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May 24, 2009 6:46:56 AM

Hey guys,

For those that remember me whats up! I have been pretty busy with college classes but now that summer is finally here I am considering building an i7 rig. I recently built an AMD Dragon Platform gaming computer. It is a good computer but I really want to go i7 now that I have more uses for it then gaming. So heres my system I have now:

Specs:
CPU + MOBO combo: AMD x3 720 BE + MA790GP-UD4H
RAM: G.SKILL PI BLACK DDR2 800 2X2GB
HDD: WD CAVIAR BLACK 640GB
PSU: CORSAIR 750TX 750W
GPU: SAPPHIRE 4870 1GB
CASE: ANTEC P182
CPU COOLER: ThermalTake TR2-R1
DRIVE: LG BLACK 22X
OS: VISTA HOME PREMIUM SYSTEM BUILDERS 64-BIT
COMPOUND: ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 THERMAL COMPOUND
SOUND CARD: HT Omega Striker 7.1

Now I built this about a month and a half ago. Should I sell it all together for $1000 on ebay since I spent 1200 to build it? Or should I sell it part by part and use the HDD and DVD drive for my new build? I am starting from scratch because except for the HDD and Drive because those are the same in an i7 build. So here is what I was considering the i7 build to be:

CPU: i7 920
MOBO: Asus P6T Deluxe V2
RAM: G. Skill 6gb 3x2 ram 8-8-8-21 timing
GPU: GTX 285
CASE: SilverStone FT01-BW
PSU:SilverStone 850W Modular DECATHLON PSU
HDD: Same -> 640GB CAVIAR BLACK
DRIVE: Same -> LG 22X
COOLER: Xigmatek Dark Knight

Now that build is going to be around $1500 if I sell my other rig complete. It would be about $1400 if I use the HDD and Drive from the other build. I am thinking of selling my macbook as well because I can get $900 from that and at least $1k from the other rig. I can use that money to invest in the i7 rig and some z5500 for sound. I am probably going to run Windows 7 just for now until it expires in Feb. Later on I can SLI another 285 in the fall if I want to. Also for my bday in october I can just get a netbook if I need it for college. What do you guys think?

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May 24, 2009 7:31:29 AM

seriously,the current pc you own is good enough to hold you a year or so gaming with good settings.Unless you have money to (literally) waste,and have a 24" or greater 19x12 monitor i would suggest to keep your money and buy a new pc in 1-2 years.

If you desperately want more horsepower,add a 2nd 4870 (i think your mobo supports crossfire) and buy a phenom X4 955
May 24, 2009 7:39:09 AM

Godhatesusall said:
seriously,the current pc you own is good enough to hold you a year or so gaming with good settings.Unless you have money to (literally) waste,and have a 24" or greater 19x12 monitor i would suggest to keep your money and buy a new pc in 1-2 years.

If you desperately want more horsepower,add a 2nd 4870 (i think your mobo supports crossfire) and buy a phenom X4 955


Thanks for the input. I still want to sell my current rig though. I wanted to go i7 from the start but didn't do so because of my budget. Now that I have quite a bit of cash I would like to build a new system with what I really wanted and if I can sell my current PC and macbook for a good price I am set.

my options:
sell macbook + amd pc for $2000 back total
build i7 rig with parts i want for $1500
spend $300 on a netbook if i need one for college papers and notes in class and all
still have 200 in the pocket and have a much better desktop and a laptop for school!

money is not an issue because i am selling a few other extra things as well.
my onkyo setup is being sold for some z5500s. i have a 22" and also a 24" but i mainly use the 22" since it is a LG227WTG which is amazing for gaming/movies and just in general. I can sell the 24" for at least $150.
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May 24, 2009 7:47:14 AM

If your looking to cut down on the price of an i7 rig without cutting down on performance you might want to give this build a look.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 ($109.99 after $50.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
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... $134.49 ($114.49 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P $219.99 | $204.99 after rebate Free Ground Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $264.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99 Free Shipping*
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $329.99 ($299.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 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... $74.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $23.99 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

Total: $1,345.40 | $1,230.40 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <---Save yourself some money on an o/s and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of the mobo used in this build.

