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Old August 15, 2010, 05:08 PM
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I suppose that I am in the same boat as "2500 hundredish". I'd really like to stay at $2750--$3,000 for entire system, i.e., "rig" (Boy! I feel like a manly man now!), monitor and rodent. I'm having a little trouble with GPUs and PSUs though. Anyway, here's the gory details:

Silverstone FT02 case--Red edition @$259.99. I like the fact that it comes with the new AP 181 fans, as they give a bit more room for "2 x 4" sized GPUs, i.e., 5870/5970. With current fans, you'd need to mod the center grill or remove it for 5970. Plus, it would look nice with the mobo.;

Asus Rampage Extreme III mobo @$379.00 (I swear it was at $359.99. Hmnn ...). It has more breathing room for a Crossfire setup. Plus, the Bluetooth/iPhone ap connect feature sounds like a hoot. Also, would be a perfect visual fit for Red case;

Sapphire 5870 Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR GPU @$429.99. Card seems to have gotten good, stable reviews over time. One for now as I will run a Dell U2410 @1920x1200 (I'd might like two, but $$$$). Might CF it in future;

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XFX HD-587X-ZNFV (Cypress XT) @$389.99 minus $40.00 off through 8.15.2010, which is tempting for obvious reasons. This card has gotten pretty decent stable reviews as well.

or Sapphire 100281-3SR 5870 (Cypress XT) with Eyefinity
@$399.99 minus $40.00 off through 8.15.2010, which is, again, tempting for obvious reasons (though I don't need Eyefinity);

Corsair HX series CMPSU-1000HX modular PSU (dual rails). The HX1000 is @$229.99 minus a $50.00 rebate, which is something to consider (they're trying to make room for an AX1000, I assume)

or Corsair Professional series AX850 modular PSU (single rail) @$199.99. Single rail easier to deal with for newbe?

or
Corsair Professional series AX1200 modular PSU (single rail) @$299.99. I know that the 1200 is overkill, but thought that I'd toss it in just the same;

Intel i7 930 CPU @ $289.99. A good choice, I think; can be easily over clocked;

Intel X-25 Mainstream 80 GB SSD @$214.99. Yes, as we all know, SSDs aren't cheap (yet). For example, it's $75.00 more than a 150GB Velociraptor, which isn't an outrageous premium. Still, $75.00 here, $75.00 there ...

AFT PRO-35U card reader;

G.Skill 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR 1600 RAM @$149.99. Drawn from ASUS QVL for ROG Extreme II. Plus, it matches color scheme;

WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD @ $104.99;
LITE-ON 24X DVD writer black SATA with LightScribe @$25.99. Seems to get pretty good reviews. Amazing how reviews of optical drives are all over the place. Is it the drives or the software, I wonder? Both?

Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional. I could go with either, but given that I have student status at the moment (though I'm a 52 year old geezer) I might be able to bag either or even Ultimate (overkill) for a very attractive price. But I won't know until tomorrow;

Artic Silver 5. Need we say more;

Spire Thermax Eclipse II CPU cooler. @$54.95. Got top reviews at Frostytech, though I have open mind;

Dell u2410 Ultrasharp 24" monitor. On sale at "moment" @$499.00. They have u2711, but @$999.00. Ouch! Plus, I worry about driving the u2711 at its 2550x1440 resolution, especially in gaming, though I suppose you could drop down to 1920x1080. I just happen to prefer IPS panels to TNs by the way, though ASUS has a new 27" 1920x1080 w/display port that's gotten some good feedback on Newegg (though it's still early days);

Logitech KB and rodent. KB Might be G110 or G15 or the new G510, with 518 (?) rodent.

Well, that's it. I've got to come to some final decisions as I have to build the silly thing and I am running out of time. Plus, I'm driving myself crazy with this phase of the process. I just wish that I could find something like Newegg but with out the sales tax hit (live in CA.) Every little bit helps!

Thank you for you attention!



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Old August 15, 2010, 05:22 PM
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The Rampage has two 8 pin mb connectors (only one required, two if you're planning on OC'n) so that may be a determining factor in your PS quest but if your not planning on OC'n and only plan on running a single GPU you may be better off looking at a lower power (lower cost) PSU

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Old August 15, 2010, 05:42 PM
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corsair 850+ is a solid choice, albeit way overhead even for a couple of cards in xfire
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Old August 15, 2010, 05:54 PM
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Nice choice of components. Are you an ATI guy, or would you consider the 460, you could probably get 2 right now for close to the same money as 1 5870.
For psus I have the HX 1000. It's been so good that I never even think of what I'm using. I had 2 5970s with a half dozen HDDs and plenty of fans with some peripherals and it never got warm or stressed.
The new AX series would be one that I'd seriously consider. The 1000 watt HX psu would in itself be overkill, but I like overkill.
Great motherboard if you're into benchmarking and overclocking, otherwise overkill again. The P6X58D premium or even P6X59D-E are good boards and overclock well. EVGA boards are great too.
As for cases, it's really a personal choice. If you like the look, I would recommend looking at the CoolerMaster HAF series.
I love the WD 1 tb hdd. So fast for a spindle drive. The Intel from what I've read is a very good choice for the OS. I have OCZ and Kingston. Such a big difference compared to even the VRaptors that I have.
Noctua coolers are pretty good and well priced for the performance you get.
Great choice for a cpu,nothing more need be said.
Overall you've done your homework and whatever you finally decide on, I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results. Good luck with the build and enjoy the new system!!!
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Old August 15, 2010, 06:19 PM
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Hi all,

I'm also looking to buy a new rig, i've got about the same budget as yours and I like your build so far.

I was wondering about the Dell screen, I really want to buy an IPS screen as they seems to be pretty hawt these days but this one apparently got some tint issues ( pink-greenish). Was this fixed or is there any other ips screen that one would recommend ?

Also interested about the 2x 460 option..

Hope I don't derail your thread so much if you'd prefer I can make a new one.

Thanks
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Old August 15, 2010, 07:06 PM
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This is what I recommend for the power supply: Newegg.ca - XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
If you aren't crazy about the looks, then this: Newegg.ca - KINGWIN LZG-700 GOLD 700W ATX 12V v2.2 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

850W is overkill for a single video card, and Corsair's offerings in that wattage range are honestly a bit overpriced.
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Old August 15, 2010, 09:02 PM
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Dubbaa: I have sent you two messages. I assume that you will get them, though I'm new to this forum and Don't know my way around yet. Timid newbe.
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I replyed back to you Timid via PM. Thanks again.
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