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[New System Build] - $1k Gaming/Design

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February 26, 2010 4:26:06 AM

Looking for a system that will last me a solid amount of years, with a good upgrade ability route for SLI/CFX, CPU, RAM. I'll be using it for gaming, design/edit in CS4/Avid/flash and general browsing.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I am in no hurry to build this machine, but maybe within a month's time, I'm willing to buy piece by piece.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Design, Watching movies/shows, Browsing web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, I have a eVGA 8800 gts laying around with a chance to buy a evga gtx 260 core 216 for like $50 from a friend.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.. and anywhere else that is a safe seller :) 

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES:I have been stuck between the i5 or 955 for a good solid month, I've always been worried about EOL. I would get the i5, if i weren't worried about a better alternative, coming out within the year making it obsolete, but I like the cheap alternative with AMDs and their long shelf life with the AM3+.. I .. Just CANT DECIDE!! Should I just make the leap to 1366 with i7?

OVERCLOCKING: Yes!

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (in the future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (thats widescreen right?)

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I will need OS.. help a brotha out! Thanks!
February 26, 2010 1:19:12 PM

I definitely recommend i7. 1366 will be around much longer than 1156, and is the best performer of the 3. But that would definitely exceed your $1k budget.
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February 26, 2010 6:50:09 PM

Which i7 has best cost:p erformance ratio?
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February 26, 2010 7:07:06 PM

for cost/performance the i7 920 is best. They overclock like champs. The 930's are supposed to be coming out soon to replace the 920's...so you might be able to pick up a 920 cheaper. still, unless you know someone who works for intel, you'll be paying ~$300 for the CPU. Intel gives their employees a discount of around 1/2 retail.

Getting back to your question...go for an i7 920...the motherboard and CPU will set you back ~$550...another $150 for ram and use your 8800 until you can save up for a better videocard. the gtx 260 is better than the 8800, just not enough imo. I changed out from a 8800gtx to a ati 4870 and haven't seen enough of a difference. But a 5870 would make it worth it.
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February 26, 2010 7:26:46 PM

You have to make the wishlist public in order for other people to see it. It's best to just provide a list of the hardware with links.
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February 26, 2010 7:35:35 PM

i7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD Caviar Black 640gb 7200rpm SATA BARE DRIVE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 300 Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc 24x DVD/CD Burner Drive Black SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Arctic 5 Silver Compound
Windows 7 Premium - System Builder 1 Pack


Total Cost $1122.90
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February 27, 2010 12:18:09 AM

I've been reading reviews on that HDD and.. people hate the thing..high failure rates.. bogs under high/heavy loads.. id rather trust WD.. don't need 1TB either..

As for that EVGA 3x.. i have changed it to the ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard. A board Tomshardware.com put as a recommended buy? Is it no longer the case?
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February 27, 2010 12:40:12 PM

MEh, nevermind. That's a great board at that price, but the 3x sli is comaprble to the more expensive p6t deluxe.
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