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June 14, 2009 1:27:35 AM

Hello. It’s been a while since I built a system so I’m looking for any good advice the community can share. This will be a gaming system on a budget. I want to be able to run all the latest and up and coming games at full graphics settings if possible. My budget is between $1500 and $1700. All the components and prices are from newegg.com. Will this build keep my happy for the next 3 years? :) 


PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply – Retail
Model #:S75CF
Item #:N82E16817341011
$109.99

(2)SPARKLE SXX275896D3-VP GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card – Retail
Model #:SXX275896D3-VP
Item #:N82E16814187073
$409.98

Patriot 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PSD36G1066KH – Retail
Model #:p SD36G1066KH
Item #:N82E16820220378
$79.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive – OEM
Model #:WD6401AALS
Item #:N82E16822136319
$74.99

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler – Retail
Model #:RR-UV8-XBU1-GP
Item #:N82E16835103055
$59.89

Thermaltake ElementS VK60001N2Z Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case – Retail
Model #:VK60001N2Z
Item #:N82E16811133077
$119.99

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail
Model #:GA-EX58-UD4P
Item #:N82E16813128374
$259.99

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 – Retail
Model #:BX80601920
Item #:N82E16819115202
$279.99

LG W2353V-PF Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P
Model #:W2353V-PF
Item #:N82E16824005125
$219.00

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L – OEM
Model #:SH-S223L
Item #:N82E16827151188
$23.99

With this build I'm @ $1638.79
June 14, 2009 1:48:19 AM

Everything looks pretty good, only is there any reason you want Sparkle cards? I would go with XFX of EVGA for Nvidia cards, I prefer them over others, but that's your choice (Just looked at the price, and noticed why). Also I think you can get 6GB of DDR3 1333 for under $100.

As for your monitor, you might appreciate and extra inch for just $10. Here are two from Newegg if you want them:

ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer H243Hbmid 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 14, 2009 1:48:55 AM

Looks pretty good except for that patriot ram. Go for this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't know much about Sparkle brand GPU's, but you don't need two GTX 275's, 260's would be plenty for that resolution. You can look at the SBM for may and see what kind of gaming results they got with GTX 260's SLI.

The V8 is a good heatsink, but there are cheaper ones that perform better. Look at these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 14, 2009 1:53:37 AM

Nice build! Looking good. But one comment to consider. Since you are going to use your Rig for Gaming why noy go with AMD and save some bucks. And if you don't care about physics get two HD4890 and xfire them. That should save you some money too and beats a GTX295.
But since I also have a similar set up like yours I would say go for it. It kick ass on all aspects of computing.
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