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August 26, 2010 3:52:10 AM

Thanks in advance to all you guys, here is the info:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next month

BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1500

SYSTEM USAGE: EXTREME GAMING

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: DVD-burner, monitor, speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES:

(thanks to gkay09)

CPU: Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 95W

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

GPU: (2) MSI GeForce GTX 460 1GB OC

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

MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX

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

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

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

Main drive: OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 60GB Sata II OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G

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

Storage drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

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

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W

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

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (I don't know how to overclock)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR: Samsung PX2370 23" 2ms Full HD LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd /m2 DCR 5,000,000:1

Thank you for all your comments

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August 26, 2010 4:55:57 AM
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August 26, 2010 5:52:50 AM

For $2000, get the I7 930 and the 5870.
I just ordered an I7 build with the 5850 for just over $1700 with a monitor
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August 26, 2010 6:08:06 AM
August 26, 2010 6:12:03 AM

Forgot to mention!
I will use this for encoding videos too!
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August 26, 2010 6:18:25 AM

More than the CPU, the cards should be able to support and those GTX 460s in SLI shouldnt have much problem...

Also read more about overclocking...though not to high levels, but say above 3GHz+ should give you good boost in performance...
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August 26, 2010 6:19:13 AM

^ Encoding video ? Work or just for personal use ?
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August 26, 2010 6:40:59 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Encoding video ? Work or just for personal use ?

Sorry about that, forget the encoding thing.
Check out my first post, thanks :bounce: 
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August 27, 2010 4:00:20 AM

^ Well then i5 it is...
If going with AMD, either the 955 or 965 as the unlocked multipliers on these CPUs will allow for easy overclocking...
Also you should know that SLI and AMD is not a good combo to go with...
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August 27, 2010 4:36:23 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Well then i5 it is...
If going with AMD, either the 955 or 965 as the unlocked multipliers on these CPUs will allow for easy overclocking...
Also you should know that SLI and AMD is not a good combo to go with...

Ok, i5-760 will be
I want a Gigabyte mobo, what should it be (p55 chipset?)?

Thanks!! :p 

PD: Zotac is a good brand, or should i go for another?
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August 27, 2010 5:13:20 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Gigabyte for P55(if going SLI and also want to have USB3.0/ SATA 6GB/s) is not a good option...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-performance...
Stick with the ASUS board that I had suggested earlier...

As for the card, Zotac is fine,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
but check this MSI card...Has a very good aftermarket cooelr and is factory overclocked...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Understood! :sol: 
What about the cooling system, do i have to buy fans?, does fans come with the pc case?
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August 27, 2010 5:23:04 AM

^ The case comes with a total of 4 fans -
1 x 120mm silent Rear fan ( 1500RPM)
1 x 140 mm blue LED silent Front fan ( 1000RPM)
2 x 140mm blue LED silent Top fan (1000RPM)
So airflow in the case would be pretty good...

Maybe CPU cooler - It would keep the CPU cooler than the stock fans even at stock speeds...
CM Hyper 212+
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...
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August 27, 2010 5:28:03 AM

Though 650W that I linked earlier would suffice, but check out even the 750W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
If you plan to rebuild the PC or would like to have more powerful cards, then the 750W would give more headroom...

But when you do a total rebuild when you buy a new PC, then that 650W is more than enough for the current setup...
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August 27, 2010 5:31:01 AM

Thanks!! Build decided
Thanks a lot gkay09 :bounce: 
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August 27, 2010 5:33:13 AM

For 1,500, i'd be looking into an i7 build with a GTX 470 or 480 with an SSD.

Here is my recommendation:
CPU: Intel Core i7 930 Bloomfield
GPU: Nvidia geforce GTX 470
MB: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
CASE: Cooler Master HAF 932
PSU: Corsair 650TX
RAM: OCZ Reaper HPC 6GB (2000Mhz/CL9)
HSF: Cooler Master V6
SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
TP: Artic Silver 5 Thermal Paste

Total is a little over 1500

-You get the highest end single GPU available for consumer grade.
-An i7 with a great cooler for overclocking. You can push your i7 to 3.3-3.5Ghz to hit a performance sweetspot.
-A fast SATA III SSD
-A good case
-Good ram
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August 27, 2010 5:34:27 AM

Best answer selected by alejostone.
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