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October 19, 2009 2:14:45 AM

I'm going to be building a new PC for myself before the end of the year. I play poker online for a living and I currently play on a Dell Inspiron 9400/e1705. I'm looking to move to a desktop build that will support 2-3 monitors and will have enough speed to handle all of my daily usage w/o lag. All other aspects of this build are just gravy. I enjoy having nice technology, and budget is not high on my list of considerations.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Between now and Christmas
BUDGET RANGE: Would like to keep it under 1500... but it isn't a big deal
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet Poker player (up to 30 windows plus support software). Movies/TV/Internet, Some games (madden, tiger woods)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, frys retail
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7 core, Win7x64 Ultimate OS
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 or larger
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Here is what I've come up with for a current build. I'm aiming for the high end of 'mainstream' or the lower end of 'enthusiast'.

My current target monitor(s) are:
SAMSUNG T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms x2
-or-
I will be getting a 30" (syncmaster 305 or dell 3007) and two 20" (SAMSUNG 2033SW in portrait)... which I will assume will require me to use a different graphics setup. I'm not considering the monitors in the build price because I will not have to buy them retail.

Any advice you could provide on my part selection or anything I've overlooked would be very appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Motherboard
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ASUS P7P55D $149.99

POWER
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CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W $169.99

CPU
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Intel Core i7-860 (Lynnfield 4c) $289.99

GPU
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MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv3 GeForce GTX 260 896MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $179.99

RAM
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CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMG4GX3M2A1600C7 $164.99

HDD
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Crucial CT128M225 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) $359.00
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA $99.00

CASE
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Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower $159.99

OPTICAL DRIVE
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Generic Optical Drive (whatever works at time of build)

October 19, 2009 2:31:45 AM

I would get this RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this SSD
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2C1 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And one of a number of Radeon GPUs depending on how it works out with your budget.

Really, though, if you're mainly using it for Poker, then I would seriously recommend downgrading to save yourself some cash without sacrificing very much performance.
October 19, 2009 2:44:43 AM

jbakerlent said:
I would get this RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this SSD
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2C1 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And one of a number of Radeon GPUs depending on how it works out with your budget.

Really, though, if you're mainly using it for Poker, then I would seriously recommend downgrading to save yourself some cash without sacrificing very much performance.



I appreciate your reply... any thoughts on where i should be then? If this is too much computer... what is enough? I don't want to have to build another in two years... and being able to support 2560 x 1600 (for 30" monitors) is important to my upgrade path.

Cheers,
~MH
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October 19, 2009 2:52:31 AM

I would probably go for something like this:

Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Mini P180 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: forgot PSU
October 19, 2009 2:56:58 AM

jbakerlent said:
I would probably go for something like this:

Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Mini P180 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: forgot PSU



Thanks for your suggestions.

Cheers,
~MH
October 20, 2009 12:40:57 AM

for 1500$ you might wanna go with a hd5870 instead of the 5770 and i would recommenc the xfx one for the warranty.for the rest i would go for what jbakerlent said except maybe for the psu which i say you might wanna for a bit higher if you go for a 5870 to give you some margin.
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