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November 12, 2009 1:56:05 AM

Primary usage is playing high definition (1080p HDMI) on big TV's from comp while playing Crysis on Highest level graphics (Lol). Do lots of RaR's, torrent Dl's and many other things, need as much performance as possible

This is a NewEgg build, but also considering some other online retailers if cheaper.

Going to get this in a week (birthday :D )

2 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 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
Item #: N82E16814121349
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy $599.98
1 ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131392
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy $199.99
1 Pioneer Black Blu-Ray Combo SATA Model BDC-202BK Pioneer Black Blu-Ray Combo SATA Model BDC-202BK
Item #: N82E16827129015
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy $97.99
1 SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A
Item #: N82E16827151175
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $30.99
1 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$70.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$179.99
$109.99
1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Return Policy $106.99
1 Saitek PZ30AU Black USB Standard Eclipse Keyboard Saitek PZ30AU Black USB Standard Eclipse Keyboard
Item #: N82E16823175103
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$15.00 Instant
$49.99
$34.99
2 Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136319
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $149.98
2 CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD4GX3M2A1600C8 CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD4GX3M2A1600C8
Item #: N82E16820145265
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy -$10.00 Instant
$259.98
$239.98
1 AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 140W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGIBOX AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 140W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGIBOX
Item #: N82E16819103692
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $195.99
1 ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835186134
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$3.00 Instant
$36.98
$33.98
1 Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129043
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$40.00 Instant
$199.99
$159.99
1 iHome IH-M175ZR Red 1 x Wheel USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Laser Mid-size Mouse iHome IH-M175ZR Red 1 x Wheel USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Laser Mid-size Mouse
Item #: N82E16826782014
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $31.99

For a Total of $1,992.83


Any comments/recommendations/other VERY welcomed and VERY appreciated. I had some people who really knew a lot about comps help me gather info on what to get, now I'm asking you guys if I did enough research :D  Thanks everyone!

EDIT: something else I felt like adding, this is my first Home Build by myself. I have never OC'ed, but I plan to. (unlocked BE edition should make that fantastic)
I plan on RAID 0
I plan crossfire GPU
8gb of ram may seem over the limit, but for my needs I am highly Multitaskativ (not a word? lol)
Big Case for lots of upgrades in future

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November 12, 2009 2:11:43 AM

An intel i7 860 would perform better, and would give you a cheaper motherboard, for your first home build you wont come close to using all the features of an FX board, and 8x/8x crossfire imposed minimal penalties on the 5850s in the review here, no more than 5%. Dominators are also extremely expensive. I would suggest the following changes.

Antec 1200 with TP-750 Blue, modular which is nice and slightly cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the ripjaws are wayy cheaper than the dominators and will provide better performance thanks to tighter timings
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i7 860 and a nice gigabyte board with 8x/8x crossfire, costs slightly more than your other board and processor, but the i7 will perform better than the PII in multitasking and in running 2 high end cards in CF.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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November 12, 2009 2:20:27 AM

I have looked into an i7 860, but the socket is pretty much dead now. Intel made it pretty clear everything from now on is going to be on the 920's socket. So I looked into it, and I would definitely switch over to it if I had reason enough to do it. I also heard i7 920 D0 OC's like a pro.

And the difference between my case/powersupply and yours?

And my friend made the suggestion on memory, stating that he just trusted the brand for its extreme quality. But I agree with you, I don't really have money to just burn, plus I've heard Gskill isn't so bad.
November 12, 2009 2:41:36 AM

I'd go the AMD route simply for upgradability. They are usually really good about letting users upgrade their CPU's without changing boards, and from what I've read about their 2010 and 2011 plans, they still plan to use the AM3 socket, so you wouldn't have to get a new board and new CPU. If money isn't a problem at all then by all means go Intel, but if you plan to keep your board for a while, then being able to simply get a new CPU a year or two down the road will save you a bunch.

http://anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3673&p=... There's an article detailing AMD's roadmap for the next two years. So far as I can ascertain, they will for sure be using the AM3 socket for their 6core processors in 2010, there's a good chance that you can use the same board in 2011 with their "bulldozer" eight cores in 2011. Worth consideration at least, and the article's an interersting read.
November 12, 2009 2:47:40 AM

Yes I read that exact same article like 4 hours ago. That is one of the main reasons for being an AMD fanboy, is the customer service and how they don't screw you over like intel. Plus BE makes OC'ing easy, and the motherboard I picked out has most options and everything is unlocked I believe, the Dual 5850's OC like a pro also, (read benchmarks you can get them to stock 5870 speeds STABLE!!!) Plus with my case having so many fans, it should stay at a decent temp.

The way I figure, if I'm going to upgrade it, is all I have to is just get another couple sticks of RAM and triple crossfire 5850's, and new CPU and I'm set for 3 years at least.
(eyefinity FTW)
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