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September 5, 2010 3:37:14 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $1500 Can go up to $2000 if a huge difference is gained.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Final Fantasy XIV and other gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: usa

PARTS PREFERENCES: Does not matter only care about performance/lifespan

OVERCLOCKING: Will be overclocking. Currently have a water cooled setup. May scavenge blocks and radiator for this build.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If necessary. Leave the option open to add another card if not.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want to be able to run FFXIV the best I can obviously. If the budget has to move a bit to do that it can.

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September 5, 2010 4:13:50 PM

1055t - afforable 6 core because games are starting to take advantage of 4 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5870 ROG/Crosshair IV- great video card/best motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram - Good brand and fast - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Spinpoint f3 - great fast hard drive, faster than caviar black - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HX850 - great, reliable power supply and moudular - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Win7 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Your choice

~$1400

And an optical drive
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September 5, 2010 4:24:17 PM

IMO I would wait a bit longer. No one knows how it will perform on what hardware. There are some things you can buy now as you know they'll still be good components in a month, but other parts like GPUs are expected to have price drops, and potentially new SKUs launched.

In my opinion, you could safely grab everything but the CPU, mobo, and GPU now.

In my opinion:

G.skill ECO series 98$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung f3 1TB 60$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX black edition 850 (a bit nicer than the Corsiar, a lot cheaper) 107$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Haf 922/932 90/130$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... More personal preferance, any with good airflow will do.

Litescribe OD 18$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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September 5, 2010 4:32:50 PM

^ well.. w/o the ram. Because who knows, AMD bulldozer could have triple channel
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September 5, 2010 4:40:55 PM

This is what ffxivcore.com says 'bout ...well, ffxiv ---

# Intel CPU is faster at this price level
# Mid Range: ATI Radeon HD 5850 $290 + Intel Core i5-760 $210.
# Mid Range: 2x Geforce GTX 460 1 GB $460 + Intel Core i5-760 $210.
# High End: 2x ATI Radeon HD 5850 $580 + Intel Core i7-875K @ 4.15 GHz, OC $330 + $70+ Cooling.
# High End: ATI Radeon HD 5970 $700 + Intel Core i7-930 @ 4.2 GHz, OC $290 + $70+ Cooling.

I'm including the best of both worlds 'coz your budget is high enough.

CPU : $300 Core i7-950

Mobo : $200 ASUS Sabertooth X58.

RAM : $160 GCORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB)

HDD : $55 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3

GPU : $560 2 X $280 Radeon HD 5850

PSU : $110 CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX

HSF : $30 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

ODD : $21 LG SATA DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support

Case : $90 COOLER MASTER HAF 922

Total = $1526 + shipping.
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September 5, 2010 4:45:08 PM

My build would be:

Intel i7-950 (Slightly better for overclocking than an i7-930, only $15 more now)
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard
Antec P183 Mid Tower ATX Case
$593 no rebates

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


XFX 850W Powersupply (Very high quality, 80 plus silver certified, modular)
$107 after $20 rebate

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


6GB OCZ DDR3 1600 CL8
Gigabyte GTX 470
$376

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


Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
$60

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


$20 DVD Burner


Total: $1156 (including shipping and rebates)


Optional, not necessary for just gaming but nice for general performance:


Crucial C300 128GB SSD
$278

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


Total: $1434 (including shipping and rebates)
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September 5, 2010 4:55:22 PM

^ In addition to my post above, if you're ready to go higher, consider XFiring two 5870's or even SLI'ing the 480's.

If you wanna save a bit, come down to the i5 760 + P55 + 2 X 5850/5870/480 set-up, whatever suits your pocket the best.
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September 13, 2010 3:15:01 AM

Best answer selected by EflfK.
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September 13, 2010 4:05:26 AM

Thanks man. I hope your system's doing great.
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