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Finalizing i7 Gaming Machine. Thoughts?

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September 23, 2009 7:43:40 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before Sept 30 BUDGET RANGE: $1700-2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, movies, surfing the net.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, keyboard/mouse, speakers, dvd burner.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com - preferred account, no interest for a year. :) 

PARTS PREFERENCES: No real prefences. I want a gaming/multimedia beast.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, in the near future.

CROSSFIRE: Yes, down the road at some point.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 (according to the monitor I'm interested in).

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Already picked up HAF 932 case. Will be painting the interior black this weekend and modding it for more cable management.

Monitor: ASUS VH242H 23.6" 1080P Widescreen Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply: Antec TPQ 850W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: EVGA E758-TR 3-way SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF: Xigmatek Dark Knight
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: 6GB Corsair DOMINATOR (3x2gb) DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card: SAPPHIRE Radeon 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: 500GB x 2 WD Caviar Black HDD in RAID0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium SP-1 64-bit (Windows 7 upgrade coupon)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Will probably never run 3-way SLI, is EVGA board useless as a result? Power supply should be future proof for future CF right? 2 x 5870. Any reason not to get that monitor? I'd like to order this stuff by Friday ideally. Want to get the case painted and modded over the weekend. Wondering if the Dominator memory is worth the cost? Seems like it has a very good OC but for the price I hope so. Definitely a lot cheaper ram with lower latencies that I could substitute. Anyone wanna explain why this stuff is so expensive compared to other brands with the same specs? Am I just paying for the name Corsair printed on the side? Also going with the Dark Knight instead of the V8 as I've heard good things about it over the V8, and it's cheaper.

Still debating on GTX295 vs. 5870. Benchmarks seem to show that 295 is still king but 5870 x 2 + DX11 is something to drool over. And I will def. be running CF down the line with the 2nd 5870 if I do go that route. Seems much more stable that Quad SLI from what I've heard?

Suggestions? Thoughts?
September 23, 2009 7:56:15 AM

The GTX295 is half the performance per watt compared to 5870, and BTW the wisest choice is to crossfire a pair of 5850 which costs around GTX295, but consumes same power and performs 1.5 times.
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September 23, 2009 7:56:50 AM

ASUS mobos are good and support CF.
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September 23, 2009 8:10:22 AM

any benchmarks on the 5850 besides the leaked ones yet?

i might go that route.
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September 23, 2009 6:31:22 PM

Tom's just "leaked" their benchmarks today. Looks good.
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September 23, 2009 6:43:07 PM

Tom's doesn't have benchmarks for the HD5850 yet, only the HD5870. Right now the ultimate combination is HD5870 in crossfire, I would stick with the HD5870 and then if you need to, add a second later on. One right now though performs better than a GTX285, so it will be plenty sufficient for your needs.
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