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June 10, 2010 5:13:34 PM

I'm all about style and performance so i have to make a computer that performs as good as it looks for under $2000. And it has to beat the computer i have now by light years. I am giving my current computer to my little brother. I also went over my budget with my new one I am just looking for recommendations of how i can save some money and if i should go back to liquid cooling or get the V10

This is what i have put together.
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - $25.99
(2x)Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - $279.98 ($139.99 each)
EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 - $349.99
ABS Majesty series MJ1100-M Continuous 1100W - $169.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) - $194.99
EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR LGA 1366 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $279.99
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V10 Hybrid TEC RR-B2P-UV10-GP 120mm CPU Cooler - $121.99
Cooler Master CSX Red Flaming Skulls Stacker 830 Case - $299.99
Kingston SSDNow SNV425-S2BD/64GB V Series Solid State Drive - $149.99
Intel(R) Core(TM0™ i7™ CPU 930 2.8GHz - $199.99

My Current Rig:
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM0™ i7™ CPU 920 2.67GHz
Hard Drive: (2x) 500 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA (RAID0)
Video Card: eVGA™ GeForce 9800GTX SSC KO
Motherboard: eVGA™ X58 3X SLI
Memory/Ram: 8GB G.Skill™ DDR3 1600
Case: Raidmax™ Aztec
Power Supply: Antec™ True Power Trio 650w
LiquidCooling: Thermaltake™ BigWater 760is

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June 10, 2010 6:17:01 PM

I'll be honest, you're wasting a lot of money. I would just pick up an HD 5970 (the best GPU on the market) and stick it in your current build. The 920 is already a great CPU and you've got good stuff. I don't see the need for a new build.

If you absolutely must build a new computer, you're doing a lot wrong.

First, the VR aren't any faster than HDDs that are a 1/3 of the price (Seagate 7200.12 and Samsung Spinpoint F3). Get those instead, especially since you're getting a SSD.

Second, I wouldn't get a Fermi card. They're not that great. Instead, either spend a few bucks more and get a HD 5870 or a lot more and get an HD 5970.

Third, A 1.1kW PSU is overkill. Pick up a good quality 850W unit from any of the following brands: Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic or Silverstone. That will be enough to power two 5970s and overclock.

Fourth, EVGA boards aren't that good. Grab a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R and get an excellent board at a good $70 less.

Fifth, there is no reason to spend $122 on a a HSF. An excellent one (the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus) can be had for $30-35 or the best air cooling system can be had for $85-100 (Promlitech Megahalems with two fans and a Y splitter).

Sixth, $300 is a crazy amount to spend on a case. The HAF 922 is the best case on the market at around $90-100, and is big enough to hold anything. Or there are a number of great cases at $160ish (Antec 1200, HAF 932, Coolermaster Cosmos, etc.).

Finally, 64 GB is a small SSD. I highly recommend bumping that up to at least the 80 GB Intel SSD, possibly up to a 128 GB model.
June 10, 2010 7:59:08 PM

I disagree about the 5970. It performs like 5850 CF, is hotter and more expensive. Even if you would want to upgrade later to two 5970's later it would be better and around the same price to get an evga classified 4-way and then quad fire 5850's.

Also he isn't paying 300dollars for the case. Half of it is for the air brush. And you can't tell someone if art is worth it or not. Thats just preference. I would pay that much for that case If I were to build now.

All the rest madadmiral pretty much covered. I would go with a noctua d14 or a prolimatrech on a build like this though.
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June 10, 2010 8:11:15 PM

The 5970 performs like dual 5850s only at stock. The card is ACTUALLY dual 5870s, which makes it less expensive. Don't forget that using two 5850s loses you an upgrade path.

$300 for a case and paint job is still $300 for a case...
June 11, 2010 5:18:08 AM

yes but it's already hot at stock. And maybe halabeaster54 doesn't want to OC his gpu. And why does 5850 CF eliminate the upgrade path? You can quadfire can't you?

I would go for a 5870.
June 11, 2010 11:46:14 AM

Adding more than two cards doesn't really do a whole lot, even if you have the slots for it. It's generally a waste of money because you don't get a big enough performance boost from the third card. You'll get some gains, but it's not enough to justify spending a huge amount on a high end card. A fourth card will get you basically nothing.

The 5870 is a good card, but if you're aiming to build a top of the line gaming machine, you'd be remiss not to use the 5970. If you're spending that much money, you should be getting the best.
June 11, 2010 12:51:24 PM

but 2 5970's is quadfire isn't it? Why should it be any different from 5850 quadfire?
June 11, 2010 3:24:13 PM

I don't know what that is but I assume yo're right.