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August 30, 2010 4:27:35 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Anytime within a month or two

BUDGET RANGE: 1000ish a little more or a little less doesnt matter much

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming, more Gaming, Small amounts of video editing, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse,speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com doesn't matter
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US WI
PARTS PREFERENCES: I was thinking Intel I-5 750 with Nvidia 460's in SLI, but as always I'm open

OVERCLOCKING:Maybe, I see myself messing with this later.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes SLI

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Dont know yet, Open to suggestions

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:I will be getting a monitor also. That is not to be included in the price. But i would like to see some suggestions here on Monitor and maybe a recommended Resolution I plan on upgrading to SLI I would say within about a year. I would like it to last for some time. Im replacing an Old Dell Dimension 8300 That I have had for 6+ years. At the end of the comps life I'm not expecting much, just being able to play games on med to low graphics.




CPU-
*Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MotherBoard-
*Motherboard Revised-
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



PSU-
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hard Drive-
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GSU-
*EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case-
*Revised Case-
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Mem-
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


OS-
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


DVD-
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Combos-
PSU/Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
* Mem/Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
*CPU/ GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
*MB/OS http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ok I think I have everything needed covered. All items are open for change, and some I would reallly like an opnion because I'm not sure at all about Motherboard and compatability with all the parts over all. I have done alot of research over the last couple of weeks. This will be my first computer build ever so Im really looking forward to doing it. Im intrested in trying to bring the price down a little more, maybe with combo's or with MR rebates. Also any suggestions on a monitor would be nice. I was thinking a HD but im really open at this point. *Also any input into an external Hard Drive would help too.Thanks in Advance

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August 30, 2010 4:44:25 PM

Looks good...

I would stick with the EVGA GTX 460 SC EE, as it is the best GTX 460... IMO and EVGA is the best manufacturer of Nvidia cards... IMO

I would go with this CPU / Motherboard combo instead, though...

Intel Core i5-750 and ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
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August 30, 2010 4:53:23 PM

ok first of all, i would rather get 1 gtx 480 then to go for 2 gtx 460s straight away as 2 gtx 460s do not beat 1 gtx 480 by much and as i always say rather get 1 powerful gpu over 2 mid range gpus, also it would be better to go for an amd build at the moment as lga 1156 is dead in meaning they wont be making more cpus for that socket, as with am3 (amds socket) it will be able to support the new bulldozer cpus that are coming out, so in the future you could just chuck in another cpu, i have nothing against the i5 760 i have 1 myself but buying right now amd would be the better choice, also the amd build should be cheaper so you could upgrade your gpu, also if you go with the intel build you will not find a dual x16 mobo for lga 1156 as lga 1366 only has dual x16 mobos but the dual x16 slots do not make much of a difference over dual x8
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August 30, 2010 5:10:53 PM

Just understand that if you go AMD, you won't be able to SLI with most motherboards without an SLI hack...you'll have to go with ATi crossfire.
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August 30, 2010 6:01:21 PM

Yup I went with Intel because I want to SLI, I'm not too worried about upgrading cpu down the road. AMD was my first choice but I went with Intel for the SLI ability, Im a Nvidia fan. Im ok with Dual 8x on the motherboard, not much of a loss, by not having 16x. Is the case alright? It ended up being my choice just because it was in a combo. Thanks for the Imput so far. Any suggestions on a Monitor/Res. Is 650 watts psu gonna be overkill for SLI'ng two 460's and possible OC later on?
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August 30, 2010 6:15:51 PM

Keep the PSU, but I would suggest this combo with the Antec 300 for its 4 built-in fans...the Lian-Li only comes with 2. I have the 300, and I'm really happy with it, and it's only 5 bucks more.
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August 30, 2010 6:52:35 PM

Thanks Inane_Asylum that combo is really nice, I like the case.
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August 30, 2010 8:18:56 PM

Any recommendations on a HD Monitor?

This one is a bit on the pricey side
SAMSUNG XL2370-1 Charcoal Gray 23" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 DC 5,000,000:1(1000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Cheaper
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=24-236-...



Just throwing some options out there! Dont really know just wanted to have something up there. Open to all options
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August 30, 2010 8:33:38 PM

You could get GTX 470s for the price of those 460s. IMO if you're willing to spend 300$ on a monitor you should be getting IPS.
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August 30, 2010 9:05:30 PM

Where can you get a 470 for $240?
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August 30, 2010 9:08:58 PM

Couple of ideas:

First off: go for a 760 instead of 750: they're almost the same price.

2nd: if you are not in a hurry, wait ca. 5 months, you will have more options: in Q4 2010 AMD is launching the 6000 series graphics cards. They *may* offer better performance for your money, or maybe 5000 series will drop to offer better value for money compared to GTX 400 series.
In Q1 2011 intel is launching Sandy Bridge which replaces i5:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871/the-sandy-bridge-pre...

Since you want SLI, the that pretty much leaves AMD systems out: except the MSI 870A Fuzion (make sure to get the Power Edition if you go for it) that lets you combine Nvidia with AMD cards. But honestly, if gaming is your primary concern, i5 will do much better than even a Phenom X6.

3rd Monitor: did you consider getting a TV and using it as a monitor as well?
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August 31, 2010 12:17:37 AM

Quote:
Couple of ideas:

First off: go for a 760 instead of 750: they're almost the same price.

2nd: if you are not in a hurry, wait ca. 5 months, you will have more options: in Q4 2010 AMD is launching the 6000 series graphics cards. They *may* offer better performance for your money, or maybe 5000 series will drop to offer better value for money compared to GTX 400 series.
In Q1 2011 intel is launching Sandy Bridge which replaces i5:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3871/the-sandy-bridge-pre...

Since you want SLI, the that pretty much leaves AMD systems out: except the MSI 870A Fuzion (make sure to get the Power Edition if you go for it) that lets you combine Nvidia with AMD cards. But honestly, if gaming is your primary concern, i5 will do much better than even a Phenom X6.

3rd Monitor: did you consider getting a TV and using it as a monitor as well?



1st- Yeah I agree about the 760 I updated that
2nd- I don't want to wait that long thanks for the heads up anyways
3rd- No I haven't though about a TV, didn't realize it was an option. Do you have one in mind, or just throwing the idea out there? Is there a big difference between a Monitor and a TV?
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August 31, 2010 2:08:08 AM

There's no big difference. A 1080p TV is just a 1920x1080 monitor with a built-in TV tuner.
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September 2, 2010 1:43:28 AM

Looking for some last minute advice before I make the Purchase. I just want to make sure the Mobo is a good choice, Its the part that I'm having the most trouble with. I plan on OC and SLI later down the road. Any advice would be very helpful to put my mind at ease.
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September 2, 2010 2:04:06 AM

The motherboard is a solid motherboard. You are fine going with the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro.
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September 8, 2010 11:57:11 PM

Best answer selected by Mezen.
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