* With your resolution this factory over clocked gtx 275 (later on SLI) would be a fine choice as well powered by a Corsair 750w psu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $234.99 Free Shipping*
BFG Tech BFGEGTX275896OCE GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Call of Duty: World at War w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 ($109.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Total: $1,240.90 | $1,165.90 w/mail in rebates
May 24, 2009 8:05:15 AM

Why_Me said:
If your looking to cut down on the price of an i7 rig without cutting down on performance you might want to give this build a look.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 ($109.99 after $50.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
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... $134.49 ($114.49 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P $219.99 | $204.99 after rebate Free Ground Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $264.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99 Free Shipping*
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $329.99 ($299.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 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... $74.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $23.99 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

Total: $1,350.40 | $1,265.40 ww/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <---Save yourself some money on an o/s and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of the mobo used in this build.


Thanks for the suggestions.

I will stick with the PSU because it is modular and after my last build I really want to go modular.

The case is exactly what I want I don't mind spending 220 on it now, it is all black and it will be a case that will last me for a long long time.

The Mobo is a fine alternative but I love the Asus P6T Deluxe v2 for its awesome layout. The sli on that board is alot more spacious.

I do not need to purchase the Dark Knight because I already have it sitting around.

Good suggestion on the Windows 7 because that is what I was going to do anyway.

For 1500 i think this will be amazing and i will be getting exactly what i want this time around! Any other suggestions are fair game. I will build this once I get the money from paypal for what I sell on ebay. I am posting my rig and my macbook tomorrow on ebay so in about a week or two i will be building! I mite also get a netbook at the same time too since I am taking summer classes in about a month and a half!
May 24, 2009 2:31:23 PM

When you sell your build you might get your money back for it because ready built PC's sell for about $100-500 than what you paid to build it if it was built within the last month.
May 24, 2009 4:07:06 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
When you sell your build you might get your money back for it because ready built PC's sell for about $100-500 than what you paid to build it if it was built within the last month.


Sorry but I just want to make completely sure but you are saying $100 to 500 more or that I am going to lose about $100 to 500?

If it is true that I can possibly get 100 to 500 more for it then I originally spent that would be awesome. I could sell it for 1250 on ebay as the buy it now price and I would be completely happy if someone bought it at that price.

I was also looking at cheap netbooks and I am liking the hp mini 1000, especially if I could get it for cheap. Any suggestions on netbooks for around $300. $400 is my max on a netbook.
May 24, 2009 4:30:10 PM

more than what you paid for it, so you should get your money back, maybe more.

most netbooks are about $400, but if you sell your PC for enough then you could get the $549 ASUS 1008HA seashell which is like an eee pc version of the mac book air.
May 24, 2009 4:53:59 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
more than what you paid for it, so you should get your money back, maybe more.

most netbooks are about $400, but if you sell your PC for enough then you could get the $549 ASUS 1008HA seashell which is like an eee pc version of the mac book air.


Yes that netbook looks pretty sick but I dont know if I need that nice of a netbook haha. I just need it for college and when I take my laptop to work on occasion. I have some time to decide on that but I will probably get whatever is best for around $300-350

I was looking at some benchmarks and the gtx 285 is looking like the rite choice. Especially for 1680 x 1050 native res. I think it definitely separates itself from my 4870 1gb in my current rig.
May 24, 2009 4:59:25 PM

^ why not try one of the oc'd 4890's?

they perform just as well as the GTX 285 but cost less.

and for a netbook if you don't do very intensive tasks then look at the 512MB acer aspire.
May 24, 2009 6:52:14 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ why not try one of the oc'd 4890's?

they perform just as well as the GTX 285 but cost less.

and for a netbook if you don't do very intensive tasks then look at the 512MB acer aspire.


thanks for the suggestion. i am thinking of sticking with the 285 because here on tomshardware the 1680x1050 looks like it is outperforming the 4890 by quite a bit and not to mention the 285 has not been overclocked as well.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-roun...

any other suggestions or is this build looking pretty solid? if everything is looking good i should be able to order next sunday. i am posting my pc and macbook tonight so that should be sold and i should have more then enough money in my paypal to order.
May 24, 2009 7:09:38 PM

^ just trying to save you money, and nvidia cards don't have as much of an effect when oc'd vs ATi cards.
May 24, 2009 7:14:26 PM

And here is the build I want to do with all the links to the products:

Case: SilverStone FT01-BW $229.95
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8229/cst-808/Silverst...
CPU + MOBO: i7 920 + Asus P6T Deluxe v2 Combo $534.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
GPU: BFG GTX 285 1GB $354.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: DECATHLON 850W 100% Modular $234.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: WD Caviar Black 640gb $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.Skill 6G (3X2GB) 1600 $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HS: Xigmatek Dark Knight -> Already have
DRIVE: LG 22x $23.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COMPOUND: ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 THERMAL COMPOUND $8.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That will total $1557.87 + shipping. So most likely around $1600.I am pretty sure that is everything. I have a 22" LG L227WTG 1680x1050 monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Again I am open to any suggestions.

