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October 27, 2009 12:40:49 AM
October 27, 2009 1:02:09 AM

Oh FYI, thats not what i would call MID RANGE

Thats highend, and nice job! Loving that build.

And you unless you are very hardcore, i would not reccomend a sound card.
October 27, 2009 1:29:24 AM

Also you'd be better off buying a i7 920. And maybe put the saved money towards a second 5870 :3. This system is very much a very high end pc.
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October 27, 2009 1:31:50 AM

Well hes already under his max budget..

But i do agree somewhat about the second 5870...

300$ for Couple hundred Megahertz is crazy..

Thermalright 120 TRUE Black heatink and you could crank the Intel i7 920 to 4ghz EASY.

Then the extra money could go to getting another 5870.

Sounds like a pretty good plan to me :p 
October 27, 2009 1:47:08 AM

I don't have much experience for overclocking stuff. I was looking at the higher cpu mhz cpu so that i didn't have to worry about OC. Is the bandwidth / cache much lower for 920 vs 950? i saw a 960 but it was oem so i decided to avoid it. As for gaming mostly high end MMORPG/RPG and the ocasional fps as well as lots of downloaded movies/tv eps and emulator/servers.... http etc.

So your saying swap CPU for 920 and get a second GPU for crossfire, also what would i be losing going ATI since they don't have physx means your paying less for the card but to get that feature you would need a stand alone card.
October 27, 2009 1:56:48 AM

The 920 and 950 are the exact same CPU just that the 920 is clocked slightly lower. (An overclock will fix that real fast!)

You wont lose anything for going ATI, your buying the 5870 the fastest card in the world.. and if you get 2 of them.. Domination.

Physx is definitely not something you will notice/care about in the long run. If at all.
October 27, 2009 2:00:24 AM
October 27, 2009 2:01:41 AM

I planned to build a rig just 3 months ago i waited awhile to build this 3 months ago would have run $3500-4000 but i was also looking at the highest cpu 975 and geforce 295 plus a 10k drive
October 27, 2009 2:05:39 AM

I like your build but with that money you can do somewhat better,

Here is what I recomend:

CPU & OS combo: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail & Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
2. Intel BX80601920: $288.99
Combo Discount: -$30.00
Combo Price: $448.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
The performance of the i7 950 over the 920 isnt worth almost $300, therefor get the 920 and save for better memory. ;) 

Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$289.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF: CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - Retail
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory Ram: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691 - Retail
$199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Main HDD: Corsair Extreme Series CMFSSD-32D1 2.5" 32GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD)
$149.99
Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Backup HDD 2 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$54.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Visiontek Radeon HD5870 Video Card - 1GB, DDR5, PCIe, Dual DVI
$389.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
80 Plus Silver Recommended for Core i5 and Core i7
$169.99
($159.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card )
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
More than enough to Crossfire 2 5870

Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Original Price: $129.99
You Save: $10.00
$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Now, I know your case choice was good, but thats like the best case for the price you will find, trust me on this one. ;) 

DVD: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM
Free Kingston Micro 4GB SD card w/ purchase, ends 10/31
$27.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

------------------------Accessories:----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sunbeam RHK-EX-BA Rheobus-Extreme Fan Controller Panel - Retail
$29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$6.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL 12" Cold Cathode kit - Retail
$4.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1 Built-in Speakers - Retail
6x Winner of Customer Choice Award - LCD Monitors
$309.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAZER Lycosa Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAZER DeathAdder RZ01-00150100-R3M1 Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Optical 1800 dpi High Precision Gaming Mouse - Retail
$39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Don't know if you need a mouse and keyboard but those really match the build blue power concept
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Grand Total: around $2490-$2500
October 27, 2009 2:07:25 AM

Beauty reply above.
October 27, 2009 2:13:19 AM

@snakej


Already have keyboard / mouses.... dont need another dvdrw got one want blueray... as for the case i want full atx. i ran a power calc for my system and it was awefully close to 750 and i plan on putting in more hard drives i have 1.5tb internal, 1.5tb external and 1tb external. cooler i dont want to deal with liquids. Ram i prefer to go corsair im sure there is more i could pick at but thats enough for now lol
October 27, 2009 2:14:30 AM

Well then stick to what you were gonna do before.

You have a great build.

