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July 14, 2009 2:54:59 PM

Yes, I'm willing to pay this much for it, and I need some of the components, like a monitor, because I've got a laptop right now. For the video cards and hard drives, I'll most likely be starting out with one and adding more later.

LIAN LI PC-60FWB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case -- $169.99
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard -- $239.99
EVGA 017-P3-1295-AR CO-OP Edition GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card (2x @ $519.99/ea) -- $1039.98
IN WIN COMMANDER IRP-COM1200 1200W ATX 12V 2.3 / EPS 12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply -- $299.99
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 -- $279.99
OCZ Gold 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1333LV12GS -- $161.99
SABRENT CRW-UINB 68-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader w/ USB 2.0 Port supports SDHC/VISTA -- $12.99
Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (4x @ $159.99/ea) -- $639.96
Logitech G19 Black USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard -- $205.99
LG W3000H-Bn Black 30" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor -- $1,159.99
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B -- $31.99
HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card -- $89.99
ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler -- $54.99
ZALMAN ZM-CS4A Socket 1366 Clip Support Kit for CNPS9500/9700 -- $7.99
Logitech G51 155 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers -- $147.99
Subtotal: $4,543.85

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July 14, 2009 3:14:22 PM

Looks good, although I haven't had much good luck with In-Win products, so I would consider changing the PSU. However, I have never worked in the above 1000 watt range, so I don't have many suggestions.

Also, I don't know what you'll be using this for (I assume gaming) but the evga board has pretty good onboard sound, so you may not need that sound card.


Besides that, it looks like a good build, and boy, did I wish I had $4,543.85 to spend on that build.

Good luck!


-Bilbo
July 14, 2009 3:19:41 PM

Okay... Where to start...

You don't neeb 12GB of RAM, unless you are doing high end graphics arts / photo editing. For gaming... 6GB is enough... get the OCZ Platinum 1600 over the Gold

I would recommend the Xigmetak Dark Knight s1283V over the Zalman 9700.

I wouldn't pay $200 for a keyboard. Buy a Razer keyboard or the G11 for the third the price.

I HIGHLY recommend you get a different PSU. I would recommend the Corsair HX1000 or a PC Power&Cooling PSU.

I recoomend you get a SSD drive for your OS & programs, then add 2 WD 640GB Black OEM drives... Unless you need 4TB of storage, which case get the 1TB Blacks... The RE3 are nice but not for the extra cost
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July 14, 2009 3:27:25 PM

1) get a corsair 850HX, in-win is a generic company, and thus makes rubbish PSU's.

2) get two 4890's instead of the single GTX 295 as the two 4890's will beat the 295 by a fair margin

3) zalman coolers are absolutely rubbish for 1366, you could get better results from a HTPC cooler. Get the Xigmatek Dark Knight on the low end or a Corsair H50 on the high end.

4) just use onboard sound and for the Speakers get some Logitech Z5500's.

5) what is this build for? by what you've listed you either do very CPU intensive tasks or you're a hardcore Gamer.
July 14, 2009 3:47:38 PM

helloworld_98... I agree with you on the 4890's but he is getting 2x GTX295, which is the most powerful setup outside 3x GTX285 in Tri-SLI... IMO. With out knowing what the OP is using it for... 2x GTX295 is overkill and either 2x ATI 4890 or GTX285 will be more then enough... I agree with your other points as well.
July 14, 2009 3:56:41 PM

whoops, I forgot about the 5870 X2's!!!

now thinking of those, if it's for gaming wait until September and get a couple of those as they will be more powerful than the GTX 295's by a fair margin and probably cost a bit less.
July 14, 2009 4:36:33 PM

Wow. $1,000 for 2 vid cards. It's nice you have the money to pay for all this, but why spend that much? Bragging rights? That's a big monitor, but 2 GTX 295s is way over kill. Silly to spend that much. At least check out Tom's vid card guide. They recommend NOTHING over $300.

Are these all newegg prices? What's it going to be used for?
July 17, 2009 3:12:32 AM

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Looks good, although I haven't had much good luck with In-Win products, so I would consider changing the PSU. However, I have never worked in the above 1000 watt range, so I don't have many suggestions.

Also, I don't know what you'll be using this for (I assume gaming) but the evga board has pretty good onboard sound, so you may not need that sound card.


Besides that, it looks like a good build, and boy, did I wish I had $4,543.85 to spend on that build.

Good luck!


-Bilbo


Ok, I just sorted by rating and then found the cheapest 5-star supply. I can change it if you think that would be best.

Yes, I'll be gaming a lot and doing some audio/video/3d editing/rendering, and of course the usual computer activities. I'm really far from being an audiophile actually, so I guess I could stick with the onboard unless I find that it actually sounds bad. Shaves off a few more dollars!

And actually I have 28 dollars. Yes, 28. I'm not even 18, and I don't have a job yet. This is just something to motivate me to get one sooner! :p 


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Okay... Where to start...

You don't neeb 12GB of RAM, unless you are doing high end graphics arts / photo editing. For gaming... 6GB is enough... get the OCZ Platinum 1600 over the Gold

I would recommend the Xigmetak Dark Knight s1283V over the Zalman 9700.

I wouldn't pay $200 for a keyboard. Buy a Razer keyboard or the G11 for the third the price.

I HIGHLY recommend you get a different PSU. I would recommend the Corsair HX1000 or a PC Power&Cooling PSU.

