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Old October 6, 2008, 09:50 PM
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Check this review of the 260 216 SC, it sold me!!
YouTube - EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Video Card
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Old October 6, 2008, 09:52 PM
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First of all. Can i have your budget plz? :D
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Anyways, getting down to business, just so you know, unless you have serious problems and really screw up on what parts you buy. When your spending $2800 whatever u get is going to be very nice and you will enjoy it. Also, when your buying hardware that good, the difference between the stuff thats good, and the stuff thats a bit better, is so minimal its not even funny, it also depends on what games or programs you use. So just pick something you like, and buy it. because the bottom line is you will be happy
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Old October 6, 2008, 11:59 PM
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I had the GTX 260 FTW edition was a phenominal Card, high OC'sand low temps, but I couldn't resist getting a 280....don't let some opinions on here sway from the fact that the Evga 780i and 790i MOBO's along with the Evga GTX 2xx Series Cards are awesome entusiast set-ups, capable of great OC'ing and intense gaming!!!
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Old October 7, 2008, 12:06 AM
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Got the components for a buddy I work with:
1. Evga 790i FT MOBO
2. E8400
3. Zalman 9700 Cooler
4. 2 x 2GB DDR3 1600 Mhz Memory (Corsair)
5. Corsair 1kw PSU
6. 2 x Evga GTX 260 (Core 216) - would work with the PC P&C 750W, but more overhead this way and possible to go with 3rd GTX 260 for Tri-Sli
7. Antec 1200 Case

Came in around 2k. Another $400 for a decent 24" monitor.....bobs your uncle!!
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Old October 7, 2008, 12:07 AM
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Forgot to mention that the 2k included:
- 1 DVD Burner
- 1 DVD Reader
- XP Pro

Sorry about the additional Post.
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Old October 7, 2008, 01:53 AM
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Ok did some cutting of mainboard/ram to allow for 260 SC .

Not looking shabby the other ram option suggested was
Mushkin Ascent PC2-8000 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1000 CL5-5-5-12

Prices now all updated to BestDirect mainly.


Edit more price slashing

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CPU - Q9550 - $355 + tax = $397.60 <- BestDirect
HSF - OCZ Vendetta 2 - $34.78 + tax = $38.95 <- BestDirect
Mobo - DFI LP Dk X48-T2RSB+ X48 - $253.06 + tax = $283.43 <- BestDirect

Ram - Corsair XMS2 Dominator TWIN2X4096-8500C5D $149.99 + tax = $167.98 <- NCIX + Rebate 16th
Graphics - EEVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Core 216 SC - $318.15 + tax = $356.33 <- DirectCanada
HDD - Samsung Spinpoint f1 1TB - $118.88 + tax = $133.38 <- DirectCanada/NCIX
DVD - Samsung SH-S223Q - $26.85 + tax = $30.07 <- BestDirect

Case - CM Cosmos S - $230.04 + tax = $257.65 <- DirectCanada
PSU - Corsair HX620W - $127.78 + tax = $143.11 <- DirectCanada

KB - G15 2nd gen - $62.70 + tax = $70.22 <- BestDirect

Total - pre tax - $1677.23 after tax - $1878.49



Rebates

RAM - $40


After Rebates

$1838.50

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Old October 7, 2008, 10:35 AM
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Looks good, the only thing I would consider changing is your PSU. Also available at Direct Canada for approx. the same price a PC Power and Cooling Quad Silencer 750W 60 Amp on a single 12v Rail will allow you to go GTX 260 SLI in the future if you ever decided to get a 2nd Graphics Card. These particular PSU have an excellent reputation (Google Reviews)! The one you've selected would likely not handle 2 x GTX 260 SLI without running into PSU issues.
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Old October 7, 2008, 11:02 AM
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There was a guy on this forum selling is Q9450 for around 300 $. you could save a bit there to. If you Oc the CPU you would not see much difference.

Are you sold on the X48 ? there is Good P45 board ou there that could be bought for cheaper. My current board was around 200 $ whit shipping and tax and got good reviews.

And to Rjbarker, SLi on a crossfire board ? Dont think so. And with a 24inc LCD he does not need SLI.
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Old October 7, 2008, 11:06 AM
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X48 is great for Quads. P45 is great for Duals. I suggest the X48, its a more robust board.
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Old October 7, 2008, 11:16 AM
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I agree, if your getting a Quad, get an X48 board. Oh and a new Q9550 is just $10 more or so than a Q9450, so I'd rather invest in a Q9550.

DFI has some nice X48 boards, Gigabyte too.. Sorry even though Asus might have one of the best X48 boards, or close to best/good, I'm not a big fan of Asus to pay those extra premiums.
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