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January 29, 2010 1:39:23 AM

Hello All :hello:  !

I am new to the forum, and its been awhile since I've upgraded my computer. I am stilling running an old P4 3.0ghz which is holding its own incredibly well, however, its time for a upgrade. I've been loosely following the release of intels new chips:the clarksdales, nehalems, and the 1156 socket (i5's). I really am confused in sense as to which path to go, as I am in a bind in two ways: I don't wanna spend anything more than $1,200 at the most and need something that's gonna be welcome to upgrades down the road. I mainly use the computer for moderate gaming, web surfing and school and occasional photo editing.

Also, for kickers..anyone have experience with those ATI Eyefinity cards, in terms of software and performance vs. stand alones? Ive seen some wicked setups and was just curious.

upfront, I thank you all for your input.

Cameron

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January 29, 2010 2:38:20 AM

Well, for that budget, i think the i5 would be an excellent choice. However, in terms of future upgradability, I am not sure (it is hard to predict the future of computers). I know the 1366 line will be around for a while, but that is more costly.

As for Eyefinity, I have a capable card but not the monitors. From what I have heard, compatibility is still an issue in some games (the tech is still new) and in crossfire, however most who have it love it, so i suppose that is a good sign.
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January 31, 2010 3:17:03 PM

EXT64 said:
Well, for that budget, i think the i5 would be an excellent choice. However, in terms of future upgradability, I am not sure (it is hard to predict the future of computers). I know the 1366 line will be around for a while, but that is more costly.

As for Eyefinity, I have a capable card but not the monitors. From what I have heard, compatibility is still an issue in some games (the tech is still new) and in crossfire, however most who have it love it, so i suppose that is a good sign.


Thanks EXT64. I share the same consensus on the fact that we can't predict the future with computers. It seems that, from doing some more digging on Toms Hardware, that the difference between i5's and 1366 i7's is the absence of hyper-threading and the on die PCI-Express lanes limiting the performance of a SLI or Crossfire setup. After pricing out an i7 system compared to an i5, it was around $120 difference...so I think I will just save a bit more and go for the 1366 socket.
I am also borderline on switching from ATI over to Nvidia...I just have been a ATI supporter for so many years it's sorta hard to stop. I just saw the article for the 5850 and its a damn beast..I couldnt believe the results! In your opinion, EXT64 and others, is the 5850 really worth the moolah? I play most my games medium to high, but I keep the resolution adequate-no higher than 1920x????. Thanks so much!

Cameron



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January 31, 2010 3:22:56 PM

From a $320 price point view, 5850 isn't worth the money
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5770 CrossFire for the same price perform on-par with $4005870
This makes more sense


LGA 1366, you only wanna buy it if you are going to buy 6-cores CPU(Which I know you wony)

I' say A i5-750 paired with GigaByte P55-UD4P and Corsair 4GB will be AWESOME.
And you'll have plenty left for the Graphics cards


What do you say?
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January 31, 2010 3:44:14 PM

mfarrukh said:
From a $320 price point view, 5850 isn't worth the money
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5770 CrossFire for the same price perform on-par with $4005870
This makes more sense


LGA 1366, you only wanna buy it if you are going to buy 6-cores CPU(Which I know you wony)

I' say A i5-750 paired with GigaByte P55-UD4P and Corsair 4GB will be AWESOME.
And you'll have plenty left for the Graphics cards


What do you say?


hmm..well the thing is down the road, i don't wanna have change out motherboards and I am not sure the longevity of the i5 line. I've been seeing a few people utilizing the Gigabyte P55-UD4P...I heard bad things about Gigabyte in the past and have always been using ASUS. I am open for feedback though as anything can change.
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January 31, 2010 3:48:49 PM

The GigaByte P55-UD4P had won the best in the class motherboard award by toms hardware. So dont hesitate
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January 31, 2010 3:55:01 PM

mfarrukh said:
The GigaByte P55-UD4P had won the best in the class motherboard award by toms hardware. So dont hesitate


hmm..I will have to read on that. I will keep it in mind man, appreciate the input. Only problem is its unavailable on newegg.com right now lol. I am not bias toward one manufacturer than another, I just an soo comfortable with ASUS motherboards but, sometimes change is good..especially with its price point...
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January 31, 2010 5:04:03 PM

I used to be an Asus person, then for no real reason I went Gigabyte and never looked back. Both are solid manufacturers, so just compare the features/price of each board and decide from there.

