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  1. You can change some of the parts for a overall better system...

    1. Mobo - This X58 board is an incredible value and has very good features for the money...
    ASRock X58 Extreme

    2. CASE - This would also be a good option, if you are not much worried about the bling but need better airflow...
    Antec 300

    3. Definitely change the PSU -
    If you want to crossfire/ SLI, then get this PSU -
    Corsair 750TX

    4. Graphics card - This would offer similar performance as the GTX 275 for less...
    XFX HD 4890

    5. Better resolution monitor for the same price...
    ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen
  2. Oops - the edit got double posted so I deleted it here - see following post.
  3. Note that the Microcenter price is in-store only.

    Regarding your xClio case - I have been looking at that one myself and it has recieved some excellent reviews. Just make sure you see it in person before buying - it is HUGE. That certainly has its advantages - just make sure you have the space for it.

    Re gkay suggestions:
    1. Definitely switch to the Corsair PSU
    2. On the graphics card - I prefer the GTX 275 primarily because of the cuda feature - picking up certain processing from the CPU to speed up certain apps. Wont help in gaming but in some other apps - software designers are just starting to take advantage of it - how quickly that might accelerate is unknown tho.

    Note what when you ask if it is worth the price for the performance you are asking a very subjective thing. How much power do you need? What games do you play, with what detail, at what resolution? How much more are you willing to pay to for increased performance- more than you generally do now - or to future proof?

    The most partiicular issue is the i7 processor - which requires a more expensive mobo and memory. Your GTX 275 card does really not come close to utilizing the power of the i7. You could get a less expensive core 2 quad or even still less expensive AMD x4 or even X3 system and still pretty much max that card - and put the difference into another GTX 275 and really jump performance. However the Core 2 slots are on the way out and the system (mobo & memory) will not be very upgradable. The AMD option is a real alternative as its AM3 slots will have new CPUs developed for it longer.

    That said - the i7 is an advantage today for CPU intensive applications like video editing and its long term upgradability is the best since you are buying the best today and it is a new socket. If I were building today - wth your budget - I would go with the i7. But if you want the best performance for the price with reasonable upgrade options - or want to use the same budget to max out gaming performance today with reasonable upgrade options, then AMD is the choice.

    Finally, to answer your first question - yes it is an excellent system and will do exremely well - top end - for multitasking. For gaming it is above the mainstream range and in the lower part of the gamer enthusiast range - but depending on your requirements - as mentioned above - may more than meet your needs. But the system has everything it needs to be a MUCH faster system - all you need to do is to get a faster video card now if you need one based on YOUR gaming requirements - or add a matching one in SLI or Crossfire later if you want more power.
  4. didnt see your post, i'll edit soon.
  5. Both mobos are included in this THG review:,2368.html

    That article includes a link to an earlier review of more expensive boards you also might want to read for comparison. Note that his article was writtien back in March so the prices on some of those boards may have fallen. You might want to look at the standard version P6T in that article compared to the LE version in your build and the article above.,2252.html
  6. ok i'll change the power supply

    as for the case, i want it airflow to stay cool 24/7, im gonna stick with this one, also i want it big, because i heard alot of issues about big graphics cards not fitting inside the cases, so this one should be fine since its huge and cool.

    as for the new monitor thanks for the new link, just a question, if u get a monitor same size but bigger resolution that makes it better? how is that?

    for the new mother board, AS Rock that looks pretty good and supports SLI and not bad price ima look into that too.

    and im stick with the core i7 with the gtx 275 as i been always with intel and nvidia and just wanted to upgrade.

    thanks guys for the help.
  7. Lets see what I can find for you.

    PSU/Mobo Combo.
    1. Corsair Memory, Inc. CMPSU-850TX: $139.99
    Free Shipping* plus MIR

    2. EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR: $229.99
    Free Shipping* plus MIR

    Combo Discount: -$15.00
    Combo Price: $354.98
    $30.00 Mail-In Rebate
    $20.00 Mail-In Rebate

    Another Combo you should look at is this one for Graphic card/CPU.
    1. EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR: $229.99
    Free Shipping* plus MIR

    2. Intel BX80601920: $279.99
    Free Shipping*

    Combo Discount: -$20.00
    Combo Price: $489.98
    $20.00 Mail-In Rebate

    Check this Ram/HDD Combo out.
    1. OCZ Technology, Inc. OCZ3G1600LV6GK: $99.99
    Free Shipping* plus MIR

    2. Western Digital WD6401AALS: $74.99
    Free Shipping*

    Combo Discount: -$7.00
    Combo Price: $167.98
    $10.00 Mail-In Rebate

    Also that a look at this Case, has a bit more room (22.2" x 10" x 19.7") then the 900.
    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP $99.99 Free Shipping*

    Check out this DVD Burner.
    Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM $30.99

    Since you mention that you might OC, then get either of these CPU HSF Coolers'.
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98 Free Shipping*

    Scythe MUGEN-2 $36.99

    CoGage True Spirit Heatpipe CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Silent Fan for Intel LGA1366 $37.95

    Items you will need.
    Thermal Compound and Thermal Cleaner.
    Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound - Retail $9.99

    You will need this 8-pin Power Extension Cable for most Cases that has Bottom Mounted PSU.
    1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F - Retail $8.99

    Now to the Operating System. My suggestion would be to download Windows 7RC and then buy the full version when it comes out. You should get the 64-bit version, but if that is too much of a chore, then go with Vista Prem. 64-bit.

    Download Link for Windows 7 RC

    Subtotal using Xigmatek CPU Cooler and adding in your choices for KB/Mouse combo and Spkrs'.
    $1227.87 before shipping costs and MIR's.
    MIR's total = $80.00
    Total minus MIR's = $1147.87

    ps : Forgot to add Monitor
    ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers $159.99
    ($149.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*

    So new Total will be after MIR and before shipping Costs = $1297.86

    Hope this helps you out some..
  8. thanks for these combos, im gonna use some of them.

    with that being said, thanks to everyone who helped me with this.
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