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November 1, 2009 4:24:42 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a week if possible

BUDGET RANGE: $1500 total

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (mainly aion or FPS)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None preferred, cheapest but good quality

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US, Hawaii

PARTS PREFERENCES:

Antec 1200 full tower case (or something similar, must be good cooling).

EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard (or anything better that is compatible with i7 920 and capable of 3-way SLI/crossfire).

Intel Core i7 920.

An up to date high-end gfx card, preferrably Nvidia, unless can be persuaded otherwise. (plan to use multiple cards in the future, unless 2 decent cards is better than 1 really good card?)

Windows 7 (home premium or professional for gaming?)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, but for now no, unless (above).

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050. I have a and was wondering if that monitor should be upgraded for aion? im not sure about how monitors affect performance and quality.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have no knowledge on anything of fans. I do not plan to have liquidcooling, though id like it to be as cool as possible. Any suggestions on how many fans for the total computer? and where they should be located? I also want to make sure to get a quality cpu heatsink/fan.

For anyone who replies, thank you!

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a b 4 Gaming
November 1, 2009 5:18:55 AM

Welcome to the forum. Check this build out, it's actually slightly better than the 920 for gaming (and cheaper):

Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That monitor is fine, you could upgrade to a 24" 1920x1200 but it's not completely necessary.

If you have any questions or concerns don't be scared to ask them :) 
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November 1, 2009 2:30:21 PM

thank you so much jbakerlent! i appreciate the help a ton! though i do have a few questions.

sorry im still kind of new to building my own computer, though ive watched my brother do it and read up a lot on it so i may say something or ask question that might not make sense.

1) how is the i7-860 > i7-920?
2) wouldn't 1366 X58 be a better investment than a 1156 P55?
3) i forgot to mention i wanted 6gb ram, would i be able to put 3x 2g ram on that motherboard?
4) would it be bad to get the antec 1200 case?
5) would the fans already be included with the case/cpu? or do i need to buy them separately also?
(was also wondering, on avg about how many fans are in each pc?)

are these you listed actually better to get? or was this just to accomodate my $1500 budget?

thanks~
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a b 4 Gaming
November 1, 2009 2:47:48 PM

The i7 860 is the same architecture as the 920, however it is clocked higher, and has more aggressive turbo boost making it perform significantly better in single or dual threaded applications.

Gaming will not be affected by the extra memory channels, however putting 3 sticks into a dual channel board will get you a performance penalty, why do you need 6GB of ram anyway? Toms has done several reviews and has yet to find more than 4GB of ram providing an advantage in gaming. Unless you do lots of work with adobe programs you wont benefit from it because any 32 bit application is restricted to working with 2GB of ram.

The P55 is a significantly less expensive platform since the X58 was intended for servers and memory intensive applications. I doubt anything you do will require three GPUs or triple channel ram, rarely anyone who doesnt build specifically for OCing will end up using 3 GPUs.

As for the case selection, its all about what you think looks good, that Lian Li case is a mid tower so its not enormous like a full tower would be, but it will be cool and fairly quite. if you want the space of a full tower take a look at the HAF 932 as well
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but if you do decide to go with the antec 1200, make sure you get the one that has the TP-750 Blue included
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 1, 2009 3:18:10 PM

thank you all so much!

i think i shall go for the build that jbakerlent listed.

wish me luck :) 

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November 1, 2009 3:36:30 PM

anyone know where i can order the ->
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail ??

newegg wont have it in until the 30th.


also the ->
ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16??

newegg wont have it until the 3rd, but i can wait 2 days if not.
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November 1, 2009 4:40:39 PM

i use to be a new egg fan, but now i can't recommand it any more. first, there's always something they don't have, like the cooler you are asking about. and, just read the reviews, lots of DOA and quality problem, i don't think they were all caused by manufacture, i just found a new place www.directron.com.
it seems to have everything and the some deals are so good especially some builded systems.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 1, 2009 4:42:28 PM

Most places have a hell of a time keeping the 5xxx series in stock, there just isnt enough to go around. Right now all of the 5xxx cards are identical except for warranty or addon so unless one of the freebies is worth waiting for just pick up the first one in stock, it wont stay in stock for very long.
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November 1, 2009 4:58:04 PM

hunter315 said:
Most places have a hell of a time keeping the 5xxx series in stock, there just isnt enough to go around. Right now all of the 5xxx cards are identical except for warranty or addon so unless one of the freebies is worth waiting for just pick up the first one in stock, it wont stay in stock for very long.


^Agree.

The reason they are out of stock is because ATI sold most of the 5850 and 5870 to Dell, if I remember correctly.
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