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June 17, 2010 12:54:30 PM

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$38.99

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$209.99

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$279.99

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-39.99
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
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Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
-$149.98
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EVGA 015-P3-1480-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
-http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
-532.98

Total before shipping = $1,251.92

I want to lower the price while keeping the same performance.

Purchase date is in about 3.5 weeks

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June 17, 2010 1:00:43 PM

you need to downgrade to i5 and upgrade you case,hdd and psu for future SLI.
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June 17, 2010 1:02:01 PM

If its just for gaming, you could drop down to an i5 and save about $120. What resolution will your monitor be? If its less than 1080P, you could get by fine with a GTX470 instead.
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June 17, 2010 1:44:54 PM

Agreed, Downgrade to lga1156 skt. i5

Or you could consider the AMD Phenom 955/965 black edition, or the 6-core Phenom II X6 1055T then O'C like crazy, 4Ghz easy! (Pair with a AMD 870/890 chipset MoBo.)

That should Shave off a fair few $$$ to put into a slightly bigger HDD. Western Digital 320Gb blue, or sammy F3 500Gb springs to mind. (RAID-0 later on for some nice performance!)

Oh and imo, (if your gaming at 1080p) scrap the GTX and go for the Ati 5850 / 5870, the gtx480 is far to hot and hungry!!! (SLI??? I could cook my breakfast on ONE of those alone!)
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June 17, 2010 1:48:16 PM

all high end cards are similar deals. Nvidia and ati both make good cards. Nvidia may run a bit hotter(which should eliminate the need of a frying pan :D ) and consume slightly more but have good sli scaling, amazing single monitor performance, CUDA, PhysX and 3D vision.
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June 17, 2010 1:50:47 PM

Dun go with the StealthXtreme line for OCZ: it is not 80 plus certified
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June 17, 2010 1:55:43 PM

^^ lulz tru say.. the SLI scaling IS awesomeness! But dont forget ATi is also going with the 3D thang, + with eyefinity WOOOOOOOOOOOOP! Besides... How many games are worth buying just for the nvidia gpu? 1-2 at most. (Imo :)  )
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June 17, 2010 2:27:38 PM

Yea the Modstream line from OCZ is better.

I would also support ATI, but if you like nVidia its still competitive.
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June 17, 2010 2:55:36 PM

yeh agreed with the psu... the StealthXStream is just not efficient enough. (Specially if your going Nvidia)

Like Transmaniacon said the Modstream is far better. Just get something 80Plus certified, it's a must have.

Bottom line for the nvidia / ati thing, Go with whats within your budget (after you've chosen core-parts) if you can afford the Nvidia (480) then by all means GET IT. ;) 

Just keep in mind, the Ati IS cheaper, runs cooler and Less power-hungry at the cost of 5-10% performance - Bar the SLi scalling. Then saying that, it's nothing drivers wont eventually cure. For me it's a winner...

When, and if, you chuck another 5850/70 in there it will be more than ample at playing ANY game out there with full eye-candy! even metro2033! (youtube it!)

Happy building!
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June 17, 2010 3:29:45 PM

Yeah ATI is definately a viable solution but a simple downgrade to an i5 which still provides ample power(because only when the cpu works alone will you actually see a difference because all other components will bottleneck you're cpu) could bring you below your budget even with the 480 and a better HDD.
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June 17, 2010 6:00:05 PM

160GB is really too small for a HDD. For $54.99 you can get the Samsung f3 500GB. This an extra cost of $16 and it will give you much more space and even a small performance boost. I would keep the case, but get a better PSU (Corsair, Seasonic, etc.). These two things would add a bit of money, but be worth it.

To save, I would go with the Radeon 5870 instead. If you are going to be using the computer for gaming, movies, etc. just go with the i5 750 instead. You won't need that much CPU power.
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June 20, 2010 3:34:12 PM

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