Also on a side note more for aesthetics, where can I find black cable sleeving? I will probably get some white neon. They both can probably be found at my local microcenter actually but not sure.

May 24, 2009 7:21:39 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ just trying to save you money, and nvidia cards don't have as much of an effect when oc'd vs ATi cards.


and i definitely thank you for the suggestion. I will think about it over the week since I have a few days before I actually buy.
May 24, 2009 7:27:48 PM



So actually based on that should I invest in a GTX 275 instead of the 285 and SLI another down the road? The conclusion of that article is that the GTX 275 is the best card you can get for $250. The 285 is $350 so should I save a $100 and get the 275?
May 24, 2009 7:33:35 PM

waynec121 said:
So actually based on that should I invest in a GTX 275 instead of the 285 and SLI another down the road? The conclusion of that article is that the GTX 275 is the best card you can get for $250. The 285 is $350 so should I save a $100 and get the 275?


Performance to dollar wise ...yes. The gtx 275 when over clocked nears the performance of a gtx 285...although it does come a few frames shy. Also to take into consideration is the fact a 750w psu is the norm for the 275 in SLI where as an 850w is the norm for the 285 in SLI. What that link also shows is that the Nvidea cards do as well if not better than the ATI cards when both are over clocked.
May 24, 2009 7:40:12 PM

^ actually that link proved my point so I have no idea what you're so smug about.

the first benchmark shows an extra 11 from the 275 oc'd and 13 from the 4890 oc'd.
May 24, 2009 8:01:50 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ actually that link proved my point so I have no idea what you're so smug about.

the first benchmark shows an extra 11 from the 275 oc'd and 13 from the 4890 oc'd.


It's all good guys. I have already had a 4870 in my first rig but I have never tried nVidia, so I am thinking I will give them a try with the BFG gtx 275. Like they said in the article the gtx 275 consistently performed awesome. That saves me $100 there and now I am thinking of switching to a 750w modular psu to save me even more money.

Any recommendations on a fully modular 750w psu?
May 25, 2009 4:40:50 AM

the more i look at this i am confused. i am willing to spend about 350 on a gpu or 2 gpus to sli/crossfire.
heres where i don't know what to do
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-grap...
for $350 the best recommendation is 2 gtx 260 core 216's in SLI.

Do you guys think that is the best option for around that price range?
Also isn't it true that i7 systems seem to run better on a SLI/CF setup?
May 25, 2009 5:02:41 AM

waynec121 said:
the more i look at this i am confused. i am willing to spend about 350 on a gpu or 2 gpus to sli/crossfire.
heres where i don't know what to do
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-grap...
for $350 the best recommendation is 2 gtx 260 core 216's in SLI.

Do you guys think that is the best option for around that price range?
Also isn't it true that i7 systems seem to run better on a SLI/CF setup?


A pair of these factory over clocked gtx 260's in SLI would do some serious damage. :sol: 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $174.99 ($154.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv4 GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Also this psu down below is a steal at this price.

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $99.99 | $69.99 after MIR Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling S75QB Silencer 750W Quad Power Supply (Black) Retail
May 25, 2009 5:10:03 AM

Why_Me said:
A pair of these factory over clocked gtx 260's in SLI would do some serious damage. :sol: 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $174.99 ($154.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv4 GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Also this psu down below is a steal at this price.

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $99.99 | $69.99 after MIR Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling S75QB Silencer 750W Quad Power Supply (Black) Retail


Yea I am feeling the 2 gtx 260's in SLI. How is MSI's customer support? Also if say later on I wanted to do the step-up program where I trade my cards in for new ones does that go through Nvidia or the manufacturer such as MSI or BFG?

That PSU is at a great price. Is there any good modular PSU's in the 750w range that are around $150? I just really want to spend a little extra and get the extra cables outta there!


May 25, 2009 5:27:42 AM

waynec121 said:
Yea I am feeling the 2 gtx 260's in SLI. How is MSI's customer support? Also if say later on I wanted to do the step-up program where I trade my cards in for new ones does that go through Nvidia or the manufacturer such as MSI or BFG?

