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Old April 19, 2009, 11:44 AM
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Hi folks, I am new to this site after going through almost all the reviews which were really helpful i though i should get help on my new i7 here goes the specs
  • Case FULL Tower for plenty of room with good air flow to keep the boiling components coo
For cpu i know i am getting i7 920.

For motherboard EVGA x58 SLI(Good customer Service, 3 way sli capable) i was thinking about Asus P6T Deluxe V2(quality mobo, more stable for overclocking :D compared to EVGA x58, only thing doesn't support 3 way sli )
any suggestions need help with mobo ?

Power supply corsair - makes good power supplies(a bit pricey for 1000 watts doesn't have to be corsair as long as its 1000 watts and 3 way SLI capable)

For GPU i can't afford GTX 295, 280's idk they look expensive

For Computer case i need some serious help looking for a case under $150 US
not too much in to the crazy lighting and stuff, need a case with GOOD AIR FLOW, PLENTY OF ROOM (should have Potential to fit 3 big ass GTX 260's).
Antec 1200 and Cooler MasterHAF 932 are good cases but my budget doesn't allows

Some cases i've found good.
Antec 300 steel MID Tower case Black Steel
Antec Nine Hundred Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window - Retail
NZXT Alpha Black Computer Case with Open Window - Retail
NZXT ZERO 2 Crafted Series Steel Full Tower Chassis - No Power (Black)
ABS Aplus ABS-CS-EL Diablo Black 0.8mm SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Any other cases?

Any comments are appreciated.
Thanks again for all the help
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Old April 19, 2009, 11:53 AM
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go the gigabyte way free sli on some boards with bios flash ( without voiding warranty )
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Old April 19, 2009, 12:29 PM
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Ruff, do you really intend to 3-way SLI? If you do, you lose all your PCI and PCI express ports, which means you won't be able to add a dedicated sound card and you'll be stuck with the on-board. No WiFi card either. And you certainly won't be able to add the EVGA Killer Xeno Pro. (Joking on the last one) I recommand just selling the 260 and going 285, then getting another 285 going 2 card SLI instead of 3 way SLI with 260s. Or you could just upgrade directly to a 295 and you won't even have to get a second card (although it's not as fast as 2 285s, it's still faster than 2 260s).

Also I'm not quite sure what price you're getting your 260 at but if it's more than 200 + tax, you might want to consider the HD4870, since it's about the same performance and cost 200+ tax right now.

As for the hard drive, you can increase the read/write speed by quite abit by getting 2 640 GB Caviar Blacks and running them in RAID0, and you'll also have about 1.1 TB of space, although it'll cost a little more than a single 1TB drive.
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Old April 19, 2009, 01:04 PM
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i see a gain from 260 216 core to 285 SC here wt i've found in the comparison

http://tinyurl.com/dkhtnn

GTX 260 SuperClocked GTX 285 GeForce GTX 285 SuperClocked
Core Clock 626MHz 648MHz 675MHZ
StreamProc 216 cores 240 cores 240 cores
Memory Clock 2106MHz (effective) 2484MHz(effective) 2538MHz
Memory Size 896MB 1GB 1GB
Memory Interface 448-bit 512-bit 512-bit

i'am getting GTX 260 216 Core SC for $199(:D no tax). i might think of a sound card dont need a wifi catcher(i got your point about all slots being used)
GTX 285 SC priced at $359 there is a price difference of $160 as well

also just wondering i dont see a point switching from 260 to 4870 and yea 2x640GB would be better than 1 TB thnx

Thnx for replying

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Old April 19, 2009, 01:21 PM
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I only pointed out 4870 because I don't know how much you're paying for the 260. Usually the 260 is more expensive than the 4870 with roughly the same performance, but since you have a awesome deal on your 260, then forget about the comment I made about the 4870. All I'm saying about the video cards is this, if you get 3 260s, it'll cost about 650; if you get 2 285s, it'll cost about the same, and if you get a 295, I know you can get them for 560. But 2 cards scale much better than 3 cards, and it'll use less power, generate less heat, and use less slots. So 3 way SLI is a complete waste imo.
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Old April 19, 2009, 01:58 PM
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u think i'll be a good move to downgrade the power supply from
Corsair HX 1000watts( Is 1000watts 2much?) to corsair 850W/750W and put that money into GTX285 SC instead getting 260 SC?
Any suggestions on the cases?
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Most definitely. TX750W would be perfect, even for SLI. Check out my sig, main rig...
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Old April 19, 2009, 02:11 PM
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HX-1000W will give you quite a bit of headroom. Even when it degrades, or if you decide to go through with tri-SLI, you'll have the power. It's also a modular power supply. But TX750 seems like a good PSU (in fact, I plan to get it to replace my current one), and as Charlie said its enough for 2 (non-295) card SLI.

For the case, I use Antec 900. Its moves alot of air since it has a huge fan on the top so it's a great cooling case. I've never tried any of the other cases so I don't know how the 900 compares to them.
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Go with a TX750, their awesome PSUs but stay away from a 900 case, cable management in those things is a nightmare, go with a CM 690 or a haf IMHO or step up to a nice silver stone fortress =D As from GPU 2x 285s is plenty for anyone I see no need for tri SLI here, 2x GTX 285s beats out any of ATIs options for the price point... GTX 275s are looking like a nice route as well, they perform better then 4890s and you can get them for like $270 but they also perform pretty close to a 285.

Antec 900 also isnt a full tower case, its a mid tower. The coolermaster storm sniper is also a nice case though, and it seems to be coming down in price =D

EDIT: no offence OP but the cases you listed all but suck, if you wanna go antec for under $150 go with the 902, the 900 is dated, ugly and has zer0 cable management. If you go with 2x GTX 275s your looking at close to or more performance with less heat power and money then 3 GTX 260s. theres a review of the card in our reviews section.

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Go with a TX750, their awesome PSUs but stay away from a 900 case, cable management in those things is a nightmare, go with a CM 690 or a haf IMHO or step up to a nice silver stone fortress =D As from GPU 2x 285s is plenty for anyone I see no need for tri SLI here, 2x GTX 285s beats out any of ATIs options for the price point... GTX 275s are looking like a nice route as well, they perform better then 4890s and you can get them for like $270 but they also perform pretty close to a 285.

Antec 900 also isnt a full tower case, its a mid tower. The coolermaster storm sniper is also a nice case though, and it seems to be coming down in price =D

EDIT: no offence OP but the cases you listed all but suck, if you wanna go antec for under $150 go with the 902, the 900 is dated, ugly and has zer0 cable management. If you go with 2x GTX 275s your looking at close to or more performance with less heat power and money then 3 GTX 260s. theres a review of the card in our reviews section.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 275 896MB Review
I don't think the OP needs a full tower, nor does he have the budget for one. Personally, I find all the Coolermaster cases ugly. The Antec 900 doesn't look great, but it run cool and it's not as hideous as the CM cases imo, but aesthetics is subjective. It's old, but that doesn't mean it's not a solid case, and new doesn't mean better either.
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