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August 3, 2009 6:13:16 AM

So far from my research, r-tard at that, here is what I've bought through Newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I already also purchased 2 raptors.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Still pissed the pictures on Newegg showed the guts of the drive but when you get the drive its closed. (No clear see through side on the case) False advertising ftw. We'll talk about that in another rant.

Anyway, I'm still unsure of what video card, sound card, multi card reader, DVD burner, and case to get. I'm pretty picky when it comes to cases as well. I have Cooler Master Stacker like case currently. I'm currently only playing WoW (of which I would like to play at the highest resolution with all the eye candy, get more than 10 FPS in Dalaran, and more than 15 FPS in 25 man raids), and L4D. I'm hoping with this build that it will play Diablo 3 well once Blizzard ever releases it in 2 years or so. I would also like a nice sound card that doesn't break the bank with a SPF optical out. My current sound card is a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro. Oh and for that matter I'm using a 512 MB BFG 7600 GT with an AMD Athlon 64 3700+. I know listing my old setup isn't necessary, but I want to show where I'm coming from and where I'd like to go. Oh and I should probably say I'm sporting a Samsung SyncMaster 25" 1920 by 1200.

So crucify me if you must! I'm a big boy and can take it. I'm trying to keep this build low in price, but I don't ever like to sacrifice quality/reliability when I don't have to. I've already spent around $1400 on those parts and I've probably over spent more than I needed to, so if you have an objection or opinion go for it! I appreciate it when techs help another tech out. Thank you in advance.

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August 3, 2009 7:12:59 AM

^ 2 Raptors are IMHO not worth it...I feel you have overspent on them...A single intel 80GB SSD for the ~ price of a single raptor for the OS and a 1 TB WD Black for others would be a better setup...
You can also get similar performance with 2x WD Black 640GB in RAID 0...

Now for the graphic cards, if am not wrong, Wow doesnt support multiple cards...So SLI/ Crossfire is out of question...
For your resolution, either of these cards are the best option...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And do you need a sound card, I would suggest you first try out the onboard sound as these boards sport a HD audio chip and they also have the required connectors that you are looking for...
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August 3, 2009 7:25:33 AM

Yeah, you overspent in a lot of areas. Oh well... I agree with gkay on the GPU and sound card bit. Anyways, here's some cases to check out.

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Thermaltake V9 Black Edition ATX Computer Gaming Chassis with Dual Oversized 230mm Ultra-Silent Cooling Fans Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 3, 2009 7:40:47 AM

I know asking for help in the wrong way can be seen as rude so let me use the template =) Oh and the parts haven't shipped yet so I can STILL decline the order if you guys think I should go in a different MB and RAM direction!! I still use 1st generation raptors and they've been attached with me for so long that I don't think I can have a build without them. Plus with the SSDs I heard they don't last as long and write speeds are horrible.
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August 3, 2009 7:41:00 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Opps already bought half the crap, ha.

BUDGET RANGE: Around $2000 it looks like.. keeps going UP.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: For the time being playing WoW, L4D, and sometimes Dungeon Keeper 2. Waiting for freaking Diablo 3 to come out (such a whore fanboy of Diablo 2, my god), and SC2 so hopefully this build will last till then and be able to play these games at maximum settings. I love to multi task with 20 tab Firefox sessions open times 10 while trolling with a game in the background and streaming music online with Winamp. Oh and I like to watch anime and what have you on the PC so something that can handle all the different codec crap that comes out like every month.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I will not need a new keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, or hard drives. At least for now anyways.

PREFERRED WEBSITES FOR PARTS: I mostly only use Newegg for purchases these days but I do have an account with ZipZoomFly.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to go with the Intel Core i7 920 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe eventually.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe eventually.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 please.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A window on the right side would be nice or I'll just keep them both off like I have on my current chasis. I'd also like a nice looking full size case, new video card, sound card, and multi memory card reader. Oh and a DVD/CD burner. I don't need the Blue Ray yet.
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August 3, 2009 8:57:33 AM

I thought you had already bought the RAM, Case and mobo...
Take a look at these...

RAM - With better timings as quality as good...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for cases,
CM HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 1200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and why not the CM Stacker ?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And as for the mobo, that EVGA is very good...but there might be a problems with the mosfet heatsinks, which might block the aftermarket CPU coolers...So do check that out...
Another very good mobo...
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And get a good after market CPU cooler now itself...
Scythe Mugen 2
Xig Dark Knight
Sunbeam CCTF 120MM + 1366 retention kit...
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August 3, 2009 6:47:14 PM

graphic cards : You need to buy at least two 260GTX or two 4870 or your investment will not be worth it.

sound card : An Auzentech Low Forte or an HT Omega Striker
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August 3, 2009 6:52:45 PM

If you don't plan to overclock now, wait before buying an after market heatsink.

As for COrsair Dominator RAM, maybe you should exchange it. There is a lot of issues with these stick from what I heard from the news.

Great Power supply anyway, you could not have chosen better.

For the case, you need a lot of space for SLI and Crossfire for cable management and good airflow. So definitely go with the HAF 932.
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August 5, 2009 10:02:21 AM

Hey guys, I'm thinking about this case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I like the overall design of the case, aluminum, big with lots slots, removable tray, the works! I just wish that they would paint the inside of the case like the outside of the case. I don't know why you don't see that even with the high end cases.

For the record this is my old case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have both side panels off and its messy in there, but I love looking at it. To me its like a piece of art.

Now I'm wondering if I did want to go water cooling in the future, should I just go with this case and get a water cooling kit, or spend a lot of money and get the one reviewed by 3dgameman? It's around $400 and that's a lot of money... I assume I can get a better kit than the one they're including.

Redgarl, is your avatar the back of Asuka's head? LOL
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