That PSU is at a great price. Is there any good modular PSU's in the 750w range that are around $150? I just really want to spend a little extra and get the extra cables outta there!


MSI's customer support sucks. NP though if it was a mobo I would worry, but a vid card...dl the drivers from Nvidea, get a proggy like "riva tuner" to adjust your fan speed and your good to go.

Not sure what the best deals on modular psu's are atm. Best bet is to surf the egg for decent brands such as Silverstone, Antec, PC Power & Cooling, SeaSonic, etc...
May 25, 2009 5:33:13 AM

Why_Me said:
MSI's customer support sucks. NP though if it was a mobo I would worry, but a vid card...dl the drivers from Nvidea, get a proggy like "riva tuner" to adjust your fan speed and your good to go.

Not sure what the best deals on modular psu's are atm. Best bet is to surf the egg for decent brands such as Silverstone, Antec, PC Power & Cooling, SeaSonic, etc...


k thanks for all the help i will update my list in a litte after researching some more on a modular psu.
May 25, 2009 6:13:56 AM

Okay guys, I am pretty sure I have come to an extremely solid build. Heres what I want to do:

Case: SilverStone FT01-BW $229.95
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8229/cst-808/Silverst...
CPU: i7 920 D0 Stepping - $229.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
MOBO: Asus P6T Deluxe V2 - $257.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
GPU: BFG GTX 260 Core 216 896MB - $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU 2: BFG GTX 260 Core 216 896MB - $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: SilverStone ST75F 750W 100% Modular - $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: WD Caviar Black 640gb $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3X2GB) 1600 - $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
HS: Xigmatek Dark Knight -> Already have
DRIVE: LG 22x $23.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COMPOUND: ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 THERMAL COMPOUND $8.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That is a grand total of $1440.86 w/out shipping included. There are also $40 in M.I.R. but who knows if I will actually get that money back.

Looks pretty sick to me. Any final suggestions are welcome, otherwise I am pulling the trigger on this new build next week!

May 25, 2009 9:40:23 AM

^ that's a very good build, should last you for a good year or two.

and you might have enough to buy lenovo's ION based netbook when it comes out for under $600.
May 25, 2009 7:00:39 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ that's a very good build, should last you for a good year or two.

and you might have enough to buy lenovo's ION based netbook when it comes out for under $600.


Thanks I will definitely have to look into that, I was really considering the Samsung NC10 the more I look at it. All the other netbooks seems kind of girly or like a toy but the Samsung has a much better look to me.
May 25, 2009 8:08:56 PM

^ turns out it'll be $499 when it comes out, they demo'ed it doing 30fps on COD4, 1920x1080 with medium settings I guess so 40+ on max settings at the screens native of 1280x800 should be achievable.
May 25, 2009 8:27:54 PM

waynec121 said:
Okay guys, I am pretty sure I have come to an extremely solid build. Heres what I want to do:

Case: SilverStone FT01-BW $229.95
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8229/cst-808/Silverst...
CPU: i7 920 D0 Stepping - $229.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
MOBO: Asus P6T Deluxe V2 - $257.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
GPU: BFG GTX 260 Core 216 896MB - $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU 2: BFG GTX 260 Core 216 896MB - $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: SilverStone ST75F 750W 100% Modular - $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: WD Caviar Black 640gb $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3X2GB) 1600 - $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
HS: Xigmatek Dark Knight -> Already have
DRIVE: LG 22x $23.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COMPOUND: ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 THERMAL COMPOUND $8.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That is a grand total of $1440.86 w/out shipping included. There are also $40 in M.I.R. but who knows if I will actually get that money back.

Looks pretty sick to me. Any final suggestions are welcome, otherwise I am pulling the trigger on this new build next week!

Lol, sorry to cut it close, but I would suggest a different case, unless you want to pay more. I'd go with the Antec 1200. Plenty of space for SLI, bottom mounted PSU, has 5 Tri Cool Fans, and a side panel. It's 160$, so it will save you 90$. Personally the only silverstone case I would go with is the Raven.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Looks fricken awesome, and has a great design/airflow. :D  Just my 3.5 cents.
May 25, 2009 8:44:52 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ turns out it'll be $499 when it comes out, they demo'ed it doing 30fps on COD4, 1920x1080 with medium settings I guess so 40+ on max settings at the screens native of 1280x800 should be achievable.