There is also an A version of the Gigabyte board, which adds USB/SATA 3, but otherwise is fairly similar (some other improvements).

As for the 5850, I went from a 4850 to it and was really impressed. I don't like the extra complexity Crossfire adds, so I normally stick to single cards (though these days it isn't as big of a deal). I got my 5850 for $300 a while ago and it had a free game (Dirt 2, which I actually enjoyed) so I thought for that price it was reasonable. If it has changed since then I don't know if it still is a good deal.
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January 31, 2010 5:36:34 PM

Asus ftw!

Gigabyte has some very well priced USB3 / SATA 3 boards though. (and is still a great brand)

+1 i5 750

That'll leave you room to upgrade, but you won't need to for a good while. Lots of OC headroom there too so you'll be able to squeeze out a good amount of power when the i5 @ stock isn't enough for ya anymore. :) 
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January 31, 2010 7:13:12 PM

Quick note: if you want USB3/SATA3 on a 1156 board, go with Asus. They have a better way of getting around the P55's limitation than Gigabyte does (IMO). Gigabyte takes half of your Graphics bandwidth, while Asus joins the P55's lanes together (which results in slightly lower USB/SATA 3 performance, but no loss of Graphics BW).
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February 1, 2010 1:15:47 AM

EXT64 said:
I used to be an Asus person, then for no real reason I went Gigabyte and never looked back. Both are solid manufacturers, so just compare the features/price of each board and decide from there.

There is also an A version of the Gigabyte board, which adds USB/SATA 3, but otherwise is fairly similar (some other improvements).

As for the 5850, I went from a 4850 to it and was really impressed. I don't like the extra complexity Crossfire adds, so I normally stick to single cards (though these days it isn't as big of a deal). I got my 5850 for $300 a while ago and it had a free game (Dirt 2, which I actually enjoyed) so I thought for that price it was reasonable. If it has changed since then I don't know if it still is a good deal.


Cool! thanks for the FYI man. I am on the fence with the videocard selection-gonna keep my eye on the list to see what pops up. 5850's are around 320-330 right now, a bit more than Id like to spend. However..from Tom's Hardware's article it does deliver: beating SLI'd 275's and on par with a 295GTX...insane. As they say, "You get what ya pay for!"

Raidur said:
Asus ftw!

Gigabyte has some very well priced USB3 / SATA 3 boards though. (and is still a great brand)

+1 i5 750

That'll leave you room to upgrade, but you won't need to for a good while. Lots of OC headroom there too so you'll be able to squeeze out a good amount of power when the i5 @ stock isn't enough for ya anymore. :) 


True...I heard from reviews that it OC's very nicely..if ya got an aftermarket cooler (which I will be using) lol. I am running a P4 3.0 still from 4 years back :pt1cable: ..so I think Id live with an i5 for a few years haha!

EXT64 said:
Quick note: if you want USB3/SATA3 on a 1156 board, go with Asus. They have a better way of getting around the P55's limitation than Gigabyte does (IMO). Gigabyte takes half of your Graphics bandwidth, while Asus joins the P55's lanes together (which results in slightly lower USB/SATA 3 performance, but no loss of Graphics BW).


Nice...is SATA3 just coming out? or is it the new standard?

Thank you all for your input! your making this decision much easier!

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February 1, 2010 2:30:21 AM

Just coming out. I believe these are the first boards to have it, and I don't know of anything that uses it yet.
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February 4, 2010 3:19:42 AM

EXT64 said:
Just coming out. I believe these are the first boards to have it, and I don't know of anything that uses it yet.


cool, I am not gonna worry about it right now but I am sure in the next few months it will be all over the place lol. Is it basically the next multiple of SATA 2, meaning its 6gb/s vs. 3? Thanks for all your help, its much appreciated :) .

