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New computer build... thoughts?

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August 21, 2010 10:40:28 PM

I'll be using it mostly for games, development, movies, and some gpgpu stuff. Any advice on this would be great it's my first intense build.

Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black) $102.50
ASUS P6X58D-E $229.03 (I could also save 30 by going with the UD3R...)
XFX P1-750B-CAG9 750W Black Edition Modular Power Supply $99.99
Intel i7- 930 $199.99 (micro center is awesome)
Corsair (XMS Series) CMP6GX3M3A1600C7 $179.99
Titan Fenrir CPU cooler $50.00

and some other generic stuff
blu-ray/dvdrw ~$60.00
small SSD boot drive ~$100.00
2tb storage drive ~$75.00

And I can't decide if I should go with 2 GTX 460s, 2 470s, or 1 480. I know I'll probably need more power for 2 470s and that 2 460s outperform a 480 for a similar price, but I'm thinkin if Crysis 2 comes out and kills everything I can add another 480 for kicks.



Any thoughts are very much appreciated.
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
August 21, 2010 11:04:59 PM

Looks good.

For graphics, I would always go with a single gpu solution first. That means GTX480. If you are at 1920 x 1200 or less, then you will be very happy. A single card will preserve your option to go to sli later. The GTX4xx units scale very well, but who knows what upgrade you might want later.

If you will be at 2560 x 1600, then dual cards, possibly GTX480 will be in order.

I think your psu can handle any option short of three cards.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 22, 2010 1:16:46 AM

actually, 2 GTX 460s outperforms a single GTX480, and for less money. I'd go with that if you can swing the $460-ish cost
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
August 22, 2010 4:21:28 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
actually, 2 GTX 460s outperforms a single GTX480, and for less money. I'd go with that if you can swing the $460-ish cost


But then, what is your next upgrade if needed?
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 22, 2010 8:58:03 PM

by the time something outperforms the SLI 460 setup, you're probably ready to build a new PC anyway. It'll be 3 years or so away
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August 22, 2010 11:24:09 PM

Lol at the above. It'll be less than 6 months tops.

Look into a different ram kit with 1.5 voltage.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 23, 2010 4:57:00 AM

sp12 said:
Lol at the above. It'll be less than 6 months tops.

Look into a different ram kit with 1.5 voltage.


Really? You'd dump $450, $500 every six months on new video cards? Really?

Talk about a waste of money.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
August 23, 2010 6:01:55 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
Really? You'd dump $450, $500 every six months on new video cards? Really?

Talk about a waste of money.


Suppose you wanted to add a second monitor for dual monitor gaming. A pair of GTX460 units would then be not so good since you can't easily add two more. Adding a second GTX480 would be about the appropriate upgrade then.

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August 23, 2010 4:02:19 PM

I do agree with screwy that by the time I'd need to replace 460s in sli, I'd probably build a new machine. So I guess it's between 2 460s and 2 470s (really the only reason why I was considering a 480 was because I wanted to hackintosh it, but I think I'm just going to use my old e1705).

Does anyone know what the performance jump is between 2 460s and 2 470s? Can you point me at some benchmarks?

Also, suggested ram kits? I'm trying to stay fairly economical...
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