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September 23, 2010 4:09:01 AM

Hello,
I would like advice on building a PC spec out w/ components recommended in Tom's HW $1000 Enthusiast PC. I would like recommendations/alternatives for a Video and motherboard.
Sincerely,

Budget Range: (e.g.: $800-1000) After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (surfing internet, gaming,watching movies)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel CPUs, but opposed to AMD
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: ??

Additional Comments: I would like a semi-quiet PC

Proposed components:
Motherboard Asus P7P55D-E LX
LGA 1156, Intel P55 chipset-$125

Processor Intel Core Core i7-860 4/8 2.80GHz, Four Cores, 8 MB L3 Cache - $279

CPU Cooler Cooler Master HyperTX 3
- $30

Memory Kingston HyperX 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Timing 9-9-9-27 Cas Latency 9 Model #:
Item #: N82E16820104118 - $142

MSI N470GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $319

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $75

Optical Lite-On iHAS124 OEM
24x DVD+R, 8x DVD+RW, 48x CD ROM
- $20

Case Antec Three Hundred - $60

Power Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650 W
ATX12V, EPS12V , 80 PLUS Certified
- $90
September 23, 2010 4:27:15 AM

gendar1234 said:
Motherboard Asus P7P55D-E LX
LGA 1156, Intel P55 chipset-$125

This motherboard is a little expensive and doesn't support crossfire or SLI, in case you want to leave the door open for a second graphics card later.

Comparable MSI motherboard with a second PCI-E slot and Crossfire/SLI support for the same price:

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

gendar1234 said:
Processor Intel Core Core i7-860 4/8 2.80GHz, Four Cores, 8 MB L3 Cache - $279

w/ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (with a second PCI-E slot and Crossfire/SLI support)
$420
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

w/OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CL7 Memory (Lower latency, higher performance than the Kingston memory you linked)
$344 after a $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

gendar1234 said:
CPU Cooler Cooler Master HyperTX 3
- $30

You can get the much better Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus for $29.38 from Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

gendar1234 said:
Memory Kingston HyperX 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Timing 9-9-9-27 Cas Latency 9 Model #:
Item #: N82E16820104118 - $142

This is a triple channel memory kit. Your motherboard and processor take dual channel memory kits (2x2GB).

Here are a couple good examples:

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CL7 Desktop Memory (Lower latency, higher performance than the Kingston memory you linked)
$85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CL7 Desktop Memory Model (Lower latency, lower voltage, higher performance than the Kingston memory you linked)
$96
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gendar1234 said:
MSI N470GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $319

If you can live without the custom cooling solution, you can get a GTX 470 for $50 less:

Palit GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB Video Card
$270 after $30 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gendar1234 said:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $75

This is an older, outdated Caviar Black drive. You can get a faster 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 for the same price:

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

w/CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply
$108 with the promo code sept10 and after a $30 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

gendar1234 said:
Case Antec Three Hundred - $60

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Case (this edition includes three additional LED fans)
$52 after a $15 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gendar1234 said:
Power Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650 W
ATX12V, EPS12V , 80 PLUS Certified
- $90

You will need a higher output power supply to power dual GTX470s. If you don't plan on running an SLI setup, you can get a decent OCZ 600W ModXStream power supply (more efficient, modular, decent reviews) for half the price (or less in a number of combos):

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

w/LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98 (Retail)
$52 after $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

w/HITACHI Deskstar 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
$92 after $30 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

w/OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CL8 Memory (Lower latency, higher performance than the Kingston memory you linked)
$102 after $40 in rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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September 23, 2010 4:59:49 AM

With the money saved from the above suggestions, I'd suggest 2x460 vid cards (1 GB) instead of the 470. The two will yield better than 480 performance.

But consider starting with one 460. You could easily be satisfied with performance and pocket the money, or you can always add the second if/when.
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