Cameron

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February 4, 2010 3:49:39 AM

Also, I am a bit confused on how the memory setup works with the i5's vs. the nehalem cores. I am under the impression that the P55 allows the motherboard to utilize 2 DIMM slots to get the full range of DDR3 (as I know the 1366's use triple-channel)? In other words, is running DDR3 through 2x2 DIMMS vs 3x2 DIMM have any correlation to its performance?

Thanks again!
Cameron
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February 4, 2010 5:08:54 AM

with that cash id do an i7

triple channels have more bandwidth, not sure about latentcy.those i5's are pretty cool but i7 is faster. youll be using your old dvd, case ,psu, mouse ,kb, os?

what is reuseable in your current rig? give us all the components
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February 4, 2010 5:32:55 AM

i have an i5 on imac, its pretty fast with the turbo boost
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February 4, 2010 5:36:14 AM

I see they bench very well. nice chips.
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February 4, 2010 6:05:09 AM

verndewd said:
with that cash id do an i7

triple channels have more bandwidth, not sure about latentcy.those i5's are pretty cool but i7 is faster. youll be using your old dvd, case ,psu, mouse ,kb, os?

what is reuseable in your current rig? give us all the components


I am going to completely rebuild this puppy from scratch-giving this current rig to my sister. I was just going to upgrade the core, but I am at the point where its just easier to start over and I want my own rig lol. Current rig is a P4 running DDR2 800 ram with a X1800XT videocard on XP 32-bit, so nothing really to salvage.

After pricing out an i7 machine for the hell of it..I flew past my budget before I got to the videocard and OS. After witnessing this, I threw the budget out the window and am going to keep an eye on things...especially with the new Nvidia 300 series.

My mind is a revolving door when it comes to anything technical-jeeps, computers, etc. What's your guys input..again. I believe an i7 920 and a great motherboard is the way to a long, prospering future. I dont want to be thinking a rebuild in a year.

Thanks for bearing with me! You are all an awesome help!

Cameron
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February 4, 2010 6:17:50 AM

hmm well that changes things a bit.
really if you want a great gfx card you might consider an AM3 amd to cut prices, but if youre stuck in intel the the i5 is where youd go, it is a monster chip and amd just doesnt compete right now and with the right mobo a later cpu upgrade would rock.

Id base the build on the mobo if i were you and price from there. get the latest socket so an upgrade path is clear. win 7 64 is pretty damn cool as you can beef the hell out of your ram and run mixed gfx cards.

as far as cases thats like the big question, you want a great psu but does it need to be in a spendy case. 22" monitor at least imo my 20 is not big enough.

and anymore a 1tb hdd is like primary at least for me it is doing phoroshop and all. I could do 4 1tb's and be happy.or 6 one for each os and then a backup for each and a spare backup making 7.

what are you doing mostly on this pc?
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February 4, 2010 6:58:42 PM

verndewd said:
hmm well that changes things a bit.
really if you want a great gfx card you might consider an AM3 amd to cut prices, but if youre stuck in intel the the i5 is where youd go, it is a monster chip and amd just doesnt compete right now and with the right mobo a later cpu upgrade would rock.

Id base the build on the mobo if i were you and price from there. get the latest socket so an upgrade path is clear. win 7 64 is pretty damn cool as you can beef the hell out of your ram and run mixed gfx cards.

as far as cases thats like the big question, you want a great psu but does it need to be in a spendy case. 22" monitor at least imo my 20 is not big enough.

and anymore a 1tb hdd is like primary at least for me it is doing phoroshop and all. I could do 4 1tb's and be happy.or 6 one for each os and then a backup for each and a spare backup making 7.

what are you doing mostly on this pc?


mostly it will be used for gaming and everyday computing. storage wise it looks like a velociraptor and two 500gb drive in raid 0 or 1. going to definitely run dual 22" lcds as i have a 19" now and its small. i dont go for the best gfxcaed as the tiers change too fast so prolly a 275 gtx supeclocked ed at the most...what ya think? down the road i will run an sli setup so a great case and psu are nexessary in my mind. lookin at HAF 932 blue edition..any thoughts?
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February 4, 2010 11:54:34 PM

verndewd said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... spendy but very nice how about intels latest socket mobo ?


