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Looking to buy a ~4k gaming computer

I was about to just purchase one from alienware, but I would rather learn how to build my own computer and see if I can do it cheaper, and better. If building it myself is wise, i would like some ideas on what I should spent on.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Anytime from tomorrow to Nov. 1st. Have money now, but I am flexible

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: High end gaming. Movies, surfing the web, anything a PC can do.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard and mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preference

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: No preference

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like this computer to last for a while. Price can go up to 4.5k for a really good reason

EDIT: I bought these Parts:

1
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119160
Standard Return Policy
$159.99
$139.99
1
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131358
Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$349.99
$339.99
2
HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814161301
VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
$769.98
($384.99 ea)
2
HIS Gamer's Tool Kit Model HGTK01-SB - Retail
Item #: N82E16814999013
Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$17.98
($8.99 ea)
1
Verbatim 25GB 4X BD-R Single Disc - Retail
Item #: N82E16817130042
Consumable Item Standard Return Policy
$5.99
1
CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139007
Standard Return Policy
$279.99
$239.99
1
Memorex 25GB 4X BD-R 15 Packs Disc - Retail
Item #: N82E16817501029
Consumable Item Standard Return Policy
$43.99
1
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115202
CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$288.99
$279.99
2
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145236
Memory Standard Return Policy
$299.98
$279.98
($139.99 ea)
1
Corsair Extreme Series CMFSSD-128D1 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail
Item #: N82E16820233091
Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$384.00
1
ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824236047
Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy
$309.99
$299.99
1
Creative Fatal1ty Professional Series Gaming Headset MKII
Item #: N82E16826158081
Standard Return Policy
$99.99
$69.99
1
LG Blu-ray Burner Model BH08LS20 - Retail
Item #: N82E16827136164
Standard Return Policy
$179.99
1
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series 70SB088600007 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface Sound Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16829102021
Standard Return Policy
$199.99
$169.99
1
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116493
Software Return Policy
$179.99
$169.99
1
Scythe SY124010L Fans - Retail
Item #: N82E16835185039
Standard Return Policy
$6.99
1
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835185093
Standard Return Policy
$36.99
1
Logitech G51 155 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers - Retail
Item #: N82E16836121012
Standard Return Policy
$169.99
$144.99
1
DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #235107
-$10.00
1
DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #263179
-$30.00
1
DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #4652
-$5.99
1
DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #4674
-$6.99
2
DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #4978
-$17.98
(-$8.99 ea)
Subtotal $3,509.84
Tax $0.00
UPS 3 Days $23.86
Rush Processing $3.99
Order Total $3,537.69

Thanks, and I hope to have fun with this. No previous experience, but Tech savvy and I can get friends to help if need be.
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  1. $4k USD?

    if so you could just spend 2k (and this is overkill) now and spend 2k later on a new computer
  2. Yes USD. I guess I need help more than I thought. Than how much should each component cost? I almost spend 5.2k, but (rightly) thought that was WAY too much.
  3. give me a sec, ill put up a prospective build
  4. That looks like a great build, just looking at the parts. Is there something else I will need to get?
  5. Best answer
    1 HD5870 can compete and sometimes (happens a lot :D ) beat the GTX295 for like $100 less (approx.)
    Here's another build i posted in another thread..
    ---------------------------
    CPU: Intel i7 920 -- $270
    GPU: XFX HD5870 1GB -- $380
    Main-Board: Asus P6T Deluxe V2 -- $290
    Ram: Corsair XMS3 6GB PC3 12800 C7 -- $155
    PSU: Corsair HX850 -- $180
    HDD: 2x SAMSUNG SpinPoint F3 1TB -- $80 x2 = $160
    SSD: Corsair X128D 128GB G2 MLC SSD -- $385
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 -- $140
    Cooler: Corsair Hydro H50 -- $80
    DVD Drive: Regular Lite-On DVD +/-RW -- $34

    Total (approx.) $2074 w/o Tax, MIRs or shipping fees..

