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Upgrading, $1000 Budget

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September 30, 2010 9:25:13 PM

What's up everyone? I've been browsing these forums for a little while now, and I need some advice. I'm very tech savvy, but I would like some opinions. I have a $1100 budget maximum, and would like to stay below that as much as possible.

My current setup:

Case - NZXT Tempest (non-Evo)
Motherboard - EVGA 750i SLI FTW (FSB @ 1467MHz)
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 (2.53GHz) @ 3.30GHz
CPU Cooler - Stock
TIM - IC Diamond 24 Carat
RAM - 4GB Corsair XMS2 800MHz @ 917MHz (5:4 Ratio)
HDD - 500GB Seagate Barracuda, SATA-II, 16MB Cache
Video - EVGA GeForce 9600 GSO 512 (650/1625/900) @ 700/1800/1120
Sound - X-Fi Titanium PCI-E x1
PSU - Antec EA-750
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What I'm looking at:

Motherboard - One of these:
ASUS Sabertooth X58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131665

CPU - Intel Core i7 930, 2.8GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225

CPU Cooler - Prolimatech Megahalem Rev. B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001&Tpk=megahalem

Cooler Fans - 2 in push/pull
Scythe Slipstream SY1225SL12SH, 120mm, 110CFM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185060&Tpk=SY1225SL12SH
(push/pull is a must)

RAM - 6GB G.Skill Ripjaws, DDR3 1600, 3 x 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231304

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black, 640GB, 32MB Cache, 7200RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

Video - MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127518

Case Fans (6 Total):
Front, Rear, & Side (x4) - Rosewill RFA-120-BL, 120mm, 74CFM, Blue LED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200049

Top (x2) - Xigmatek XLF-F1455, 140mm, 63CFM, White LED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233037
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Everything will be bought from Newegg.
I understand that prices will more than likely drop between now and the time that I will be getting this, which is around Christmas time.
Also, if you would like to post up your own parts list, please feel free to do so.
Any advice/ideas/suggestions would be much appreciated.

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September 30, 2010 9:34:08 PM

MB : Sabertooth all the way !
Processor : i7 950 is 10$ more go for it :) 
Cooler : I'd rather invest for an H50/Cool it Eco for less money and about same perf/less noise
Ram : OK
Video : You should aim for the the 1gb version, it just worth it :) 


Or you could buy a q9550, an ssd and a gtx 480 :)  Your choice :) 

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September 30, 2010 9:35:53 PM

Sad to say but the second option will probably give you way more than the first config.

Althought you are reinvesting on a dead platform (which is okay I guess). But you unleash a beast of a video card and a fast SSD, plus a quad core. What more do you want ?:p 
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September 30, 2010 10:45:09 PM

I dont see much difference between those two MBs, I would get whichever is cheaper.

A 460 (768) is about the same performance as a 260. Doesnt make much sense to get one.

abswindows7 said:
Or you could buy a q9550, an ssd and a gtx 480 :)  Your choice :) 
It would out perform a new build for alot less. I might suggest a 470 instead of a 480. 480 is long (case may not handle it) and more power hungry. A 470 is still a huge increase over a 260 and more cost effective, especially if a second in SLI someday in the future is an option.




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September 30, 2010 11:11:46 PM

I would just wait a bit for the new CPU's from Intel and AMD. Plus the new AMD 6xxx series cards will be out soon.
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October 1, 2010 1:11:25 AM

The funds will be available around Christmas time.

My case is an NZXT Tempest.
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October 1, 2010 6:07:28 AM

Adding a Hard Drive. Looking at a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black.
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October 1, 2010 5:52:29 PM

Around christmas all the pirce will have changed so what you have in your shopping cart currently will probably be way better in 3 months :) 


and cheaper :) 
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October 1, 2010 5:53:08 PM

Look for the spinpoint f3 1000gb, those are beast, good price, good perfs and last long.
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October 2, 2010 7:36:09 AM

Updated OP.

Updated what ?

OP = Over powered ?
Operational

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October 2, 2010 9:25:06 AM

Oh, sorry. Wasn't clear on what you were asking. OP = Original Post.
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October 3, 2010 2:49:38 AM

Oh now I see :) 

Very nice config.

Atlhougth I would rather go for h50/cool it eco for their quietness
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October 5, 2010 11:21:05 AM

I'm trying my best to stay away from water-cooling, until I'm able to afford something with a complete, customized loop for everything. I was seriously considering the H50 or maybe even the H70, but I just don't wanna take any chances whatsoever, even if they pay for damages, b/c I just can't be w/o my PC for any length of time. =)
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October 5, 2010 5:43:10 PM

There is no risk, the tubing is very strong and thick, it just can't break ...
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October 5, 2010 8:05:06 PM

I've looked at multiple videos on uTube, read many reviews, checked prices, and everything, and I'm just not sure. HEY! Which would give out first: the 2 fans on the Megahalem in push/pull or the pump on the H50/H70?
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October 5, 2010 9:13:18 PM

Tubing Low-permeability for near-zero evaporation

I cant find a MTBF on the H50. Whats the lifespan of the liquid? It does have some evaporation and I would assume breakdown. Thats in addition to re-applying thermal goo to the CPU interface same as you would for any aircooler and the pump wearing out. There are more parts to fail making the entire unit throwaway on the H50. If a fan fails on an aircooler, you just buy another and clip it on.
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October 6, 2010 12:25:05 AM

It's the first time I see the bad face of cheap water cooling xD

Nice to hear that, I might step up soon.
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October 6, 2010 12:39:15 AM

dndhatcher, thank you for your reply. I have considered those points as well.

abswindows7, thank you for all of your input thus far.

Everyone else, thank you as well!

I do believe I will stick with the air-cooling.
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October 6, 2010 6:33:02 AM

Hyper n performs quite well
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October 16, 2010 7:15:54 AM

Currently revising setup. Will post new details soon.
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