Gaming system $2500-3000


I am a hardcore quake series gamer and also work fulltime from home using cad. Any suggestions on my build?

Samsung Syncmaster 2233RZ Black 22" 5ms 3D Gaming 120 Hz Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail 409.99

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail 279.99

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

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 999.98 for 2 of them

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail 379.98 for 12gb

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail 119.99

Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM 159.99

Pioneer Black 8X Blu-Ray DVD Burner w/ Software SATA Model BDR-203BKS - Retail 199.99

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail 104.99

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail 31.98

total price $2926.87
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  1. Ya I can see a few. First off that h/s has to go. Second the gtx 295 is the biggest rip off since junk bonds were found out. Also we can get you memory that's just as good yet cheaper. Also the mobo...we can cut the cost on that and you will still end up with a mobo that gives you a decent o/c.

    A gtx 295 is two down clocked gtx 275' does less, yet cost more....go figure eh. That 750w Corsair you chose will easily push a pair of 275's in SLI and leave you plenty of juice to spare. That mobo has o/c tools that have you up and running at 3.6GHz or better with a few strokes of the keys. That RAM down below is newer to the market sans the reason there is so few reviews on it at newegg. But I don't ever remember Mushkin putting out a bad product. Check the timings on it. That scythe h/s is one of the better rated ones on the market. And that HD is only a hair slower than a Raptor yet it's less than half the price.

    You may want to look at getting a larger case though. The Cooler Master 922 HAF, or 932 or even the Antec 1200. One other thing...looking at the resolution of your monitor, one of these 275's will rock any game you throw at it. 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 $4.99
    Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail $129.99 Free Shipping*
    mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 998677 - Retail $94.99 Free Shipping*
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM $169.99
    ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $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,2298.html <--- gtx 275's in SLI > gtx 295,2266.html <--- gtx 275 benchmark/review

    ASRock X58 Extreme Reviews,2368-3.html
  2. Yeah, you could save alot of money by going a little bit cheaper on items that will hardly affect performance.
    How bout a Gigabyte Motherboard? Reliable, Quality and good price, good overclockers and great features, and you can save alot of $$ if you go for the cheaper versions, which are basicly the same cept maybe they have a smaller cooler, check em out.. or Asus are good aswell.
    And yeah, Why_Me is right about the GTX 295, how bout waiting, i dont know, a few days or whenever they come out for the new ATI 58XX series? Brand new and fast, or get to in crossfire, it'll own any GTX 295's.
    That RAM is kinda expensive, and all your getting is basicly a cool looking heatspreader, try something cheaper maybe lol.. and do you really need 12GB?
    That PSU is fine,,, but how about a nice Modular one? Corsair HX750 is perfect :), espically if your getting a case with a window, you dont want to see a bunch of unnecessary cables, and its newer with a 7 year warranty :)
    Omg, i was just thinking how your spent 3K on this, and i relised your paying 1K for the GPU's alone, complete waste of money, just get one 5870 and u'll be able to play any game on any resoulution for a while, then add another crossfire..
    Yeah, get the WD Black aswell, way better value
    And with that 500+ dollars you saved with the GPU alone, you can get a SSD for super quickness coolnes :)
    The Scythe Mugen 2 is great aswel, got that running on my Core I7.

    Yeah, hope this helps..

  3. I agree with most of what was already said, though for the cards, unless you have undying loyalty to NVIDIA, I'd say wait a week and get a pair of HD 5870s, as Cahl said, 1 5870 is more than enough to play any game at high fps for quite some time.

    Where I don't quite agree with Cahl is on the HX750, the TX750 is a bit cheaper. If you intend on doing Crossfire, you will most likely end up using every single cable coming from the PSU, so why go modular if they'll all need to be plugged in anyway?

    Caviar Black is fine, definitely a better choice than the RE3, especially in your configuration. the RE3 is designed for enterprise use in RAID configuration, better mechanicals and warranty. Otherwise, it performs exactly the same as a Caviar Black for about $80 more. If you are willing to wait a little, the next gen of Caviar Blacks is coming with a 2TB capacity and some new engineering in the actuators that supposedly will cut down seek times and increase read/write speeds. Since it should be a 4x 500GB platter design, the higher data density per platter should improve performance quite nicely. Estimated price is $300 though, which will get you almost 4 1TB Samsung F3s, or 7200.12 Seagates.

    Last thing I wondered about, $400 for a 22" 3D monitor. Is that 3D tech any good? Everything I've seen that's 3D so far in person gives me a headache it seems. $400 will currently get you the best available 24" monitor out there.
  4. Yeah, I was wondering about that 3D screen, i found a Samsung 24" 2MS 1900X1080 for $299 lol.. better price and bigger.

    About the PSU, I didn't think even if you used crossfire you used every cable, our old P4 system we had onli 1 GPU, but even if we used another 6PIN or 8PIN, we still would have alot more cables, i'm not sure what for lol, and we used a floppy drive, so that takes another cable away, and i find the modular cables alot more easy to hide. So, the Pros to the Modular, is Newer, Modular of course, and if you can hide better it can help in the cooling and it looks alot neater if you dont use all the cables, the CON is its more expensive.

    Oh, and if i'm wrong and you do use all the cables, well then, my bad lol.
    But, its up to the OP and wheather or not he wants a modular at all.

    Yeah, lol, if those 2TB blacks are $300.. lol i would probz just get 2 1TB's now, 100$ cheaper and probz onli a lil bit slower. And SSD's....... :)
  5. In my current computer which is not new by any means, I have a 650 Watt Corsair I just upgraded to, and I've used everything line except the one string of molex only connectors that I have coiled up and tucked away. I have a single 8800 GTX that uses 2x 6pin PCI-e power connectors. Pretty much every card more powerful than mine uses this configuration, which is why high power dual card setups need at least 4x 6pin PCI-e connectors. This is pretty much why the Corsair 750TX is probably the single most popular PSU out there right now, plenty of power and 4x 6pin PCI-e cables.
  6. Ok, then, you win lol... but the HX is newer :P
  7. yeah, it is newer, and I'm very glad that they are around. I was able to get my 650TX for $79 after rebate because of the 650HX's newness factor. :)
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