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September 15, 2009 11:11:23 PM

Hi,

Budge: Give me a price. Lower, better as long as it fits my needs.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: the closer the better) BUDGET RANGE: Give me a price. Lower, better as long as it fits my needs.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movie, downloading, surfing the internet, plugging on a
Samsung 32'inch to watch/play games on it.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or/and clean seller.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I7-920, Nice mobo, DDR3 1xxx (of course), Radeon 4850 or Radeon 4870 in a single or dual GPU configuration (as long as I can do what I want on it).
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Heard there was some 920 available at 200$. Rumor?
I have no idea for Hard drive, bluray, case (I want a spacy one, good airflow, perfect for multimedia purpose, etc.) and PSU

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September 15, 2009 11:56:43 PM

That $200 920 is a walk in deal at Micro Center. I'm not sure if you live by one, but if you do you can pick it up for that two hundred.

http://www.microcenter.com/at_the_stores/ <--- Micro Center locations.

I'l post ya a decent i7 build for on the cheap here in a bit.
September 16, 2009 12:32:19 AM

OK...this build is set up to run dual vid card (SLI/Crossfire). I didn't put the vid card in here...I figure you know what you want as far as that goes. I can shave a few dollars off this build also with the memory and HD.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 Free Shipping*
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $306.98
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $212.98
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail l
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $890.91

Here's two good monitors...both w/fast 2ms response time...great for gaming.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $299.99 ($269.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate Card)
ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers w/ component connector - Retail
SPDIF out connector

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $214.99
ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
With HDCP support

Here's a bargain on a great vid card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99
GIGABYTE GV-N275UD-896I GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-sli,229... <--- gtx 275's in SLI > gtx 295

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-275,226... <--- gtx 275 benchmark/review

ASRock X58 Extreme Reviews

http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/motherboards/1923_1...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboa...

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/asr...

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3593
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September 16, 2009 7:23:34 AM

Need an "ask Why_me for todays best combo deals" subforum. ;) 
September 16, 2009 7:48:34 AM

^+1
Totally agree, he's the beast of this forum
September 16, 2009 10:04:18 AM

dragoon190 said:
^+1
Totally agree, he's the beast of this forum

I used to be over a year ago and then they changed the website. I left for alot of reasons, now I'm back for a bit because I was bored with some other sites. :) 
September 16, 2009 10:05:03 AM

Do you know what this "Points" rating is under my details??
September 16, 2009 10:41:27 AM

where is the Why_Me forum? and no more suggesting the gigabyte ud4p mobo? what happened there? better OC on the others, or just cheaper with the same features?
September 16, 2009 1:42:28 PM

LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner retail:
Original Price: $124.99
You Save: $20.00
$104.99 Free Shipping*
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So you would go with a 270? Haven't checked you links yet, but it's a good 400+$ in SLI. *ouch*
For the heatsink, I read some benchmark/people telling they used a sunbeam.
Do you polish the CPUs surface & heatsink contact surface? W/ which material?
Final point, is it possible to use that kind of build as a bluray player/ps3 console (on a tv)?
Otherwise, thanks a lot!

[edit]: Is the 750W PSU a bit risky for a dual GPU configuration w/ a 920 OC? I expected something turning around 1000$+ and it really doesn't matter for me to invest an extra 50 buck for a better PSU.
[edit]: Is a 2ms LCD screen neccessary for gaming? I heard you barely see the difference betwen a 5ms & a 2ms.
September 16, 2009 4:46:30 PM

"polishing the cpu and heatsink" is called lapping. It voids warrantys. The newer core contact heatsinks with the pipes directly contacting the CPU recommend you dont as it messes up part of their design and actually makes them less effective.
The Coolermaster Hyper 212 is as good as the CCF but cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

750 should be enough as Power consumption of the newer graphics cards is going down,. not up. It not going to hurt to jump to an 850 if you want.
September 16, 2009 10:52:57 PM

Yesterday, I was on a website and I was able to know my power consumption w/ a hypotetic CPU frequency. These sites are trustable? Do you have any good link in that case?
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The power consumption of two 275 GTX is 405W loaded and I gues a i7 920 O/Cd require 350W loaded. Add to that Hard drive, memory, chipsets, etc. I think 750 W is a waayyyyy to low!
Edit: Toms used a Cooler Master UCP 1100 W for that bench.
September 16, 2009 11:25:29 PM

Nice site. I think 850W is the right spot if I plan to use it for 2+ years.
September 16, 2009 11:28:40 PM

Nice
September 16, 2009 11:31:10 PM

... and 3 seconds apart, too.
September 16, 2009 11:54:18 PM

List update:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply $139.99 - $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Free Shipping*

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $306.98
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $212.98
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail l
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner retail: $104.99 Free Shipping*

2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99
GIGABYTE GV-N275UD-896I GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail: 440$


Total: $1450 w/out a monitor.

Unanswered questions:
Is it possible to use it as a PS3?
Is it possible to use it as a Bluray player on a 32'inch 1080p LCD screen?
Is it possible to run a good 1920x1200 resolution with only one 275Gtx?*N.B. (Check note)
2ms makes a real difference over a 5ms?

Note: New cards are coming soon and I want to build my system the sooner I can and, as long as it can support actual 1920x1200 resolution, I'd prefer run with a single GPU and then upgrade when prices will drop.
September 16, 2009 11:58:41 PM

The first DX11 GPUs ship next week. The lowest model is supposed to run three 2560x1600 monitors at once. Would be cheaper than two GTX 275s also.
September 17, 2009 12:04:38 AM

DX11... We're not going to use that soon...
Do you think price will instantly drop or it's just going like intel with their unchanged price even after Lynnfield?
Edit: Sorry, I just realised how stupid was my question. I bet you can't know, but based on the previous GC release, can you make assumptions?
September 17, 2009 12:10:49 AM

If these new ATI cards are really released as cheap as the leaks say and their performance matches what the early benchmarks show, they will be a much better price/performance deal than any GTX 200 series card. There should be a single $400 card that nearly matches your twin 275s in speed, but uses less power than a single 275.
September 17, 2009 5:02:32 PM

The first models release in the US on Sept 22, EU Sept 23. Then the rest will be released in October.
!