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AMD Quadfire VS. I7 tri-SLI Gaming rig

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September 1, 2009 11:44:14 PM

QTY Intel Build
1 ASUS Rampage II Extreme Intel X58 Core i7 Extreme/Core i7 Socket 1366 PC3-14400 (DDR3-1800) ATX Motherboard Retail

X2 WESTERN DIGITAL VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB SATA 10,000 RPM 16MB Buffer Hard Drive Bulk

X3 XFX GX260XADJF Geforce GTX 260 896MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card Retail

X2 CORSAIR TR3X6G1600C8D 6GB (3x2GB) PC3-12800+ (DDR3-1600+) CL8 Triple Channel Memory Retail

X1 INTEL BX80601920 Core i7-920 2.66GHz Intel QPI 4.80 GT/s Socket 1366 Desktop Processor Retail

X1 Antec Twelve Hundred 750 Blue Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case 750W Power Supply - Retail

X1 Sony Optiarc BR-5100S 2X SATA Blu-Ray Combo Black Drive Bulk

QTY AMD Build
X1 ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

X2 Raid0 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

X4 ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

X2 OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

X1 AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 140W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGIBOX - Retail

X1 Antec Twelve Hundred 750 Blue Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case 750W Power Supply -

X1 Sony Optiarc BR-5100S 2X SATA Blu-Ray Combo Black Drive Bulk


Top end games of course, but more notably I am in financial analysis and need Excel and Access to run heavy duty computations and pivot tables with an excessive number of records and columns.
Budget is not an issue.



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September 2, 2009 1:56:03 AM

One flaw with both builds. A 750w PSU is not strong enough to run you systems.

Intel Build: Don't recommend two VRaptors. I would buy one 2nd Gen SSD & a WD 640GB Black for storage. You would be better off with two GTX 285's over Tri-SLI on a new build. If money is truly no object, EVGA just release Quad-SLI ready GTX 285 & MOBO, which is the best money can buy!!!!

AMD Build: It looks pretty decent overall for Quad-Crossfire.

Out of both systems, the i7 is the way to go but is way overkill for your needs. Check out my enthusiast build in my signature. It is pretty much all that you need for your needs.


Of course this could all be from a "troll", which in that case I wasted my time responding :D 
September 2, 2009 2:49:51 AM

The new DX11 video cards should be coming out soon. I would wait for that.
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September 2, 2009 3:43:54 AM

Going off your Core i7 build specs, these are what I would change.

Drop the VelociRaptors' and get one of the following SSD and a 1TB HDD as Storage.
Corsair P128 (CMFSSD-128GBG2D) 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail $330.99 Free Shipping*
Patriot Torqx PFZ128GS25SSDR 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail $354.99 Free Shipping*

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives $94.99 Free Shipping*

Also if you truely want to do Tri-SLI then you would have to change to one of two Asus boards that has the NF200 chipset onboard. Here is the one you should look at and it is $10.oo less then your choice.
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $349.99 Free Shipping*

Also if you get the Combo Deal with above board and the Core i7 920ghz CPU you can save an additional $35.00.
Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz/ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution Combo Deal

For the same price on your choice of Ram you can get the Cas7 version of the Dominators or either of these two from Mushin that are Cas6.
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C7D G - Retail $193.00 Free Shipping*

mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691 - Retail $185.99 Free Shipping*
mushkin Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998692 - Retail $199.99

Your Case selection is very good, but the PSU would not be able to handl Tri-SLI, either in power of have enough pci-e connectors. Would suggest this PSU.
CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $239.99 ($199.99 after $40.00 Mail-In Rebate Card ) Free Shipping*

The rest of your choices look good. Hope this helped out some. :) 
September 2, 2009 4:21:45 AM

tecmo34 said:
One flaw with both builds. A 750w PSU is not strong enough to run you systems.

Intel Build: Don't recommend two VRaptors. I would buy one 2nd Gen SSD & a WD 640GB Black for storage. You would be better off with two GTX 285's over Tri-SLI on a new build. If money is truly no object, EVGA just release Quad-SLI ready GTX 285 & MOBO, which is the best money can buy!!!!

AMD Build: It looks pretty decent overall for Quad-Crossfire.

Out of both systems, the i7 is the way to go but is way overkill for your needs. Check out my enthusiast build in my signature. It is pretty much all that you need for your needs.


Of course this could all be from a "troll", which in that case I wasted my time responding :D 


What do you mean by "troll"?

I appreciate the input. I am intermediate but come from an MIS bacground, thus I need the best money can buy but don't want to replace anything for about 4 years.
September 2, 2009 4:23:57 AM

Yoosty said:
Going off your Core i7 build specs, these are what I would change.

Drop the VelociRaptors' and get one of the following SSD and a 1TB HDD as Storage.
Corsair P128 (CMFSSD-128GBG2D) 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail $330.99 Free Shipping*
Patriot Torqx PFZ128GS25SSDR 2.5" 128GB SATA II Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail $354.99 Free Shipping*

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives $94.99 Free Shipping*

Also if you truely want to do Tri-SLI then you would have to change to one of two Asus boards that has the NF200 chipset onboard. Here is the one you should look at and it is $10.oo less then your choice.
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $349.99 Free Shipping*

Also if you get the Combo Deal with above board and the Core i7 920ghz CPU you can save an additional $35.00.
Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz/ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution Combo Deal

For the same price on your choice of Ram you can get the Cas7 version of the Dominators or either of these two from Mushin that are Cas6.
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C7D G - Retail $193.00 Free Shipping*

mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691 - Retail $185.99 Free Shipping*
mushkin Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998692 - Retail $199.99

Your Case selection is very good, but the PSU would not be able to handl Tri-SLI, either in power of have enough pci-e connectors. Would suggest this PSU.
CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $239.99 ($199.99 after $40.00 Mail-In Rebate Card ) Free Shipping*

The rest of your choices look good. Hope this helped out some. :) 


Is solid state really the way to go? I have read reviews on reliability? Also I would like to put music on my drives. I have been using the raptors for the last 4 years and just recently ran into "not enough room." I don't want to have to deal with room issues hence the reason for the two builds.
September 2, 2009 4:26:25 AM

angry_ducky said:
The new DX11 video cards should be coming out soon. I would wait for that.


Wow didn't even know DX11 was around the corner. I saw 7 was but hadn't even a clue! Thanks!
September 2, 2009 8:09:25 AM

lethisuber said:
What do you mean by "troll"?

I appreciate the input. I am intermediate but come from an MIS bacground, thus I need the best money can buy but don't want to replace anything for about 4 years.

A "Troll" is someone who post fake / unbelievable threads to see how many people will respond to them. Your responses say that you aren't one, which is a good thing. :D 
September 2, 2009 1:52:53 PM
September 2, 2009 2:59:59 PM

Just out of curiosity, what resolution are you going to be playing games at? You might not need all those cards.