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Buying 1/27 Tomorrow, last minute review! 2,500 i7-860

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January 26, 2010 10:18:26 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1/27/2010
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, Office, Internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Doesn't matter

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, but not now

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Eyefinity, $2500 Budget

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EDIT: Final Purchased Build Updated, Combos not included
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CPU: i7-920
Price: $288.99

Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme (Open Box)
Price: $118.99

Case: COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced Black
Price: $99.99

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Price: $179.99

Video Card: HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870
Price: $379.99

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
Price: $89.99

Solid State Disk: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX
Price: $289.95

Power Supply: SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W ATX12V
Price: $109.99

Heatsink Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
Price: $29.99

Monitor: Dell 2209wa 22" 1680x1050 IPS Monitor x 3
Price: $636.00

Displayport Adapter: Dell Displayport to Dual-Link DVI Adapter
Price: $74.99

DVD RW: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
Price: $23.99

Mouse: Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse
Price: $29.99

Speakers: Genius SP-S110 100W
Price: $9.99

KB: steelseries Merc Black USB Wired
Price: $24.99

TIM: MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu
Price: $2.99


Total Shipped Price: 2466.01


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Hi. This is the core of my new purchase. I will be buying either tonight or tomorrow depending upon how soon I feel comfortable. My goal was to have a 3 monitor eyefinity pc for $2500.00. It must also include keyboard, mouse, speakers. I have two keyboards at the moment, a headset, and a dvd-burner. My total with shipping is $2430.83.

The ssd is an important part, so I'd rather not lose that. I prefer the i7-840 over the i5-750 for general computer responsiveness. I'm not opposed to a i7-920, but of course that would require cuts elsewhere. I also have 2 hard drives as I would like to try RAID 0. It's not a must have but I would prefer to keep it.

Any thoughts, improvements, or help would be wonderful.
January 26, 2010 10:30:11 PM

I'm afraid I don't have the time right now to go into detail, but at that price point, I would really suggest going with the i7-920, it's a little more future-proof, and the motherboard is likely to support more future processors than the 1156 socket ever will.

One area to cut costs on would be the DisplayPort to DVI adapter.

Might I suggest checking out an appropriate Displayport to DVI adapter at monoprice.com? Virtually all of the big box stores charge you far too much for cables, and it appears Dell does too. Accessories is where they make most of their money, no reason to help them out unnecessarily. (If you've never heard of monoprice before, I've bought from there regularly and have never been disappointed. They are also recommended by CNet for HDMI and other A/V cables, I haven't explicitly checked to see if they recommend monoprice for straight-up computer cables.)
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January 26, 2010 10:35:39 PM

Thank you very much for your suggestion coldsleep. I would like to go with a i7-920. The 100-150$ addition just doesn't seem to be there. I tried a few different configurations and combos but short of downgrading or losing the SSD all together I couldn't get it in range.

I was under the impression that the Displayport adapter had to be the expensive type? USB Powered?
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January 26, 2010 11:18:05 PM

Two things:

First, I understand that you're putting together an Eyefinity setup, but I'm not sure that I see the reason behind a three 1680x1050 monitor setup. If gaming is your top priority, do you need to spend the additional cash on IPS-panel displays? This may just be an issue on my end, as I don't see the logic behind multiple lower-resolution displays, instead of a single (or even two) higher resolution displays - especially when you're having to cough up additional dollars for a DP adaptor for one of them. I'm just curious what the reasoning behind the decision is.

Second, where on earth are you finding those monitors for $212 each? I don't recall seeing those from a reputable dealer for under $300 before. Unless you've got some killer deal somewhere, the price for three of those seems to be around $900.
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January 26, 2010 11:47:29 PM

It's 212 with free shipping, and it comes from Dell Small Business. Persistence and going through a few phone sales agents can net you great deals. (Thankyou [H]ardforums btw)

This post is what inspired me towards the 2209wa. At first I was just going to go with the $199.99 Dell P2210H which supports native displayport. After reading more though it seems as though TN panels have a difficult time in portrait mode.

I was pretty adamant about staying with 16:10. Going up to 1920x1200 was a big jump in price. The 1680x1050 will be a working resolution of 1680x3150 in eyefinity which surpasses pretty much everything out there in single display. It also allows me to stay with a single 5870. At 1920x3600 the 5870 starts to struggle. When considering 3x 1680x1050 vs 2x 1920x1600 keep in mind bezels. With 3 monitors you have a middle screen that allows huds to be clear and free of obstruction. With only two monitors you're splitting your screen directly in half which would be distracting to say the least. When ATI releases it's 6 monitor card I'll upgrade (via Crossfire) to that and 2 additional monitors for a 5x1 mode. While you could do 6, you once again run into splitting your screens in half.

I'm still working on a i7-920 build, if I wanted to go with a lesser motherboard I could squeeze it in the budget by dropping a few of the optional items like the headset and 2nd keyboard. I'm nervous about purchasing any of the lower end X58 motherboards though.
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January 27, 2010 1:19:25 AM

litlefox said:
Things and stuff!


That is an awesome deal - it's tough to find decent 1920x1200 displays at a reasonable price these days, they really seem to be losing ground to the "True HD TV Resolution" LCDs, especially in the 20-26" range. That price for the monitors you've found is brilliant - I'd kill for that quality in a 24" screen (since I'm limited to a single display at the moment), but it would cost me more than twice what I'm looking at for decent TN panels. Le sigh.

