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July 7, 2009 11:17:30 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (This week or next) BUDGET RANGE: (US$2000-$2700)


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Mouse, Headset)


PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (I would like to have an i7 920, 6GB or RAM, and a 22" monitor)



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (I want a Gaming PC that can run most of the games on maxed out graphics. I would really want if it could run Armed Assault 2 on high settings.)


EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Retail
- I want a good motherboard that i can overclock the i7 920 to 4.0ghz(P6t?Rampage 2 Extreme?etc..)

CROSSFIRE: XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible ... - Retail
- Do i need that much power?

Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G1 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail
- 80GB is all i need

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

COOLER MASTER V10 Hybrid TEC RR-B2P-UV10-GP 120mm CPU Cooler - Retail
- is this enough to overclock the cpu to 4.0ghz?

RAZER Tarantula Black USB Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM

ViewSonic X Series VX2265wm Black 22" 3ms(GTG), 5ms 120Hz 3D Ready Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

- Should i get the 4890 CF or GTX285 2GB?

Please review my Motherboard, RAM, Power Supply, DVD Drive/Burner, CPU Cooler because i really didn't look into them that much.

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July 7, 2009 11:36:13 PM

1. Change your PSU from the HX1000 to the HX850. Don't get me wrong the HX1000 is a great PSU, in fact that is the one I have but the HX850 has more than enough power for your needs and the warranty is 7 years VS. 5 years for the HX1000.

2. There are better CPU coolers for cheaper and that install a lot easier. If you want to keep that same theme of your computer get the V8 otherwise the Xiggy "Dark Night", Ultra True 120, Noctua NH-U12P, Prolimatech Megahalem, Mugen-2 and the new ZALMAN CNPS10X and all good coolers.

3. You think 80GB of HD space is all you need for your rig? I would get a WD 640GB Black for back up and files. To tell you the truth I would ditch the SSD Idea until prices drop a little more. Get a couple of WD 640GB black and you will be happy.

Oh and with the money you would be saving with this configuration you can get a bigger monitor with higher resolution.
July 7, 2009 11:40:07 PM

AMD Phenom II 955 will generally run w i7-920 and will outperform it in hi-rez gaming. 965 releasing very soon.

AMD/ATI RADEON supports DirectX 10.1 - nvidia does not.

If you think money spent is the thing, get the i7 and the nvidia. I am getting tired of saying this; so do what you want - I don't want to just disrupt your plans like some fanboy - I just want you to know what I already said. good luck.
Don't believe me; do your own research.

For 2500$$ you could get anything you want.

Lose the ViewSonic.
SSD's are still experimental.
EVGA is a mobomaker?? Asus or Giga have a rep.
Full tower cases are really huge.
Nice ram = OCZ!!
PSU = get an Antec Signature Series. = best.

I can't see this costing 2500 - about half that more like it. Maybe with an i7 975 since that is really expensive....

I'm sure others will chime in.
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July 7, 2009 11:43:11 PM

^- you can go with those CPU coolers which are, very good, but if you want something better, thermalright IFX-14 is currently the best CPU cooler, although i would recommend going with the other ones ragsters mentioned, not much of a difference

If your willing to spend 100$ more, get the 4890 Atomic, search it up
July 7, 2009 11:50:31 PM

Get this Vista for $15 more. Free Win7 upgrade.

Are you getting the Nvida 3D glasses too? If so, then get an Nvidia card. The 275 in SLI or 285 as you feel comfortable spending on just the GPU. Skip the 280. If not, get whatever favors the games you play and drop the 120 mhz monitor. Get a bigger 1900x1080+ monitor instead.
July 7, 2009 11:53:06 PM

Everything every one has said is great advice. Dont use SSD of the O/S i have set a few up and have been very let down Windows read and writes A LOT and is very hard on an SSD. You should be able make this system a lot cheaper.

ATI and Nvida comment, BTW I love both companys. If you want to play on high just to show your friends you get higher FPS go with ATI, but if you want things to look nice go with nvidia for the physX processor untill everyone moves to Havox Nvidia is better. Agian its your call but ATI cant get close to nvidia in games like mirors edge ^_^

I know artic silver 5 is a huge hype unless you know what your doing i would use Artic silver Cerammique its maybe going to change the temp .2 degrees higher but its no conductive unless Silver 5 witch is conductive.

Good luck
July 8, 2009 12:11:58 AM

keola27 said:

I know artic silver 5 is a huge hype unless you know what your doing i would use Artic silver Cerammique its maybe going to change the temp .2 degrees higher but its no conductive unless Silver 5 witch is conductive.

Good luck

Huge review o thermal goo.