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August 26, 2009 5:22:30 PM


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, CAD for work (work from home), internet, TV shows

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, also near microcenter


OVERCLOCKING: Yes to 3.2-3.4

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe if required

MONITOR RESOLUTION: have a 28" Hanns·G (1920x1200) thanks to work, would like to also connect to 40" samsung tv (1080p) for watching movies. Samsung has a VGA and HDMI connections. Would like to run these in a dual setup.


Here are my parts so far:

i7 920 from microcenter $200

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard $249

Case/PSU combo
COOLER MASTER RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) OCZ3P1600LV6GK

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

getting vista 64 bit w/ win 7 upgrade coupon

video card (chose these 2 because they have dvi/hdmi/vga )

MSI R4890 Cyclone OC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card $210


SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card $220

Xigmatek dark Knight cooler

1. How are my video card choices?
2. Is this PSU good enough to add a 2nd 4890 later
3. Thinking of adding a intel ssd (80gb) or RAID another 1tb drive. ($ not an issue for this)
4. What do i need to record comcast cable onto my computer (tuner?), or is it just better to get another box from comcast?

This is the first build that is using quality parts, i have already built the parents a decent rig and am ready to step it up now for my own. I work from home Mon, Wed, Fri, mostly doing CAD. Thanks in advance for suggestions!

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August 26, 2009 5:42:27 PM

Not a bad build, would change the PSU to a 750tx to add a second, or a PC Power cooling 750w.

If you plan to do a good OC, The regular ASUS is fine but, the V2 will be more advanced for a good OC.
August 26, 2009 5:43:56 PM

Save $10 with this PSU. Will be more than sufficieant if you add a second 4890.

Even better to get the combo with the Sapphire Vapor 4890, and save another $20.

I did a bit of research on the tuner cards. Some of them allow you to record over the air signals. If you want to record the cable stuff, another box is necessary.

Almost forgot, you can get a combo with the OS as well and save even more.

But now I see why you chose that PSU. Nice combo discount. Still, with the $20 discount with the vid card, and another $15 on the OS\case combo, its pretty much a wash.
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August 26, 2009 5:54:35 PM

Thanks guys, the thing I was most worried about was enough power for 2 later, will go w/ the 750tx. Also wondering if anyone thought an Intel SSD 80gb was a good idea. I also will probably opt for the V2 deluxe mobo.
August 26, 2009 5:59:53 PM

wait till december to get an ssd as capacities rise prices will go down