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January 23, 2010 6:12:12 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I will be ordering this within the next seven days

BUDGET RANGE: $3,000-up

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I am looking for a 24" touch screen monitor.

PROPOSED ITEMS:

1) CASE: Cooler Master Cosmos RC-1100
2) POWER SUPPLY: 1000W x3 ULT40311
3) LIQUID COOLING SYSTEM INTERNAL: Yes
4) MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P6T Delkuxe V2 Desktop Board
5) PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7 Quad-core i7-950 3.06 GHz
6) HARD DRIVE: (2) WD 1 TB 7200 RPM
7) GRAPHICS CARD: GEFORCE GTX 295
8) OPTICAL: Blu-Ray Rewriter/HD DVD Drive
9) OS: Win 7 PRO

I would appreciate yoiur comments and/or suggestions. I did look at the Core Extreme, but I did not think the extra cost of $500 was worth it.


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January 23, 2010 6:14:38 PM

Forgot: 6 GB (3 x 2GB) 1600 MHz DDR3-1600/PC3-12
January 23, 2010 6:44:12 PM

hmmmm, not very good...look into these parts:

CPU: core i7 920 is the EXACT SAME THING:

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

MOBO: ok mobo, but this is much better:

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

GRAPHICS: the 295 is out dated, the 5970 is so much better:

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

CASE: that one is good, but look into these:

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

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

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

those are all very good, and the corsair is amazing for water cooling...i didnt mention some other good ones though like the antec 1200, atcs, temjin, p80, but those 3 are some of the best.

PSU: get one of these 3, hands down, no questions asked:

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

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

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

HDD: well, your gonna want a ssd boot drive, and a hdd storage drive, so for the ssd, get this:

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

and for hdd get this:

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

the rest is fine i suppose, and that will definitely perform much, much better, while costing about the same or less.

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January 23, 2010 9:33:03 PM

You are lucky, that's gona be sooo nice.
January 23, 2010 9:34:17 PM

i know, this will be able to simulate full scale nuclear explosions :lol:  :D 
January 23, 2010 9:55:07 PM

*cough* Eyefinity *cough*

Also that 128gb Crucial SSD is crap. 80gb Intel x25-m with TRIM is the way to go, that or OCZ Vertex.

Yeah for watercooling... Cosmos-S is nice, but it's not even in the same league as the Corsair 800d or Silverstone TJ07. If you want something from CM that stays in the sub-200 range but is also a great contender then the ATCS 840 is your pick. The older CM Stacker is viable as well.
January 23, 2010 9:56:20 PM

ehhh eyefinity is a personal preference, i personally dont like it, but that is definitely a viable option.
January 23, 2010 10:07:46 PM

Google Video Search Eyefinity 3x1 Portrait. I find it hard to fathom that anyone wouldn't like that =)
January 23, 2010 10:18:26 PM

o.o :cry:  why dont i have that !!!???
January 23, 2010 11:05:56 PM

^
Welcome to my world. My most recent build started off as a 1k-1.5k system. It very quickly went to 2.5k after seeing Eyefinity. That was after cutting out water cooling lol.
January 24, 2010 12:00:03 AM

lol im a little jealous of you now >.>
April 28, 2010 2:10:49 AM

Let us know how it works out! I am currently planning on building a new 800$ system which to me is a lot because I work hard for my money lol.

I can't decide whether or not to go for the new phenom 6 core cpu's or intel i7 cpus, If I get the phenom 6 core I will have enough money for a SSD or adding another 5830 to my system but if I get the i7 I wouldnt have any money left over for anything else..

What do you guys think?
April 28, 2010 3:06:27 AM

I originated this posting back in January and thought that I would surely have my new system by early March. Well, my vendor is not that comfortable with liquid cooling and is still mulling over a recommendation.

