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September 26, 2010 5:14:27 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: end of november
Budget Range: 900-1000 after rebate, combos, and shipping but before tax
System Usage from Most to Least Important: games, work, movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, microcenter, amazon if possible (to avoid paying sales tax)
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: intel, nvidia
Overclocking: no
SLI or Crossfire: yes, i plan on adding a 2nd 460 in 1-2 years
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Im planning on having this computer last for around 5 years. Within those 5 years I will add a second 460 and some more ram. My main questions are: Is the Antec 300 is big enough for sli 460s? If I dont plan on doing any overclocking, do I need such an expensive motherboard? Is 750 watts enough for my parts (assuming I upgrade to 12 gb of ram and sli 460s in the future)? After adding more ram and another 460 will this computer be able to run most games at medium in 5 years?
Open to suggestions on any parts

i7 930 from microcenter: 200

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case and
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$90 after rebate
IMPORTANT: Because this combo expires before October, I'm planning on buying these parts now and having them sit around for 2 months. Do you guys think this is a bad idea?


GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$200 after rebate

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$135

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40 after promotion
IMPORTANT: Same deal as case, I'm going to buy this now and leave it sitting around for 2 months. Bad idea or good idea?

ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$19

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100

I'm not really sure about the difference between 460 models, so can someone suggest a good one? Im assuming it will cost around 220 for now.

Total before tax:1005

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September 26, 2010 6:43:41 AM

you will want triple channel RAM with an X58 chipset.
however, the i5-750 beats the i7-930 at nearly all games, so you could keep your dual channel and get a less expensive 1156 motherboard with the i5

going ahead and getting the HDD, PSU, and case now is not a bad idea.

Look for more combos to reduce prices.
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September 26, 2010 11:21:29 PM

Okay I changed everything to triple channel. So does anyone know if sli 460s can fit in an antec 300? Also, is 750 watts enough for my setup after I put in a second 460?
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September 27, 2010 12:01:53 AM

signo38 said:
Okay I changed everything to triple channel. So does anyone know if sli 460s can fit in an antec 300?

Definitely, the Antec 300 isn't a small case by any means.

signo38 said:
Also, is 750 watts enough for my setup after I put in a second 460?

Yes, you could make due with a higher quality 650W power supply.
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September 27, 2010 12:19:14 AM

signo38 said:
If I dont plan on doing any overclocking, do I need such an expensive motherboard?

You can't get an X58, i7-9XX motherboard for much cheaper. Even the cheapest motherboards have decent overclocking features. If you want to save money, you could go with a P55, i5-760 or i7-870 build like ScrewySqrl suggested.

signo38 said:
will this computer be able to run most games at medium in 5 years?

Nobody knows the answer to this question. You probably wouldn't be able to put together a better prepared system, though.

signo38 said:
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case and
Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$90 after rebate
IMPORTANT: Because this combo expires before October, I'm planning on buying these parts now and having them sit around for 2 months. Do you guys think this is a bad idea?

That sounds like a fine idea. The price for the case is an excellent deal alone.


signo38 said:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40 after promotion
IMPORTANT: Same deal as case, I'm going to buy this now and leave it sitting around for 2 months. Bad idea or good idea?

I would just wait. Higher capacity and drives are coming down in price. There have been faster 1TB drives on sale $60. You can always get the faster Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB for $45 at Micro Center.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


signo38 said:
I'm not really sure about the difference between 460 models, so can someone suggest a good one? Im assuming it will cost around 220 for now.

By the end of November the graphics market will be very different. I wouldn't settle on a particular model now. AMD is going to be putting a lot of pressure on the GTX 460s with the Radeon HD67XX cards.
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September 27, 2010 12:25:02 AM

Thanks for the fast reply! I'll order the case and power supply now and post again right before I order the rest of the parts.
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September 27, 2010 12:32:40 AM

If I decide on a different graphics card like the 470 or a new ati card will 750 watts still be able to support sli or crossfire?
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September 27, 2010 12:40:48 AM

A new ATI card would probably be fine. I would recommend an 850W power supply for two GTX 470s or 480s.
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September 27, 2010 1:14:29 AM

Best answer selected by signo38.
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