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Budget $1500 - What do you think? Any suggestions?

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February 26, 2010 2:22:59 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 8 to 10 days

BUDGET RANGE: $1500 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, Internet, Microsoft Office, and some Photoshop

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS I can get Windows 7 Student Version for $80 or so. Do I NEED Professional or Home edition? (OS is excluded from the price range above.)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Which ever has the cheapest part. I am trying to avoid Newegg because I am a california resident.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I7 920 and HD 5870

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 but I am planning to purchase a new one in 2/3 months.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have never built any computer before. Most likely a friend with some experience will help me out with this installation. Do I need any other screws, cables, jacks, etc? In few months I will put in another HD 5870 and as mentioned above a new screen. Other than these upgrades I do not want to build a new machine for few years.

Here is what I have gathered lurking around here for last 2/3 months

ASUS P6X58D PREMIUM $308.98 amazon
http://www.amazon.com/P6X58D-Premium-LGA1366-MAX-24GB-3...

Intel Core i7 2.66 GHz Processor $217.49 Microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

XFX Radeon HD 5870 $404.99 amazon
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-RADEON-5870-Express-HD587AZNF...

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) $203.53+tax newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB $54.99 zipzoomfly - after mail-in rebate
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Sony Optiarc 24X AD-7240S-0B $27.18 Microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Cooler Master HAF 932 Full tower $139.19 Microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Corsair CMPSU-750 $109.99 amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750TX-750-Watt-Cert...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29.63 amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 $8.99 amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Arctic-Cooling-mx-2/dp/B000WVM0PU...


Total $1,504.96
February 26, 2010 2:25:15 AM

Thank you very much in advance.

Cheers!
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February 26, 2010 2:33:25 AM

Man, everyone scares me about reliability of other brands beside WD.
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February 26, 2010 2:38:38 AM

If you don't want to make changes, just use the WD then in 6 to 8 months see where SSD are at and buy one for your OS and programs and use the WD for storage :) 
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February 26, 2010 3:01:29 AM

SSD is a very interesting idea. I will do that. Thanks.

At the same time, I respect your suggestion about Samsung and Seagate. I do not mind changing from WD to either one of these. I already know that you prefer these from your other posts. Do you think I should go for Samsung or Seagate?
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February 26, 2010 3:20:39 AM

cannot give you anything better for your price range looks good +1 to niklas about the ssd though
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February 26, 2010 3:32:39 AM

Samsung F3 but ATM there hard to find
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March 18, 2010 1:49:24 AM

So, it is coming together pretty good. I got all the parts as listed above. On HD I took your advice and purchased Samsung Spinpoiont F3.

Today we, me and a somewhat experienced friend, installed all the parts and got it running. It took fricking 5 hours. We will install the OS day after tomorrow.

Anyways, I am not so sure about cable management. I am trying to run as many cables as I can through the back plate but I do not know it still does not look very good. Any advice?

Second we forgot to put in the Q-Shield. I really do not want to take off everything and unscrew the motherboard then put this stupid little thing. Any advice on this?

Thank you very much in advance.
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March 18, 2010 1:51:11 AM

Best answer selected by NMLA.
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March 18, 2010 2:53:09 AM

cable management is not my strong point :)  as you can see by mine http://img163.imageshack.us/g/137sm.jpg/

As far as the mobo plate i install mine when getting the case ready.


I would just remove the mobo and pop it in
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