New Build $2,000-$2,500

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the week
BUDGET RANGE: $2,000-$2,500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (example: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1600x1200 x2 in duelview

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

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Case - Antec 1200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

MotherBoard - EVGA E758-A1 x58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188039

Video Card - Evga gtx295
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130504

Power Supply - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009

Processor - Intel Core i7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

RAM - Mushkin 6GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226030

Hard Drive- Western Digital VelociRaptor x2 Raid 0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136296

Heatsink- Noctua NH-U12P SE1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608007

OS- Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116678

Wanted to double check on this build before I finalized this order.
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  1. Nice selection, I guess I would remove the raptors and get 2x WD Caviar Black 640's and raid them (raid 0). Then with money saved i would get 2x GTX 275's and Sli them for some serious firepower.....

    There is hardly any speed difference when you compare a 640 Black to any raptor.

    I have benchmarked both and they are almost identical as far as nubers go....And for your surprise the 640 Black is faster in some tests....I have a raptor (300GB) that I purchased a while back and now I regret it en every way.... But this is solely my opinion...

    Minimum Transfer Rate
    WD6401AALS: 52.4 MB/s
    WD3000HLFS : 53.8 MB/s

    Maximum Transfer Rate
    WD6401AALS: 89.4 MB/s
    WD3000HLFS : 83.9 MB/s

    Average Transfer Rate
    WD6401AALS: 74.7 MB/s
    WD3000HLFS : 78.3 MB/s

    Burst Transfer Rate
    WD6401AALS: 101.2 MB/s
    WD3000HLFS : 105.4 MB/s

    Used HD tune to get these results. (550 @ 3.5Ghz and 4 gigs of 1066Mhz ram)
  2. Quote:
    MONITOR RESOLUTION:1600x1200 x2 in duelview

    Ok when you say "dualview", do you mean a mirror view (both monitors show the same thing), a span view (the monitors basically act as one), or a split view (each monitor is independant of the other, one primary, one secondary)?

    I suppose it doesn't really matter because I'd still recommend investing in a nice new monitor that will get you 1920x1200 resolution. Spanning the monitors was a feature of XP that isn't in Vista (or Win 7 as far as I know, but I haven't looked).

    I also think both the GTX 295 and the WD Velociraptor HDD's are overpriced. Drop to a GTX 275 and I swear you won't be disappointed, plus you can always grab another in the future for SLI and they will outperform a 295. Drop the raptors and grab (at least) 3 WD Caviar Black HDD's: one for your OS, and 2(+) in RAID 0 for installing everything else to. I think they come in 500GB, 640GB, 750GB, and 1TB varieties. The bigger, the better as they will perform faster than their lower capacity brothers.

    EDIT: aww... OvrClkr you beat me on like all my suggestions! lol +1 to everything you said though.
  3. kufan64 said:
    Quote:
    MONITOR RESOLUTION:1600x1200 x2 in duelview

    Ok when you say "dualview", do you mean a mirror view (both monitors show the same thing), a span view (the monitors basically act as one), or a split view (each monitor is independant of the other, one primary, one secondary)?

    I suppose it doesn't really matter because I'd still recommend investing in a nice new monitor that will get you 1920x1200 resolution. Spanning the monitors was a feature of XP that isn't in Vista (or Win 7 as far as I know, but I haven't looked).

    I also think both the GTX 295 and the WD Velociraptor HDD's are overpriced. Drop to a GTX 275 and I swear you won't be disappointed, plus you can always grab another in the future for SLI and they will outperform a 295. Drop the raptors and grab (at least) 3 WD Caviar Black HDD's: one for your OS, and 2(+) in RAID 0 for installing everything else to. I think they come in 500GB, 640GB, 750GB, and 1TB varieties. The bigger, the better as they will perform faster than their lower capacity brothers.

    EDIT: aww... OvrClkr you beat me on like all my suggestions! lol +1 to everything you said though.


    hehe, I guess you and me have great taste when it comes to price/performance. Nice 1 buddy!!!!
  4. those monitors must be awesome in span view,

    I'd say, get dual 4890's and make your budget $2000, then in September when the 58xx series comes out, get a 5870 X2 as this will cost $400-500 so maxing out your budget and be quite a bit more powerful than the GTX 295.
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