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$2000 gaming PC, need advice please

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July 7, 2009 8:41:21 AM

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: 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...

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

Cooler compound: Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail
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Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive:

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon
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Monitor: Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Logitech G15 USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: Logitech G5 7 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser Mouse - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1,895.85


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible, tomorrow if I can get it finalized.

BUDGET RANGE: up to $2,000

SYSTEM USAGE: PC gaming, DVD watching, must last for 1-2 years without major upgrades

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers are optional depending how close to the price max the entire system becomes

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 preferred

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Unsure about the OS and needs a DVD Drive. I want to make sure it looks solid and everything is compatible. I attempted to look into liquid cooling and got lost; my friends suggested the fan and case since they are not familiar with liquid cooling either. Unsure if I will be overclocking the computer at any time. This is my first time building a computer like this. Thank you for any critiques and comments!

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July 7, 2009 10:19:34 AM

Its a good configuration but such a high config for just a 1650X1050 is a total overkill...
Even a single GTX 275 can max out most of the games @ that resolution...
Change the monitor to a higher resolution one...
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Better thermal compound -
TX-3
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RAM - Get this OCZ that has XMP Profiles...easier to set the rated speeds and CAS...
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DVD -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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And before purchase, check out the combos...you can save cash with those...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Rest of the config look very good...
July 7, 2009 11:38:05 AM

I agree with gkay on the monitor, sli is for high resolution.

You could also look at some full tower cases instead of that mid tower. This one for instance... very similar to your current choice, just bigger really. You will get the advantage of better cooling for your gpu's.
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Very good build otherwise.
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July 8, 2009 11:40:53 AM
July 9, 2009 5:01:57 AM

i would add a raid to that setup as well
July 9, 2009 6:32:59 AM

If you really want to go with water cooling, It is not that hard.

You can go with the swiftech 655 pump off newegg, go to danger den .com and check out water blocks for your I7, and a nice double 5.25 bay of the den for your reservoir, make sure you go with a double bay not just the single. Go with a tripple 120mm Radiator, and targon lines 1/2", three fans for your radiator, maybe a fan controller, I use Scythe for both. pick up some Fluid XP ultra, and you are good to go for atleast a year before a change of cooling fluid. If you don't water cool the grafix cards your looking at around $350 dollar investment, however you can use this cooling system on any new builds you do, and will not be sorry.

Research on forums or google water cooling loops and you can find step by step procedures on how it all hooks up.

Good luck with your new build, looks good.
July 9, 2009 6:36:44 AM

And if you can afford to go with all copper parts, but if you can't afford to you can go with aluminum Radiator, etc.etc. The fluid XP ultra, and there are different grades of fluid XP, make sure it is the Ultra kind allows you mix metals without corrosion. I ran it for over a year and tore down my loop when I built a new one and had no issue's with it turning white, or hazing up.
July 9, 2009 8:26:26 AM

if this is for DVD watching, the only fans you should use are Noctua fans.
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