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June 3, 2010 1:37:22 AM

Would like to keep the final build at around $2,000. Willing to stretch a bit, up to $2,500 if absolutely necessary. Looking for suggestions. Chosen parts are also up for suggestions, but more than likely set in stone. All purpose computer, but with a focus on gaming and entertainment.

Current List of Chosen Parts - Current Total ($1,137.92)

CASE: COOLER MASTER COSMOS S RC-1100-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case ($169.99)

PSU:

MOTHERBOARD:

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ($289.99)

RAM:

HARD DRIVE: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($69.99 x2 = $139.98)

OPITCAL DRIVES (i want two):

OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM ($174.99)

KEYBOARD: Logitech G15 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard ($79.99)

MOUSE: Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse ($42.99)

MONITOR:
HEATSINK/CPU COOLER:
HEATSINK/CPU COOLER PASTE:
CASE REPLACEMENT FANS:
VIDEO CARD:
SPEAKERS/HEADPHONES:
June 3, 2010 1:59:18 AM

Goal here was to provide for a system capable of a 4.0 - 4.2 GHz Overclock w/ little effort and provide enough oomph for adding a 2nd card in SLI, w/ roomy case and top end PSU

$150 Antec 1200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$120 Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Dang .... if not in a hurry, newegg usually has a combo on the two above for $220 - $240

Alternate ($60 more) would be:

$ 140 HAF 932 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$ 190 HX850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$514 ASUS P6X58D-E w/ Intel i7-930 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$155 3 x 2GB Corsair DDR3-1600 CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(Add $65 if ya want the fastest http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

$80 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly

$101 Prolimatech Megahalems w/ twin PWM fans and IC Diamond TIM w/ PWM Cable splitter.
Skip if not going to OC

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Proli...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7038/thr-41/Innovatio...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8418/cab-150/FrozenCP...

$43 Logitech MX-518 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$60 Logitech G15 KB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$175 Win7-64 Ultimate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$275 ASUS VW266H http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$50 Any DVD Writer x 2 Add $115 if you want one to be a Blue Ray Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$350 ASUS ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard to pick the choice here. If ya spend more money (+350), you could get a 5970 but twin 470's in SLI has better min. frame rates than the 5970 in DX11 games (1920 x 1200, hi settings) by about 23% (17% for avg. frame rates) .... could add the 2nd card come XMas time.

Another option would be to get a 5850 and add a 2nd at Xmas....will save you $50 per card ($14%) but will also drop min. frame rates by about 19%. Each card is well priced for it's performance in the market so hard to find fault with any of those choices. This list below which provides the cost in "dollars per frame" (9 benches in DX11, 1920 x 1200 @ hi settings) might help ya choose.

ATI 5850 8.89
nVidia 470 9.08
nVidi 480 10.01
ATI 5870 10.08
ATI 5970 11.51


Total $2,173 for bolded items
June 3, 2010 2:03:29 AM

Is there a reason you need Windows 7 Ultimate?
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June 3, 2010 2:05:30 AM

The Corsair 700 Obsidian is a REALLY nice case.
June 3, 2010 2:06:06 AM



Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
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• 1 year: $6.99
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$21.99
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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• 1 year: $10.99
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$79.99
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ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
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Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
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• 1 year: $25.99
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$229.99
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XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
$399.99
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Logitech G15 USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard
Item #: N82E16823126034
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
• 1 year: $9.99
• 2 year: $16.99
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$89.99
$79.99
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Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse
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• 1 year: $9.99
• 2 year: $16.99
-$18.00 Instant
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate
$99.99
$81.99
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G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8TU-6GBPI
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$184.99
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
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$99.99
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Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm CPU Cooler and Case Fan
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Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$25.99
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Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835242001
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$7.99 Instant
$69.99
$62.00
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SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive - Bulk SATA Model SH-B083L/BSBP LightScribe Support - OEM
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• 1 year: $9.99
• 2 year: $16.99
$69.99
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Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
• 1 year: $25.99
• 2 year: $45.99
-$65.00 Instant
$299.99
$234.99
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Creative Fatal1ty Gaming USB Headset - Smaller Box
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• 1 year: $9.99
• 2 year: $16.99
$69.99
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• Corsair Obsidian Series 700D CC700D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811139002
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
• CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$80.00 Instant
-$50.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$409.98
$279.98
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• Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
Item #: N82E16819115225
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
o 1 year: $29.99
o 2 year: $59.99
• ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131641
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
o 1 year: $25.99
o 2 year: $45.99
-$5.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo
$534.98
$514.98
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Subtotal: $2,436.84
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