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New Gaming Computer with Monitor ($2000-$2500)

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October 29, 2010 2:59:03 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend hopefully (Nov 1st). Was going to wait until the new 69xx series was released but I cant go that long without my computer.

Budget Range: $2000-2500 with monitor

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: Auzentech Forte, Seinhiesser pc 350, logitech g15, razor death adder... Need tower and monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.memoryexpress.com (nearby store that has treated me well)

Country of Origin: Calgary, Canada

Parts Preferences: No brand loyalty

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: My current computer has died... video card has melted (couldnt even fix with a new thermal compound reapplication, cleaning etc) and I need my computer. I originally planned to wait until dec to buy my new rig but my had has been forced. I'd like the computer to be viable 3-5 years with minimal upgrades. I dont overclock my stuff until it gets old.

Here is what I have picked out...

Case: Cooler Master HAF X (or the 932) - $169.99
www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX29254(ME).aspx

CPU: i7-950 - $299.99
www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX24672(ME).aspx

MoBo: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R - $219.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX27307(ME).aspx

RAM: Kingston HyperX 6 GB - $129.99

SSD: Corsair Force Series SSD - 120GB - $259.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX29544(ME).aspx

HDD: WD 1TB Caviar Black - $99.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX27676(ME).aspx

PSU: Corsair HX850W - $164.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX24570(ME).aspx

O/S: Windows 7 home premium - $104.99

GPU: 2x6870 ASUS - 2x$259.99 = 519.98
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX30920(ME).aspx

Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster 2494SW 24in - $219.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX26781(ME).aspx


I hope the links work. Im the most unsure with the gpu and the monitor. I think Samsung has an LED monitor what is 300 bucks or so but I dont know if something like that would be worth it.

This all works out to $2189.89 plus tax $109.50 which totals to $2299.39 so ive got a little bit of wiggle room.
Thanks ahead of time.

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October 29, 2010 3:31:45 AM

I cant really see anything that really is a major red flag. The only thing is, you haven't specified your RAM details. I hope you're going with a 1600 Mhz (preferably CL7) kit.

Also, do you need that big a SSD? If not, get a 40-60GB drive for just over a 100. Also, I'll prolly go with OCZ Vertex II and G.Skill Phoenix Pro.
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October 29, 2010 4:18:14 AM

Thanks Calguy

I do want the 120gig SSD. Games only keep getting bigger and I would rather have the extra space now than need it later. Thanks for the OCZ recommendation, it was something I actually started looking into after I had already posted.

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX25617(ME).aspx

Sorry i missed the link to the RAM but there it is and yes its 1600 Mhz.

The thing i'm actually having the most trouble with is deciding to go with those twin 6870's or to wait for a single 69xx card. Ive heard they are coming out the end of November but will a single 69xx card BLOW twin 6870's out of the water? I really need the GPU's to last at least 2-3 years of gaming without becoming obsolete... but after that time I would have no trouble upgrading to a single high performance card. Maybe it would be better to get into a single 480.

Thanks again for any help
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October 29, 2010 5:07:22 AM

2 1gb 460s are cheaper, cooler, faster and more feature rich.

As for a better card the 480 is a fail it's only good for running 4 of them for ultimate performance. If you want 1 darn good card I say wait for the 490gtx or one of those 69xx ati cards.

And getting 2 60gb SSDs in raid0 is faster and only slightly more expensive.
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