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December 30, 2009 8:01:38 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Late Feb (Hopefully these parts are a bit cheaper by then and before BF:Bad Company 2 is released)
BUDGET RANGE: Enough

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming Online FPS’s like the Battlefield, Call of Duty, Arma and Operation Flashpoint Series. Also want the system to play The Old Republic on Full Specs when the game gets released. Apart from that I just use it for the net.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Looking to build a pc with the following things in mind.
1)Want it to be able to play the games listed on full resolution, not just now but into the future.
2)Must be able to play the Old Republic on full specs when released
3)Want the PC to be futureproof somewhat for the future.
4)Want a really good mobo that will be capable of running i9’s in the future.
5)Want it to be upgradable in the future.
Here’s what I am thinking:

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail - $350
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 13&Tpk=ud7

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor – Retail - $290
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model CMG6GX3M3A2000C8 – Retail - $393
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product
*Please note – I am not sure if I should make it 6gb or 12gb straight away. Would 6gb run everything perfectly or would it be a bottleneck? I could add the other 6gb later when upgrading it down the track.

Video – XFX HD5970 Black Edition – Approx $670

HDD – 1 x SSD Approx 150gb, open to suggestions & 1 x WD Caviar Black 1tb

Case - Thermaltake V9 Black Edition ATX Computer Gaming Chassis with Dual Oversized 230mm Ultra-Silent Cooling Fans VJ400G1N2Z Mid Tower – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Power Supply – Open to suggestions, was thinking 1000w +

CPU Fan – Open to suggestions, but want it to be capable of cooling an Overclocked 920.

My thinking for the above was:
1)The mobo could handle future upgrades to i9 and has new features like usb 3 etc.
2)The CPU would be overclocked and then upgraded in the future
3)The ram, not sure on 6gb or 12gb, but another 6gb could be added later
4)By getting a single HD5970 video card, I could upgrade the graphics later by buying a second HD5970 or a new card. Hopefully it would also be able to run the res of a 30’ monitor should they become the norm in a few years.
5)Wanted a SSD for the speed, but would only have Maybe 4-5 games on it and OS. Although as TOR will be online, not sure how much room it will take.
6)The case, well I am after something that will stay cool should I O/C the cpu.
Thanks in advance for your help guys.
December 30, 2009 8:33:59 PM

Over all, looks good.

As for PSU:
1kW is overkill, unless you plan to CrossFire. As for PSU brands, stick with Corsair, OCZ, SeaSonic, Antec or PC Power & Cooling. A good 850W PSU like the Corsair 850TX will do.

As for RAM:
6GB is plenty for most people and fine for gaming. However, those Dominators are overkill unless planing to OC like mad.

As for Case:
Consider a HAF 932 or 922.

As for motherboard:
The one you have is fine, however, imo, it's over priced/overkill. I recommend the ASUS P6T Deluxe v2 for your needs.

As for HDD/SSD:
A good 120GB SSD will cost you a LOT. As for HDD, get a Samsung F3, which is one of the fastest HDD out there, only the WD Velociraptor is faster.

If you plan to overclock:
Get a Megshadow or a TRUE 120 or better. Even better would be a custom watercooling setup. Imo, if this rig isn't OCed the motherboard,etc is wasted.
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December 30, 2009 10:36:30 PM

@shadow - The two new WD 2TB (4x500GB platter) drives are both faster than the F3 (I think its from the much bigger caches).
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/2tb-hdd-7200,2430-7...
Not that anyone should be buying a 2TB boot HDD...

Also look at the Antec 1200 and 900 cases.

If you are thinking of dual 5970s then the Antec TPQ-1000 is one of the most economical quality 1000W PSUs. Otherwise the Corsair 850 will be plenty for you.
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December 30, 2009 10:51:20 PM

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@shadow - The two new WD 2TB (4x500GB platter) drives are both faster than the F3 (I think its from the much bigger caches).
http://www.tomshardware.com/review [...] 430-7.html
Not that anyone should be buying a 2TB boot HDD...

Woaaahhhhhhh........ haven't seen those benches or the HDD for that matter.
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