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February 4, 2010 4:03:57 AM

I am deploying to Afghanistan as a private contractor making 98k a year anddd I FULLY intend to put some of that $$$ to good use... Within the next month or two, I plan on putting a couple grand into a computer, my dream build so to speak...

The problem is, I've been building my computers with value in mind for so long, that I DONT EVEN KNOW what the high end products are...

The ONLY requirement that I ask when submitting suggestions, Is that the product atleast PULL ITS WEIGHT as far as cost is concerned... If you suggest a core i7 extreme processor for $1k, i want it because it performs like a $1k processor... I don't just want the most expensive stuff... I want the best stuff WITHOUT going nuts on price (IM NOT interested in spending 800 on a case)

I would also like to keep to a red/black color scheme... but again, im open for suggestions!

So... everyone.... whatcha got!?

Just What I've found so far... but im open for changes/suggestions... I'd KIND of rather have Ati honestly...

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922
Proc: Core i7 950
MOBO: EVGA 170-BL-E762-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 4-WAY SLI Classified XL ATX Intel Motherboard
February 4, 2010 4:30:06 AM

CPU - IMO still the 920 is more value for money...It can easily be overclocked to 4GHz with a good air cooler...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - If you want bling and RED, then this
Crucial Tracer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Else little more suttle but costlier and with better timings...
Corsiar Dominator GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo - Why do you need that one ? IMO this is a better buy...
EVGAE760 CLASSIFIED "Overclocker's Pick" 3-Way SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - 2x HD 5870 or HD 5970 if you can get one...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Definetly a SSD - Intel Gen 2 80GB as boot drive and Samsung F3 1TB for other things...
February 4, 2010 1:16:54 PM

I see what you mean about 'if I can get one' concerning the 5970's... its amazing that a $700 card is sold out! Anyways... I won't be buying/building this for a month or two at the most, so keep that in mind... also, what are the new nvidia cards coming out, and should I care? Personally, I've always been an nvidia fan boy, but I just sold my gtx 260 and picked up a 4650 (just to get by) and it runs as well as my gtx 260 did (on mw2, which is all I play right now) so, I've definately moved to the dark.... err, moved away from the dark side :) 
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February 4, 2010 1:20:44 PM

speaking of... that evga is sli only... any suggestions for a crossfire board as well?
February 4, 2010 2:00:33 PM

All X58 motherboards support Crossfire. They don't mention it because that much is a given. They mention SLI because they have to pay Nvidia to get their boards SLI certified.

In short, all X58 boards support Crossfire, but only ones that specifically mention SLI support SLI.
February 4, 2010 10:31:49 PM

I'd second gkay09's suggestions, with the following modifications/suggestions:

* step up to a 120+ GB SSD - if you're not overly concerned about the cost, an extra $100-150 to add 50% space becomes reasonable. Might even go to 160 GB. 256 is getting unreasonable though.
* Here's another RAM alternative - Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6 GB CAS 6 - cheaper than the Dominators, possibly not quite as flashy as the Tracers, but still fits the red theme.
* Check out the HAF 932 Limited Edition - red, about $20 more than the standard HAF 932, reviewed at ocia.net
February 5, 2010 1:52:47 AM

^ +1 for that Mushkin and if the budget allows, then a bigger SSD...
The only con with that case is that AMD logo on the front...You would have to replace it with the Intel logo but dont know how it will fit...And also the Fusion logo on the side...

And as for the SLI/ Crossfire support on the EVGA board, am sure shortstuff's post would have cleared that...
And as you will be building in another 1-2 months, then definitely check out the Nvidia cards too...
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