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$2000 Build looking for combo help to drive $ down

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October 21, 2010 6:12:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within two weeks

Budget Range: <$2000 After Rebates (lower is better)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, email, gaming, movies, music

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: microcenter.com, newegg.com, other...

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel i7 9xx CPU, Nvidia GTX GPUs, quieter is better!

Overclocking: Yes (~4GHz on Air)

SLI or Crossfire: Dual 460s/465s or Single 470/480 to start. Would like to have MOBO/PSU support for future tri-SLI/Physx

Monitor Resolution: TWO 1600x1200 Monitors OR 1920x1080 Samsung 1080p DLP depending on what I'm hooked to.

Additional Comments: I would like to keep the noise down when not taxing all components at 100%. Eventually want to support 3DTV.


Proposed Build:

CPU: Core i7-950 3.06GHz Boxed Processor - $229.99

MOBO: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $239.99

RAM: (Worried about clearance with HSF) CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - $179.99 (after rebate)

HSF: Thermalright Silver Arrow Dual 160mm x 140mm Fan Universal CPU Cooler - $82.99

SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $124.99 (after rebate)

HDD: 2xRAID1 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $54.99x2 - $109.98 (Purchased Already)

GPU: 2x MSI N465GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $169.99x2 - $339.98 (after rebate)

PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $214.99

DVD: LITE-ON 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 Writer LightScribe Support - $23.99

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $199.99

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM - $9.99

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade - $183.97

TOTAL AS ABOVE on 10/21/10: ~$1940.84


Additional First Time Builder Questions:

SSD - Is 60GB enough to start? If not is two 60GB SSDs better than one 120GB SSD?

Floppy - Do I need a floppy drive for a build? USB floppy?

Windows - Do I really need Win7 Ultimate? Is Win7 Home Premium enough? I have an XP license I'm going to retire can I do a clean install on the SSD with the Upgrade legally?

GPU - I like the non-reference coolers since they are quieter according to many reviews. Does a pair of 465s even make sense or should I start with a single 470/480?


Thanks to the community in advance.

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October 21, 2010 6:21:14 PM

Welcome to the forum,

Here's some suggestions

If you're using the SSD as a boot drive, 60GB is a good size, it just depends on how many additional programs you want to put on it. No need for floppy. You shouldn't need Ultimate. Try installing the Upgrade without entering a product key, then once you've made it to your desktop, install it again this time as an Upgrade and enter the product key provided. (Works for school bought copies, I presume it will work for others). I don't like starting with SLI off the bat, so I would recommend a single 470.
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 470 -$350-\

    Some other changes
    RAM:
  • G.Skill Pi Series 6GB -$155-
    PSU:
  • XFX Black Edition 750W -$130-

    See what you think.
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    October 21, 2010 6:54:01 PM

    Thanks for the reply, jbakerlent

    PSU

    I'd like to keep the same PSU for a couple years.

    Is 750W really enough for future compatibility? -> 2x GTX 470s + 4GHz OC CPU?

    I used http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine to get a rough number and it comes up with closer to 850W or 900W depending on "capacitor aging".

    RAM

    Have you looked at the Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU cooler? I'm a bit concerned about the tall heatsink on the ram and the fan on the HSF having clearance. Any method to determine fit before laying out the $$ on RAM?

    GPU

    I'd probably go with the MSI N470GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 470 ($280) if I went 470 route.

    Thanks again.
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    October 21, 2010 7:24:41 PM

    For 470 SLI you could step up to the 850W of that XFX. I couldn't guarantee the RAM clearance either way, sorry.
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    October 21, 2010 7:33:03 PM

    Seasonic, Corsair, some XFX are made by Seasonic, so those particular models are great, and newer Antec psu's
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    October 27, 2010 10:50:40 PM

    Thanks for the help, guys.

    Mod can close this thread if it needs it.
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