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September 18, 2009 2:46:39 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: Max $1500 w/shipping (rebates not figured in)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: games (MMOs mainly, fps secondary) , movies, internet browsing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse will either be brought over from other PC or bought locally

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, or w/e as long as it's a legit site - US

PARTS PREFERENCES: None other then Intel Processor

OVERCLOCKING: Mild/Moderate SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Doesn't really matter as long as it fits into the budget.

Build option #1 (all from Newegg using Combos when applicable)

Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
i5 750, Gigabyte UD4P, G.Skill Trident 4gig of ram

Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Antec 900 Series Case, Antec Truepower TP750

Combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Vista x64 home premium, and Caviar Black 500gig

RAM / Hard Drive #2 - Same as in the combo (Trident 4gig kit, Caviar Black 500Gig drive)


Others:

Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GTX275 Gigabyte

Monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hanns G 25inch LCD



Whatever generic DVD Burner

Not sure of what cooler to use for the new Lynfields, and not sure if I am going to need.

Would love to get the processor up to 4ghz. and I have read some reviews where it seems possible with just the included HSF - but not sure, and don't want to push it if I don't have to.


Build as is: $1441 Shipped

Again if I missed something, or if you have other ideas I am open to reducing the price if I can.

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Build Option #2:

Same monitor, same video card, same extra RAM (Trident G.Skill)

Only changes:

Drives switched to Samsung F3, and a Samsung F3 w/ Vista Combo - $30 less then Caviar Blacks

Combo #1:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

i7 860, Trident Ram (4gig), Gigabyte UD4P Mobo

$85 more then then i5 750, but with saving $30 from the drives it's only a net of $55 more which is less then $1500 still, lol

Total price of Build #2 - $1496 (but without a DVD Burner, which I could pickup locally)

Any other thoughts on other components to look at, or replace?
Combo #2

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September 18, 2009 3:10:13 AM

You're definitely going to need an after market cooler to reach 4GHZ. While you may be able to reach it with the stock cooler, you're going to need to turn up your case fan speeds pretty high, and even then you'll be dealing with 85+ degree temps.

I would go with the i7 860 and the samsung F3.
September 18, 2009 3:13:49 AM

Any suggestions on an after market cooler for the 1156 chips?

Being as though I mainly play MMO's (warhammer, aion) - I really am not going to have to go up to 4Ghz to hit good frames per second, but hey if they can do it why not, lol
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September 18, 2009 3:14:04 AM

Definitely go for build two, the F3 uses a single 500GB platter vs the 500GB caviar blacks 250GB platters making it cheaper to manufacture for them. If it really is only 85 more to upgrade to an 860 i7 then i see no reason not to, it will give you twice as many logical cores thanks to hyper threading which can only help.
September 18, 2009 3:17:16 AM

hunter315 said:
Definitely go for build two, the F3 uses a single 500GB platter vs the 500GB caviar blacks 250GB platters making it cheaper to manufacture for them. If it really is only 85 more to upgrade to an 860 i7 then i see no reason not to, it will give you twice as many logical cores thanks to hyper threading which can only help.


Yeah I was pretty sold on the i5 750, until I noticed that for only $85 more I could get the 860 which I have noticed looking over different bench testings has held it's own (and even beat) the i7 920.
September 18, 2009 4:25:29 AM

Scroll down on this link and you will see this board combo's with the i7-860. It's a bargain with that promo code and the combo deal combined.

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P7P55PR $179.99 | $139.99 $40 off w/ code SAVINGS40 on i7-860BOX combo Free Shipping
Asus P7P55D PRO Socket 1156/ Intel P55/ CrossFireX&SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---better pics and specs of that Asus mobo

http://www.amazon.com/Noctua-NH-U12P-Cooler-Heat-Pipe-B...
Noctua NH-U12P SE 2 CPU Cooler for (AM2, AM3, 775, 1366, 1156)- Four Dual Heat-Pipe, 2x 120 mm SSO Bearing Quiet Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-MX2 $4.49
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound
September 18, 2009 12:46:40 PM

Thanks for the info on the HSF Why_Me...

Never did anything with SuperBiz, but I am assuming you have?

I could def look at the Ripjaws, if I don't go the newegg route - the only reason I didn't look at them originally, is because the combo had the Trident RAM with it.

Thanks, I will check into the ASUS and read up on some reviews.
September 18, 2009 4:52:46 PM

wnysupport said:
Thanks for the info on the HSF Why_Me...

Never did anything with SuperBiz, but I am assuming you have?

I could def look at the Ripjaws, if I don't go the newegg route - the only reason I didn't look at them originally, is because the combo had the Trident RAM with it.

Thanks, I will check into the ASUS and read up on some reviews.


ewiz has decent shipping. Good luck and have fun with this build. :) 
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