Its one of the nicest cases I've come across in awhile...nothing better than a well ventilated case! Are speaking in terms of an actual Intel motherboard or in regards to what CPU line I've decided? I never took a look at Intels boards...something I should look at? Thinking it over and looking at the difference between the i5's and i7's, its pretty nominal when it comes down to future longevity. The i5's sure are a monster CPU, however, I feel the nehalem cores offer much better performance and the X58 motherboard lines offer better longevity in terms of sockets down the line.

I was looking at this motherboard (although it may be overkill): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . I normally don't get into overclocking my hardware, but I am looking to do so a little with my new build. Nothing serious, I wont go past 3ghz. Way I look at it, "you get what you pay for".

Thanks!
~Cameron

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February 5, 2010 12:48:58 AM

^i7 920 is good and all, but your usage won't really take advantage of the few advantages that 1366 does have...memory bandwidth, more memory, and higher PCI-slot bandwidth.
-If you're a gamer, save yourself money and take 1156. just because you get a 1366motherboard doesn't mean it will support future 1366 socket processors like the new hexacored i7's or i9's...whatever. The processor support really depends on the motherboard itself, you'll have to upgrade a new chances are. Also newer processors for the 1366 aren't going to be cheapies low ends like the i3's, they are going to be wallet raping monsters being wayy over 500 possible over the 1000 range. Are you willing to spend this money?

1156 was just released and is a very popular socket at a good price range and has plenty of power in it, it will be overkill for your needs anyway.

-Anyway decide what you want and i we'll put a build up for your to customize and tweak.
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February 5, 2010 12:50:21 AM

sexy mobo ; thing about top end mobos is they look great and play nice. I want that mobo myself :D 
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February 5, 2010 12:52:52 AM

blackhawk1928 said:
^i7 920 is good and all, but your usage won't really take advantage of the few advantages that 1366 does have...memory bandwidth, more memory, and higher PCI-slot bandwidth.
-If you're a gamer, save yourself money and take 1156. just because you get a 1366motherboard doesn't mean it will support future 1366 socket processors like the new hexacored i7's or i9's...whatever. The processor support really depends on the motherboard itself, you'll have to upgrade a new chances are. Also newer processors for the 1366 aren't going to be cheapies low ends like the i3's, they are going to be wallet raping monsters being wayy over 500 possible over the 1000 range. Are you willing to spend this money?

1156 was just released and is a very popular socket at a good price range and has plenty of power in it, it will be overkill for your needs anyway.

-Anyway decide what you want and i we'll put a build up for your to customize and tweak.

I dont think so, i think hes at around 800 with the case mobo and cpu and thats a roch solid place to start and evolve, save up for the uber beast and use the god given ebay to ditch the steps
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February 5, 2010 1:16:25 AM

Well, OP, give me a solid budget range and parts requirements..that will pretty much decide which route you'll have to go.
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February 5, 2010 1:26:57 AM

thats true but man you cant deny the drool allure of that mobo and case :D 
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February 5, 2010 1:37:28 AM

blackhawk1928 said:
^i7 920 is good and all, but your usage won't really take advantage of the few advantages that 1366 does have...memory bandwidth, more memory, and higher PCI-slot bandwidth.
-If you're a gamer, save yourself money and take 1156. just because you get a 1366motherboard doesn't mean it will support future 1366 socket processors like the new hexacored i7's or i9's...whatever. The processor support really depends on the motherboard itself, you'll have to upgrade a new chances are. Also newer processors for the 1366 aren't going to be cheapies low ends like the i3's, they are going to be wallet raping monsters being wayy over 500 possible over the 1000 range. Are you willing to spend this money?

