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March 5, 2010 7:37:22 PM


Case: Antec 900

Motherboard: EVGA P55 FTW 200 SLI LGA 1156

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB

Video Card: EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX

Heatsink: Thermaltake Silent 1156 92mm

Memory: 8 Gigs (4 x 2Gigs) of G.SKILL 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM

Monitor: ASUS Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300

All for around $1400

What do you guys think? Any recommendations? Switches I should make?

Thank you.

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March 5, 2010 7:45:34 PM

What are you using the machine for? You might want to follow the guidelines from the link in my signature...

In generally, it's nt that great. That board is super expensive and doesn't give you a whole lot. You'd be better off with an Asus P7P55D-E Pro for $100 less.

BluRay is a waste of money unless all the following conditions are true. 1.) You own a lot of BR movies/discs. 2.) You watch them exclusively on your current PC OR your PC is hooked up to your TV 3.) You don't own a BR player or PS3 and 4.) You cannot find a player for under $100.

If this is a gaming build, it's very bad. You don't need 8 GB of RAM for gaming. nVidia is a horrible choice for GPUs right now. The cards just can't compete with ATI's 5xxx sereis cards.

If it's for gaming (or even if its not), take all of the savings above (I estimate about $300) and pick up an HD 5870 as the GPU.

If this is for gaming, here's about the best gaming build you can get on your budget:

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU: HD 5870 $398
PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $90 after rebate
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case: HAF 922 $90
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $25
HSF (only if overclocking): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35

Total: $1,198. Leaves the $200 for the monitor.

If it's not for gaming, I'm sure I can put together a better build for whatever it is you're doing...
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March 6, 2010 12:51:42 AM

As Mad Admiral said, you want to get rid of the 9800GTX+. It uses a 55nm process which really doesn't matter however its an inefficient card and will just suck up all of your energy make a shed load of heat. Go for the new ATi HD5000 series cards. They are faster and are very efficient and use 40nm manufacturing tech.

I'd recommend the ATi Radeon HD5670, HD5770, or HD5850. Get an ASUS or Gigabyte motherboard. EVGA is mostly an overpriced gimmick in my opinion except for their really high end boards.

Also, try 4GB of RAM for now. Games aren't as RAM hungry as they are GPU/CPU hungry. Also, it adds an extra volt or two when you have 4 sticks running which can limit your overclocking capabilities.

Saving some money there, I would get a Seasonic X650 Gold 650W power supply which is one of the most efficient PSU on the market and one of, if not the best, quality PSU. It's $160 but it is completely worth it and its completely MODULAR. The corsair 750TX isn't modular meaning you'll have a huge clutter of cables in your case....not fun.
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March 6, 2010 2:04:35 AM

The point about the modular PSUs would be true except that the case is bottom mounted. The excess cables are out of the way at the bottom of the case already.
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