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Reviewing requested. i5, SLI, OC'ing planned.

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August 13, 2010 6:38:50 PM

Here it goes:

Windows 7 64-Bit

x1 Antec 900 Case (w/ XFX 750Watt PW combo)...$164.94

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

x1 i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8ghz quad...$209.99

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

x1 Gigabyte GTX 460 1gb...$459.98 ($229.99 each)

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

x1 Asus P55-Pro Mobo...$159.99

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

x1 240Pin DDR3 2x2gb Crucial 1600 RAM...$109.99

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

x1 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 32mb Hard Drive...$59.99

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

x1 LITE-On 24x DvD/Burner...$21.99

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

x1 Thermaltank 120mm CPU cooler fan +Heatsink...$59.99

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

x1 Cooler Master 120mm fan...$9.67

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


Acessories:

x1 Asus 23.6" 1080P Screen...$189.99

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

x1 Logtiech MX 518 mouse...$44.99

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

x1 Logitech G15 Keyboard...$79.99

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

x1 Logitech 5.1 Speakers...$88.99

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


For a Grand Total of...$1660.49


If you see any spots where something else might work better, or if you think you can trim the budget, feel free to comment.

I'd love to know what kind of headsets people are using because I'm having a hard time finding any decent ones without spending $70+ dollars which seems a tad pricey just for a decent headset.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 13, 2010 7:05:57 PM

For a headset, I had these and I really liked it, but it died at just over a year, so.....
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August 13, 2010 8:04:39 PM

coldsleep said:
You could get slightly faster RAM for less. G.Skill ECO Series 1600 MHz CL7 4 GB kit for $103.

This Lite-On DVD Burner is $20 with free shipping.

It's a pretty solid build. Obviously you could save money on the peripherals or by getting a less expensive case if you felt like it.


What makes the other RAM better?

The extra $20 for a glass panel case isn't bad I think considering the combo deal it came with. At this point, I really just want suggestions for solid peripherals. I have the ones above because I've seen a friend or two using them and liked them, but I'll definatly go with cheaper stuff if it's a significantly better value.

Finding a mouse is proving to be more diffcult for me than I'd thought. I prefer generally slimmer styles but I don't particularly like leightweight models either. Any suggestions?
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 13, 2010 8:09:46 PM

Razer mice have pretty nice profiles, but are also fairly light.
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August 13, 2010 8:14:52 PM

I guess I could just buy a lightweight mouse and add weight myself? Ever heard of anyone doing that?
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 13, 2010 8:23:01 PM

I have the logitech mx518 mouse, and love it. It's a good choice.

If you order within the next 58 hours, this promo code will take 10% off your case (it applies to any ATX case).
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 13, 2010 8:37:53 PM

skillmore said:
I guess I could just buy a lightweight mouse and add weight myself? Ever heard of anyone doing that?


Nope, never heard of that, but I'm sure it could be done. Not really sure how you would go about it though, and still maintain a nice balance.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 13, 2010 9:11:08 PM

skillmore said:
What makes the other RAM better?


The RAM you picked is 1600 MHz CL8. The RAM I linked is 1600 MHz CL7. In general, the lower the CAS Latency (CL) number, the better. Generally, I wouldn't suggest paying more than $5 or so to get tighter timings (lower CL), but since it's got lower CL and it's cheaper, I'd go for it.

I have the G15, so I'll second that suggestion. I really like it. No mouse suggestions from me...I'm still using a 5+ year old trackball that I love.

The screen looks fine, Asus appears to have pretty heavily invested in the monitor market and are turning out decent products.
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August 13, 2010 10:20:04 PM


It looks to be a great gaming machine, good choice on components.

Your link for the case + PSU combo is wrong, you are linking to the 650W PSU, the 750W is $35 more expensive than what you listed, so not really sure which you are going for, the one you linked, or the one you wrote.

Another case + CPU you might want to consider:

Lancool K62 + XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE $150 ($130 ar)

Lancool K62 + XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W 80 PLUS SILVER $190 ($170 ar)
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