~1800 Gaming Rig, take a look and help me out please

Hello everyone, I was studying abroad for the last year and now Im back in the states, selling my semi-gaming laptop for a more permanent gaming rig. But I have been out of the computer building scene for a long time and this is what I came up with, note everything is linked on Newegg but some combo deals aren't linkable but the rig runs around 1800 flat right now:

Case: Thermal Speedo Case (I feel in love with this case when I saw it in person)
CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz
MOBO: EVGA 160-LF-E659-KR
Memory: G.SKILL Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 2000
PSU: ABS DARK BERET seriesDB1000-M-BRZ 1000W
CPU Fan: Thermaltake Frio
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB x 3 for total of 4.5 TB
Video Card (Im concerned about): EVGA 01G-P3-N981-TR GeForce 9800 GT 1GB x2 in SLI

There is also some additional case fans, a DVD Burner, mouse, keyboard, card reader, ect. ect. But I'm not gonna list those and for the monitor I already have a really nice monitor.

So Please help me out with tips and suggestions! Thanks~
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  1. Unless I'm mistaken, the processor and motherboard you have is a 1156 socket and requires dual channel ram. The ram you picked out is triple channel. Also it seems like you have all really nice parts save the video cards. What type of games and at what resolution will you be playing at? I don't know if those two would be able to play the more modern games at good resolution with high settings.
  2. Should I upgrade the video card to one powerful card instead of two moderate cards in sli and about the memory, I planned on grabbing a fourth stick for 8 gigs of ram, for the quad channel. Thanks for the heads up and support.

    What card or cards would u recommend instead of that card?
  3. I updated the machine a bit, Im looking at 2 new video cards and new ram.

    New video cards in SLI: EVGA GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
    New RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB

    This bumped my machine up to 2,000 but It was well worth it!

    Tell me if there is anything wrong with the new setup or if the machine is any good? Im hoping not to have to upgrade for a really long time. I might throw 2 more Hard Drives in there because I do a bit of video editing and have an extensive library of raw video and edited video. To be honest 4.5 TB isn't gonna be enough. I might throw 2 more in (killing my raid configurations) for a total of 7.5 TB or many one more to make it an even 4 drives and 6 TB of space.... I dont know. Let me know what you all think.
  4. that ram is slow and there is no need for 8gb of ram
    this is the best bang for the buck

    cpu: i7 930
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225

    gpu: sapphire hd 5970(better than going with 2 gtx465) or if u prefer nvidia wait till the new fermi's are out
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102887

    mobo: gigabyte x58a ud3r
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423

    ram: g.skill pi
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231352

    hdd: samsung spinpoint f3 1tb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    odd: lg dvd burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136177

    psu: corsair 850tx
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009

    case: cm haf 922(better case better airflow u can upgrade to the cm haf x if u don't like this one)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009

    hsf: prolimatech megahalms rev.b
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001

    +

    2xscythe s-flex
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185006

    and a cm 200mm fan for the side
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103072

    Subtotal: $1,843.70

    that is it this pc can max out any game currently available
  5. mrhoshos96 said:
    that ram is slow and there is no need for 8gb of ram
    this is the best bang for the buck

    cpu: i7 930
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225

    gpu: sapphire hd 5970(better than going with 2 gtx465) or if u prefer nvidia wait till the new fermi's are out
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102887

    mobo: gigabyte x58a ud3r
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423

    ram: g.skill pi
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231352

    hdd: samsung spinpoint f3 1tb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    odd: lg dvd burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136177

    psu: corsair 850tx
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009

    case: cm haf 922(better case better airflow u can upgrade to the cm haf x if u don't like this one)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009

    hsf: prolimatech megahalms rev.b
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001

    +

    2xscythe s-flex
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185006

    and a cm 200mm fan for the side
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103072


    Subtotal: $1,843.70

    that is it this pc can max out any game currently available


    Some of these things arent on sale right now. But I do like the rig however, I highly prefer nVideo Cards to ATI just from personal experience with both. I know ATI has an edge at the moment but I would still prefer an nVideo chipset. When are the new cards releasing? I plan on buying this rig in about 1-2 month time. Also I need a lot more HD space. But I highly appreciate the suggestions and I will use them, especially the ram suggestion.
  6. alright get this combo:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.425229

    which is the gtx 480 with a free 500gigs hdd for $479 :bounce: and get 4 of those f3 1tb's for a total of 4.5tb

    oh and if u want to be more future proof stick with a 3way sli ready mobo
  7. mrhoshos96 said:
    alright get this combo:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.425229

    which is the gtx 480 with a free 500gigs hdd for $479 :bounce: and get 4 of those f3 1tb's for a total of 4.5tb

    oh and if u want to be more future proof stick with a 3way sli ready mobo



    Why don't I stick with my original combo with the substitution of the the 8 gig ram I linked and instead of SLI now I get one of the:

    Palit GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5

    Cards and then double or triple SLI later on if I need to. Because that card and the mobo I originally had supported it. The overall build would be as follows:

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB
    Video Card (single): Palit GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5
    Mobo: EVGA 160-LF-E659-KR
    Case: Thermal Speedo Case
    CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz
    Cooler: Thermaltake Frio
    PSU: ABS DARK BERET seriesDB1000-M-BRZ 1000W
    HD 3x: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB
  8. your choice but believe me that 8gigs are slow and seriously overkill and if u are willing to pay 200$ on a case then get this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225&cm_re=haf_x-_-11-119-225-_-Product
    the haf x is the king of airflow + it has 9 expansion slots and supports the new xl-atx mobo form factor

    oh and the f3's wipe the floor with the caviar black
    it's allot faster allot quieter more energy efficient see for yourself

    [url=http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-hard-drive-charts/compare,1010.html?prod[3016]=on&prod[2365]=on]

    oh and here is a p55 build(looks like you prefer p55)

    cpu: i7 860
    gpu: that combo i mentioned
    ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226120
    mobo: the one you listed earlier
    hdd: 4 of those f3 1tb's
    psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139013
    case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225
    hs: that megahalms
    fans : i mentionded earlier
  9. it seems that your mind is already made up, however, i'll give you a few ideas regardless:

    i7-920, socket 1366 (you can leave the stock cooler if you dont overclock)
    triple channel, usb 3.0 motherboard (personally I like the asus rampage III)
    6gb triple channel memory (which is more than enough for gaming)
    2x1tb hard drives (is there really any need for 5+TB? remember you can always upgrade later)
    GTX-470 (since you prefer nvidia and the 480 is crazy expensive)

    650-750w psu if one gpu
    850-1000w if sli
    i'd go with a trusted brand like corsair. If you skimp on this it could kill your system.
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