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August 2, 2010 8:47:49 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of August
BUDGET RANGE: $1500-2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet, College Work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Vermont, USA

OVERCLOCKING: Eventually

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have never built or overclocked a PC, but there's always a first time! What should I do for: Cooling? Case? Wireless?

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August 2, 2010 9:13:03 PM

change the hdd for a samsung spinpoint f3 1tb and ur done!!! nice build
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August 2, 2010 9:33:33 PM
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August 2, 2010 9:51:42 PM

I've been running Crysis on a Dell from 2005 with a 2.80 Pentium single-core. I want a CPU with a LOT of power after that.
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August 2, 2010 10:04:01 PM

first the i5 is very powerfull it scores better than the i7 in some games.
2nd games need more gpu power than cpu power.
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August 2, 2010 10:43:54 PM

Yeah, with my current PC, though, the CPU is whats bogging me down, everything else has been upgraded. i plan to do the same with this setup, so i want a cpu that will hold its own for a long time.
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August 2, 2010 10:56:11 PM

the i5 is a very powerfull processor the only difference between it and the i7 is the hyperthreading which no programs/games utilize or ever will.
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August 3, 2010 10:31:34 AM

i know that the i7 is a bit better in day to day use and 1-6 fps better in gaming but is that worth the $100-$200??
i guess not.

plus if u want something that sometimes beat's the $1000 i7 980x in day to day use take a look at the phenom ii x6.
nuff said.
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August 3, 2010 7:10:43 PM

In what aspect does the phenom x6 beat a 980x? The 980x is an upgrade from the already better nahalem architecture while the phenom x6 is just a phenom x4 with 2 cores added on. The 980x even has a higher stock clock. The 980x is better in every way but I'm not saying it's worth $1000
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