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July 20, 2010 12:30:15 PM

Hello All,

This is my first post after trolling for years. I'm going to be building by 5th or 6th home system as my most recent build is approaching 5 years old. I'm looking to maximize reliability over everything else, as I do only a little gaming (golf and car sims) and don't need cutting edge performance. I'm looking for the best power supplies and stable components possible with dual HDs configured in a RAID arrangement, or whatever is now the most current technology (sorry, I haven't been really following this). I'd also like to use two 24"-26" monitors so the graphics card needs to support this and my budget needs to include the two monitors.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: September 2010.

BUDGET RANGE: $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photo/Music editing, Browsing, MS applications

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I'll need everything!

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've had good luck with ASUS MBs in the past but I'm not fixing this option.

OVERCLOCKING: Absolutely not!

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No preference

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Current state-of-the-art

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I prefer a tower box so I'll have enough room to move my hands around during building. I imagine the more fans, the better. A bunch of USB ports will be helpful too. I have decent battery backup so I won't need that.

Thanks in advance!
July 20, 2010 12:36:04 PM

Are dual monitors in the $1000 budget or are those seperate?
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July 20, 2010 1:01:16 PM

Those need to be within the budget.
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July 20, 2010 1:52:07 PM

thats tough

this is a build with 2monitors and only $970.90 before $40 rebates

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

monitor: 2x asus 23" 2ms 1080p
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

case&hdd: rosewill destroyer black & seagate 7200.12 1tb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

mobo&cpu: gigabyte 785g & athlon ii x3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

gpu&psu: gtx 460 & ocz modxtream pro 600w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



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July 20, 2010 2:00:14 PM

You do know a single current state of the art monitor (2560x1600) cost's more than your entire budget right?

Cheapest 24" monitors are ~$210.

If you want a full tower sized case, cheapest is a HAF 922 $90.

OS is another $100

These items alone put you at $610

$400 is not really enough to get RAM, mobo, Raid array, GPU, CPU, PSU, optical and peripherals.
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July 20, 2010 2:08:10 PM

Thanks a bunch! That looks to be a nice build.

Would it be better to split the big hard drive into two 500gB drives, then mirror the data? I've already gone through one HD failure so I like the idea of two drives. Is the mirroring of data a hardware or software task?

Also, I'll need an operating system so I was going to go with Windows 7. With that, I'll 'up' the budget to $1100.

Thanks again.
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July 20, 2010 2:10:58 PM

banthracis said:
You do know a single current state of the art monitor (2560x1600) cost's more than your entire budget right?

Cheapest 24" monitors are ~$210.

If you want a full tower sized case, cheapest is a HAF 922 $90.

OS is another $100

These items alone put you at $610

$400 is not really enough to get RAM, mobo, Raid array, GPU, CPU, PSU, optical and peripherals.


Sorry, I didn't mean state-of-the-art in the sense you mean. I only didn't want to get something that was being discounted because it has unusually low resolution or some other inferiority.

With $400 into the monitors, that leaves $700 for everything else, including operating system.
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July 20, 2010 2:11:49 PM

... oh, I have a keyboard and mouse...
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July 20, 2010 2:30:24 PM

Well you'll have to act fast but here's one possible build.

Monitor
Hanns G 24.6" 1920x0180 $180 x2 $360 total
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G Skill eco 1600 cas 7 $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case/Optical
CM 690 and Samsung $73
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU/HD
OCZ fatal1ty 550 and F3 500 $105 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU/OS
Win 7 premium 64 bit and 5770 $250 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo/CPU
Ga 690 UD4 and Athlon II x3 $198 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total: $1091 before $45 MIR and shipping

edit: If you really want Raid then I guess you can sacrifice dual GPU mobo.
Grab this mobo /cpu combo instead and grab a second f3 500gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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July 20, 2010 2:31:01 PM

just addan oem win7 home to my build and that's all
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July 21, 2010 12:02:13 PM

Thanks guys!

I'm going to re-use a 19" monitor due to table space so that frees up another $200. How would you recommend I upgrade the two nice systems listed earlier with an additional $200?

Remember, I'm looking for maximum reliability/redundancy. (Maximum $1100)

Thanks again!
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July 21, 2010 12:17:08 PM

here is another build sli capability of the gtx 460

cpu&mobo: x4 955 & asus m498td evo
http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?URL=http%...

case&psu: lancool pc-k62 & xfx 750 (both are top notch quality and can handle sli)
http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?URL=http%...

ram: g.skill eco
http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-3463938-10521304?URL=http%...

gpu&os: gtx 460 1gb & win7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

odd: lite on
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Subtotal: $962.91

a gtx 460 preforms sometimes better or equaly to a 5850 and when overclocked it can be the same as the 5870.

also if u sli them with the mobo i suggest it preforms 2-4 fps worse than 2 5970's in cfx (basicly the gtx 460 is the best bang for the buck)

here r some benches
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=25498&page=3
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