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January 26, 2010 11:51:52 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: August 2010 BUDGET RANGE: $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, hd movies, music, Auto Cad

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: all the externals

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

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, after liquid cooling update SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: So your all probably thinking I'm crazy for posting this 8 months ahead of time. I'm building the pc after my 6 months of army training and I have nothing but time now to design it. This is my first build and I'm looking for advice on making a balanced computer with as few bottlenecks as possible.

PARTS PREFERENCES:

Antec P193 Gunmetal Gray Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $160
EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard $285
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz $290
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $240
HIS H585F1GDG Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity $290
CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $150
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache x 2 $200
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive $290

TOTAL PRICE approximately $1900

In the future I would like to build my own liquid cooling system. I plan to take out the lower hdd bay and sandwich two radiators and a fan together. Only concern is that the power supply will diminish airflow. Will that be a problem? For people with the P193, can you switch the upper and lower hdd cages? Thank you in advance for your responses!
January 27, 2010 2:03:29 AM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

Don't have sense that if the build is for August you start to build the PC on January. The technology in 5 or 6 months will be diferent and the prices too.
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January 27, 2010 2:23:25 AM

The list of parts is good for today.

I would not plan on liquid cooling. A decent air cooler will take an OC as high as you need to drive any video card/s at 1920 or higher.

In 6 months things will change. Fermi will probably shake up the high end gaming card market. SSD's will be getting bigger, faster, and cheaper.

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January 27, 2010 4:26:35 AM

Thanks for the feedback. This isn't the exact parts list for what I'm building. I'm just trying to get familiar with hardware configurations. I've been using the same dell computer with no upgrades since 2001 so I'm really lost in todays hardware market.
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January 27, 2010 12:41:54 PM

Ok, is a good configuration. Like geofelt says, you don't need a liquid cooling system, with a CPU cooler like the Coolermaste V8 or V10 you can get a good OC.

Maybe i would change the mobo and the RAM, and maybe the WD for the spinpoint F3
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January 27, 2010 9:24:01 PM

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