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July 1, 2009 12:52:23 AM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $900-$1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Crysis, racing sims, playing around with short family videos, FRAPS, webcam stuff

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speaker system (Creative 5pt)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, Dell Ultra 2209WA monitor seems to be my choice, in theory at least.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I need this explained more. Will that Dell surfice?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC! Last as long as possible.
I have come across several builds on this site which seems to fit my needs so feel free to point those in my direction if you like. My last build was an AMD back in 2003 with parts bought at a computer show with only upgrading the video in 2006.
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July 1, 2009 1:28:37 AM

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.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $100.00 ($70 after MIR) Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P Combo Price: $492.99 Free Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.98
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... $219.99 ($199.99 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
Free Call of Duty-World at war w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $162.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Free Shipping*
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X 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 Burner - OEM

Total: $1,1126.91 | $1,066.91 w/mail in rebates

* Cheaper gtx 275

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 Free Shipping*
PNY VCGGTX275XPB GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Combo savings w/ Call of Duty - World at War, limited offer

* A gtx 260 is fine for that resolution.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 ($154.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows RC 7

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

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

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-275,226... <--- gtx 275 review and benchmarks

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-sli,229... <--- gtx 275 SLI > gtx 295
July 1, 2009 1:54:43 AM

I see you are an i7 person. What would be the advantage? I will look at the links tomorrow, thanks.
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July 1, 2009 2:08:15 AM

jimconrad said:
I see you are an i7 person. What would be the advantage?


Jim I'm glad you asked that question. :) 

By going with the i7 you are going with the best cpu on the market to date. No other cpu out there comes close to touching the i7. It's the Ferrari of cpu's Jim. Picture owning a cpu that over clocks to 4.0GHz - 4.4GHz (D0 Stepping i7 920) on air. Yes that's right Jim on air cooling. And then there is the X58 mobo it uses. True 2.0 PCI - E SLI and Crossfire all on an Intel chip not to mention 3 x 2 gigs of triple channel RAM to top it off. Anyone that admires quality whether they be a PC enthusiast or not, will surely admire the i7 cpu and all it offers.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cyberpower-gamer-dr... <--- Behold the i7 Jim in all it's glory. And remember Jim, in these benchmarks the i7 build is using the supposedly inferior vid card set up when going head to head with the AMD 955 o/c.
July 1, 2009 1:14:08 PM

BTW Why_Me, do you change your avatar manually or does it change automatically?

I see the argument between 2 275's vs. 1 295. Will the i7 and power supply be able to have multiple 295's down the road?

Ooops, just saw the price for the 295. LOL

Curious about any AMD builds.

Besides price, what are the differences?
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/267620-31-gaming-comp...
July 1, 2009 4:14:08 PM

Is this something we keep running 24/7 or turn it off at night? I like the supply because I heard it is quiet. The i7 seems to be tops right now. I was really thinking abut AMD but this seems to sway my choice. As for the case, I don't like the position of the on/off button. Or maybe there is no need to used them.
July 1, 2009 4:58:45 PM

for a case you'll want something from the antec P1xx series if you want it to be quiet, however you'll have to go for the P193 which is fairly expensive if you want a full size ATX motherboard.
July 1, 2009 5:19:47 PM

Why_Me said:
Jim I'm glad you asked that question. :) 

By going with the i7 you are going with the best cpu on the market to date. No other cpu out there comes close to touching the i7. It's the Ferrari of cpu's Jim. Picture owning a cpu that over clocks to 4.0GHz - 4.4GHz (D0 Stepping i7 920) on air. Yes that's right Jim on air cooling. And then there is the X58 mobo it uses. True 2.0 PCI - E SLI and Crossfire all on an Intel chip not to mention 3 x 2 gigs of triple channel RAM to top it off. Anyone that admires quality whether they be a PC enthusiast or not, will surely admire the i7 cpu and all it offers.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cyberpower-gamer-dr... <--- Behold the i7 Jim in all it's glory. And remember Jim, in these benchmarks the i7 build is using the supposedly inferior vid card set up when going head to head with the AMD 955 o/c.


Why_Me I'm not going to lie, I laughed out loud reading this post. That was just awesome; probably the best pitch for anything, ever. I have this perfect image of you behind a desk selling i7's in a nice suit and tie with Eric Cartman's voice. You just made my day.

I'm not gonna be much help, I just can't get over that, I'm sorry...anyway...

Have a look at this case:
Antec P182 ~$140USD give or take $20

There's a new P183 apparently, but I don't know anything about it.
The P182 is built to be quiet. You really have to read full reviews to understand how much work went into the design. I won't be able to do it justice especially in my state of mind, but if you like the design, I'd do a little research. I recommend the case especially if you like peace and quiet. My old case rattled and vibrated my desk and the fans we're quite loud; it was like a semi truck was driving through the room, and getting this case was just an amazing change.

I feel like watching southpark over lunch...
July 1, 2009 5:59:01 PM

So that MB listed above will not fit a p182 Antec Case? The Antec website says standard ATX will fit. Antec recommends using their PSU's of course. Will the PC P& C fit?
July 2, 2009 3:33:00 PM

No that case will fit basically any "standard" motherboard. You may need to screw in a few standoffs depending on the layout of your board, but that will literally take a couple of seconds, and you can do it by hand.

Again, any "standard" PSU will fit just fine. The P182 comes with this "PSU cage" so that it won't vibrate and cause noise, and so it's not being held in place solely by a couple of screws on one side like most PSU's.
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