    This sytem will do anything you want and include the most powerful single GPU, i7 9xx CPU, a very good mobo with good OC'ing, 2TB storage, 128 GB SSD and 6GB 1600MHz C7 Ram. I dare to say no game will stand against it :D (or any other thing :lol: )
    ---------------------------
    I think it's pretty good. And would be enough for most games with great upgrade-ability if you ever need to :lol:
    Sorry for "mindless" if there's anything cloned..

    Edit| Maybe this will interest you.

    Medo
  6. its fine, though the 2xHD5870 is way more than needed now (no such thing as overkill), this build would last quite a few years with 2 of them instead of the SSD (which only really helps load times, not fps gain)
  7. pandamonium said:
    That looks like a great build, just looking at the parts. Is there something else I will need to get?


    well if you need a monitor, i would suggest going over to dell.com and getting a refurb 30" 3008 (not the 3007 as it may not be an S-IPS monitor)

    yeah its $1200, but the monitor would last a long time
  8. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160 $139.99
    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Get free shipping with promo code SPETFS, ends 9/30

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009 $139.99 ($119.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) Free Shipping*
    CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157163 $169.99
    ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.250777 Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $399.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $389.98 Free Shipping*
    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.248853 Combo Discount: -$4.00 Combo Price: $39.98
    Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150443 $379.99
    XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129037 $199.99
    Pioneer Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner 8X Blu-Ray DVD Burner w/ Software Model BDR-203BKS - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.259577.22-152-185 Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $179.98 Free Shipping*
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Retail
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM | Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236047 $299.99 ($269.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate Card)
    ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers w/ component connector - Retail
    SPDIF out connector

    Total: $1,939.98 *not including mail in rebates, shipping, and tax

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5870,2422.html <--- benchmarks and review of that 5870 gpu

    http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=2810 <--- more pics, professional reviews, and specs of that case here

    http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=scythe+mugen+2+review&aq=0p&oq=sc&aqi=g-p3g7 <--- Scythe MUGEN 2 cpu cooler reviews

    ASRock X58 Extreme Reviews

    http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/motherboards/1923_1.html

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboard,2368-3.html

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/asrock-x58-extreme.html

    http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3593
  9. Dell refurb 24"-30" Monitors

    though you have to wait until they get one in, also it still gets their 3 year warranty
  10. well, im out, up at 8am (and its 11:45 here in Rochester NY)

    good luck with the build (especially getting 1 let alone 2 5870's)
  11. Thank you very much :)
  12. The SSD will speed everything including games by increasing the load speeds of (not-loaded-yet) files.
    The HD5870 is more than enough for 1920x1200 8xAA Crysis at Enthusiast (all settings) so 2560x1600 ~4xAA won't be a problem for it. Still he can upgrade in a year when prices are down a bit. Even then DX11 games would be out and the GPU performance would be much better with it as the only reason to add another card is for new intensive games which should be using the API this card is professional with..

    Sorry for English..

    Oops this post is for http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/271747-31-looking-gaming-computer#t1994447 and i was late :D

    Medo
  13. Another question: is it safe/sane to cherry pick parts from one build or another, or should i, as a newbie stick with a single build?
  14. pandamonium said:
    Another question: is it safe/sane to cherry pick parts from one build or another, or should i, as a newbie stick with a single build?


    People do it all the time. What I'm about to say is going to get some negative and hopefully positive feedback. That $300 Asus mobo...for what you intend to use this rig for...that mobo is a total waste of money. That $80 heat sink that was posted...unless you plan on going for a clock of +4.0...it's another total waste of money imo. The SSD was and is a good call. But when you put out a budget like you did, your going to get expensive but not really needed components posted on your thread.

    So yes, cherry picking from one build to another is a very good idea imo.
  15. And are there any compatability issues to look out for? and I am not worried at all about price, since this is still 3k cheaper than alienware.
  16. Damn! My browser crashed and Why_Me took the chance! Hehe :lol:
    Just post the final one here for verification :D
  17. pandamonium said:
    And are there any compatability issues to look out for? and I am not worried at all about price, since this is still 3k cheaper than alienware.


