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Final $2000 Build

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October 8, 2010 10:55:08 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as my case is back in stock on Newegg.


Budget Range: $2000 before rebates, after tax + shipping


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, and usual computer use such as internet, music, etc.


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: No preference


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Yes, SLI (ADDING ANOTHER GTX 480 IN EARLY NOVEMBER BECAUSE IT DOESN'T FIT MY BUDGET NOW)


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: Again, I am doing SLI for this build but I can't afford both GTX 480s right now, so I'm getting anther one hopefully in early November. Also, I know it's kinda weird but I'm trying to keep a white/black color scheme, because it matters to me :p 



Here's my build: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Just want some general advice, Any changes I should make, and what are your thoughts on it?

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October 8, 2010 11:02:36 PM

Thank you for using the correct form of asking. I appreciate that.. really.

For the CPU the i7 is a 100% waste, you will never.. never... ever use it's full power because games do not take advantage of hyperthreading..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Srry for the colors but,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would change out that power supply to a SPG (silent pro gold) or a corsair HX1000
HX1000 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SPG - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Get one of these sandforce SSD's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

That DVD drive is old IDE.. get this (sata)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better CPU cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 8, 2010 11:06:51 PM

The P55 is still capable of SLI, correct?
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October 8, 2010 11:11:20 PM

So another question, why do all the $2000 budget gaming builds in the competition thread here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/296083-31-best-config...

Use i7's if it's not worth it?


Edit: I really had my heart set on the Phantom case, I love white cases and there's not many out there. It seems to have gotten good reviews all around, and the inside is painted white too which is good.
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October 8, 2010 11:16:52 PM

Ok, case is personal preference. The i7 is better for rendering and such (video/audio editing) for gaming the i7 has no advantage over the i5
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October 9, 2010 9:03:13 PM

Well I'm still leaning towards i7/X58 because I do multitask a lot which I'm reading the i7 is better for, and the X58 leaves me with more upgrade options for the future.

I did change the PSU to a Corsair HX1000, the RAM, and the SSD to what you recommended.
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October 9, 2010 9:05:53 PM

Well multitasking in what way? Like 10 pages open? The i5 will handle it. The i7 is really becoming a waste if you aren't rendering and stuff. But hey, if you want an i7 go for it.
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October 9, 2010 9:32:18 PM

No I mean I'll have like a game client (TF2, CS:S, WoW, etc), steam, firefox, ventrilo, itunes, AIM, MSN, and sometimes photoshop/illustrator open all at the same time, so I don't want my computer to slow down or lock up when I alt-tab out of a game.
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October 10, 2010 12:54:30 AM

And 1 more question: is 1333 RAM good enough if I'm not planning on OC'ing too much, or should I just go for 1600?
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October 10, 2010 1:36:08 AM

Eh, 1333 is fine :) 
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October 10, 2010 1:52:23 AM

Just make sure to get lower timing RAM, Cl7 or lower if you're going for 1333MHz.

Personally I would go with the i7-930. You can overclock it to the speed of the 950 and save a bit of money. If you've got $2k to spend, X58/1366 is the way to go IMO.
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October 10, 2010 3:44:19 AM

Well the i7 930 only saves like $20 on Newegg... so not that big of a deal.
But I was just asking about the RAM because I can get 8GB of 1333 or 6GB of 1600. Wasn't sure which to go with.
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October 10, 2010 4:03:59 AM

And in that case maybe help me pick some out?
I really don't know what to look for when it comes to RAM.
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