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$1500 or less build, pls double-check!

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August 14, 2010 5:27:30 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) $1500 or less After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MS Office, Movies, Games (SC2, Blood Bowl, all bells/whistles)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com & microcenter (I can drive to NJ to pick-up)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: NYC, USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: HQ parts, for OC, durability. this Case
A widescreen monitor with speakers.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: i would like upgradability to a 3 monitor multidisplay eventually.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm mostly interested in getting the most bang for my buck possible, while not overkilling on the power. I'm thinking of upgrading the pc to a watercooling method soon, but I need the system up and running soon.

Here's what I have:

Cart Item List:

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case $199.99
SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
-$40.00 Instant
$179.99
$139.99
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C9
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$144.99
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 2 drives, in RAID for redundancy.
$149.98
Logitech G15 2-Tone USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$59.99
ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
-$30.00 Instant
$249.99
$219.99
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support
$20.99
Intel BXSTS100C Passive/active combination heat sink with removable fan
$29.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
$139.99
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
AND
GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
-$20.00 Combo
$439.98
$419.98
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
$289.99


Grand Total: $1,863.26
I'm not sure if I need anything else, like cables, or whatnot. :(  Any extra eyes or opinions would be great!
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(edit: I totally forgot the CPU. :(  I'm now over-budget.)

I'm wondering if my GPU is too beefy for what I need (I'm never going to play Crysis, LOL). And I'm not sure if it supports multiple monitors.
August 16, 2010 11:47:23 PM

wow. 61 views and not even 1 response from an experienced builder? :( 

no love for me here on the forums...
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August 16, 2010 11:58:15 PM

I think ATI is the only company that supports multiple display? (eyefinity) I think its terribly pointless however.

I would get a 5850, but nvidia 460 is mmk as well.

full tower cases are huge...do you needa fit 8 harddrives up in there? I got a coolermaster sniper for $130 and love it. Its massive for a midtower.

all the cables u will need should be included. Don't bother with an aftermarket heat sink fan unless u plan to overclock wicked.

can also save a lot of money if you go the AMD route, but thats always a personal decision i feel. Upgradability vs. slightly more uber intel.




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August 17, 2010 12:05:45 AM

I would switch the whole build to an i5-760+P55 mobo base. Nvidia can do 3x displays if you get a sli-capable motherboard.

Save 80$ on the CPU, 70$ on the mobo, and 50$ on the ram.

Heatsink looks pretty terrible, and the PSU/case are a bit overkill. I'd try to find a cheaper or higher capacity PSU.


Monitor is really expensive for a TN. At that point I'd spend 80$ extra for a Dell U2211h, especially as you plan on going multimon.
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