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Ok, about to order...$2k complete machine

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July 30, 2010 2:42:29 PM

EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GTX 460 1G Superclocked 763Mhz - $250ea ($500 Total)
28" Hanns-G 28" 3ms 1900x1200 HDMI Monitor $340
Antec Three Hundred Illusion $55
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Sata6g usb3.0 $210
Silverstone ST1000-P 1000W v2.3 80+ $199
Intel I7-930 2.8GHz 1366 $290
Crucial Ballistix 6G (3x2G) DDR3 133 (PC3 10600) 7-7-7-24 1.65V $142
WD 1TB 7200 Sata6G $94
Lite-ON CD/DVD Burner $19
Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade $173
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $10
Scythe SY1225SL12LM-P 120mm Cast Fan $10
Prolimatech MegaHalems Rev.B CPU Cooler $62

~$2,045

Will that cpu cooler even fit with all of that?
I also have 2 other 1680x1050 Sceptre 20" monitors. I could use them...never done anything but Supreme Commander Dual Monitors(but only have a x1900xtx...so couldn't really push both) So *may be interested* in doing multi monitor. I mainly play RPG games and games like Total War / Grand Ages:Rom....so I could spend a couple extra bucks...would a 2 5850s be better? Never done anything but VGA/DVI inputs before either...so any insight on HDMI would be helpful...or is it just a different plug, nothing special?

Secondly, I'm using a single Sata6G 1TB drive....I have done one Raid0 before and it was fast...but a pain since I whipe my computer every 6mo or so. Should I just stick with the 1Tb or get another Raid0?

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July 30, 2010 3:44:44 PM

Not exactly the best build you can get for the money. Here's what I'd build with $2,000:

CPU/PSU: i7-930 and Cosair 950W $395 afer rebate. 950W is overkill, but it's a really good deal.
Mobo/OS: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R and Windows 7 Ultimate $355. I don't think you really need Ultimate, so you could save a few bucks by getting Home.
RAM: Corsair XMS3 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $150 after rebate. Faster sticks of RAM.
GPU: HD 5970 $680. A more powerful GPU. I wouldn't use dual cards to start a build, as you don't have any where to go from there.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75. Just as fast (SATA III does nothing right now), yet cheaper.
Case: HAF 922 $90. A bigger/better case.
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $19
HSF: Sycthe SCMG-2100 $35. Almost as good at under half the price (counting the necessary fans). Also, you don't need thermal past if you're not trying to break an OC record.
Monitor: Asus 23.6" 1080p $180 after rebate. Bigger monitors demand a massive premium. It's just not worth it to get anything much bigger than this.

Total: $1,979
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