Yea dude I was looking at the ION desktop if thats what you want to call it a few days ago. It is ridiculously small and they were showing COD4. I have some time before I even need to get a netbook so if I can find a sweet deal on the Samsung NC10 I am going to go for it otherwise I will probably wait for the ION next month!
May 25, 2009 8:48:45 PM

nope, I was looking at the lenovo S12, it's a 12" subnote.
May 25, 2009 9:28:43 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
nope, I was looking at the lenovo S12, it's a 12" subnote.


O I C haha. I will have to look into that. Either way its not that big of a deal the i7 build is the main thing for me. The samsung nc10 is nice and I don't need too much horsepower in a netbook because I will use it more. I would rather use my main rig for everything and netbook for on the go internet browsing and college notes/papers.
May 25, 2009 9:32:03 PM

radiowars said:
Lol, sorry to cut it close, but I would suggest a different case, unless you want to pay more. I'd go with the Antec 1200. Plenty of space for SLI, bottom mounted PSU, has 5 Tri Cool Fans, and a side panel. It's 160$, so it will save you 90$. Personally the only silverstone case I would go with is the Raven.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Looks fricken awesome, and has a great design/airflow. :D  Just my 3.5 cents.


Thanks for the response! Idk though I am just like in love with the SilverStone FT01B-W. The first time I saw it I was like I reallllllly wish I got that case. I am going to go with my gut and get that case. It is very stylish but yet sophisticated. And it also has a window which I wish I got in my first build. The antec 1200 is black on the inside as well but the SilverStone just looks so much more sophisticated. Sorry that is just my opinion though and I do respect your input!
May 26, 2009 1:10:50 AM

waynec121 said:
Thanks for the response! Idk though I am just like in love with the SilverStone FT01B-W. The first time I saw it I was like I reallllllly wish I got that case. I am going to go with my gut and get that case. It is very stylish but yet sophisticated. And it also has a window which I wish I got in my first build. The antec 1200 is black on the inside as well but the SilverStone just looks so much more sophisticated. Sorry that is just my opinion though and I do respect your input!

Oh that's fine. I fell in love with the Antec 1200, but the case is always a personal choice- whatever looks good. Plus, you can't go wrong with a high quality Silverstone. It's a nice case, just trying to offer opinions.
Good Luck! :) 
May 26, 2009 7:01:43 AM

Alrite guys I hate being so lost and confused but I really have no idea what I want to do. I would love to have that i7 build and just have a monster rig that puts any program or game to shame. At the same time I feel like it is such a waste of money and that I do not even need it. My friend suggested that I not waste the money on it and just get the Nvidia ION desktop when it drops next month for around $500. It is basically a mini-desktop that is extremely nice for watching movies, shows or anything in 1080p.

So here is where I am so confused. Basically I was disappointed with the rig I built in the first place. Although it is very nice my macbook is used 90% of the time and I occasionally turned the desktop on.

With the i7 build I wanted to sell my macbook and get a cheap netbook so I would tend to want to use my desktop more. Also I do have a xbox 360 which I play most of the time.

I am a horrible impulse buyer and I can't seem to ever be satisfied with what I buy. The few purchases I really really loved are my Sennheiser HD555 headphones and the LG L227WTG monitor I use.

So basically I just wanted some advice on what you guys think I should do.
i7 build and netbook -> Probably do not need the i7 build but could put it to use.
Nvidia ION and netbook -> Much cheaper and would serve my needs great, but in the back of my head I know I would want an i7 even though I most likely don't need it.

I don't know why I do this to myself but yea so I am at a big roadblock and don't know what to do. Also with the ion desktop and netbook I would have an extra $1000 left over from selling the pc and macbook. With the i7 and netbook I would just about break even. Decisions. Decisions.
May 26, 2009 7:20:16 AM

waynec121 said:
Alrite guys I hate being so lost and confused but I really have no idea what I want to do. I would love to have that i7 build and just have a monster rig that puts any program or game to shame. At the same time I feel like it is such a waste of money and that I do not even need it. My friend suggested that I not waste the money on it and just get the Nvidia ION desktop when it drops next month for around $500. It is basically a mini-desktop that is extremely nice for watching movies, shows or anything in 1080p.

So here is where I am so confused. Basically I was disappointed with the rig I built in the first place. Although it is very nice my macbook is used 90% of the time and I occasionally turned the desktop on.

