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$2500 Build Gamer/HTPC I'm LOST

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April 26, 2010 6:11:06 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:

As soon as i find the damn GTX 480's in stock

BUDGET RANGE:

$2500-$2700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:

Gaming , Movies and TV on a 1080p Projector with 7.1 suround

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:

Projector - Epson - PowerLite Home Cinema 8100 Projector
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Epson+-+PowerLite+Home+Cine...

Speakers - ONKYO HTS9100THX 7.1-Channel Home Theater System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - I have a case that will fit ATX, EATX, and CEB boards. Its a generic POS. I might spring for a Silverstone raven if it turns out this one can not handle the cooling. Going to wait and see what happens.

Storage drives - 2 x Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 5400 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Physx - EVGA GeForce 8800GT 512MB (maybe might leave it out)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TV Tuner - ASUS EHD3-100/NAQ/FM/AV/MCE RC TV Tuner
http://www.futurepowerpc.com/scripts/product.asp?PRDCOD...

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:

No prefernce really as long as they ship to me

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

USA

PARTS PREFERENCES:

MOBO: This is what i need help with. so i have the tv tuner in the old build. should i make this just my gaming rig and leave the Movies and what not in the old comp (old pc specs at the bottom). The old pc has issues i think its the mobo giving out. Is it worth it to spend the extra money on a 7 slot PCIE mobo for physx? will my little 8800gt even make a difference with 2 480's? if i do keep the tuner in the old pc the sound card will go in there too for the 7.1 speakers. Will it be worth a sound card for the gaming rig too? I'm at a loss, i know what i want to do just not sure the best way to go about it.

CPU - Intel Core i7-930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Harddrive - 2 x Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II (plan to raid these)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound Card - ASUS Xonar D2X 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - 2 x ASUS ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 480
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


OVERCLOCKING:

Yes (going for 4 GHz)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE:

SLI YES

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Samsung SyncMaster 2443bwt 1920x1200 (will be getting 2 ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor, so 2 x 1920x1080)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
old pc

EVGA LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BFG Tech BFGEGTX275896OCE GeForce GTX 275
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake W0319RU 850W ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 26, 2010 6:18:35 PM

Are you absolutely certain that you want to use the 480s? They run really hot which means they will be loud since the fan will need to be running higher.

If your just gaming/watching movies, I would suggest getting the 5970 because the 5xxx series runs cooler/draws less power/gives the best FPS for gaming.

nVidia cards right now are more suited for work related applications rather than gaming.
April 26, 2010 7:47:40 PM

lol saw this coming. yes I'm sure i want to stick with the 480's. thanks for the reply though
April 26, 2010 11:02:16 PM

Check out the Antec Fusion . It is a great HTPC case reccommended by the crew at slientpcreview
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