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Final Build - Last Minute Review! ~$1200

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September 3, 2010 6:06:44 PM
September 3, 2010 6:40:42 PM

Some quick comments

1. You don't need 6GB of ram if you are building a 1156 chipset system. Only the 1366 has triple channel memory. Drop down to the 2x2 ripjaws for around 103.

2. If you aren't going SLI then 750w is not necessary. You could easily drop down to 650 or 550, which lead to my next point...

3. I would recommend a slightly better case/psu combo (imo): the xfx 650w + the lancool pc-k62, which is 150 AR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

4. You could get a 470 pretty close to the price of a 5850. It runs a little hotter, but its definitely a more powerful card. Here's an EVGA one for 300 AR

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

There are multiple cards at this price point (asus, msi, etc) and a few for around 280 as well (palit, galaxy). I would seriously consider this.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/164?vs=160
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September 3, 2010 6:46:44 PM

Your build looks solid, but I would strongly consider NeoElemental's suggestions to drop down some unnecessary spending.

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September 3, 2010 7:16:10 PM

OK I switched graphics cards to the recommended one above:
EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
(Comes with a free Mafia 2 game so thats cool)


Lowered RAM to 4GB - I knew I needed your help!
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

Went with the alternate case combo:
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811112239
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power ...

Overall ready to go?! Should I pull the trigger?!
:) 
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September 3, 2010 7:20:30 PM

Looks good to me. :)  Enjoy!
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September 3, 2010 7:38:33 PM

One last question - if i want to plug in a cable tuner card, any suggestions? I want to pull down HD channels and record onto another HD - Not my SSD :) 
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