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November 4, 2009 7:42:42 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I have already bought 1 part that I know will not get cheaper by my approximate purchase date which is going to be Early December.

BUDGET RANGE: Preferably around $1600, but can go up to a maximum of $1850ish.


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Headset, Mousepad, RAM

Newegg, Frys Store, Micro Center, Tiger Direct, ZipZoomFly, anything else that's legit

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 920, Mid-Tower Case, ATI Radeon 5870

Yes up to 4.0GHZ and RAM Timings (XMP Profile)

Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire 5870's in the future


Quiet to a degree, can run any game on max settings, and "future proof" meaning adding an additional GPU or replacing CPU

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Price: $109.99

CPU: Core i7 920 (Overclocking to 4.0GHZ) - Micro Center Walk-In Deal

Price: $199.99

Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Price: $289.99

RAM/Memory: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail

Fry's Walk-In Deal Special

Already Purchased.

Price: $149.99 (With Taxes) - :bounce: 

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

Price: $138.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Price: $99.99

CPU Cooling: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B. Intel CPU Heatsink (LGA 775 / 1156 / 1366) (AM2** / AM2+** / AM3**)

Extra Fan Clips - 38mm Fan Extra Fan Clips - 38mm Fan
Ultra KAZE 38mm 2000rpm Fan
Artice Silver 5 - Thermal Paste

Price: $86.99

Should I go with the above or the Hyper 212+?

Video Card:
XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail

Waiting till the price drops and for them to get back in stock.

Approx. Price: $349.99

Hard Drive:


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Price: $74.99


Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - OEM

Waiting for price to drop or a good deal.

Approx. Price: $229.99

Monitor: ASUS VW266H 25.5in Widescreen LCD Monitor 2ms 300 cd/m2 Glossy Black Retail

Price: $234.99 (After MIR, Bing, and eBillme )

Other Information: This is not necessarily a final list. I will be looking at future deals and your opinions.

Total Price:
ATM the total price is around $1950. However, I expect to that some of these prices will drop within a month or more of time and new deals may lead to cheaper discounts.

So I am estimating this build will cost around $1750ish by the time of my purchase. Also, I may be able to get the OEM for free from a relative.

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November 4, 2009 8:28:34 PM

Yea I was looking at the Cogage TRUE Spirit for awhile, but it only performs almost equal if your using two 38mm 2000RPM fans, with me only using one it's going to be a good 5-10 degrees behind from what I have read and heard.

For the MOBO you suggested is it just as good as the one I have or better ? I haven't really found any differences between the two expect that for the MOBO I have it's already been tested and the one you suggested is going to be receiving future updates, etc.
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November 4, 2009 8:58:34 PM

Looks alot like the build I am planning on in a couple months, pretty solid!

Maybe step up the PSU to an 850hx for the Crossfire. I was wondering about the 2 differences in the mobo's as well, have the P6T deluxe V2 selected at the moment too.
November 4, 2009 11:58:38 PM

The Rev B Megahalems has two fan clips, at least that's what I am reading, Rev A has one. Tops just about every roundup and is super ez to install. However, Prolimatech recommends slower fans.

If doing a second GFX card in future would echo the 850 watter and if ya can handle it a full tower case. Suggested combos:

Antec 902 W/ Antec SG-850
Antec 1200 w/ Antec SG-850 or CP-850
CM HAF 922 / 932 w/ Corsair HX-850

November 4, 2009 11:59:11 PM

I haven't really found anything major different to justify a switch to it. I would just stay with the V2 board, which is what I have listed in my Enthusiast - Extreme build in my sticky.