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July 30, 2010 9:55:39 AM

Here is my "final" build. After reading tons of reviews and forums, this is what I came up with.
I had the 980x in my cart for the longest time, but realized that it really would be a waste unless i had 2/3 480s (am I right in this assumption?)
Please let me know if you see anything I should improve/change. I do plan on OCing at least the CPU.
Also I need a new monitor... I'm thinking around 24" or something (whats a good desktop gaming size?), used primarily for gaming. Previously I used my 46" Samsung LCD TV, but I think I'm going to keep that solely for console games and movies from now on. I love Samsung, but whatever is the best gaming monitor these days is good for me.
(will be using Win7 64)


GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:GA-X58A-UD7
$349.99 -$10.00 Instant $339.99
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Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
Model #:BX80601930
$289.99
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Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Model #:NH-D14
$89.99
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2 X EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Model #:01G-P3-1373-AR
$249.99 $499.98
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Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805
Model #:998805
$199.99
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Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1
$349.00 -$85.00 Instant $264.00
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Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD1002FAEX
$94.99
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ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #: DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
$23.99
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COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Model #:RC-942-KKN1
$199.99 $199.99
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COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan
Model #:R4-LUS-07AR-GP
$21.80
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XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC ...
Model #:p 1850BCAG9
$199.99 -$50.00 Instant $149.99
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CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:CMPSU-850HX
$189.99 -$20.00 Instant $169.99

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Subtotal: $2,174.70

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July 30, 2010 10:19:37 AM

Pretty good.

I don't like the haf looks if you do they are good cases so go for it.

850w is overkill but does leave room for upgrades. Your call.

24-30inch seems optimal for single screen gaming IMO. Dell make the best. If that is too pricy(understandably). Samsung, acer(disputable though) and asus make good screens too.

The ud7 may be overkill but the cooling on that thing is amazing though.

The 980x is very overkill for gaming. It clocks like a champ though but you'd need watercooling to make use of it's OC ability.

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July 30, 2010 10:41:25 AM

awesome, thanks for the input 007. Dell or Samsung it is for the screen
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July 30, 2010 12:05:40 PM

Anyone have any good links for a display?
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July 30, 2010 12:23:52 PM

might i ask why the ud7 while the ud3 can sli too and oc very well too
and are you sure you want to get 2 x gtx 460's yes they are an amazing bang for the buck but still it will ruin the upgrade path.
the case is a personal choice.
also you can save some money by going with this psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
same quality of the corsair + it's a jonny guru recommended http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&fil...
(and don't worry abouth the silly yellow/green color it won't be visible in the case)
other than that solid build mate.
happy ordering and building.
also for te display asus are making one of the most highest quality monitors right now get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 30, 2010 12:27:30 PM

yeah that's a very good psu looks much better aswell IMO.

And about the mobo the ud7 is indeed overkill. I went with an ud5 which has some nice feature over the ud3r but the ud3r is very good aswell.
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July 30, 2010 12:36:01 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-128-422^13-128-422-TS%2C13-128-423^13-128-423-TS

the difference that i can see that the ud5 has another lan port and more phases for the cpu

i don't think that is worth the $90 difference

unless it oces to 10ghz(lol)

plus the ud3r can easily gget your i7 to 4ghz especially when u have those mushkins and that nactua.

id u r goin to go with the ud3r get this combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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July 30, 2010 12:40:51 PM

Their are slightly more differences like onboard power and reset buttons(for breadbocing which is mainly why I chose it over the ud3r), more heatpipes/heatsinks, many LEDs for temps and voltages for every component on the mobo(even for the bridge temps there are LEDs) and lastly a debug screen(hich is hugely annoying if you haven't read the manual lol as it said FF when I booted up the first time which I assumed meant FAIL like on EVGA boards, while it actually meant succesfull boot lol).

So yeah it isn't completely worth the price difference, but my paranoia for buying the cheapest also contributed to me buying the ud5.
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July 30, 2010 12:46:07 PM

haha lol
yeah it's personal stuff bec we don't know if the op needs these features or not.
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July 30, 2010 12:46:59 PM

oh and 850w is overkill i mean a 650w can handle this system but since your are goin to do some ocind i would recommend the xfx 750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
sorry for the confusion


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i would say go with 2 more screens as it increase your resolution making you see things you never saw like for ex: if u r playing flight simx you will see the plane in the middle screen and on the other two you might see islands or some stuff like that also read this http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/282583-33-eyefinity (eyefinity is just like 2d sorround )
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July 30, 2010 1:11:15 PM

Yeah I was leaning for 2d surround due to the res. thing I was just worrying about lack of support for 3 screens as I will be playing many other games aswell. But it seems most games support it and nvidia is always pretty quick with their drivers.

I hope I'm going to order in the next few days.

Thnx and sorry for hijacking.

btw how do you do the spoiler thing?
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July 30, 2010 1:18:22 PM

Alright, I'll go for the XFX PSU, looks to be rated just as good as the 850hx.

I'm going for the UD7 because of the added cooling on top of the already great board. I know it's not seen as the most economicly sound choice, but it's really not that much more expensive then the UD5, and it's cheaper then some of the mobos I was going to get. Many reviews do show noticibly lower temps as well, so it's worth the little extra $.

I'm going 2x460 instead of 1x 480 or 5970 because the "upgrade path" will soon be beyond a 480. I'd rather hold out for 2x 485s and use the better/cheaper combo right now. When the nextgen comes out I'll just sell these guys and get 2x 485 or whatever they are calling it:)  I made the mistake of going big with an 8800GTX when it was "the best" and yea, I wasn't impressed after a couple of years.
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July 30, 2010 1:43:49 PM

I think this thread has reached it's inevitable happy end with the OP being more confidant about his choice so let me just express some nvidia love.

Holding out for the real fermi(not the thermi I bought) is a pretty good idea. Seeing as they hoplessly inefficient 480s are already the best GPUs on the market. Give it the efficiency of a 460 which isn't unrealistic and you get a cooler, faster and less power hungry card. Allowing you to pack more card in less space. Which in turn allows you to pack much much more card in the same space(or more if they go 5970 size). And that my friend is something I've been waiting to see from they day they released the rushed 480/470.
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July 30, 2010 1:54:04 PM

built-in speakers are stupid. They make you pay for speakers you wouldn't even want to listen to even if you were paid for it.

IMO get the samsung you listed

Just my 2 cents

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July 30, 2010 3:02:41 PM

At 120-128 GB, you might want to look at a 120 GB Vertex 2 instead of the Corsair C300. Or the 100 GB version.

Oh wait. I didn't see that insane price on the 128 GB C300. Wish I had been able to get mine at that price. :)  Never mind. Assuming normal prices, the Vertex 2 offers slightly better performance, but at that price, the 128 GB C300 is a no-brainer.

bit-tech SSD Buyer's Guide - pretty recent, good overview of the various controllers
techreport article on SSD value - recent, includes comparisons vs. traditional HDDs.
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July 31, 2010 9:07:24 AM

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