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October 8, 2009 8:13:37 PM

Trying to finalize build, here goes:


BUDGET RANGE: $1500 - $2000 (US)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming..with a sprinkle of movies and music storage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Windows Vista 64 Home, CD/DVD Drive



OVERCLOCKING: prolly , SLI OR CROSSFIRE: More than Likely in the near future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 Dell UltraSharp 2408WFP

Additional Comments: Been going back and forth on a few things and added a fan controller to the mix, please let me know what you think and if there is any incompatible items. Also will be looking at combo deals when it's time for me to buy.


Parts List:

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

ASUS Rampage II Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870

mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

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

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1

ZALMAN ZM-MFC3 Fan controller - Retail

Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound

Total: $1727.34

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October 8, 2009 8:35:47 PM

I would keep a lookout for SSD deals. I recently saw an Intel x-25m 80gb SSD on zipzoomfly for $220. The sale was only up for a hour or so but with that budget I would definitely buy one.

Your build looks good, but I dont know if you need such an expensive MB unless your going to be doing extremeoverclocking.
October 8, 2009 9:12:47 PM

cory1234 said:
Your build looks good, but I dont know if you need such an expensive MB unless your going to be doing extremeoverclocking.
Or run three 5870s, which the power supply and case will also handle. Thats my guess as to why he chose that.
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October 8, 2009 9:34:06 PM

You hit the nail on the head DND :) 

I am still really not too sure about SSD since this is more a gaming rig than anything else. As fas as I know SSD helps mainly with load times..most effectively with the OS. Since when I turn on the puter I usually go and get my drink it's not that big a deal to me :) 

October 9, 2009 12:04:07 AM

I would hold off on 5870's till the higher end OC-aftermarket cooler cards come out.. I think it should be around another month. Atleast, that's my opinion ( And what i'm doing. )

Great ram pick!

As for the mobo I love the Rampage II also, I have noticed it to be fairly buggy from what I have seen. If you are into heavy overclocking the Foxconn Bloodrage is a very nice board but a bit underrated by these forums. Of course the best warranty advantaged boards are the EVGA's.

If you feel like waiting Lamptron has the FC-5 coming out no ETA atm but it's a nice little fan controller with adjustable led colors. + 30w per channel I believe it was.