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$4000-4500 budget for a gaming system, help me choose parts plz

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August 10, 2010 3:41:15 AM

It's been about four years since I built my own system, and with the exception of ATI's recent Eyefinity surround gaming tech and NVIDIA's apparently superior nfinity (superior according to HardOCP's comparison earlier this year), I have not been keeping up with things.

So, with about $4,000 to spend on a system (not including monitors- my 30" is fine for a bit longer, and I'll wait for monitor prices to hopefully keep falling so I can get 3 great 24" monitors when I decide to go the triple gaming route), and keeping in mind that I'll likely opt for two NVIDIA cards (unless ATI releases something killer in the next few months) with triple monitor gaming in mind and blu-ray movie viewing (I already have logitech 5.1 speakers, so I don't need speakers, mouse, or keyboard, or OS), what parts would you choose? I'd greatly appreciate folks' advice.

I plan to build in December, and to buy on black Friday, or whatever is the best time for no tax/good prices after Thanksgiving.

Thanks a lot.
August 10, 2010 3:44:50 AM

well if we recommend a parts list now it will be obselete in november so your better off waiting till then

and why do you need 4500 on a PC? are you a hard core gamer?
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August 10, 2010 3:52:38 AM

yes...doing an extensive mod list install to Oblivion Elder Scrolls and it is bringing my current system to its knees. I also like flight sims, and the upcoming Eagle Dynamics A-10 sim is going to be very taxing to systems.
So, playing the above across 3 monitors for a combined resolution of something like 4700x1200 is gonna require some serious horsepower.

I don't need bling or flash, so if I can build an uber-uber machine for less money, great. I'm just gonna treat myself so I don't have to cut any corners if need be.

PS- I will only need maybe 2 or 3 SSD drives, b/c I have plenty of HDDs now.
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August 10, 2010 3:55:44 AM

how much storage?
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August 10, 2010 4:09:40 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Gigabyte mobo, LGA 1366.............700

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GSkill DDR3 RAM 1600 CLS 6 .........200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Core i7 gulftown 6 core....900

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HP blu ray burner........170

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec 1200 full tower case with fans.....160

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AT radeon 5970 ..........650 x2 in CF

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
corsair PSU 80 plus gold......300

total: 3730 without HDD

i can put that in after you tell me your storage needs
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August 10, 2010 4:11:56 AM

^ that is a beast

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August 10, 2010 4:31:41 AM

Thanks. I'll likely get NVIDIA's uber cards of the moment over ATI, though that may change if ATI keeps improving it's Eyefinity-ready cards.
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August 10, 2010 4:36:54 AM

really?

even though two 5970s in CF cream NVidia?
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August 10, 2010 6:07:13 PM

you can probably do 2 or 3 480's with the best i7 available and be able to get the needed peripherals in budget. That is crazy firepower.
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August 10, 2010 6:09:03 PM

Upendra09 said:
really?

even though two 5970s in CF cream NVidia?


I'm not really sure if you can do 4 5970's, but 4 480's? :ouch: 
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August 10, 2010 6:10:43 PM

Honestly 2 480's would probably laugh at what you wanna do graphics wise. 3-4 seems like overkill to the max. But I suppose that is the point :) 
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