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I7 Gaming Build

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January 11, 2010 2:13:29 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (Next 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1500
Before / After Rebates N/A

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photoshop, illustrator, watching movies


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

**Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: (N/A)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Windows Ultimate 64 bits, want to over clock cpu

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Motherboard- EVGA E760 CLASSIFIED "Overclocker's Pick" 3-Way SLI + PhysX 1366 Intel X58 EATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188048

Graphics Card- SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102856&Tpk=SAPPHIRE%20100281SR%20Radeon%20HD%205870%20%28Cypress%20XT%29%201GB

Processor- Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115213&cm_re=intel_core_i7-_-19-115-213-_-Product

Cooling System- Please advise

Case- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Power Supply- CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007

Memory- OCZ OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P16004GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381&Tpk=OCZ%20Platinum%206GB%20%283%20x%202GB%29%20240-Pin%20DDR3%20SDRAM%20DDR3

Operating System- Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319&Tpk=Western%20Digital%20Caviar%20Black%20WD6401AALS%20640GB%207200

What I'm looking to build is a system that can be upgraded as I can't afford to make the system I want at this point so I want to start with a solid base and build on top of it.

I don't think I'll be using 3x SLI, most likely I'll only use 2x, is having the option of 3x worth the extra cost?

I'm a casual gamer and would like to run games like crysis, batman aa, resident evil 5, at a high resolution.

Looking forward to hearing your feedback!

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January 11, 2010 4:05:14 AM

^ The components that you have selected and the budget dont match...Do you have any of the components that you have listed ?
And i7 860 wont work on X58 boards...You would need P55 boards...

Also 3x ? It is a waste of money if you are a casual gamer...
And a single HD 5870 can handle nearly all the games that you have listed at high settings easy...
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January 11, 2010 12:53:13 PM

Thanks for the reply!

My budget may be larger, depending on what I can convince my wife into letting me purchase :D  .

I definitely want to stick with a EVGA board, however I realize that 3x is overkill, what would you guys recommend?

The i7 860 is not set in stone, if you think there is a better processor for my needs please let me know.


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