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$1500-$2000 gaming PC

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September 17, 2009 6:26:22 PM

Im looking for a gaming rig that can give me the best possible reslolution from games, and can multitask. any suggestions


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: , gaming, watching movies, surfing net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, speakers, OS



SLI: Yes
MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just need a second opinion on these items or to improve.

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

COOLER MASTER COSMOS S RC-1100-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail [...] 6811119150

Hard Drives:
2X Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Video Card:
EVGA 017-P3-1175-AR GeForce GTX 275 1792MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Logitech G19 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail [...] 6823126053

Logitech G9 Black 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser 3200 dpi Gaming Mouse - Retail [...] 6826104079

mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691 - Retail [...] 6820226050

EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail [...] 6813188046

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

Heat Sink:
Prolimatech Megahalems Intel CPU Heatsink

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September 17, 2009 6:37:21 PM

The Prolimatech Megahalems doesnt come with a fan. You will want to buy a good fan to clip onto it (which will add $15-$25 to the already high price.

If you want a CPU cooler that is still very good and fairly quiet but lots cheaper the Coolermaster hyper 212 is a good option. ($30)

You might check out the Samsung F3 500MB HDD. It should outperform the Seagate at the same or lower price.

Next week the first ATI DX11 graphics cards are shipping. Might be worth waiting a week to get one of them. They seem to be about twice as fast but only 50% more expensive than the HD4800 series.

September 17, 2009 6:43:15 PM

thanks for the harddrive tip but i kind of want to overclock the cpu up to maybe a 3.6 when gaming and i read in the forums that the prolimatech is one the best heatsinks
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September 17, 2009 7:04:45 PM

Yeah with the release of the new ati cards so soon, this is probably a good time to wait and see what happens in that front.

The megalehems is definitely one of the best heatsinks, but your certainly paying for the privilege. A cogage true spirit has been reviewed to have similar performance with a much easier to swallow price point.
September 17, 2009 7:06:57 PM

It may be the best heatsink available when paired with a good fan. You are talking about only a couple degrees difference compared to other quality coolers like the Hyper 212 or Xigmatek Dark Knight that cost half as much. 3.6 should be a trivial overclock for the i7 920 on any of these coolers. You should can realistically try for nearer (possibly even over) 4GHz.

a b 4 Gaming
September 17, 2009 9:02:03 PM

Scythe Mugen 2 is another good cooler and it's a bargain at $37. But make sure you check on the EVGA site to see what coolers fit with that mobo.
a b 4 Gaming
September 17, 2009 10:27:31 PM

Here's a build that will get you that 3.6GHz, run cool, and includes dual HD's. Also this leaves you money to pick up another one of those vid cards for SLI. Take a few min. and o/c this card yourself if you feel the need. $109.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $99.99 Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail $169.99
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 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 $49.99 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $49.99 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $29.99 Free Ground Shipping
Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk w/o Software $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

Total: $1,171.89 <--- Cooler Master HAF 922

ASRock X58 Extreme Reviews
September 18, 2009 4:37:30 AM

Solid State HD!

I wouldn't even dream of building a rig this expensive and not including a SSD considering how much faster everything in your system performs with one. I also echo what others have said about waiting for the new video cards. I wouldn't even bother with SLI with one of those since there really isn't anything you couldn't run with just one of them. And there's always room for another card down the road if needed.
September 18, 2009 5:20:25 PM

The ASRock motherboard did get good reviews, but as much "for the price" as just being a good motherboard. If budget allows, the EVGA in the OP does look to me like a better board and EVGA has a good track record.