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$2000 i7 gaming build-very opinionated opinions welcome!

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October 13, 2009 2:26:03 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as I make up my mind on parts

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. Online Gaming. More gaming after that.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: This is a complete system build!

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I have read enough reviews to make one puke, but if you guys have better ideas, let me know!

OVERCLOCKING: Yes! SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes!

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am looking to build a sweet system here. $2000 is a general limit, as what I have priced out is about $1800. If you can suggest something even more awesome than what I have as long as it doesn't exceed 2k, please feel free to do so. This is not my first build, although my last build was almost 3 years ago!

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920
Combo deal. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.273296
$494.98

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C7 G - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145242
$154.99

ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 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=N82E16814121349
$259.99
NOTE: I plan on one 5850 initially but a second card is definately in the plans! I want directx 11 support but I just cant afford to xfire 2 cards right now.

XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103011
$99.99
Im a simple minded person-cool fans and LEDs excite me. Feel free to slap me if this a silly choice.

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175
$29.99
I dont plan on doing anything with blu-ray or anything like that. Is this good enough for every day gaming use?

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009
$139.99
Enough? If not, Im willing to go overkill!

Combo Deal:
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433
$189.98

Combo Deal:
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000-NOTE I have used ergo keyboards and love 'em. Hence the choice.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109148
LG W2253TQ-PF Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005124
$228.94

Combo Deal:
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100008
$46.98

Logitech G51 155 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121012
$144.99

Microsoft D66-00069 Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB or PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826105164
$12.99

Ok all that said, basically Im looking for a base computer that will accept the latest components for the next 3-5 years. Like I said, $2k is my basic limit but if someone gives advice for something that slightly exceeds 2k, Im not going to pitch a fit. I think I have everything squared away, Im honestly just looking for some personal opinions on the matter. Any criticism, constructive or not, is welcome!

EDIT: ok never used this site, care to share how to fix my links for your convenience?
a b 4 Gaming
October 13, 2009 2:38:09 AM

You have to put something between the ] and [ then it will show up as a link.

It looks good, no complaints but consider switching to this combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
it has an Antec TP-750 already installed, which is plenty to power 2 5850s, and the antec 1200 is huge, and the combo discount makes the hard drive free so you get a PSU, case, and HDD for only $10 more than your PSU and case alone, an the antec 1200 has free shipping right now which will save quite a bit.
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October 13, 2009 3:48:38 AM

how does the antec 750 compare to the corsair 850? I imagine advertised numbers are to be taken with a grain of salt, but just wondering.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 13, 2009 3:56:37 AM

The antec 750 is very similar to the corsair 750TX, both of which are plenty to power 2 high end graphics cards like 5870s/4890s/GTX275s. When you are looking to compare PSUs, these are the pictures to look for
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?CurImage=1...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ShowImage.aspx?CurImage=1...
You will see that the TP-750 Blue which is in that combo actually provides slightly more on the 12 volt rail where it counts, and is modular which is always nice.

Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, and OCZ all rate their PSUs appropriately, you wont find one from them rated at peak power output at 25C, they are all rated for their continuous output at 40C which is what really counts.
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