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November 23, 2009 3:54:43 PM

Hello all,
I haven't build a new PC in quite a while, so Im a bit out of the hardware loop.

To stick w/ the guidelines :

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before the end of the year.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator development, some 3rd rendering but not alot. General programming. NO GAMING at all

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitors, Speakers, HDD. Will reuse from current system.
Note of the HDD:
I currently have 2 1TB drives set up with raid 1. Id like to be able to keep that configuration as well.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Does not matter - would prefer to use US vendors.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7 920 Processor. 6-12MB ram, full tower,dual vid cards

OVERCLOCKING: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I current run a 4 24" monitor setup with each monitor 1920x1200.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is a 100% work computer. Im have been doing ALOT of flash development lately and my current box just isnt cutting it. My main requirements is that is be fast, and can handle 4 monitors. Im currently running XP but I do have access to legal copies of XP64, vista64 or windows 7 64 bit. I would also prefer a machine that doesnt sound like a rocketship while it running!!



Budget is the kicker here - im currently limited to 1500.00. So is this a pipe dream? Any help would be great!

Thanks
-Rob

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November 23, 2009 3:59:38 PM

hey rob i dont think u need dual gpus for running those applications.....a 4890 will be perfect for running them..............


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November 23, 2009 4:33:47 PM

I believe he needs dual video cards because he wants to run four monitors.
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November 23, 2009 4:46:13 PM

ok then u definitely need dual.....
my choices would be.....
i7 920
6gb ddr3 ram gskill
2x ati 4890 or 2x gtx 275
both are awesome...............
antec 1200
gigabyte ga ex58 ud5...these motherboard is awesome....my frnd owns one....
u can even try out intel dx58so
that will be gr8 for u to as u wont be using ur pc for gaming.............but with this board u might run into trouble with the sata ports....
other wise its good
a minimum 850 watts psu.......i prefer enermax or crosair
get a cpu cooler if needed if u run ur pc for long.................
and about the case u can go for antec 1200
but take a look at the "tempest" from nzxt ....its called the airflow king and it has reasons to be called upon so....i will preffer it if u go for air cooling......

this will be a nice combination........best of luck.........tell me if u need anymore help and more over if it was helpful enough !!!
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November 23, 2009 5:43:31 PM

Tunnelrat,
Thanks for the suggestions.

I was looking at the 4890 vs the 275 just to get the full gig of vid mem.
Re the mobo - which one might I run into trouble w/ the sata ports? What exactly would be the issues?

Tnx
-Rob

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November 23, 2009 7:10:37 PM

rob_v said:


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Does not matter - would prefer to use US vendors.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7 920 Processor. 6-12MB ram, full tower,dual vid cards




I would stick to Newegg, Frozen CPU, CrazyPC, Performance PC and maybe Tigerdirect as far as retailers are concerned.

As far as memory and a PSU I swear by Corsair. (make sure you look at the approved vendor list for your MB).

The Asus P6td is a solid board and on sale for about $250 right now w/ free shipping. I have had zero problems with it.

If you are not going to overclock you can get away with the Intel cooler.

As far as a video card ... I would go for the Radeon 5850. Great bang for your buck with multiple monitor support.

Good luck.
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November 23, 2009 10:37:54 PM

OK - This is what Im I currently have in mind.
i7 920
OCZ Platuimum 3x2GB (I assume I can push this to 12GB with no issues right?)
two ati 4890 ($180 after rebate)
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX (prolly overkill - may just get the 750)
Noctua NH-U12P SE2
For the case Im torn between the 1200 and the Cooler Master HAF932.

Any opinions?
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November 24, 2009 2:29:24 AM

hey rob .......no saying thnks man........
frnds are there to help only........


well u have made a good selection from the ones i told u !!!!!
gigabyte ex ud5 is awesome....just super.............

i was telling u the problem with intel dx58s0 , the layout of the borad isnt that good......if u waanna know why look at the video in youtube ,just type in dx58so and hit enter...there will be a review video by TIGER DIRECT BLOG.....check that one out !!!!
u will know why i told u...that is the position of the sata ports arent good...and they get blocked by the monster cards........and trust me 4890 and 275 are both pretty big !!!!!

noctua will be a f9 cooler super silent ........

calculate the wattage requirement from this site....its good.....
http://www.antec.outervision.com/index.jsp


and about the case....both are awesome......depends on ur choice.....but my choice will be haf932 just because of its awesome looks......
there is nothing to seperate the two other than how they look.......
but did u consider NZXT tempest ???
its really good.........my frnd bought one yesterday....the airflow is awesome........
still its ur decision to make !!
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November 24, 2009 2:32:57 AM

salamooch said:
I would stick to Newegg, Frozen CPU, CrazyPC, Performance PC and maybe Tigerdirect as far as retailers are concerned.

As far as memory and a PSU I swear by Corsair. (make sure you look at the approved vendor list for your MB).

The Asus P6td is a solid board and on sale for about $250 right now w/ free shipping. I have had zero problems with it.

If you are not going to overclock you can get away with the Intel cooler.

As far as a video card ... I would go for the Radeon 5850. Great bang for your buck with multiple monitor support.