    It's all compatible on here. I would take my build, add that SSD Sykes posted, use the RAM he posted instead of the slower RAM I posted, and call it good.
  18. Tenative build idea:

    Tower:
    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    MoBo: Asus P6T Deluxe V2 -- $290

    SSD: Corsair X128D 128GB G2 MLC SSD -- $385

    Hard Drive SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

    OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM | Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon

    GPU: 2 x XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870

    Ram: Corsair XMS3 6GB PC3 12800 C7

    CPU: Intel i7 920 -- $270

    Cooler: Corsair Hydro H50 -- $80

    Blue Ray: Pioneer Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner 8X Blu-Ray DVD Burner w/ Software Model BDR-203BKS

    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX

    Anything I missed?
  19. pandamonium said:
    Tenative build idea:

    Tower:
    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    MoBo: Asus P6T Deluxe V2 -- $290

    SSD: Corsair X128D 128GB G2 MLC SSD -- $385

    Hard Drive SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

    OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM | Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon

    GPU: 2 x XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870

    Ram: Corsair XMS3 6GB PC3 12800 C7

    CPU: Intel i7 920 -- $270

    Cooler: Corsair Hydro H50 -- $80

    Blue Ray: Pioneer Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner 8X Blu-Ray DVD Burner w/ Software Model BDR-203BKS

    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX

    Anything I missed?


    LOL...maybe the kitchen sink? No...I would say that build of yours covers just about everything...and I mean that literally. If there's a game that's going to stress that build of yours...it's most likely going to come out five years from now at the earliest. Ya, that's definitely a Ferrari you have there. :sol:
  20. From my point of view.. nothing! But unfortunately you can't order 2 HD5870 from yhe same company with one order..
  21. ^^ Argghhghh! Do you have a time machine Why_Me or what?? :lol:
  22. pandamonium wrote :

    Tenative build idea:

    Tower:
    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    MoBo: Asus P6T Deluxe V2 -- $290

    SSD: Corsair X128D 128GB G2 MLC SSD -- $385

    Hard Drive SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal

    OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM | Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon

    GPU: 2 x XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870

    Ram: Corsair XMS3 12GB PC3 12800 C7

    CPU: Intel i7 920 -- $270

    HDD: 2 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB

    Cooler: Corsair Hydro H50 -- $80

    Blue Ray: Pioneer Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner 8X Blu-Ray DVD Burner w/ Software Model BDR-203BKS

    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX

    Anything I missed?``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
  23. Um.. Nothing but again i think it's better to wait for the CF setup and just get one now (if managed to grab it!) and CF later if you need to (prices might get low by the day you want to get higher than the HD5870 :D )
    And you listed 3 1TB HDDs
    I didn't know you needed an OS nor a Blue-Ray drive but you have good options there. Can you get links?
    Ah, And you can't order 2 HD5870s from the same comoany at the same time and i wouldn't get anything but XFX and HIS which both are out of stock!
    Sorry for English..

    Also you might want to take a look at the TX850 considering you might not need a modular PSU but i just picked it (HX850) up because it's 80+ Silver certified.

    Medo
  24. Final Draft:
    Cart Item List:
    Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
    1
    LG Blu-ray Burner Model BH08LS20
    Item #:N82E16827136164
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $199.99
    1
    Verbatim 25GB 4X BD-R Single Disc
    Item #:N82E16817130042
    Return Policy: Consumable Item Standard Return Policy
    $5.99
    1
    Corsair Extreme Series CMFSSD-128D1 2.5" MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD)
    Item #:N82E16820233091
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $384.00
    1
    ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor Built in Speakers
    Item #:N82E16824236047
    Return Policy: Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $309.99
    $299.99
    1
    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
    Item #:N82E16820145236
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $149.99
    $139.99
    1
    Killer NIC K1 PCI Game Network Adapter
    Item #:N82E16833342002
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$30.00 Instant
    $179.99
    $149.99
    1
    Logitech G51 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers
    Item #:N82E16836121012
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$25.00 Instant
    $169.99
    $144.99
    2
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
    Item #:N82E16822152185
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $159.98
    1
    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
    Item #:N82E16811119160
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $159.99
    $139.99
    1
    CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W Power Supply
    Item #:N82E16817139011
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $199.99
    $189.99
    1
    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #:N82E16813131365
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    $289.99
    1
    bluegears b-Enspirer Sound Card
    Item #:N82E16829127002
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant
    $109.99
    $104.99
    1
    Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders
    Item #:N82E16832116493
    Return Policy: Software Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $179.99
    $169.99
    1