With the i7 build I wanted to sell my macbook and get a cheap netbook so I would tend to want to use my desktop more. Also I do have a xbox 360 which I play most of the time.

I am a horrible impulse buyer and I can't seem to ever be satisfied with what I buy. The few purchases I really really loved are my Sennheiser HD555 headphones and the LG L227WTG monitor I use.

So basically I just wanted some advice on what you guys think I should do.
i7 build and netbook -> Probably do not need the i7 build but could put it to use.
Nvidia ION and netbook -> Much cheaper and would serve my needs great, but in the back of my head I know I would want an i7 even though I most likely don't need it.

I don't know why I do this to myself but yea so I am at a big roadblock and don't know what to do. Also with the ion desktop and netbook I would have an extra $1000 left over from selling the pc and macbook. With the i7 and netbook I would just about break even. Decisions. Decisions.


What about a nice i7 single card set up for under $1200 ? You use that 22" monitor so a nice single card set up would be perfect. I''l post a build on here in a few minutes to give you an idea. This way your $300 under your intended budget yet you still have a great rig. I call this build i7 Red. You will see why in a minute. :) 
May 26, 2009 7:33:47 AM

Why_Me said:
What about a nice i7 single card set up for under $1200 ? You use that 22" monitor so a nice single card set up would be perfect. I''l post a build on here in a few minutes to give you an idea. This way your $300 under your intended budget yet you still have a great rig. I call this build i7 Red. You will see why in a minute. :) 


Haha sounds good. I was thinking about this some more and if I went the Nvidia ION desktop route and a netbook I could invest the other $1k in a Sony XBR6 40" 1080p tv. Hook the ION and my 360 up to that and my Onkyo surround sound setup. That is one option and I will love to see the $1200 i7 setup, it mite just be a winner.
May 26, 2009 7:46:50 AM

i7 RED

This build is one of my favs. This case is new to the market, and it's "portable". Check the link out on the bottom (Cooler Master site), and read up on it after you check the newegg link on it. The mobo in this build is a bloody steal at this price, not to mention the free shipping included with it. The vid card will rock games on that 22" monitor of yours and this Gskill RAM which is fairly new also is rock solid...not to mention it looks great with those heat sinks. This build is set up to over clock also. Red LED Modular psu goes beautifully with this case (black interior is the bomb). This build also comes with an LED Xigmatek cpu h/s. :) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
New Arrival

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 ($49.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P $219.99 | -$20 w/promo code = $199.99 | $184.99. after rebate Free Ground Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Use Code: MEMORIAL20 to get an extra $20 off

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $264.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $36.99 Free Shipping*
XIGMATEK HDT-RS1283 120mm CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $9.99 Free Shipping*
XIGMATEK ACK-I7361 CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 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... $234.99 Free Shipping*
XFX GX275XADQC GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Call of Duty: World at War w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $23.99 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

Total:$1,110.90 | $1,070.90 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <--- more pics, specs, and reviews of the case used in this build

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte UD4P mobo
May 26, 2009 8:01:37 AM

Why_Me said:
i7 RED

This build is one of my favs. This case is new to the market, and it's "portable". Check the link out on the bottom (Cooler Master site), and read up on it after you check the newegg link on it. The mobo in this build is a bloody steal at this price, not to mention the free shipping included with it. The vid card will rock games on that 22" monitor of yours and this Gskill RAM which is fairly new also is rock solid...not to mention it looks great with those heat sinks. This build is set up to over clock also. Red LED Modular psu goes beautifully with this case (black interior is the bomb). :sol: 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
New Arrival

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 ($49.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P $219.99 | -$20 w/promo code = $199.99 | $184.99. after rebate Free Ground Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Use Code: MEMORIAL20 to get an extra $20 off

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $264.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99 Free Shipping*
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 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... $234.99 Free Shipping*
XFX GX275XADQC GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Call of Duty: World at War w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $23.99 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

Total:$1,105.90 | $1,065.90 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <--- more pics, specs, and reviews of the case used in this build

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte UD4P mobo


Wow man I am not gonna lie that is such a sickkkkkk build. I am definitely considering that now. Also good looks on the modular PSU.
Here are my options now:
This i7 and a netbook- Around 1500-1600 total.
Nvidia ION Desktop + Netbook + Sony Bravia XBR6 40" 1080p- Around $2000 -> hook up 360 to the TV via HDMI
Nvidia ION Desktop + Netbook - Around 1000

