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Old July 5, 2009, 01:08 PM
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Default getting ~3000$ i7 PC Finally time to buy

Ive been shopping for an i7 gaming machine for about 6 months now to replace my P4 dell. I want to use it to play the latest games on maximum graphics with 1920x1200 resolution.Ive gotten tons of help and suggestions from HWC. Here is the system:
HAF 932 Case $179.99
i7 920 CPU $320.77
Corsair HX1000w $255.13
WD 640GB w/ 32mb cache $77.55
eVGA GTX 285 dual SLI $775.66 ($387.83 each)
eVGA Classified $477.46
Samsung T240 5ms Screen $349.99
Corsair Dominator 1600 $190.84
LG SATA DVD 22x w/lightscribe $36.99

TOTAL $2664.38
I also want to get liquid cooling. The only problem is that the CPU waterblock i want (Apogee GTZ) is unavailable. What would be the best alternative? Anyway, here is the cooling system:
Swiftech MCR320 RAD $59.13
Swiftech MCP655 Pump $75.79
Swiftech MCRES-MICRO REV2 $22.15
Feser One UV Red coolant $14.16
Primoflex 1/2ID 3/4OD tubing (10') $19.35
ANTEC tri-cool 120mm red LED fan x3 $39.21 ($13.07 each) for RAD
Logisys UV cold cathodes $5.90
Logisys Red cold cathodes $ 8.26
CPU water block $~75
Bitspower Compression fittings (3x2) 33.93 (11.31/pair)
TOTAL : $~350.66
I have never done liquid cooling b4 so i have a few questions. I have no idea how much tubing is sufficient. Is 10' overkill? Also, i was wondering of there are any good water blocks built for i7, so i dont have to buy an adapter?

If im missing something in my list that i will need or you have anysuggestions , please let me know. Thanks.

BTW It is all in CND and non of these prices include shipping or taxes (except i7 920 price includes shipping) Dont count that towards the total. And dont count the OS to the total either (64bit Vista Premium)

This is my first biuld except for a P3 that i salvaged and turned into a media center. So please give me all the suggestions you can. Thanks again


Edit: the final total is $~3015.04
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Old July 5, 2009, 02:15 PM
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drop the tri cools and get some noctuas. IMO i would drop all the cathodes i think they look cheap and dont really add anything to the build. I would also get the Rampage II extrme over the classified and drop the dominator gt for just dominator. This will bring down the price. Everything else looks good though.
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Old July 5, 2009, 04:41 PM
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Which Noctua fan, specically are you thinking of. From what i can tell, the Antec fans are better with 79CFM while the Noctua only has 54.32. Plus its more expensive and doesn't look as good. I might be looking at the wrong thing. Is there something about the noctua fans that makes them better? I dont care about noise

Here are the links:

NXSource.com - Buy Antec TriCool 120MM Red LED Case Fan 3/4 Pin W/ 3 Speed Switch

Noctua NF-P12 Fan - 120mm, Vortex-Control Notches, SSO Bearing in Canada at TigerDirect.ca


Ignore the prices. I only used these links for specs\


And also. I know the cathodes dont add anything to the performance and are probably a waste of money, but if im gonna spend 3000$ on something, it should at least look good
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Samsung 275T Plus

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Old July 5, 2009, 04:54 PM
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Other people will tell you not to use a TN panel monitor with the system.

I suggest the Samsung 27" 275T-PLUS Widescreen LCD Monitor for $895.85 at A-Power

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Old July 5, 2009, 05:03 PM
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Isn't that price a little steep? I could get 3 of the 24" screens for the same price. And what is a TN panel monitor?
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Thermalright Ultra 120
Window 7 Premium 64-bit

Samsung 275T Plus

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Old July 5, 2009, 06:37 PM
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Isn't that price a little steep? I could get 3 of the 24" screens for the same price. And what is a TN panel monitor?

TN Panel is a lower quality panel that does not give as many colors and has bad viewing angels compared to some other panels (ISP). I would recommend the Dell Ultra Sharp 24".

On rads you dont want super high CFM fans most of the time as the air doesnt have enough time to cool the rad fins properly Noctua make the best fans on the market and are dead silent and I have never had one fail, but yes they are expensive. Antec tri-cools are simply bad, They make alot of noise and that 79 cfm is way less then that I bet and they sound worse then Panaflos when on high. Yate Loons are also good fans. Also if your spending that much on a computer I would recommend getting a higher quality case. Maybe a Cosmos S (if you want to stick with CM) or a Lian Li or Silverstone.
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Old July 5, 2009, 07:10 PM
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Nice looking Rig.....Waterblocks for the GPU's me thinks!!
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Old July 5, 2009, 07:26 PM
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I plan on adding to the cooling loop in the future. But gpu cooling blocks are not cheap and I just don't have enough money right now. I also want to get an ssd in the future. I really love the haf 932. It just looks so awsome
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Old July 5, 2009, 08:11 PM
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Yep that will rock indeed...particularly like the looks of thiose Dom GT's 1866 RAM.....
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Old July 6, 2009, 05:34 PM
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I would recommend the Dell Ultra Sharp 24
could you give me a link to the one you are talking about?

and, is this any good

Acer - Acer G24 24IN LCD Widescreen Red and Black 1920X1200 50000:1 2MS DVI... - ET.LE904.008 - Powered by PriceCanada.com



is there any difference hardwarewise between the regular GTX 285 and the "Superclocked" version, or is it just that they've over clocked it for you?
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Corsair HX1000W PSU

WD 1TB Black Cavair

Gigabyte UD-5 MoBo

Corasair 1600Mhz 6GB RAM

eVGA GTX 275
Thermalright Ultra 120
Window 7 Premium 64-bit

Samsung 275T Plus

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