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Hi all. I'm new to the forum. I love the expertise here so.....


BUDGET RANGE: $2500 tops

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, music, internet surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: DVD R&W, Keyboard, Case, Mouse, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect


Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Two of these drives in RAID 0

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

I'm iffy on this power supply, because I want to upgrade to a GTX 300 series card DX11 still SLI, sometime next year or so and I'm not sure this psu is beefy enough.

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 - Retail

EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

B52-282 :: BFG GeForce GTX 280 Video Card - 1GB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0 x16, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, HDMI Support, VGA Support (6.8 lbs) Two of these cards in SLI

I want to run Dragon Age Origins, GTA4, at good frame rates. I also want this system to have upgradability for at least a few years to keep up with the new games that will be coming out.

I will be overclocking.

I prefer BFG products and I want this built around the I7 920 chip.

Please advise and criticize. All comments welcome.
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  1. Current cost is just over $2K, I'd like to keep it there, but I'm very concerned about whether the power supply will be sufficient for this build and 2 future gtx 300 cards in SLI.

    Thank you.
  2. To start with, this SSD will give you much faster everything than the Velociraptors and at a lower cost. Less storage of course, but the Velociraptors can't even touch SSDs for speed. The 160 GB version is $500, but if you're really trying to stay under $2k, stick with the 80 GB version. You could then get 1 or 2 1TB Samsung F3 or 1 TB Seagate 7200.12s for additional storage.
  3. mcerion said:
    Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Two of these drives in RAID 0

    Instead of dropping a huge amount on the Raptors, why don't you get a good SSD, like the Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M160G2R5 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for $499, and a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive for $90? As a boot/application drive, the intel SSD will smash the speed gains the raptors might get you, and you'll snag extra storage space with the Samsung HDD. Raptors are losing to SSDs in a lot of categories, and as storage drives, you're paying a huge premium for only a little space.

    E: Damn you, ColdSleep! :hello:
  4. If you want to go 3-way SLI in the future be sure to select a motherboard which PCIE slots run all three @ x16... this one will handle the lanes as x16-x8-x4 and belive me... Fermi cards running in PCIEx4 will completley SUCK... and that would be your third card... as for the second one running x8 well maybe that will not be much of a trouble, but will not scale as good as you belive, again, due to the lanes thing. Oh by the way PCIE 3.0 is expected to come to new motherboards in Q2 2010... and it will rock!
  5. grossemesser said:
    Oh by the way PCIE 3.0 is expected to come to new motherboards in Q2 2010... and it will rock!

    I don't think that is entirely accurate. My understanding is that the specifications of PCIE 3.0 will be released in Q2 2010, which will then have to undergo fairly rigorous testing and validation before they are released to the industry. When the specs were still expected during 2009 people thought it would be possible to have PCIE 3.0 gear on shelves during 2010. Now that the specs won't be released until April-June of 2010, there's definitely no guarantee of PCIE 3.0 hardware this year (quite the contrary, the president of PCI-SIG has said that he does not expect PCIE 3.0 compliant hardware until 2011).
  6. coldsleep & restatement3dofted: I like your thinking. SSD with the 1 TB backup is an excellent idea.

    grossemesser: point taken. Although I won't be going 3 way sli, I am considering a 9000 series card for physx in the future. Problem is I can't find a reasonably priced X58 mobo with two PCIe 16 2.0 slots.
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