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June 24, 2009 11:16:38 PM

Hi folks,

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sunday, June 28, 2009

BUDGET RANGE: $1750

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, headset, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel/ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

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COOLER MASTER HAF 922

WD 1TB 7200 HD

WD 300GB 10k HD

2x XFX Radeon HD 4890 Xtreme 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 in crossfire

CORSAIR 750W CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified with Core i7 Power Supply

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

MSI X58 Platinum SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 130W Quad-Core Processor

ZALMAN CNPS9900LED 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail

Total: $1,657.89

I would like input on the build as it stands, any suggestions people may have, etc.

My main areas of concern are the mobo at the moment. i have never used MSI, but have a close friend that has had good experiences with them.

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June 24, 2009 11:18:05 PM

As a side note, my old PC has a 74gb 10k Raptor in it, so I am considering dropping the 300gb 10k VelociRaptor and putting that $220 towards improving something else in the design, any reason I shouldn't do this?

And any recommendations on operating systems? Vista vs Windows 7 RC (and then full 7 when it is released)
June 25, 2009 7:52:57 AM

Most folks around here don't recommend the raptors, and for a good reason. The WD Caviar Black 640GB version is *almost* as fast, costs WAY less, and has 2+ times the storage. Seeing as you already have the 1TB version of the Black I will assume you know this.


Use the savings from the HDD to get this mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it's a great price/performance ratio in X58 mobo's right now.

If you can fit it in, I'd grab Vista 64. But if not the RC of Win7 would do just fine. I'm just not overly excited about running an RC as my primary OS, but you may feel differently.
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June 25, 2009 8:33:00 AM

drop one of the 4890's, there's little point in buying too much of technology which will be obselete within a few months.

one 4890 will do fine for now, then put $300 away for one of the DX11 cards which will be way more powerful and they come out in only a few months time, November at the latest.
June 25, 2009 2:14:57 PM

im thinking that i will go with the Xig Dark Knight cooler.

Will 1x 4890 be sufficient for all of my games to run extremely well until the DX11 cards are out? The most recent card I have had is an Nvidia 8800 GT, so I have no idea of the performance increase here.
June 26, 2009 4:39:51 AM

1 HD4890 would be sufficient to run the games @ Highest settings(For some games you might have to lower the settings though) till then...
But it is worth it as ATI has nearly confirmed the arrival of new cards by this October or by latest year end...So just max 6 months to go and for that time frame, sure 1 HD4890 would serve you well...

And seeing from the card that you have had(8800GT), you might see say roughly 40%+ increase in performance with a HD 4890 as a single HD 4890 would perform similar or better than 2x 8800GT in SLI...
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