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$1800 Budget Gaming PC, please critique

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June 26, 2009 2:08:31 PM

DVD drive:

Final price $1378 +$120 for allowed for keyboard/mouse + No OS (Because of possible Win7)

I figured that I would add another $120 for the keyboard/mouse. Probably going with G11 and a standard gaming mouse.

The final budget for everything is $1800 at the door, if I could get it under, fine. I have not included an OS because I think i'm going to go with the Windows 7 beta until release. The budget is for everything though, meaning that I have nothing for it yet.

Just want to make sure it all looks solid, mainly RAM, PSU, Mobo and Cooler i'm not 100% sure if these are ideal choices. I don't know when I will be overclocking, if anytime soon at all.
June 26, 2009 2:39:31 PM

$1800, you can do alot better.

Ram needs to be Triple Channel. I'll get you a list going.
June 26, 2009 5:55:50 PM

CPU/Motherboard/Memory Combo:
Scythe Mugen 2 Heatsink
ARctic silver 5
corsair 850tx
WD Black HDD 640gb
Coolermaster HAF 932 FullTower
Samsung 22x Rom

Total Right now is $1420.

Now, Since you did not tell me what this computer is for, I basically decked out a really nice gaming/multi-tasking computer.

I chose the V2 and the corsairs for a good reason, well the combo was hard to beat on a $105 discount puting it together.

V2 will mostly be used for OC'ing but, it allows both sli and xfire aswell, very nice motherboard.

The XMS Corsairs are pretty pricey but, easy to overclock if you wanted, probably not needed.

Fulltower will allow more space and airflow even though those mid towers are pretty descent.

The PSU: now im not 100% sure but, i think it could run 2 gtx 285's in sli, if now a 1000hx corsair or a pc power cooling above 850w+ will do you fine.

Now for your Monitor and extra stuff:mouse keyboard.
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June 26, 2009 10:57:12 PM

Thank you fullmetall for posting that list.

I really like the CPU/Mobo/RAM deal, didn't see that when I was going through lists.

I know I didn't repost what the PC was used for except from the title, but its going to be a gaming PC. WoW at the moment, but defiantly looking towards future games with this pc.

The 900 case has just been a staple for the last couple PCs I built, until I put in the final order I was just kinda throwing that as a placement holder until I knew for sure what I wanted. But the coolmaster case you link looks to be an upgrade to the 900 (weird), same placement but nicer looking a little bigger.

Would going with the 285 be a better idea than going with the 280? From the benchmarks that I have looked at don't show it very high above the 280 so wondering if it worth the extra $100 price tag. I was even thinking of SLI'ing 280's if the budget allowed in the end. Thats why I would like to know if that PSU could handle both.

I would also like to hear an opinion on using Win7 until i could buy a full 7 key.
June 26, 2009 11:41:20 PM

i7 920 w/dual gtx 275's in SLI

The gtx 280 is being phased out by Nvidea, and for good reasons. It's based on older architecture, it runs hot, and it's power hungry. No need to get a vid card that's on it's way out the door. Shopping at different retailers is mild inconvenience, but it does save you a substantial amount of money. This build is a good one...either gtx 275's in SLI or 4890's in can't go wrong with either vid card imo. The case you have chosen isn't so great for a build with a decent size h/s and two large vid cards imo. This case down below is new to the market, and it's the hottest selling case going atm....and for good reason. Plenty of room to work with, and excellent cooling, not to mention the fans aren't over bearing.

Also if you do a google on "ewiz coupons" or "ewiz promo codes" you can take another $5 - $15 dollars off that mobo/cpu combo down below. $129.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
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GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail $229.99 ($209.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
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OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $25.99

Total: $1,416.91 | $1,326.91 w/mail in rebates

* the 4890 is also worth checking out. $199.99 ($189.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

* You can take $60 off the price of that build with these gtx 275's $199.99 Free Shipping*
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June 28, 2009 8:04:38 AM

that is an extremely sick build that Why_Me has just suggested. It definitely gets you the most for the money. +1 for that