Goodluck.
October 27, 2009 2:18:05 AM

Rough outline of what i plan on doing is

Full ATX tower that i looks good
6GB High End Corsair Ram (NOT GT too expensive :p )
Lots of HDD Space multiple TB (Already have 4tb+)
Very High End Graphics
i7 OC'd if i can get software to make it easy.
Blueray
High End LCD Monitor 25"+ NOT the $1000+ Models Needs to be DVI/HDMI and HD compliant

The rest whatever i guess
October 27, 2009 2:20:14 AM

Is there any way to take my build add on a pair of speakers and a sound card and pull the price down to $2400-2500?
October 27, 2009 2:21:35 AM

well i can sit here and argue how my parts will make a better system, true is, it is your decision at the end of the day, you asked for opinions, that happen to be mine, lol.

anyways, the corsair H50 isn't a 100% water cooling unit, its actually a hybrid,meaning you don't have to opened and put cooling liquid or take care of it, do some research on Google( lol to lazy to put a link sorry), the 1tb drivers are great for storage ( dah, lol) but for your os i strongly recommend the ssd, for many reasons, 1 is that its around twice as fast than a regular drive, the 500gb you can cross out those since u have plenty backup space, like i said the keyboard and mouse are only great for gaming and match the system no like you need them, and like i said that case will house anything you need and installation is all screw less, some research on youtube wont hurt you( again to lazy to post a link)

by the way i posted a 28" lcd with full 1080i, you definably have the money why go with a 25" when the one i posted is only $300 bucks ( lol i will have to stop posting so detailed long builds, they dont even read then anynmore :kaola:  )
October 27, 2009 2:26:44 AM

Snaef98 said:
Is there any way to take my build add on a pair of speakers and a sound card and pull the price down to $2400-2500?


with the board i posted YOU DONT NEED a sound card, it has an x-fi included on board audio, for speakers look at this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
best budget speakers around
October 27, 2009 2:32:00 AM

I'd look at the 850w HX or TX if you wanna save money. You'll need the extra power for crossfire. 750w may be pushing it.
October 27, 2009 2:32:22 AM

for the monitor i want 1080p not i my old HD tv is interlaced
October 27, 2009 2:36:01 AM

impaledmango said:
I'd look at the 850w HX or TX if you wanna save money. You'll need the extra power for crossfire. 750w may be pushing it.


500 Watt or greater power supply with 2x 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX Technology in dual mode)

i dont know sounds to me like a 750w can do it.

by the way thats under specifications: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

research people its a great thing to do when unsure, thats how you learn.
October 27, 2009 2:38:08 AM

snakej said:
500 Watt or greater power supply with 2x 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX Technology in dual mode)

i dont know sounds to me like a 750w can do it.

by the way thats under specifications: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

research people its a great thing to do when unsure, thats how you learn.

I'm sure it'll work but I would feel safer with an 850w psu imo.
October 27, 2009 2:39:27 AM

Snaef98 said:
for the monitor i want 1080p not i my old HD tv is interlaced


dude!!! lol, sorry thats a habit

look:

Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1 Built-in Speakers - Retail
6x Winner of Customer Choice Award - LCD Monitors
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6 times winner is like the key here. what im trying to say is, THAT THERE ISN'T A BETTER MONITOR FOR A BETTER PRICE, :wahoo: 
October 27, 2009 2:43:07 AM

impaledmango said:
I'm sure it'll work but I would feel safer with an 850w psu imo.




CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Do you know what 80+ silver badge means?

well it means that its certified for 750w but it will actually provide double the output of a regular PSu and go up to 800w if needed, there is no need to spend on a bigger psu.
October 27, 2009 2:43:10 AM

are there any better monitors then that 28 inch 800:1 the 25.5 was 20,000:1 and its also $40 more. Ive switched some stuff around got the price down to $2573 with speakers and with thermal compound added...


