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August 26, 2010 12:05:45 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (within a week))

BUDGET RANGE: (1600-1800) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an Intel CPU and full tower case)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe but I have no experience with it

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (I would like a quiet PC)

Build:

Case:

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black RC-932-KWN3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Side window

Mobo:

EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard

Video Cards (2):

EVGA 768-P3-1362-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...

Power supply:

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

CPU:

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930

RAM:

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ

Hard Drives (2):

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD/RW Drives (2):

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

MS Windows:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1675.88

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August 26, 2010 12:46:18 PM

1. Which 1366 proc? It is missing. I guess it will be the i7 930.
2. EVGA mobo? I would say, no. Get ASUS, MSI, or Gigabyte.
3. 2 Raptors in RAID? If that is your plan. 2 Raptors in RAID is slower than a fast SSD. Drop them and get an SSD or two instead. OCZ Vertex 2 or Crucial C300 is good.
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August 26, 2010 12:51:59 PM

Updated CPU. Sorry I missed that.

CPU:

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930

I was thinking of doing the Raptor(Only 1) just for MS Windows and game installs. All other data (Movies, music, docs) on the 1TB (Non-Raptor).

Can you recommend a comperable ASUS that is good?

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 26, 2010 2:24:56 PM

As long as its a good 850W unit then i'd say it would be fine, but it might be worth getting maybe a 900/950W unit for safety. As far as i can tell the OP only wants 2 GPU's so i'm not sure if this is a useful point. 2 GTX 460's is all you need, make sure there's good airflow to them and overclock.

At this budget and judging on the initial choice of hard drive, it might be worth the OP investing in a good Sandforce based SSD for OS and critical apps to be installed and a good 1TB HDD for the rest of storage.
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August 26, 2010 3:10:41 PM

I made a few tweaks (Power Supply, one HD, and Mobo). How does this look?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (within a week))

BUDGET RANGE: (1600-1800) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an Intel CPU and full tower case)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe but I have no experience with it

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (I would like a quiet PC)

Build:

Case:

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black RC-932-KWN3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Side window

Mobo:

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Video Cards (2):

EVGA 768-P3-1362-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...

Power supply:

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active ...

CPU:

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930

RAM:

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ

Hard Drives (2):

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD/RW Drives (2):

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

MS Windows:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1913.89
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August 26, 2010 3:56:02 PM

The build looks great. However, instead of getting two GTX 460's and sealing your upgradability shut, i'd get one GTX 480/70 and then a year or two from now when they get cheaper you can pick up another one. You'll still have great gaming performance while giving you great options of upgrading. Everything else looks good.
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