Your setup sounds amazing - post a picture or two once you've got things going!
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January 27, 2010 12:05:12 PM

Ok, order just submitted. This was the final build (minus the monitors and dp adapter which is through dell)

Qty Product Description Price
Order #: 49485015
1
COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced Black Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119216
Standard Return Policy
$99.99
1
Open Box: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157163R
Open Box Refund Only Return Policy
$169.99
$118.99
1
HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814161301
VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
$419.99
$399.99
1
SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817151083
Standard Return Policy
$179.99
$109.99
1
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115202
CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$288.99
1
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145286
Memory Standard Return Policy
$189.99
$179.99
1
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
Item #: N82E16820167016
Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$289.95
1
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Standard Return Policy
$89.99
1
steelseries Merc Black USB Wired Ergonomic Gaming Keyboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16823239008
Standard Return Policy
$39.99
$24.99
1
Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse - Retail
Item #: N82E16826105223
Standard Return Policy
$49.99
$29.99
1
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Standard Return Policy
$23.99
1
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103065
Standard Return Policy
$29.99
1
MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu Thermal Interface Material - Retail
Item #: N82E16835150080
Standard Return Policy
$4.99
$2.99
1
Genius SP-S110 100W (P.M.P.O.) 2.0 Black Speakers - Retail
Item #: N82E16836110026
Standard Return Policy
$12.99
$9.99
1
DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #323849
-$15.00
Subtotal $1,684.82
Tax $0.00
UPS 3 Days $35.93
Rush Processing $2.99
Promo Code -$20.00
Order Total $1,703.74

That's a mess but to sum it up:

The good: I ended up getting the i7-920 after all. I also ended up with the 80gb Intel X25-M vs the 60gb OCZ Vertex Turbo. I also got the case and psu I really wanted.

The bad: I had to make some choices I would have rather not made. The Openbox ASRock X58 Extreme shoots straight to the top of the list. 118.99 Was what enabled me to go from 1156 to 1366 however and I trust newegg. I've ordered openbox motherboards from them before with no problem, and if there is a problem I'll RMA. I also lost the 2x 500gb Samsung's for RAID 0 in lieu of a more affordable 1TB Samsung.

That's that. Thank you all for your help. Once it lands I'll post a followup.
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January 27, 2010 12:23:58 PM

I can asure you, you won't be disappointed with the Asrock x58 Extreme motherboard. I was also a little worried about the 'low end' price tag, but I seriously could not be happier. I can overclock to very nice speeds (4.3 Ghz stable) on an i7 920 and can run it at 4.5Ghz for short stupidity tests. Obviously not everyone will reach those speeds and I am sure I got very lucky but 3.6 - 3.8 Ghz is very easy with this board.

PS. Can you set your screens in portrait mode with eyefinity? I reckon that would look a whole lot better then in landscape mode.
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January 27, 2010 12:34:41 PM

Yes, it's the reason I fell in love with Eyefinity. When I first started researching my purchase I had no idea what Eyefinity was. My first impression of it after seeing the landscape pics were less than enthusiastic. The FoV was too wide, there were fisheye effects, and it really just felt like a super version of 16:9, too WIDE. I kept looking around though because I was still intrigued and came across the Portrait setup.

It's beautiful. It's also the reason I had to find IPS or PVA monitors though. Here's a setup of someone running the same monitors I've ordered in both portrait and landscape to give you a reference:

http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=170746
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January 27, 2010 12:56:52 PM

litlefox said:
Yes, it's the reason I fell in love with Eyefinity. When I first started researching my purchase I had no idea what Eyefinity was. My first impression of it after seeing the landscape pics were less than enthusiastic. The FoV was too wide, there were fisheye effects, and it really just felt like a super version of 16:9, too WIDE. I kept looking around though because I was still intrigued and came across the Portrait setup.

It's beautiful. It's also the reason I had to find IPS or PVA monitors though. Here's a setup of someone running the same monitors I've ordered in both portrait and landscape to give you a reference:

http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=170746


You bastard!
Now you've got counting my money in preperation to buy eyefinity.
Nice setup, I'm sure you'll have a ball!
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January 27, 2010 1:13:07 PM

This is exactly how I felt after seeing it. If you want even a larger hook, search youtube for eyefinity. It won't take long to see why I'm excited.

=)
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January 27, 2010 3:19:16 PM

litlefox said:
This is exactly how I felt after seeing it. If you want even a larger hook, search youtube for eyefinity. It won't take long to see why I'm excited.

=)


Argh, now you have me in the same boat as Tridec. Originally I hated the idea of having my screens broken up by the bezels of the individual monitors, but those look freaking gorgeous. My wife would never let me hear the end of it if I showed up with three displays, though :pfff:  Guess I'll just have to make due with my 24" TN until I can afford to expand, haha.
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January 27, 2010 6:01:05 PM

320-7825 3 Dell 22 Inch 2209WA Flat PanelMonitor,OptiPlex,Precision Latitude,Customer Install
986-4872 3 3YR Limited Warranty Monitor, Advanced Exchange
Subtotal: $636.00
Shipping and Handling: $0.00
Sales Tax: $46.75
Total: $682.75


Order Details

Order Number: 135472103 Estimated Delivery Date: 02/04/2010
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Item Number Quantity Item Description
330-5521 1 DisplayPort to DVI (Dual Link) Adapter,Dell Optiplex,Customer Install
Subtotal: $74.99
Shipping and Handling: $0.00
Sales Tax: $5.51
Total: $80.50

So Total Build Cost was 2466.99, 33.01 under budget. Guess I could have gotten the 2x HDD for RAID but I'm happy with the 1tb drive as well. Not positive why I was charged sales tax for the Dell purchase, but considering the deal, I cannot complain.
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