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Old August 2, 2010, 06:27 AM
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For your second build, why not drop down to the G.Skill Pi which is only $165?

Newegg.ca - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8TU-6GBPI

Price match the Zotac GTX480 to $526 (so you'll also get the $35 rebate from NCIX to bring it to under $500 theoretically if you don't count tax). NCIX allows PMs as they don't consider the MIR into the price.
Newegg.ca - ZOTAC AMP! ZT-40102-10P GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

1TB Black Sata3 drives for $88
NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM - WD1002FAEX In Canada.

With regards to the monitor, really? $440 for a 24" TN monitor? That's just wasting money imo...a $250 24" TN provides the same quality. If you're going to spend $440 on a monitor for that size, I'd rather spend it on a decent 23" IPS screen.
i.e. Xpress Canada - HP L2445M, 24" Widescreen Thin-Film HD LCD active matrix - Black, 1920x1200, 1000:1, 400nits, VGA, DVI (Retail Box) 1920x1200 HP 24" for $254 which is also TN.

The G.Skill RAM is a good call, and I'll look in to that shortly. As for the PM's, the numbers are rough right now anyway since actual order date is almost 2 weeks away.

The kicker on the monitor is that it must be ordered from NCIX as I will be taking advantage of a few benefits from work on this. So if you have a similar suggestion that can be found at NCIX, please weigh in. I'm no expert on monitors, and I'm just looking to get the best bang for my buck. I'm just trying to keep it at 16x10 ratio, great quality, 24" or larger, preferably 19x12 or larger res, and $500 or less.
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Old August 2, 2010, 06:42 AM
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You could always save cash by getting the Corsair 800D off the other local that was selling his for $250.
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Old August 2, 2010, 08:13 AM
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You could always save cash by getting the Corsair 800D off the other local that was selling his for $250.
If I decide to go that route, I might consider it. But it's doubtful as I'm a) looking forward to my first entirely brand new system in as long as I can remember, and b) I'm using a corp. purchase ability's.
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Old August 2, 2010, 04:36 PM
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Well I saw the 26" version of the NEC monitor in action, and it is truly stunning! So I've added that as my monitor of choice... Looks like my 'budget' is turning out to be around the $3000 mark now.

*EDIT* I should mention that I'm really struggling between my current choice of a single, stunning, 26" 1920x1200 monitor for just under $600. Or finding 3x 1680x1050 22" monitors for under $200 each. I suppose it's possible to find 3 such monitors, but they'd need to be display port capable, (as I believe Eyefinity requires all monitors to run off the primary GPU?) they'd need to be thin bezel, and of very good quality. Not sure if I can find that in a sub $200 22" monitor. Although I'm open to suggestions on that. Keep in mind, thoughm that my budget is bloated as it is, so price can NOT exceed $200 per monitor.

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Old August 2, 2010, 05:32 PM
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I'd rather have the convenience of a since display than Eyefinity...
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Old August 5, 2010, 02:29 PM
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After some further investigating; I've decided to go with an IPS monitor. I've settled on the u2410 for now. After I get some more cash put together, that may get upgraded to a 30", but it's not in the budget right now.

I'm liking the build so far, and I think it's nearing completion, if not there already. Thanks for the input so far and keep it up. I'll be ordering at the end of next week.
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In my opinion, Crossfire/SLI is a bit of a waste @ 1920X1200. I'd drop one of the 5870's and pick up a Forte or Prelude, which is missing from your otherwise great gaming system.
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For $ 3,000 I would get the best value, balance, no compromise, and no money wasted. I really think you won't see the massive improvement you want with two 5870 IF you will have them with 3x 1080P displays. One card is enough for that cheap monitor. But if you have to have them, then the optimum display for 2x 5870 is 3x 1200 or 1600 and that's almost 2k right there.

Some replacements

Intel Core i7 930 $300 budget price, insane performance, overclockability
ASUS P6X58D-E X58 $254the best low cost X58 motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws 6GB 3X2GB DDR3-1600$195 effortless to obtain a high CPU overclock
XFX Radeon HD 5870 $440 (slightly better than Sapphire)
Thermalright Venomous X-RT $ 82 (i7 930+ G.Skill Ripjaw=overclock to 4.0~4.2GH easily)
ASUS VG236H 23IN 1080P 120HZ 3D$560.48 (includes a 170$ value 3D kit, 120hz is the new thing and it makes a difference. This is what I call a gamers display. Costs 150 less without 3d kit in case you want to get two more for eyefinity, but no display port so not sure if eyefinity works with one 5870 , and 3d is only via dvi)

Some suggestions

Intel X25-V 40GB 2.5IN SATA2 SSD $113 (Install OS&Apps&1~2games, move to data once you're done)
PCI-E Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Audio$ 54
Gigaworks T40 Series II 2.0 Speakers $170 (Games, not music)
CREATIVE SB ARENA USB HEADSET $87
SIDEWINDER MOUSE $71
Microsoft Sidewinder X6 Keyboard $65
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium$121

For some reason good monitors above 1080P resolution are hard to find in 2010. Suppose 1080 is more marketable.

Mouse & Keyboard depend on your taste. Razer and Logitech are good. Mid-end products are equal to high-end minus the bells, whistles and wireless.

Hope I added something worthy, and that you would consider my advice on GPU/display balance.

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Old August 7, 2010, 11:40 AM
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I understand the recommendation for a 120Hz display, but not one that comes with a 3D Vision kit, considering you also recommended an ATI card.
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Yeah sorry about that. 120hz minus the 3d kit is still worth it though.
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