I recoomend you get a SSD drive for your OS & programs, then add 2 WD 640GB Black OEM drives... Unless you need 4TB of storage, which case get the 1TB Blacks... The RE3 are nice but not for the extra cost.


Yes, I will be doing that stuff so I'll need the extra 6GB. And I chose the slower RAM because I read something about the platform not being able to take advantage of more than 1333 or something... I forgot what exactly it was.

I'll take a look at that cooler, as long as it supports socket 1366.

I would probably pay that, since I've always liked that line, and that model has even more features that I could use.

The PCP&C supply is over $500, and I'm trying to keep this price as low as I can. (Don't laugh. I want to get an amazing system for the price that will last for several years, but I don't want to waste money.)

512GB SSDs cost over $2,000, and like I said before, I don't want to waste money. Anything smaller than 512 will be annoying to spread files over. I prefer to keep everything on one drive when possible. With the quad 1TB's I can put them in RAID 0, or I could even go the extra mile and get quad 2TB's for RAID 0, so I still have 4TB.


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1) get a corsair 850HX, in-win is a generic company, and thus makes rubbish PSU's.

2) get two 4890's instead of the single GTX 295 as the two 4890's will beat the 295 by a fair margin

3) zalman coolers are absolutely rubbish for 1366, you could get better results from a HTPC cooler. Get the Xigmatek Dark Knight on the low end or a Corsair H50 on the high end.

4) just use onboard sound and for the Speakers get some Logitech Z5500's.

5) what is this build for? by what you've listed you either do very CPU intensive tasks or you're a hardcore Gamer.
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850 is nowhere enough for that setup. I will, however, go with another company.

I'm getting dual GTX295's, just starting with one and buying another later when I have more money.

Corsair H50 it is. I want high end! :D 

As I already said, I'll stick with onboard unless it turns out to be crappy. Z5500's would be amazing, but they're expensive. I may be able to afford them, however, since I'm dropping other parts.

I do very CPU intensive tasks and I am also a hardcore (videophile) gamer.


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helloworld_98... I agree with you on the 4890's but he is getting 2x GTX295, which is the most powerful setup outside 3x GTX285 in Tri-SLI... IMO. With out knowing what the OP is using it for... 2x GTX295 is overkill and either 2x ATI 4890 or GTX285 will be more then enough... I agree with your other points as well.


Whoa, wait. What's this about dual GTX295's not being the most powerful available setup? I want whatever this mythical setup is you speak of! *drools* But seriously, that doesn't make sense. Elaborate?

And no, at 2560x1600 and all max settings, dual 295 is not overkill IMO. Or is it?


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whoops, I forgot about the 5870 X2's!!!

now thinking of those, if it's for gaming wait until September and get a couple of those as they will be more powerful than the GTX 295's by a fair margin and probably cost a bit less.


Well, I won't have enough money by September anyway, so assuming they're out by then I'll pick up some of those instead.


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Wow. $1,000 for 2 vid cards. It's nice you have the money to pay for all this, but why spend that much? Bragging rights? That's a big monitor, but 2 GTX 295s is way over kill. Silly to spend that much. At least check out Tom's vid card guide. They recommend NOTHING over $300.

Are these all newegg prices? What's it going to be used for?


Well as I said in the previous reply, I probably won't pay that much. And as I also said in a previous reply, I don't have that much money. I want to spend that much because I want an incredible, futureproof system that can serve my needs well, not bragging rights.

Yes, but I really want the whole cinematic experience thing. At that resolution, wouldn't I need those cards to be able to run modern games at max settings smoothly?


*pauses for breath*
OK, I think I got everything there.
July 17, 2009 3:18:34 AM

If you dont have a job yet, its pointless to even consider the parts for this because by the time you get the 1500 or so necessary for an i7 machine the 920 will have been phased out, new graphics card will be on the market and we will probably be on the second set of 32nm processors. Once you get the money then come back but contemplating parts that far out of your price range without a decent job wont do you any good.
July 17, 2009 3:23:03 AM

Umm... Is all I can say is within two years after you buy this computer you will regret having spent that much money on something that becomes outdated so quickly. Almost no one on this forum would recommend spending over $2000 on a single computer. Why not just buy something that's not insanely expensive and upgrade it gradually and save the thousands of dollars to build a second rig a lot sooner than you would be able to otherwise.
July 17, 2009 3:41:56 AM

Eh, like any American I like instant gratification. I want a system that'll finally give me amazing performance. It's probably very unwise, but I'll figure that out once I have the money.
July 17, 2009 3:47:50 AM

sgtwaffles42 said:
Eh, like any American I like instant gratification. I want a system that'll finally give me amazing performance. It's probably very unwise, but I'll figure that out once I have the money.


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July 17, 2009 4:21:44 AM

jbakerlent said:
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What? I said it was unwise and that I'd realize that once I actually had that much money.
Which means I'm probably not going to spend anywhere near that much.
July 17, 2009 5:55:15 AM

Sgtwaffles42... I wish you would've made mention to start you didn't have the money and wasn't buying soon. It would've save helloworld_98 & me sometime trying to help you out, when all we had to say is... "come back when you have the money"
July 17, 2009 6:59:39 AM

For one, I don't know how fast I'll have the money, but sorry I didn't think of it... I really should have waited. :S
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