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$1800 Max Budget - Intel Machine - Cost Effective?

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November 4, 2010 1:24:35 PM

Basically looking to make this as cost-effective as possible over the next few months.

The numbers signify the steps that I am going to buy everything. 1 being the core computer, and the 2 being primary upgrades, then 3 being things like a really nice keyboard/mouse/webcam

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

{1}Processor
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core P.rocessor BX80601950
Model #:BX80601950
Item #:N82E16819115211

{1}Video Card Would using two 460's save money while still being able to run 90% of games at max settings/60 FPS
ASUS ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5/V2 GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Model #:ENGTX470/2DI/1280/V2
Item #:N82E16814121400

{2}ASUS ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5/V2 GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Model #:ENGTX470/2DI/1280/V2
Item #:N82E16814121400

{1}Case+Power Supply
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKAA00 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case w/ Cooler Master RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ...
Model #:RC-942-KKAA00
Item #:N82E16811119234

{1}Motherboard
MSI X58 Pro-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:X58 Pro-E
Item #:N82E16813130226

{1}RAM
CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desk.top M.emory Model TR3X6G1333C9
Model #:TR3X6G1333C9
Item #:N82E16820145220

Hard Drives
{2}Corsair Nova Series CSSD-V64GB2-BRKT 2.5" 64GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:CSSD-V64GB2-BRKT
Item #:N82E1682023310

{Owned}Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136284

Other Accessories
{3}Second Monitor
  • I already have one of these, going to buy a second one
    Acer P235Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
    Model #:ET.VP5HP.001
    Item #:N82E16824009179

    {2}Heatsink
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ...
    Model #:RR-B10-212P-G1
    Item #:N82E16835103065

    {3}Webcam
    YouTube+Other video's
    Logitech C910 USB 2.0 1080p HD Pro Webcam
    Model #:960-000597
    Item #:N82E16826104385

    {3}Mouse
    COOLER MASTER SGM-6000-KLLW1-GP Sentinel Advance Black 8 Buttons Wired Laser 5600 dpi Mouse
    Model #:SGM-6000-KLLW1-GP
    Item #:N82E16826570005

    {3}Keyboard
    Logitech G15 2-Tone USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard
    Model #:920-000379
    Item #:N82E16823126034

    Going to be editing this thread for a while, I want this thread to last quite a while.
    November 4, 2010 5:31:57 PM

    Updated!!
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    November 5, 2010 4:23:14 AM

    Can you wait for the AMD 69xx series scheduled later this month?
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    November 5, 2010 4:41:56 AM

    I'd wait like mosox says.
    2ssd is unnecessary. One larger good one.
    Also g.skill ram.

    460's will run every thing you throw at 'em in the gaming realm.

    Try getting one GOOD monitor, instead of three. If you want my totAl nerd opinion, more monitors mean larger area, meaning you can't see everything in one glance... Sure three is epic, but lower response times. On another note, one good one And you can get a 3d one. Bear in mind 3d is expensive, and sorta new
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    November 5, 2010 4:45:16 AM

    Btw more expensive gaming gear in unnecessary, and you could get the same comparably for a few bucks.
    My mouse is like 3600 dpi, cost meh 5$
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    November 5, 2010 7:41:58 PM

    Hmm, I decided to upgrade my old system. I'm pretty set on getting the 6870.

    I like the potential it has, as well as the fact that anything more expensive will be too much.

    The card itself is already $30ish over my desired budget.

    I ended up spending $500-650 on upgrading my current system.

    I upgraded my case, motherboard (so I can run two 6870's when the drivers are updated so its more efficient, that and I dont have enough $$$ for two 6870's atm) So I only got one 6870. I got a new power supply (750w) that was on sale on amazon.

    Overall I'm pretty happy with my purchase. (Hasn't gotten to my place yet tho)
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    November 5, 2010 8:19:08 PM

    =D awesome....
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