 285
OC'd 4890 CF > GTX 285 SLI

(By the 4890 and the GTX 285 being the same is because Ati loses in lets say 9 tests but wins in 8 (xbitlabs review), and for a $100 price difference, they are pretty much the same, anandtech did a review of the OC'd 4890 versus the GTX 285, the 4890 won. The links to reviews are below)

CF 4890 VS SLI GTX 285
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/gtx285sl...

OC'd 4890 VS GTX 285
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3555


I guess it's all up to who does the reviews.

Here we have gtx 285 > gtx 275 > 4890 > gtx 260 > 4870

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-275,226...

http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gtx-275-review-te...

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_gtx_275/

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/944/1/
May 18, 2009 10:41:36 AM

Well here is AnandTech:
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3555&p=6

OC'd 4890 > GTX 285 > 4890 > GTX 275

I don't know - he can choose whatever he likes, it's just that the 4890 offers the best bang for the buck, and since the 1GHz version is coming out - the stock 1GHz 4890 should beat/almost beat the GTX 285.
a b 4 Gaming
May 18, 2009 12:45:14 PM

Well I would suggest you get this PSU over that Antec...though it is not modular, but is one of the best PSUs around...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And as for power requirements of the PC, are you going for tri-SLi ???Only then the 900W+ PSUs are required...
Actually for GTX 275 SLI/HD 4890 Crossfire, a high quality 750W like the corsair is more than suffice...And the 850W without question can power an i7 overclocked, 3+ HDDs, 2+ DVD drives, 5+ case fans, 2 of the above cards in SLI/Crossfire...

So dont overshoot the PSU as it is just waste of money getting such high wattage PSUs...

And as for the graphics card debate, both the HD 4890 and the GTX 275 have similar performance...
It depends more on what game you play...
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