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Old March 29, 2009, 08:25 PM
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I am just looking for feedback before I go ahead and order the parts for my new gaming rig (first build)

I was going for a price range between $1500-2000 (Canadian)
here's my parts list:

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM


Case: NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Fan Controller: ZALMAN ZM-MFC1 Fan Controller Panel - Retail

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Video Cards: (EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retai) x2

Power Supply:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Memory:
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Motherboard: EVGA 132-CK-NF78-TR LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor - Retail

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Extra Cooling:
Case fans: APEVIA CF4SL-UGN 80mm 4 x Green Lights LED Case Fan - Retail

CPU cooler: ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail

Total Cost: $1,777.37 (not including shipping and handling)

Thanks for any feedback
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Old March 29, 2009, 08:38 PM
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looks pretty solid except for the cooler.
get a noctua, true or v8 instead
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Old March 29, 2009, 08:47 PM
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Looks good, only thing I'd really question is if the 260s in SLI is a cost effective solution for the kinds of framerates / resolution you want. Wouldn't a higher end single card get you the same results without the hassle of running SLI?
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Old March 29, 2009, 08:55 PM
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Honestly, for the prices you've linked, I'd drop one GTX260 and make it an I7 system for the same amount of money. My single GTX260 has great framerates at 1920x1200 on every game except Crysis.
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First off use NCIX and price match with Direct Canada and Best Direct. Or use DC $300+ is free shipping. BD is $500+ free shipping. One of these options will save you prob $200 easy than getting it from Newegg.

Don't overpay for the Dominator memory. Get G.Skill. These are only $65.27 G.SKILL F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK PC2-8500 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada

For the case take a look at HAF ($171.72) - Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower Black EATX Case 6X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PSU USB eSATA 1394 Audio - DirectCanada or CM690 ($86.40) - Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound Firewire & eSATA - DirectCanada)

Hard drive get the 640 one instead. CPU go with Q9550. Heatsink go with OCV Vendetta 2.
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ditch the current mobo and cpu, and get an i7 setup instead. Drop one of the Graphics cards, as two in SLI isn't really much needed; one is good enough for now.

For the cpu cooler, ditch the zalman and get a xigmatec or OCZ vendetta II.

For the case, you're going to want to get something with good airflow, like an Antec 900-II or CoolerMaster HAF.

Honestly, with a $2000 ceiling, you don't even pay a glance to the Core 2 generation. They were/still are good, but comparatively the higher-performing i7s will be much more future-friendly and last you for much longer.
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First off use NCIX and price match with Direct Canada and Best Direct. Or use DC $300+ is free shipping. BD is $500+ free shipping. One of these options will save you prob $200 easy than getting it from Newegg.

Don't overpay for the Dominator memory. Get G.Skill. These are only $65.27 G.SKILL F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK PC2-8500 4GB 2X2GB DDR2-1066 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada

For the case take a look at HAF ($171.72) - Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower Black EATX Case 6X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PSU USB eSATA 1394 Audio - DirectCanada or CM690 ($86.40) - Coolermaster CM 690 Mid Tower Black ATX Case 5X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB Sound Firewire & eSATA - DirectCanada)

Hard drive get the 640 one instead. CPU go with Q9550. Heatsink go with OCV Vendetta 2.
What is "BD" the free shipping line?

and with an i7 system what mobo should i go for?

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That looks pretty good to me if it's in your original price range. If you decide on the HAF case you won't be dissappointed. Also don't forget to add CPU heatsink. Noctua or True are HWC favourites for I7.
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Much better. One thing, that Gigabyte board is Crossfire only, if you want the SLI option you'll have to spend a bit more.
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