1156 was just released and is a very popular socket at a good price range and has plenty of power in it, it will be overkill for your needs anyway.

-Anyway decide what you want and i we'll put a build up for your to customize and tweak.


Well, I will definitely run triple channel memory no doubt. I wouldnt look to upgrade those chips for awhile, usually I look to upgrade 3 years in atleast. I priced out an i5 and i7 machine: 1,726.87 (i7) and 1505.87 (i5). Let it be known I didnt even get to a videocard or monitor with that price point. Is a $221 spike for the big daddy worth it? I already obliterated my budget lol




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February 5, 2010 1:39:52 AM

I can build an i5 build way cheaper...i think you are picking our the wrong parts at the wrong places...it can be much cheaper. And if you go i5 then you won't be running tripple channel, you'll be running dual. And for your uses there is NO BENEFIT IN TRIPLE CHANNEL MEMORY, so dont let it be a deciding factor.
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February 5, 2010 1:48:12 AM

blackhawk1928 said:
I can build an i5 build way cheaper...i think you are picking our the wrong parts at the wrong places...it can be much cheaper. And if you go i5 then you won't be running tripple channel, you'll be running dual. And for your uses there is NO BENEFIT IN TRIPLE CHANNEL MEMORY, so dont let it be a deciding factor.


hmm alright man, you've got me intrigued. So when does triple channel memory become a factor-high end video and photo editing (CS3 etc.)? Id like to keep it under $1500 if possible. I am getting all the parts from newegg.com, btw. Id like to keep the HAF-932 blue LED case, i5 750, a ASUS motherboard and a raptor type drive (velociraptor preferably).

thanks for the input
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February 5, 2010 2:07:19 AM

Hmm, yes triple channel becomes important when file conversion, rendering, editing...etc...not gaming or browsing the web, and even then, the factor is really not that big anyway.
-Secondaly i'll give you a parts list but i hope you realize you're paying extra 20-30bucks just to have a blue haf 932 vs the original non colored with 1 red led fan. I assure you both cool the same lol.
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February 5, 2010 2:16:40 AM

sell a kidney bro :p 

im going to take a hand at pricing one out see what comes up
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February 5, 2010 2:17:45 AM

blackhawk1928 said:
Hmm, yes triple channel becomes important when file conversion, rendering, editing...etc...not gaming or browsing the web, and even then, the factor is really not that big anyway.
-Secondaly i'll give you a parts list but i hope you realize you're paying extra 20-30bucks just to have a blue haf 932 vs the original non colored with 1 red led fan. I assure you both cool the same lol.


Heh your right my friend, i just got all psyched for blue LED :lol:  go with the original with the parts list. Appreciate the accommodation! Thank you for you kind gesture to help me piece a build together!

~cameron
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February 5, 2010 2:18:35 AM

verndewd said:
sell a kidney bro :p 

im going to take a hand at pricing one out see what comes up


haha i already did that to get my Jeep Wrangler... :sol: 
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February 5, 2010 2:51:01 AM

StormlessWolf said:
haha i already did that to get my Jeep Wrangler... :sol: 

:lol:  :lol: 

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February 5, 2010 3:02:46 AM

verndewd, thanks for the help man! Only thing Id change in that is the monitor and I am not to fond of Biostar...never dealt with em. Id like to stick to ASUS. Also, the ram is triple channel..I need a dual channel set. Also, I just need a mouse-was looking @ a G9.
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February 5, 2010 3:04:34 AM

StormlessWolf said:
verndewd, thanks for the help man! Only thing Id change in that is the monitor and I am not to fond of Biostar...never dealt with em. Id like to stick to ASUS. Also, the ram is triple channel..I need a dual channel set. Also, I just need a mouse-was looking @ a G9.

its a start :D  I like biostar they work well for me i have 4 builds on them going right now, the whole fam damily, all tforce boards.
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February 5, 2010 3:12:14 AM

verndewd said:
its a start :D  I like biostar they work well for me i have 4 builds on them going right now, the whole fam damily, all tforce boards.