    Swiftech H20-220 Apex Ultima Extreme Duty CPU liquid cooling kit
    Item #: N82E16835108109
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    Enzotech CPG-Quad Water Cooling Accessory
    Item #: N82E16835708026
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$5.99 Combo
    $250.98
    $244.99
    1

    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
    Item #: N82E16820145236
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


    Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
    Item #: N82E16819115202
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$19.00 Instant
    -$20.00 Combo
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $438.98
    $399.98
    Grand Total: $3,018.85
  25. and a XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 wherever I can find it
  26. 1st You listed the Ram twice..
    2nd The "Killer" network card is totally overrated and you won't notice that so called performance boost! You better try the built-in GigaBit ports (team them) and then decide.

    - The main problem isn't in finding a place to sell you 2 XFX HD5870. The main problem is to find a place that has them is stock to get even 1 to start with :lol:

    Medo
  27. psycho sykes said:
    1st You listed the Ram twice..
    2nd The "Killer" network card is totally overrated and you won't notice that so called performance boost! You better try the built-in GigaBit ports (team them) and then decide.

    - The main problem isn't in finding a place to sell you 2 XFX HD5870. The main problem is to find a place that has them is stock to get even 1 to start with :lol:

    Medo


    I am going to try to find a XFX HD5870 somewhere, and I actually wanted 12gb of ram, thus listing it twice. And thanks for the network card advice.
  28. you could get a friend to buy the other xfx 5870 for you
  29. Or just order it the next week :D
    For the network card.. Why do you need it anyway??
    And why 12GB of RAM ?! That's only for heavy Video editors and people who use virtual machines..
  30. psycho sykes said:
    Or just order it the next week :D
    For the network card.. Why do you need it anyway??
    And why 12GB of RAM ?! That's only for heavy Video editors and people who use virtual machines..


    +1.

    6 sticks of RAM side by side = extra heat
  31. pandamonium said:
    I am going to try to find a XFX HD5870 somewhere, and I actually wanted 12gb of ram, thus listing it twice. And thanks for the network card advice.


    I was told that my liquid cooling system, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16835108109, would cover it.
  32. and I did find help for building this, because it seems like a complex build
  33. I don't know about the liquid cooling system (this one) but it would be a hassle to mod it!
  34. I think you have too many cards in there.

    My count is 2 PCI plus 2(?) PCIe x16
    which won't fit on the p6t deluxe v2.
    The video card will cover one of the PCI slots unless you only have one video card and you put it in one of the bottom PCIe slots (Does this give proper performance anyway?)

    Both the sound card and K1 NIC appear to be deativated on newegg though.
    Do you really need the K1? It probably wont make a difference.

    I don't know but much about sound cards, but if you get e PCI express 1x one it will physically fit better.
  35. I am dumping the k1, and as far as the sound card is concerned, would a PCI express 1x have good sound quality?
  36. Great! This passed us! Thanks so much for the.. "save"!
    He disregarded the K1 so...
    Please share suggestions and better "clarification" for the situation (Measurements etc.)
  37. I am just considering getting a ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131358 and dumping the sound card all together. Would that make it so that only the graphics card(s) will need slots?
  38. Taking out the K1 and sound card makes you w/o the need for a better mobo! the P6T Deluxe V2 will do it fine!
    However the board you linked is VERY good! and can do true 3-way SLI/CF @ x16 but remember that it uses the "nasty" (in my opinion!) NF200 chip..

    I'll update later..
  39. psycho sykes said:
    Taking out the K1 and sound card makes you w/o the need for a better mobo! the P6T Deluxe V2 will do it fine!
    However the board you linked is VERY good! and can do true 3-way SLI/CF @ x16 but remember that it uses the "nasty" (in my opinion!) NF200 chip..

    I'll update later..