Good luck.






he doesnot need 5850.... he is going to build this comp for work not for gaming.......just my opinion........
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November 24, 2009 2:37:33 AM

+1 for 5850 or 5870, they have multiple monitor support, and there are 4 ports on them so only one would be needed(x-fire wouldn't hurt though). I actually might also advise you to look at dual 5770s for the new tech.
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November 24, 2009 2:39:11 AM

yes....he can....but i suggested 4890 because its a tested and proven warrior.............
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November 24, 2009 2:39:58 AM

And the 5850 isn't??? The point is he may be able to run ONE SINGLE card instead of two.
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November 24, 2009 2:44:58 AM

hmm thats something he can look into!!!

going by ur side he cn look at 5850 or 5870 ........


BUT STILL 2X 4890 WILL BE ENOUGH TO POWER UR BEAST !!!!
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November 24, 2009 5:51:43 AM

and regarding ram u can push ur system to a maximum of 24 gb ram ?
wont that be enough horsepower to power ur beast ??

that mobo can run 24 gbs of ddr3 ram
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November 24, 2009 5:57:13 AM

for psu decide between crosair models...they are superb.......
look for a model with 80 plus certificate......i7 and sli/crossfire compatible.....
it means more efficiency.......
the more efficient it is the cooler it remains and u want to have ur cpu cool bcoz of the two beasts ( ati 4890) that ur planning to buy !!!
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November 24, 2009 8:55:53 AM

I would recommend you consider the ATI 5000 series video cards over the 4000 series because the newer generation cards will be supported in the coming years with updated drivers and software that use the newer standards (Direct X11, Open GL 3.1, etc.).

The 5000 series video cards each support up to three monitors. These three monitors can be controlled independently with separate adjustments for resolution, refresh rates, color, etc. For your applications, either the 5750 or the 5770 would be adequate, and they are reasonably priced at about $145 and $175, respectively. If you really need to drive four monitors, then you will have to buy two of them, but then you have the capability to add up to two more monitors in the future. How cool would that be to have six monitors?
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November 24, 2009 9:21:32 AM

quiet true.....then suggested one is 5770.........it would be the best for the buck !!!!
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November 24, 2009 3:18:42 PM

Lastly PSU with 600w+ is overkill...even with x Fire.All these components above are very energy efficient. My guess would be with 2x4890 Top's about just over 300w.Just get a well known brand name with not too many 12v rails (3-4 is fine) so that combined amps would be more...example the Antec signature 600w should do-is super quiet and efficiency is 87%.Lastly Corsair would have being my other choice.I think the corsairs has 1 12v rail but super strong.600w should also do.

I7 920 @ 3.66GHz stock volt
Corsair ddr3 (1600 8-8-8-24) 3x2gb @ 1100MHz 6-6-6-16
Asus Eah 4890 Top 900Mhz GPU and 1000MHz ram
Antec 850w Signature --->>>overkill<<<----
Rampage Extreme II Motherboard
1x1tb seagate 7200.12
Zalman GT900 box

Load = 230w-250max and idle 172-187w (measured with zalman fan controller)
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November 24, 2009 11:48:36 PM

Well I want to thank for all for your suggestions.
I ended up doing lots of searching and mainly due to some pretty sick deals I got, I was able to piece everything together for 1330.82
(total of $80 mail in rebates)

Got a great deal on the CPU Mobo combo at ewiz :
i7 920 & GA-EX58-UD5 total shipped : 498.00
I think that was a pretty sweet deal!

I got the vid cards and PSU at Global Computer for total of 489.15 after shipping.
Got the pair of 4890s for 180.99 each and the PSU Corsair 850TX for 109.99.
The price diff was minimal on the 650W at 95.00 I figure 15 bux and I never have to worry about power.

I got 6GB of the OCZ Platimun at amazon for 163.99 shipped.
(which pisses me off b/c a month or so ago it was bout 50 bux cheaper at newegg)

Got the case for 129.99 at new egg.
and the cooler I ended going with Scythe Mugen 2. I heard good things about it, and it was 1/2 the price. I figure I dont plan on doing any overclocking so this should work fine at 35 bux.
Throw in 6 bux for the thermal compound for a new egg total of 179.68 with shipping.

For a grand total of 1330.82 which leave me at 170 under my budget - which leads me to believe that there is another 6GB of mem in my near future or a SSD not sure yet.

This thing is going to be so much faster than my current machine (an intel core 2 6300@1.86GHz with 2Gig ram) that I really dont think the additional 6 gig of ram is going to matter!!!

Now the only question is what OS to run ;) 
XP 64
Vista Ultimate 64
or
Windows 7 64


Thanks again for all your help.
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November 25, 2009 1:37:56 AM

dont even think of vista...its lame and i kindof dont like vista at all, full of bugs....go for xp 64 and windows 64
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December 1, 2009 11:34:00 PM

Well parts started coming in this week.
The case came today - all I can say is Holy Crap that sucker is BIG!!! And the size of the fans - thats just retarted!! :o 
Everything is here right now but the Mobo and Processor - they should be here on Thursday. And of course, Im heading out on Friday morning for a long weekend.
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