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September 16, 2009 2:03:31 AM

I want to build a powerful gaming rig that will last me a while. Not only do I plan to game on it but I also plan to use it for design work using programs like CAD, Maya, and the CS4 collection.


So here are the parts I picked out so far. Please comment.

SABRENT CRW-UINB 68-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader w/ USB 2.0 Port supports SDHC/VISTA - Retail
$12.99 $12.99

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C7 G - Retail
$174.99 -$20.00 Instant $154.99

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
$229.99 $229.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
$199.99 $199.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM Free WIN7 Upgrade!!
$189.99 $189.99

Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail
$289.99 $289.99

Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultima Extreme Duty CPU liquid cooling kit - Retail
$244.99 $244.99

Swiftech GTX 295 Block
$149.99

EVGA 017-P3-1295-AR CO-OP Edition GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI
$529.99 -$30.00 Instant $499.99

Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
$33.99 $33.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
$159.99 -$20.00 Instant $139.99



EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Retail
$239.99 $239.99

Logitech G19 Black USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail
$199.99 $199.99

RAZER Lachesis Wraith Red 9 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse - Retail
$79.99 $79.99

Subtotal: $2,516.87

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September 16, 2009 2:18:47 AM

Looks good. The only thing I would change is the hard drive. The performance gaps between the velociraptor and the caviar black hard drives are very minimal. You can get similar performance which much greater storage.
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September 16, 2009 2:27:51 AM

Thanks, I'll make the switch. I'm still looking for more opinions so please keep posting.
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September 16, 2009 2:30:51 AM

One major issue... You have an x58 (Socket 1366) motherboard listed. You NEED a P55 board (Socket 1156) motherboard.

Second... Pick up the Samsung Spinpoint F3 hard drive. It is faster then the WD Blacks

Third... Don't waste your the GTX 295!! Wait a week and get the ATI 5870 for better performance for half the price.

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September 17, 2009 4:49:28 AM

Anybody have any advice on a motherboard?
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September 24, 2009 3:44:38 AM

Thanks! I like those mobo's!
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