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January 4, 2011 1:06:53 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: After Sandy Bridge release

Budget Range: $2500 tops

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Media Center/Gaming and Video Editing (at an ametuer level)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: Japan

Parts Preferences: Quality

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, depending on price

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Would like to have a quiet case that cools efficiently. Computer needs to run for very long periods of time without a problem (days/weeks).

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Currently, parts compiled-


SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV02-BW Matte black 0.8mm Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681116315...


Motherboard:
Asus P67 board... waiting releases


CPU:
Core i7 Sandy Bridge 2600 (will not be overclocking)


Video Card(s):
Nvidia "GTX 595"


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature Model iHBS112 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Full
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The game I'm looking to play at max settings will be TERA. I'm assuming that the new Nvidia card coming out will be able to do that and the case should be large enough for two if need be.
January 4, 2011 2:44:36 AM

^ First off you should know that P67 boards would offer only x8x8 SLI/ Crossfire and hence if you go with SLI with dual-chip graphic cards, then each chip theoretically would get only x4 bandwidth, which is not sufficient for them to operate to their full potential,... But if you get a board with Nvidia NF200 chip, that would solve the problem as it would offer additional x16 lanes,...

GPU - There is no probable date of the GTX 595, so its upto you how long you are willing to wait,... Rest looks good, but the PSU might be an overkill if you will not be going 3-Way SLI or 2 dual-chip cards,...
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January 4, 2011 3:14:56 AM

I'll have to do more research on the motherboard... Thanks for pointing that out!

The idea was to upgrade to two dual chip cards either at the start (if the game would require it) or have a good upgrade path down the road.
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January 4, 2011 4:50:09 AM

Ah, ok - makes sense now. Thanks!
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January 4, 2011 5:28:14 AM

gkay09 said:
^ First off you should know that P67 boards would offer only x8x8 SLI/ Crossfire and hence if you go with SLI with dual-chip graphic cards, then each chip theoretically would get only x4 bandwidth, which is not sufficient for them to operate to their full potential,... But if you get a board with Nvidia NF200 chip, that would solve the problem as it would offer additional x16 lanes,...

GPU - There is no probable date of the GTX 595, so its upto you how long you are willing to wait,... Rest looks good, but the PSU might be an overkill if you will not be going 3-Way SLI or 2 dual-chip cards,...

This is not necessary - getting 2 x 16 lanes for CF/SLI.

8x/8x gives 97-98% of the performance of 16x/16x, and if you compare prices... well... a few $100 for 2% is rather pathetic.

Heck, you could go for 4x/4x and it'd still give 90%+ perf.

Its really unnecessary to get a 16x/16x board unless it has other features that you need / its price isn't much higher, because anything north of $20-30 for the exact same board but with 16/16 instead of 8/8 is really rather not worth it.
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January 4, 2011 5:34:06 AM

I would anytime prefer x16x16 config to run 4x graphic chips(2x Dual-Chip cards)
x4 bandwidth might suffice for low-end cards, but I highly doubt it would suffice for even a mid-level card to perform to its full advantage,...

I see no point wasting money on a faster card setup when not going with a suitable board that would take advantage of it,...
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January 4, 2011 6:39:21 AM

^ That has the Lucid Hydra chip(A new tech, search for the info it, as ...) A good one but only helpful if going with Cross combination of ATI and Nvidia cards, else better to stick with NF200 based boards if you want full x16x16 config,...

But again you should know that if you will go with a single-chip card like GTX 570/ 580 and such, x16x16 wont offer drastic improvement in performance over x8x8,...
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January 4, 2011 7:25:47 PM

GTX595?

Did I miss a press release or review or two? The 580 is the current flagship, and has been out only a little more than a month, right?
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January 4, 2011 7:54:38 PM

The next chip is supposed to be insane from what I've been reading. Holding out on my full build until I get the details. The case I'm going for will barely fit a 580 as it is so if this card is bigger then I'll have to change cases.

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=27616 (one of many site news)

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