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June 27, 2010 4:56:47 AM

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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June 27, 2010 5:35:41 AM

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.
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June 27, 2010 7:53:10 AM

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?
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June 27, 2010 1:29:05 PM

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.
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June 27, 2010 4:14:18 PM

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

mobo: gigabyte x58a ud3r
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: g.skill pi
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hdd: samsung spinpoint f3 1tb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

odd: lg dvd burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu: corsair 850tx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

hsf: prolimatech megahalms rev.b
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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2xscythe s-flex
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and a cm 200mm fan for the side
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Subtotal: $1,843.70

that is it this pc can max out any game currently available
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June 28, 2010 12:26:38 AM

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

mobo: gigabyte x58a ud3r
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: g.skill pi
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hdd: samsung spinpoint f3 1tb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

odd: lg dvd burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu: corsair 850tx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

hsf: prolimatech megahalms rev.b
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

+

2xscythe s-flex
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and a cm 200mm fan for the side
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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.
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June 28, 2010 11:02:49 AM

mrhoshos96 said:
alright get this combo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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June 28, 2010 1:08:55 PM

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=N82E168...
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

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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=N82E168...
mobo: the one you listed earlier
hdd: 4 of those f3 1tb's
psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
hs: that megahalms
fans : i mentionded earlier
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June 29, 2010 1:34:30 AM

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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