In the meanwhile, the computer world keps evolving, and I am now looking at the following:

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932

Processor: Intel Core i7-980X Extreme

Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory: 12GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Dominator DHX

Video Card: 1x ATI Radeon HD 5970 2GB

Power Supply: 1250W Enermax Galaxy EVO (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)

Expansion Bay: 1.44MB Floppy

Expansion Bay: Media Reader

HD1: Crucial Reel SSD C300 (256 GB)

HD2: 2 TB Seagate (7200 RPM) (32 MB Cache) (SATA)

Optical Drive 1: Plextor PX-B940SA Blu-Ray Writer/Reader

Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio

Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-Bit Edition)

Keyboard: Recommendation?

Mouse: Recommendation?

Liquid Cooling: Recommendation?
April 28, 2010 3:08:54 AM

mouse and keyboard any thing from razer is good or the logitech gseries keyboards or mx518 mouse or gseries mouses are good for gaming etc
April 28, 2010 3:10:22 AM

vexun11 said:
Let us know how it works out! I am currently planning on building a new 800$ system which to me is a lot because I work hard for my money lol.

I can't decide whether or not to go for the new phenom 6 core cpu's or intel i7 cpus, If I get the phenom 6 core I will have enough money for a SSD or adding another 5830 to my system but if I get the i7 I wouldnt have any money left over for anything else..

What do you guys think?



I would suggest getting the phenom 6 core you wont regret it
June 3, 2010 11:10:31 PM



OK, it took months to get the specs, but I have semi-finalized the MACHINE --

(1) CASE: CoolerMaster HAF-932
(2) PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-980X
(3) MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
(4) MEMORY: 12 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600
(5) GRAPHICS CARD(S): (2) GTX 480 Hydro Copper FTW (SLI-configuration)
(6) SSD: Corsair 256 GB CMFSSD-256GBG2D
(7) HARD DRIVES: (2) 1TB WD SATA Caviar Black
(8) POWER SUPPLY: 1600W X3 Ultra40070
(9) OPTICAL DRIVE: Plextor B940SA
(10) COOLING SYSTEM: Aquagate Max RL-HUM-KBU1-GP
(11) OPERATING SYSTEM: MicroSoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit Edition)

Points to Consider:
(a) The Motherboard is really a USB 2.0 board with two USB 3.0 ports added;
(b) Lacking an IDE slot, there is no room for a 1.44 MB drive unless I decide to get a USB external one;
(c) The power supply really got to me. Although everyone kept showing a 900-1100W supply, one must realize that each graphics card draws up to 600W of power. While this may be a relatively rare occurrence (as of now), it is something to consider. Hopefully, a 1600W supply will handle the situation;
(d) The major missing component is a monitor -- my feeling is that it does not need to be larger than 22". Recommendations would be appreciated.
June 4, 2010 1:27:01 AM

You're putting money where it doesn't need to be.

For one you aren't going to be able to utilize all 6 cores if all you're doing is gaming. A good quad core processor like the i7 930 or even the i5 750 and P2 X4 955 will do just fine.

Secondly, I don't really see much difference between the Premium and the E version of the motherboard. The Ga-X58-UD3R would even suffice.

You would do with just 6GB of memory. Games barely utilize 4GB. 12GB is a bit much.

With W7 Ultimate, are you really gonna use all the features that it has over W7 Home Premium? If not, you could save money by just going with W7 Home Premium.

Another thing is that 1600w seems like A WHOLE LOT even for two 480s in SLI. Don't know how much PSU power you'd need, but I highly doubt you'd need 1600w. :p 
June 4, 2010 11:19:01 PM


I appreciate the feedback, but I would note that I tend to buy state-of-the-art and then hold onto it until it simply is completely obsolete. My current computer only holds 2 GB of RAM and has not been updated for several years (except for a graphics card), which means that there are several games which I was unable to use. It is a 2.27 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4. Thus, the reason for the new build...

The RAM may be excessive at the present time, but I would note that I use the computer for other functions as well. In writing, I often have up to 30 or more windows open at a time.

Insofar as the power supply is concerned, an acquaintance at work purchased a computer from a high-end company with dual graphics cards and has found that it tends to reboot in mid-game. Although she is an IT professional, she was at a loss and the company seemed unable to respond.

I asked her about the power supply, and it turns out that it seems to be way underpowered.
Thus, my brute force solution would be to maximize the power supply.
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