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May 19, 2010 9:25:53 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: week or so
RANGE: Under $2500ish

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: online poker, Gaming, school.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, keyboard, speakers, monitors (30in, 27in) case Cosmos 1100 S case, OCZ agility 60gb SSD.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7, dual video cards

OVERCLOCKING: basic stuff down the road, won't be needed or done anytime soon.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2560 x 1600

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: See post

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So heres what I'm thinking but not 100% its all going to work. I just need a double check and any recommendations you guys can give. As stated this is a grind machine for poker which really demands very little. I do have the need play games and I'm just trying to future proof myself the best I can.

CPU = Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601960

MOBO = ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Vid Card = x2 SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100282-2GVXSR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX

RAM (I need help here.... I'd like to have more.... can I double this or should I just look for bigger) = CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

PSU: SILVERSTONE DECATHLON DA850 850W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply

HD = boot is the OCZ Agility SSD 60g, storage Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CPU Cooler = Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835608019

Case Fans = Swapping 3 of them. Scythe SY1212SL12L 120mm Case Fan
Item #: N82E16835185137


Going to run windows 7 64.


Yea so let me know if this even makes sense...

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May 19, 2010 9:42:08 AM

This is for poker? If so this is completely overkill. Seriously, you can build a 700 dollar rig that will run poker for the rest of your life. And will still be capable of internet surfing, watching movies, word processing etc.

I understand you're future proofing, but for your needs this is absolutely too much
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May 19, 2010 9:47:05 AM

Well yea main use is poker. There is constantly about 16-30 tables up at a time (no I don't play that many at once.)

I will be gaming on this computer also just not your average 20hr a week gamer but prob like 10hrs.

When say future proof I'm talking 5 years. My old computer from 03 is still a beast running XP but I need to invest into a new box. Also its a tax write off.
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May 19, 2010 9:53:12 AM

^ That is a pretyy good setup, but not the i7 960. Switch to the i7 930 instead - saves a lot of money without much sacrifice in speed...You can overclock the i7 930 to i7 960's speed, even at stock voltages and that too with an aftermarket CPU cooler like the Noctua, you can easily hit 3.8GHz - which is a very good speed in terms of power/ performance...
And I would suggest the CM Hyper 212+ instead of the Noctua...For speeds upto 3.6-3.8GHz, it performs very similar to the Noctua and other CPU coolers and cost half their price...
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

And you wont be needing more than 6GB for your requirements...
RAM options -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
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May 19, 2010 9:58:01 AM

And even I had the same thought about the PC being an overkill, but looking at the budget and the screens, IMO the i7 can be justified...
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May 19, 2010 10:05:59 AM

Hey thanks for the advise I think I'm going to take you up on those recommendations. Its been so long since I built a computer I'm just glad all those components worked together.
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May 19, 2010 10:09:16 AM

Hey Bing, dont get me wrong you have a good solid high end gaming build there. It's not my place to tell you what to buy. For example, I have a good gaming rig from the last gen of AMD/ATI and all I do is watch movies and hang out here on Tom's. :) 
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May 19, 2010 10:27:13 AM

^ That is pretty much true...

And looking knowing how much time you play, I would also suggest you to drop down a few things...
1. Graphics card - Don't go 2 cards right now...Stick with 1...It should be able to handle that resolution pretty well...When you feel the need for more power, get 1 more later on...

2. PSU - You wont need 850W even for 2x HD 5870s...Drop to a 750W PSU...

3. And how about an i7 860/ i5 750 with a good P55 board...you might want to check the performance of those too...For what you do, I doubt you would notice between these CPUs and the i7 930...
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