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April 24, 2010 11:04:04 AM

Hi, I truly hope this doesn't get annoying for anyone to respond to.

I need you fine folks to verify my system build and possible suggest options which may save me money. This is currently what I've picked out:




Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
Model #:D ESTROYER
Item #:N82E16811147144
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$69.99 -$15.00 Instant $54.99
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ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:X58 Extreme
Item #:N82E16813157163
Return Policy:Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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$179.99 $179.99
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Update14-150-476

XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Model #:HD-587X-ZNFC
Item #:N82E16814150476
Return Policy:VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
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$419.99 -$10.00 Instant $409.99
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Update17-153-117

Thermaltake TR2 TRX-750M 750W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Thermaltake TR2 TRX-750M 750W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:TRX-750M
Item #:N82E16817153117
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Update19-115-225

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
Model #:BX80601930
Item #:N82E16819115225
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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$319.99 -$20.00 Instant $299.99
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Update20-231-223

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ
Model #:F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ
Item #:N82E16820231223
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Update22-136-319

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD6401AALS
Item #:N82E16822136319
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Update23-126-012

Logitech 967740-0403 Black USB Standard Internet 350 USB Keyboard

Logitech 967740-0403 Black USB Standard Internet 350 USB Keyboard - OEM
Model #:967740-0403
Item #:N82E16823126012
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Update27-118-030

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
Model #:AD-7240S-0B
Item #:N82E16827118030
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$24.49 $24.49
Subtotal: $1,344.41 + shipping and taxes comes out to $1,555.89. I'd prefer not to go much higher


I hope to do a bit of gaming by hooking up this badboy through my plasma hdtv. I'm also interested in running DAW programs such as Reason, Ableton and possibly Protools.

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April 24, 2010 11:54:53 AM

Bump,

im not only looking to save money but headaches as well, so please suggest parts that may be more reliable or functional for future applications while still retaining prices in mind
April 24, 2010 11:56:17 AM

sugarcoatedsour said:
Bump,

im not only looking to save money but headaches as well, so please suggest parts that may be more reliable or functional for future applications while still retaining prices in mind


Ive never had an intel, but I've read some on it. Since its in the middle of the night I can look it over for you.

I'll let you know what Im firm on, and what Im using 2nd hand info to decide on.

Give me like 5 minutes.
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April 24, 2010 12:02:13 PM

Try this instead of the WD HDD:

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

Also Asrock is like a very low end manufacturer. Let's see if we can find a good ASUS/EVGA/Gigabyte mobo for you.

I recommend:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

X58 motherboard with 2 PCIE 2.0 x16 slots with USB 3.0 and Sata III 6 GB/s

costs 259.99 tho.

If you cant afford to get the Gigabyte motherboard, maybe consider dropping to a 5850. Only a minor performance decrease and the Gigabyte motherboard is substantially better

Your PSU manufacturer is like 2nd tier, so just be aware that it isn't the BEST company on the market (Corsair/Antec)

Thats about all I could see.
April 24, 2010 12:15:45 PM

Hmm,

I read on-site reviews...the motherboard seems good, but I don't fully understand sata. If I go with sata feature would I have to buy a sata card to make use of it? or change my hdd?
April 24, 2010 12:16:40 PM

Oh yeah, to state the obvious I'd like to run Crysis at 1920x1080p on max settings excluding the AA (if not minimal levels of it) with AF at 30+ frames per second stretched over my 42" Plasma Tv
April 24, 2010 12:17:35 PM

sugarcoatedsour said:
Hmm,

I read on-site reviews...the motherboard seems good, but I don't fully understand sata. If I go with sata feature would I have to buy a sata card to make use of it? or change my hdd?


No thats basically future-proofing.

USB 3.0 and SATA III 6 GB/s features were added to motherboards like... 3-4 months ago, in preparation for next generation components that will utilize the new format with increased speed.

You still have 4x Sata II connectors, and if I remember right the Sata III/USB 3.0 connectors are "backwards" compatible.

So the perk with this board is its a good manufacturer and has ports/slots to be used in the years to come.
April 24, 2010 12:18:29 PM

sugarcoatedsour said:
Oh yeah, to state the obvious I'd like to run Crysis at 1920x1080p on max settings excluding the AA (if not minimal levels of it) with AF at 30+ frames per second stretched over my 42" Plasma Tv


Well 5870 and an i7 pretty much handles that

Careful of lifebar burn in on the plasma homie.
April 24, 2010 12:22:44 PM

alright homeslice, I can stand to stretch an extra 100 or 200 dollars.

whats lifebar burn?
April 24, 2010 12:24:57 PM

sugarcoatedsour said:
alright homeslice, I can stand to stretch an extra 100 or 200 dollars.

whats lifebar burn?


When you play video games on a TV, generally the character name/weapon/lifebar are always in the same place on the screen.

Plasma TVs are more vulnerable to that ghost image of the lifebar/weapon/name being burned in permanently.

You'd have to look up specifics on your Plasma TV and recommendations for rest times compared to use times.
April 24, 2010 12:45:57 PM

I cannot find the rest times however these are the details I've found

My tv has:
Anti-Image Retention Features: The TV's Pixel Orbiter feature helps to prevent image retention (burn-in) by shifting the display image. You can set the feature to automatic or force, and designate the time interval for the "Force" setting as 1, 2, 3, or 4. You can also change the brightness of the side bars that appear in 4:3 mode, or start a scrolling white vertical bar across the screen to prevent burn-in.

horizontal range: 15-110khz
Vertical Range: 48-120hz
supported signals include : VGA, SVGA, XGA, WXGA, SXGA
horizontal scanning frequency : 31-69khz
Vertical Scanning: 59-86hz
April 24, 2010 1:24:14 PM

seemingly asus motherboards generally get better reviews, am I better off getting this?

Xtreme Design w/SLI, 6-Core Ready,SATA 6Gb+USB 3.0 ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

* LGA 1366
* Intel X58
* 6×240pin DDR3 ...

* South Bridge: Intel ICH10R
* Number of Memory Slots: 6×240pin
* Memory Standard: DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066
* PCI Express 2.0 x16: 3 (@ x16/x8/x8 or x16/x16/x1)
* Model #: P6X58D-E
* Item #: N82E16813131641


April 24, 2010 9:40:00 PM

It's my first time building so I could use some suggestion.
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