True! Hmmm...I know Biostars been around for awhile and i assume are held as a legend. All those other companies get overlooked as ASUS, Gigabyte, EVGA and DFI. I will put that one in the list as a candidate.

What ya think of this one by DFI? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 5, 2010 3:15:47 AM

looks pretty decent. biostars are inexpensive well featured boards that are pretty good with oc's, not the best or fastest boards just well rounded.
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February 5, 2010 3:19:21 AM

verndewd said:
looks pretty decent. biostars are inexpensive well featured boards that are pretty good with oc's, not the best or fastest boards just well rounded.


Thats what I need is a well rounded board, with solid OC ability and thats gonna last. I take great care of my electronics and dont put them through hell. BTW, how much did that wishlist you did for me come out to total?
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February 5, 2010 3:21:37 AM

under 1500

Subtotal: $1,426.91

biostar is a give and take, generally under performing in chipset speeds but very good oc software, i have my cpu at 3.2/3.4 depending on os, I think win 7 is 3.4 . just with the t utility overclock. Its not uber tweakable but works, you cant really dial in any better than the bios settings for voltage.
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February 5, 2010 3:35:17 AM

you could plan on velociraptors later as well, unless its a real need
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February 5, 2010 3:40:36 AM

verndewd said:
you could plan on velociraptors later as well, unless its a real need


What I had originally planned was One for the main drive, then (2) 500GB WD Caviar Greens for backup on RAID setup. That videocard is a monster...but right now I am on the fence on which way to go. I've been an ATI guy all my life but Nvidia somehow has me in dismay after seeing what the 200 GTX series is capable of. You and anyone else have any take on this?
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February 5, 2010 3:43:27 AM

StormlessWolf said:
What I had originally planned was One for the main drive, then (2) 500GB WD Caviar Greens for backup on RAID setup. That videocard is a monster...but right now I am on the fence on which way to go. I've been an ATI guy all my life but Nvidia somehow has me in dismay after seeing what the 200 GTX series is capable of. You and anyone else have any take on this?

the 5800 series is dx11 and pretty much took over the performance arena.
you could wait till fermi is out to buld but I wouldnt invest in a dx 10 card when dx 11 is out its a waste of money in some regards
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February 5, 2010 3:56:31 AM

verndewd said:
the 5800 series is dx11 and pretty much took over the performance arena.
you could wait till fermi is out to buld but I wouldnt invest in a dx 10 card when dx 11 is out its a waste of money in some regards


you have a point there my friend. Don't get it twisted-I love that 5850 to my hearts content :pt1cable: ...just a bit expensive. My cut off for a GPU is $250-275 naturally. I am gonna patiently wait it out on that aspect. Besides, I cant build this thing until a few months ahead-waiting for my amended tax return and school to let out!
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February 5, 2010 4:19:07 AM

youre gold then bro, fermi should be out by then and the 5800 series will drop.
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February 5, 2010 4:47:11 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: March-May BUDGET RANGE: 1500 ( $200 buffer each way)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (High Settings), Web Browsing, School Work, Watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Keyboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Newegg.com, Zipzoomfly.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Chipset, ASUS motherboard, Coolermaster or Thermaltake case, Logitech mouse, fast main WD HDD (Raptor) (Open for suggestions).

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (a little bit) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 @ Desktop
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I am open to other suggestions to the parts of preference, however, I build my machines around a great motherboard, cpu and a case with excellent cooling, design and lots of room. Nothing worse than having to return a motherboard after you install it (I am sure you all can agree lol).

The parts:
ASUS P7P55 WS Supercomputer NF200 P55 motherboard (Possibly overkill for my use??)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Core i5 750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CoolerMaster HAF-932 Full Tower case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake W0319RU 850W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks all, I really appreciate the help.

Cameron
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