Decisions. Decisions. But again Why_ME that is a sick i7 build and I will definitely have to consider this over the next few days before I make any decisions. It is 4 AM where I am rite now so I am going to catch some ZZZZ's but thanks again for the "i7 RED"!!
May 26, 2009 8:06:05 AM

waynec121 said:
Wow man I am not gonna lie that is such a sickkkkkk build. I am definitely considering that now. Also good looks on the modular PSU.
Here are my options now:
This i7 and a netbook- Around 1500-1600 total.
Nvidia ION Desktop + Netbook + Sony Bravia XBR6 40" 1080p- Around $2000 -> hook up 360 to the TV via HDMI
Nvidia ION Desktop + Netbook - Around 1000

Decisions. Decisions. But again Why_ME that is a sick i7 build and I will definitely have to consider this over the next few days before I make any decisions. It is 4 AM where I am rite now so I am going to catch some ZZZZ's but thanks again for the "i7 RED"!!


OK, I fixed that RED build. Xigmatek has a h/s...same as the Darknight but it has a red LED fan. I took out the Darknight and added that HS..and the LGA1366 mounting kit for it. Ya with this build, you can take with you if you travel out, and you have plenty of money left over for that netbook.
May 26, 2009 9:17:25 AM

^ I found something wrong with your 'red' build, it has an nvidia card.
May 26, 2009 7:35:14 PM

haha this is all good stuff. the more i think about it having a 42" 1080p 120hz tv would be awesome. I am thinking about going that route so I can watch blue-rays and all my animes in 1080p goodness. The Nvidia ION desktop is looking pretty good for around $400-500 and will let me do everything I need to do. Browse the internet, dl movies, music, and all that good stuff.

Thanks for all the advice but I think I am going to go this route with the tv and ION. It will cost me $1500 for everything and I can still get a netbook later on.
Heres the tv I am thinking of getting:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0019LX84...
May 26, 2009 7:41:22 PM

waynec121 said:
haha this is all good stuff. the more i think about it having a 42" 1080p 120hz tv would be awesome. I am thinking about going that route so I can watch blue-rays and all my animes in 1080p goodness. The Nvidia ION desktop is looking pretty good for around $400-500 and will let me do everything I need to do. Browse the internet, dl movies, music, and all that good stuff.

Thanks for all the advice but I think I am going to go this route with the tv and ION. It will cost me $1500 for everything and I can still get a netbook later on.
Heres the tv I am thinking of getting:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0019LX84...


Holy beejezus that thing is BIG! But nice! Not a bad price on that either. :) 
May 26, 2009 7:41:32 PM

^ $400? the one's over here start at £150 which is about $225.

also for the TV you might want to wait for a HDMI 1.4 compatible TV that can use it's feature's. (100mbps network/internet connection, higher data rate and some other stuff)
May 26, 2009 7:57:44 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ $400? the one's over here start at £150 which is about $225.

also for the TV you might want to wait for a HDMI 1.4 compatible TV that can use it's feature's. (100mbps network/internet connection, higher data rate and some other stuff)


Hmm do you know when those TV's are gonna come out? Also how much more would a TV with HDMI 1.4 cost?
I will look into that rite now but still just wondering...
Also I am waiting for the ION with the 330 Atom CPU rather then the 230. Hopefully those will drop next month.
May 26, 2009 8:06:47 PM

probably just a bit more than the one currently in your list, maybe about the same if you settle for a 60hz model.
May 26, 2009 8:13:03 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
probably just a bit more than the one currently in your list, maybe about the same if you settle for a 60hz model.


Hmm I don't know. I might just stick with the model I have listed because it is 120hz and most of the features that 1.4 is going to have I do not need haha. Thanks for the suggestion though. I mean unless I find a 120hz 1.4 hdmi around 40" for at 1000 with a sick picture, I am going to stick with the LG listed.

Also I can't seem to find any info on when or where I could get a ION with 330 atom. Does anybody have any info on these for prices? Thanks!
May 26, 2009 8:20:18 PM

^ I found one retailer in the UK that sells them but I can't find them anywhere else, just 230's everywhere else.
May 26, 2009 8:31:35 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ I found one retailer in the UK that sells them but I can't find them anywhere else, just 230's everywhere else.


Hmm does the UK release stuff like this before the US gets it?
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