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2500€ Gaming Rig inc. 3D-monitor

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September 5, 2010 12:43:15 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: September-October

BUDGET RANGE: 2500€ including 1920x1080 3D-monitor + 3D-glasses

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, HDD, Optical Drive (I'm using my old Antec Nine Hundred Two case, Samsung Spinpoint F1 320GB HDD and Optical Drive), keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS (Using Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.jimmspc-store.fi/ http://www.verkkokauppa.com/

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Finland

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7, Nvidia, Corsair

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, never done it before

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 3D-monitor


CPU: Intel Core i7 950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
305€
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
210€
--or--
Asus P6X58D-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
230€
GPU: 2x Gigabyte GeForce GTX 480
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2x 450€ = 900€
PSU: Corsair 1000HX 1000W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
240€
RAM: Corsair Dominator 3x2GB, DDR3 1600MHz, CL7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
190€
SSD: Intel X25-V 40GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
115€
Monitor: Asus VG236H 23" 2ms 1920x1080 Full HD 120Hz 3D w/nVidia 3D Vision Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
500€

Total: 2 460€

I got some questions. Should I go with 2x GTX 480 (900€) + Intel X25-V SSD (115€), or 2x GTX 470 (560€) + OCZ Vertex 2 100GB SSD (340€)? I think the first option gives more performance, or does it? I couldn't fit a processor cooler in the budjet, do I really need one if I'm not going to overclock? Which motherboard should I got with: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R or Asus P6X58D-E? Is 1000W PSU enough for this system? And is my old Antec 902's cooling enough, if I run all the coolers at maxium settings?
September 5, 2010 1:09:05 PM

I'd get 470 sli + vertex 2 100gb. 480s are to expensive for what they are.

get two of these in raid0

http://www.amazon.de/OCZ-OCZSSD2-2VTX50G-interne-Ferstp...

much faster and the same size.

I prefer gigabyte to asus but both are fine, considering the price difference however I'd get the gigabyte.

The antec 902 will do fine and no you don't need a cooler if you don't need one if you don't overclock.

Yes 1000w will handle that system.

CL7 dominators are expensive the cl8 are better bang for buck. Ram speed doesn't really make a real world difference anyways.

Also amazon.de and amazon.co.uk are cheaper than those sites and should ship to finland for a small price.
September 6, 2010 6:01:26 AM

More responses on GPU + SSD options would be greatly appreciated!
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September 6, 2010 5:45:52 PM

btw the intel V-series SSDs are reasonable slow and are nothing compared to 2X 50gb vertex 2 in raid0. Whereas with 470sli vs 480sli you'll get more than enough FPS with either and even if you have problems in the future with a 470 sli setup 480sli wouldn't do a much better job. They are only a little bit faster.

Ohh and if you buy the 480s I hope finland is cold or you're screwed.
September 7, 2010 12:12:51 AM

Get the 480's combo and the Intel X25-v. Later on you can add a third 480 and even a fourth and a 480 is more powerful...as simple as that.
September 7, 2010 5:18:49 AM

4 480s eat power adn you'll need a silverstone strider for them which costs around 400usd and you need a four way sli mobo which another 400. That means an extra 800 just to get the opportunity to pay an extra 800 on 2 more 480s. It's better to go with a 4-way sli mobo now and a 1200w psu if an upgrade path is so important and then scale up to 4 470s which will outperform 3 480s by a fair margin.

Also eve though 480s are "simply" more powerful than 470s. 2 50gb vertex 2s in raid0 "simply" mop the floor with that intel.
September 7, 2010 7:44:45 PM

Also even though 2 50GB vertex 2s in raid 0 "simply" mop the floor with that Intel, the OP said his build was for gaming.
September 7, 2010 8:44:55 PM

This is an entertainement setup which obviously has the purpose of entertaining. It's like in on a rollercoaster ride they are fun but not if you have to wait in line for 2 hours. And thus exchanging a few lags(I'm talking quite a small difference) for much faster load times and better responsiveness on 2.5 times more apps and proggrams seems like a worthy exchange.
September 7, 2010 10:12:54 PM

And where does it say its going to be an entertainment setup?...
It says Gaming, browsing the web, and watching movies, none of switch SSD speed really has a big effect on, just loading times...not FPS. So if gaming is the primary concern of the OP, shouldn't he get the best possible graphics config for the money?
September 8, 2010 6:06:55 AM

well let's just let the OP decide instead of trying to guess whether he cares about loading times :p 
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