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March 27, 2010 2:23:50 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 month.
BUDGET RANGE: ~$1,200-1,400 AR

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: General use/heavy PDF opening/editing, gaming (like play starcraft 2/Diablo 3 type games-but not WoW types), general usage/web browsing, DVD decrypting, dreamweaver/flash, photoshop-i want this computer to haul a$$.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case (i'd like to use old antec sonata II if possible)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: anywhere so long as it is cheap and reliable. Amazon and Newegg I guess.. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: none.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (will move up later when I buy a new monitor, but not for a lyear at the earliest), & a 50” plasma, unknown resolution

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I love you guys. Thanks in advance for all the input!!

I already have a i7 920 I got for $150 and I will be getting an Intel 160 GB X25M SSD (SSDSA2MH160G2R5) for $250

Settled on the following thus far:

MB: ASUS P6X58D - $310 @ NewEgg
RAM: Corsair 1600 DDR3 6GB - $175; $155 AR @ NewEgg
PSU: Corsair HX 750W (CMPSU-750HX) - $143 @ Amazon
VGA: Sapphire 1GB 5770 - $160; $150 AR @ NewEgg
Cooling: RR-B10-212P-G1 - $30 @ Amazon

CPU (Purchased) i7 920 - $150
SSD (soon purchased) Intel X25M - $250

Recycled from previous build:
20" Dell 2005FPW monitor, DVD+-RW ATA drive & Antec Sonata II case...and maybe Audigy 2 ZS Platinum if I can make it play nice with Win 7

Total: $1188 AR.

and will buy a little USB bluetooth adapter and possibly wireless N card at some point.

So where am I going wrong? The biggest thing I'm looking at modifying is the MOBO. it has excellent reviews but is EXPENSIVE at $310. USB 3.0 won't be out soon and I wont use SATA III likely for a very very long time (making it worth much less). Whats a GREAT mobo without those features? Should I go with slower RAM or different brand? Will I need more cooling?Should I get a larger PSU? (off another member's recommendation) I figured I'd get one with good efficiency to save on energy bills in the long run.

Thanks guys!!

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March 27, 2010 5:59:59 AM

take a look at the evga x58 3x sli mobo.... its about 2 hundo and good for overclocking
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March 27, 2010 2:06:37 PM

Another day and another near identical post about building a new PC.... even worded the same for the first few lines everytime
March 27, 2010 8:50:06 PM

I'm sorry Ulysses35, could you point me to the one that would help me the most please? If there's already a thread on it I'd be happy to find my answers there.
March 27, 2010 10:47:24 PM

$150 for an i7 920? That's a great deal...

The Asus motherboard OP selected have better user reviews than EVGA. If OP is willing to pay the premium for it, I think the better. Anyway he got a very good deal on the i7 920 already.
March 27, 2010 10:52:13 PM

motamedn said:
I'm sorry Ulysses35, could you point me to the one that would help me the most please? If there's already a thread on it I'd be happy to find my answers there.

Nevermind, motamedn. You don't need need to apologize. You have every right to open a new thread for your own need. You have already done good by following the way how to ask for help and that is a good start. Of course it will help to read other thread but the help you will find here in your thread will be very specific to your need.

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March 27, 2010 11:04:59 PM
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Your GPU choice is fine for your crrent resolution but the monitor upgrade you mention will leave the 5770 a bit short.
March 28, 2010 2:43:45 AM

Thanks guys. Yeah JackNaylorPE: I was worried about that. I've never done crossfire before (my last build is I think actually 8 years old now that I think about it...time flies) but I figured if I get a new monitor maybe I'd get a 2nd 5770 at that point on the cheap. could that then support a higher res or would that require a higher card like a 5850?
April 4, 2010 1:45:11 AM

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April 4, 2010 2:39:38 AM

OK I think I settled on waiting for the Lian-Li PC-B25S. I'm sticking with my mobo and everything else. I will keep looking for discounts on 5770/5850 cards until the Lian-Li is available. Right now I'm thinking stick with a 5770 and add a 2nd in crossfire when I actually do get a new monitor. Otherwise everything is staying the same. Thanks everyone
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