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February 23, 2010 4:47:11 PM

My father needs a new computer and so I am going to be giving him this one with my Nvidia 8800. So now I need to come up with a new computer. Unfortunately he needs my computer in the next week or so. So here is what I have...
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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $1500 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, Monitor (link)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: any

PARTS PREFERENCES: would like the case to be a HAF (Link) case or something very similar. Mostly because I hear that larger fans make less noise.

OVERCLOCKING: Possible

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possible

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I also have a GTX 260 (Link) that can be used in the build if it will help save some cost. Had thought about SLI as a possibility. Needs windows 7 (I am a college student if that deal is still going on). Would also like the computer to be as quiet as possible for a gaming computer.

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I appreciate any and all help.

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February 23, 2010 4:49:02 PM

You have an OS?

Try selling the GTX 260 on craigslist for $150 I'm sure you'll get some one very fast that will want to buy it. Or ebay.
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February 23, 2010 4:58:35 PM

The Windows 7 deal is still going on. I don't know exactly were to find it.

CPU: i7-920 $289
Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310
RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $180
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $95 (or wait the Samsung Spinpoint F3 to be in stock for $5 less)
GPU/PSU: HD 5870 and Antec Eartwatts 750W $463
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40
OS: Windows 7 $65

Total: $1,532.

Or

CPU: i5-750 $195
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: Mushkin Ehanced Blackline 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105 after rebate
GPU: HD 5970 $650
PSU: Corsair 850W $120 after rebate
Rest is the same

Total: $1,550. If you get this one, use the GPU you have until you can find an HD 5970 in stock.

If you can't swing the extra bit, drop the HDD to a 500 GB model and save $40. There might also be combos out there. I didn't really look for any extra besides the ones I knew were there.
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February 23, 2010 4:58:44 PM

I am currently using Windows XP for an OS. Really would like to make the jump to windows 7.

I am using the GTX 260 in my current computer. If it does not help save money or is needed for the new computer I will probably sell it.
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February 23, 2010 5:03:21 PM

*EDIT* wrong links...
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February 23, 2010 5:04:29 PM

Ok fixed now...
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February 23, 2010 5:05:10 PM

Nvm my PC is still posting wrong links. Somthing is messed up with tomshardware for me or somthing.
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February 23, 2010 5:12:44 PM

BTW, here's the link for the cheaper Windows 7 price: Win741. I've added it to the builds above.
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February 23, 2010 5:19:18 PM

I appreciate all the help. Would of taken me several weeks of researching to come even close to this. I did not even think it was going to be possible to get the i7 in there. Much less a new GPU.
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February 23, 2010 5:21:33 PM

For $1,500 bucks? Are you kidding? I've never known a time when $1,500 wouldn't get you some of the top-of-the-line tech. Right now, I think the most expensive build you can get without wasting massive amounts for tiny increases is about $2,500 for the tower.
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February 24, 2010 12:04:42 AM

MadAdmiral, I have been mauling over the 2 builds with a few friends of mine and they would like to know why you decided on the Asus P6X58D Premium for the first build. One seems to think it may be for overclocking reasons. Could you explain why you chose that Mobo?
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February 24, 2010 12:33:48 AM

It's the higher quality of the cheaper X58 USB 3/SATA III boards. It's also slightly better for overclocking.

That said, the second build would be better overall for gaming. The 5970 is a monster card that will likely not be needed to be upgraded until you have to rebuild the entire computer.
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March 2, 2010 11:25:47 PM

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