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November 18, 2010 6:08:53 AM

Hey Community,

My laptop is beginning to fail me after 5 years,so I've decided to upgrade and make my move back to a desktop.

The computer is going to be used for games (bf2, cod:blkops, SC2, WoW, steam, etc....) photoshop, autocad, coding(internet), movies, music, email.

The budget would be around 1500$ but Im hoping to save money buying on one of the upcoming holidays ( black friday / cyber monday / christmas). and with the savings maybe some upgrading in the build may be justifiable. anyways here is what i've got so far.

Case: Sunbeam AC9B-T Transparent Clear Acrylic ATX Mid Tower
Mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E (unless upgrading to the pro makes sense)
CPU: i5-760
Ram: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB
HSF: COOLER MASTER 212
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
Monitor: Hanns·G HZ251HPB Black 25" 2ms X-Celerate
Keyboard: Logitech G510
OS: Windows 7 1 pack
SSD: can't decide between 2 or whether or not it's worth it or if I should wait. also if I the W7 1 pack for system builders, will I be able to install the OS on the SSD if I chose to wait on getting one?anyways the two are...
A-DATA S599 AS599S-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL60GB-DX 2.5" 60GB SATA II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
Optical: have a couple dvd drives sitting around.
GPU: another tough item that I can't seem to settle on and it is between 4 four cards if the community could chime in. The Asus card is there because I read somewhere on the forums directCU helps for WoW. But I figured the gtx465 being a "newer" card would be better than it's gtx460 equivalent. maybe someone can straighten that out for me. I'm looking for the "smart" though its kind of redundant of the price tag :/  but yah.

ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
[$210 -> $200 after rebate]
EVGA 01G-P3-1373-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
[$210 -> $200 after rebate]
EVGA 01G-P3-1467-AR GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) Superclocked 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
[$250 -> $210 after rebate]
EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
[$270]
Also I've got an extra evga 9800gtx and was wondering if it would possible to use it alongside one of these new cards as a backup physx card? if so is it difficult to set up and will my 750watt power supply be adequate?

THANKS!!!

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November 18, 2010 6:31:48 AM

^ You sure about that case ?

Mobo - If you are planning for SLI, then the PRO might be worth it...

PSU - If no SLI, then I dont see the need for a 750W PSU, also not a good idea to have 9800GTX as a PhysX card because the power usage would be very high

Video card - GTX 460 1GB would get my vote and DirectCU helps in WoW ?? It is just a term ASUS uses to specify its cooling on the card and nothing more...

SSD - Mushkin
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November 18, 2010 7:16:48 AM

would both the 460 and the 9800gtx fit on the asus or gigabyte board?
November 18, 2010 7:33:10 AM

^ It would fit on the above Gigabyte board, but you would need a board with 2 or more PCIe x16 slots(But not necessarily at x8 or higher speed as even a x4 speed would suffice for PhysX)

But the 9800GTX like I said would pull more power - maybe even as much as the GTX 460 and just for using it for PhysX, I dont think it warrants that power consumption...
November 18, 2010 3:46:09 PM

Consider the new Sabertooth, newer than the old P7P series. Note two GFX cards max.

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

If using 1 main GPU and 1 PhysX,a 650watter is fine .... if you gpoing to SLI, then need an 850 with the 470's. And, yes, i'd recommend the 470 if ya have the money.

You question on the adequacy of the 9800 is answered here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-physx-hack-a...

The 470 needs 227 watts at full load, the 460 pulls 211.

Adding the 9800GTX adds 148 w

http://www.antec.outervision.com/PSUEngine
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