CASE: $139 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: $290 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: $250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU x2: $778 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: $205 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: $119 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: $180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler: $ 45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: $110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: $270 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: Included On Mobo

Speakers: $ 80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sata Cable: (Cooler Comes With Sata Cable)

Ther Compound: $ 7



TOTAL: $2573
October 27, 2009 2:44:27 AM

the 25000:1 ratio isnt actually that high, it's really only like 1000:1
October 27, 2009 2:45:30 AM

lol i give up T.T
October 27, 2009 2:46:58 AM

ok so then $2603 with the 28 inch monitor i was hoping to bring it below 2.5k
October 27, 2009 2:48:19 AM

Yea that looks like a sick set up have fun with it!
October 27, 2009 2:48:56 AM

check out the PSU i picked its 850w its base price is cheaper then the one you picked PLUS it has $30 rebate!
October 27, 2009 2:49:32 AM

ya I have the same psu it's great. 70a on the single 12v rail!
October 27, 2009 2:51:18 AM

lol the dude doesnt have to get pissed i read his stuff, some people think if you dont totally go with thier build your wrong... im acually modifying my build based on peoples advice mixed with what i want too afterall its being built for me :p 
October 27, 2009 2:54:34 AM

that build looks great, very much my dream setup :p . but the monitor he showed is the 28" and your's is 25.5. In honesty they are both good monitors, it's really up to you which one you choose. Everything else looks amazing though.
October 27, 2009 2:55:55 AM

i switched the monitors too... isnt DVI the oldinput thats on my Geforce 6800?
October 27, 2009 2:56:25 AM

lol i didnt got pissed. i simply already give you my advice, there isnt anything else i can say...i said in the first 2 post its your decision at the end, i just cant let you screw up, if i see something can be better ill say it, but i wont repeat it more than 3 times lol
October 27, 2009 2:56:45 AM

cause the new monitor doesnt support DVI and that means i cant hook it up to my old systems -.-
October 27, 2009 2:59:15 AM

Revamped for the third time.... No SSD also i could save $25 switching case and ram brand but 5 bucks for me id rather go corsair and 20 for looks is fine with me lol.... cant see much else to tweak unless i could get a combo discount on some of my stuff! now if they would give me $50 off put it together and ship it whole now that would be sweet!
October 27, 2009 2:59:40 AM
October 27, 2009 2:59:44 AM

you can use the dvi adptor, there is one that comes with the monitor if your old card didnt already provided one, the new 5870 will
Quote:
Video Card: Included On Mobo


by the way GPU: graphic preprocessing unit = video card/board

unless you meant sound card. then there isn't on board video card on that mobo
October 27, 2009 3:01:45 AM

Well go ahead and read over my latest build, am i missing any tiny things like accessories cables and whatnot.... i think thats a pretty good deal any combos on the items i want?
October 27, 2009 3:08:35 AM

you can save money going only with 1 card, there inst a game that push one of those card, at least not yet, i have the older 4890 and i can maxout anything on my 24" lcd, so i think 1 5870 will have no problems on that 28", also the mushkin red lines have better timing and volts than the dominator also somewhat cheaper, remember the lowest the volt and timings are the better, mushkin red lines are only for enthusiast, and i would chose the asus over the evga but that just me, rest looks fine
October 27, 2009 3:11:06 AM

well with the mobo switched $2643 i could always just go with 1 video card now and add one later when the prices drop on it.
October 27, 2009 3:12:25 AM

that is what i would suggest
October 27, 2009 3:12:40 AM

Brings the price down to $2,254
October 27, 2009 3:13:43 AM

i like the combo deal for the cpu/OS but i dont need ultimate home works fine..... as for the cooler is it worth paying $80 instead of 45?
October 27, 2009 3:16:03 AM

also what if i switched lets say i went 6GB 2000mhz Dominator GT +175 and the cooler +35 that brings the total to $2464
October 27, 2009 3:16:45 AM

yess, you will see the advantages later on, like in 3 more years when you system become mainstream and you want to overclock the leaving life out of it, also make things cooler and easier, zero noise as well.
October 27, 2009 3:18:43 AM

Is the GT version of corsair ram worth the extra $179? and also is there any bundle for the CPU /w home version of windows 7?
October 27, 2009 3:23:13 AM

no there isnt a combo for the home version but you have the money get the ultimate it has a couple of functions that might be fun, also regardless of which one you pick make sure is the 64bit copy.
October 27, 2009 3:26:08 AM

yeah i knew about the 64bit wont read more ram without it
October 27, 2009 3:28:03 AM

ok guess ill go with the mushkin is it worth doin 12gb this early on? or should i just go with 6?
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