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Old July 25, 2010, 10:29 AM
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...someone makes too much money....
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Old July 25, 2010, 10:42 AM
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...someone makes too much money....
Ha! Hardly... I'm just lucky enough to have a wife that lets me buy my toys.
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Old July 25, 2010, 12:14 PM
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I'm also looking at the possibility of a 27" 1080p monitor since they're not much more money. But I'm reading conflicting reviews. Some are giving 27" monitors great gaming reviews. (like the BenQ M2700HD) But I've read other reviews saying that all 27" monitors are bad for gaming due to slow response time. Does anyone here use a 27" monitor for gaming?
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Old July 27, 2010, 05:19 PM
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I'm no expert but if you're going to connect that pc to a 1080p display, then you're burning too much cash on the GPU. Heck even the gtx 460 can play any DX11 game on 1920x1200. The only Display that would do a gtx 480 or hd 5870 any justice is a 2560x1600 display but that's over your budget.

If you are planning on a future crossfire/SLI upgrade, then would your mobo support 16 memory lanes on each GPU? Because most mobos don't.
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Old July 27, 2010, 06:13 PM
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If you are planning on a future crossfire/SLI upgrade, then would your mobo support 16 memory lanes on each GPU? Because most mobos don't.
Yeah most dont but Intel's X58 Chipset and AMD's 890FX Chipset do support 2 x16 @16 speed for SLI/CrossFire! It's only when you go tri or quad SLI/CrossFire then it drops down to x8 as the lanes have to share bandwidth! Officially, Intel supports SLI and AMD supports CrossFire so its up to you as to which path you wish to choose.
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Old July 28, 2010, 02:49 AM
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I find my self in a similar situation as caldezar. I can't wait any longer because Star Craft II is out and Civ V is on the way. I'm building the cheapest rig possible and am waiting for the new GPUs from ATI. I also just turned 31 and my fiance gave me the ok to spend the money Too weird!

Caldezar,

The good:

The CPU, mobo, RAM. case and PSU are money well spent imo for this rig and the next one and maybe the one after that! Many experts recommend an i5 760 over the AMD 6 core but 8GBs of RAM and a 32 memory lane mobo for 470$ is ! P55 can't touch that.

The bad:

With that monitor, get any GPU under 200$ and build a 1,500$ rig, for now.

The ugly:

Save at least 1,500$ more for the new ATI card and an LG 2560x1600 display, or two more Acer displays to set up a 3 monitor display. Yes you need more money.

Also, google SSD degradation and do some research. Pick an SSD with the latest drivers/patches. An Intel x25 is the safest bet, but not the best.

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Old July 28, 2010, 06:23 AM
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Certainly appreciate everyone's input. Time to weigh in again...

First: There's a reason the companies that manufacture high end parts are in business; because nobody likes to stop at what they 'need' instead of what they want.

Second: I will most certainly going with either a multi-display setup or a larger monitor in the future. But I can only convince her to let me spend so much money at a time. ;)

*edit* Lately I've been thinking about saving a few bucks by dropping the SSD and switching to a Gigabyte board. This would let me go with either a second monitor, or larger single display right away.
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Old July 28, 2010, 07:34 AM
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Cald : Congrats on the soon to be new machine of yours should be very nice.

I too have looked a little bit (havn't done quite enough research yet) for SSD and I think the speed looks awesome but the ppg (price per gigabyte) is ridiculous. It is something I will look into once the prices start to drop.

Video card : They hold value not to badly especially if you can get a good brand (XFX being my fav due to the double lifetime warranty). But I do wonder if you shouldn't just get one of the ATI cards for now and then just get a 2nd when you see a good deal on HWC :)

I agree with your choice to go with the 6 core 1055t rather then the 4 core 965. I'm actually debating (see sig) to sell my machines and get AMD 1055t's etc...

Again best of luck and happy birthday! I'm also turning 30 this year :(
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Old July 28, 2010, 08:36 AM
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You really shouldn't get the CM v8 its barely better than the the stock cooler.
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Old July 28, 2010, 10:07 AM
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You really shouldn't get the CM v8 its barely better than the the stock cooler.
It may not be the best heatsink out there, but it is still vastly better than stock.
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