$2000 Build looking for combo help to drive $ down

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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  1. 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.
  2. Thanks for the reply, jbakerlent


    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".


    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?


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

    Thanks again.
  3. For 470 SLI you could step up to the 850W of that XFX. I couldn't guarantee the RAM clearance either way, sorry.
  4. Seasonic, Corsair, some XFX are made by Seasonic, so those particular models are great, and newer Antec psu's
  5. Thanks for the help, guys.

    Mod can close this thread if it needs it.
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