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May 14, 2010 7:08:27 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Couple of Days

BUDGET: This is close to my maximum budget ($2100ish.) The monitor does make up 1/4 of the cost, so I might consider less expensive 1920x1200 options.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Software Development (8 hours a day) with the ability to game on the highest settings. System to last several years with minimal upgrades. (i.e. Ability to add a 2nd Geforce GTX 470 at some point)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, nVidia

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Worried about heat, noise and the future like everyone else. Also want to make sure the graphics card will fit easily in the case with enough clearance and airflow (especially after adding a 2nd.) Where could I possibly skimp to save some $$$ without losing out on performance.

Thanks in Advance!

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MOBO ($240): ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU ($289): Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF ($30): COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - Sold Out on Newegg - http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-Plus/dp/B...

GPU ($350): EVGA GeForce GTX 470 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD ($215): Intel X25-M 80GB SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD 2 - Using existing 500GB drive

RAM ($180): G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3x2GB) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE ($100): COOLER MASTER HAF 922 - Sold Out on Newegg http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026FCI2U/ref=ord_car...

DVD ($22): LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU ($120): Antec TruePower 750W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MONITOR ($510): Dell UltraSharp U2410 24" LCD - http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2410-widescreen-...

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May 14, 2010 7:17:15 AM
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Looks pretty good overall. I couldn't see your other post, the link appears to be broken.

Maybe this RAM for a bit less with lower latencies
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline -$180-

You could drop the AS5 as well, the Hyper+ comes with a tube of thermal paste.
May 14, 2010 7:31:02 AM

jbakerlent said:
Looks pretty good overall. I couldn't see your other post, the link appears to be broken.

Maybe this RAM for a bit less with lower latencies
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline -$180-

You could drop the AS5 as well, the Hyper+ comes with a tube of thermal paste.


Thanks. I removed the broken link (forgot I deleted that thread.)

I also updated a couple of the prices that I forgot to update. The G.Skill Ripjaws that I have in the build are the same price as the Mushkins that you suggested (Mushikins do have the $20 rebate if they actually honor it.) Do you have any experience with that brand? I've never heard of them and have heard nothing but rave reviews for the Ripjaws.

Again, I appreciate your feedback.
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May 14, 2010 7:36:11 AM

Mushkin is a reliable brand, although I don't personally own any of their RAM. I suggested that set mainly because of the rebate - the performance won't be noticeably different and the quality is similar.

Good work picking out all of the parts.
May 14, 2010 8:08:15 AM

Thanks. I think I'll roll with it. God knows I've put enough time and energy into the build.

The only second thought in the back of my head is swapping out the GTX 470 for the 5850/70, but I've been through that line of though ad' nauseum at this point. I will be very happy with the Geforce card.

Thanks again for the help.
May 14, 2010 8:13:27 AM

I figured you had been debating that, so I left it alone :) . There is nothing wrong with the 470 - it performs between the 5850 and 5870 and is priced between them (even if it is a little too close to the 5870 side). If you don't mind the extra heat/power consumption and have a budget of $350, it is fine.
May 14, 2010 8:41:40 AM

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