    What is the "nasty" NF200 chip?
  40. As I said I don't know much about sound cards (the onboard on my P6t deluxe v2 is more than good enough, although it is surprisingly much better than my previous computer's so perhaps there is room for improvement and I just don't know better.)

    PCIe 1x is supposed to have a higher bandwidth than PCI and should be newer tech so I would imagine that the soundcard would be just as good if not better.

    If I really needed a soundcard I would have stuck it on the top slot above the graphics card, leaving airflow room under it and for CF.

    Basically I think you normally look at what functionality you need, ie add in cards, and find a board/case/psu to fit.
    I don't know enought to comment on the P6T6 vs the P6T v2.
  41. No! I meant i don't like the NF200 chip they use! That's why i quoted the word.. Sorry!
    Maybe we should wait for someone else to comment on the NF200 chip..

    Also for the same price consider this PSU *Note: With MIR $40 = $199.99
  42. Thanks for the find on the PSU, it was an odvious upgrade for not much money.
  43. Don't forget that it uses 2 +12V Rails so it's a tiny little small bit tricky!
    Anyone has info about NF200?
  44. I went ahead and bought it from Newegg.... And was $500 under budget! Or did I mess up?


    1
    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811119160
    Standard Return Policy
    $159.99
    $139.99
    1
    ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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    $279.98
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    $384.00
    1
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    $309.99
    $299.99
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    1
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  45. Very good! But you said you dropped the sound card!
    The mobo will be good but i don't know much about it unfortunately.. However it will be enough for the GPUs and the sound card (Network card?)
    If you need the Vista ultimate why didn't you get the retail? I heard that "OEM"s can only be used 1 time and a OEM Vista will get you a OEM 7..
    You could have waited for Vapor-X/IceQ4+ editions of the HD5870 and then get the 2nd one..
    One last Q.. How is the listed Ram came to you at $200+ while i see it at NewEgg for $170+ and CasL7 ??

    A side note.. Don't expect to come here asking for upgrade help before Q3 2011! :D

    Medo
  46. I decided to get the sound card because the MoBo had a 4x PCI-e slot for it, that Vista Ultimate came with a free 7 upgrade, I didn't know you could run 2 different graphics cards sli, and the ram is for 6 sticks, not three. Thanks a great deal Sykes.
  47. You can run different brands and models of the same card in CF/SLI as long as they use the same chip (R870)
    See this
    If you're going to get the Gulf Town CPU once it's available expect better performance in games! A free boost!
    And why 6 sticks of Ram? they'll generate a lot of heat and you won't be able to add more without taking 3 off and replacing them with 4GB sticks..
    Post pics and benchmarks when you're done :D Specially Crysis! And MW2, AS2 if you ever consider them (a PM would be enough)

    Glad i helped you..
  48. In 6 months, this will cost 1/2 of what was paid for it now. Enjoy!


    pandamonium said:
    I went ahead and bought it from Newegg.... And was $500 under budget! Or did I mess up?


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    CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible ... - Retail
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    1
    Memorex 25GB 4X BD-R 15 Packs Disc - Retail
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    1
    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
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    2
    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - Retail
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    1
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    ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
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    Creative Fatal1ty Professional Series Gaming Headset MKII
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    Standard Return Policy
    $99.99
    $69.99
    1
    LG Blu-ray Burner Model BH08LS20 - Retail
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    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series 70SB088600007 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface Sound Card - Retail
    Item #: N82E16829102021
    Standard Return Policy
    $199.99
    $169.99
    1
    Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
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    Software Return Policy
    $179.99
    $169.99
    1
    Scythe SY124010L Fans - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835185039
    Standard Return Policy
    $6.99
    1
    Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835185093
    Standard Return Policy
    $36.99
    1
    Logitech G51 155 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers - Retail
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    Standard Return Policy
    $169.99
    $144.99
    1
    DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #235107
    -$10.00
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    DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #263179
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    1
    DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #4652
    -$5.99
    1
    DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #4674
    -$6.99
    2
    DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #4978
    -$17.98
    (-$8.99 ea)
    Subtotal $3,509.84
    Tax $0.00
    UPS 3 Days $23.86
    Rush Processing $3.99
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