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Old September 6, 2010, 05:56 AM
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As I stated in my previous post, the AX850 will do just fine for the 480 SLI setup, why u ask? Because a single 480 only draws 250W MAX, so 2 of them will equal 500W. Then you've 350W for the rest of your system, so the 1200W would be overkill for your system for sure! If you were thinking about doing Tri or Quad SLI then I would recommend the 1200 for either purpose but certainly not for this build.

As for a sound card, I've heard that Auzentech Inc is a better brand for sound then Creative Labs, even though I've had no issues with them myself. Here's a link to a couple of cards to check out, I've included the Creative card just to provide some comparisons to the other cards.

Newegg.ca - AuzenTech AZTHTHD02817 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express X-Fi HOMETHEATER HD Audio Card $230

Newegg.ca - ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express x1 Interface 124 dB SNR / Headphone AMP Card $190

Newegg.ca - Creative PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series Sound Card $200
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Old September 6, 2010, 02:05 PM
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I'll have to add AuzenTech X-Fi HOMETHEATER HD Audio Card to the list.

Does anyone have suggestions and tips when picking memory for a i7 system? As I said I'd like a good set of low level heatsink ram with with some headroom for overclocking.
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Old September 6, 2010, 02:13 PM
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I would recommend getting lifetime warranty ram. Mushkin is my favourite, and is well respected by oclockers and enthusiasts. Low profile, so shouldn't be a problem with any cooler. 1866 is the sweet spot for socket 1366. G Skills, Patriot, and Corsair are 3 other lifetime quality ram. G Skills are well thought of here because of
price and perfomance. 1600 mhz are pretty good as well for speeds.
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Old September 6, 2010, 02:31 PM
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I'll have to add AuzenTech X-Fi HOMETHEATER HD Audio Card to the list.
Good Choice that is what I would recommend for this rig.
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Old September 6, 2010, 11:51 PM
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Just wondering how price matching on NCIX works? I used their PC Builder and saved the parts list to my account and added it to my wishlist. When I go to buy my build can I price match each part sequentially, or do I have buy each part individually for the price match to be accepted? Do they accept all sites?
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Old September 7, 2010, 12:47 AM
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you can do them in one shot. just make sure the product numbers and adequate links are there.

from what i can tell yes, unless you set up a front tonight and use that :)

the gtx 480 can suck more than 250 watts, but under normal operation its less. would i risk having a cap? not really. anyhow, the 850 will be fine

http://tpucdn.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_46...er_maximum.gif 320w furmark(im guessing extreme) no oc and http://tpucdn.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_46...power_peak.gif peak for 'normal' gaming use. the difference can be quite something( over 100 watts for the pair.
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Old September 7, 2010, 11:39 AM
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I'm not going to defend my position on SSD, but I stand by my comments. You'll see for yourself and make your own decision soon enough.

As for triple monitor gaming, I highly doubt anyone you talk to that has it will tell you the bezles bother them in the slightest. Your MENT to concentrate on the center screen, very rarely will you actually "look" at the side monitors. Those monitors are ment for your "peripheral" view only, and yes it makes a VERY large impact on the immersion of almost any game. Stick your hands on the sides of your head like horse blinders, thats gaming on a single monitor, take them away, thats gaming on a surround setup.

While playing bc2, very often do i get kills in because i saw movement in my peripheral screens. Its far more of an advantage than the first 10 seconds of gameplay because my load times were somewhat shorter than some Joey over there's. Especially when the advantage is more likely due to Joey playing on a low end 8 year old system than my fast one.

Your a fool if you spend that much money on a system and dont get surround, but in the end its your choice. I'm not going to harp on you about it. I do implore you to at the very least research it, try to experience it at least once before you decide not to get it, so you wont regret the decision later.
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Old September 7, 2010, 07:57 PM
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To dangtx:
Thx for the info.

To tzetsin:
I'm keeping the 3 monitor setup as an option, as u raise a pretty good point about the peripheral view of the second and third monitor. I might just buy the single screen and add the other 2 screens at a later date. If I do this the other 2 monitors will probably be either 24IN TN panels or 23IN IPS panels, unless I can get a good deal on 2 U2410s.
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Old September 8, 2010, 01:51 PM
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if you decide to go surround, make sure you have SLI if you get a nvidia gpu, but the 5870 is more than enough gpu for surround at 1650 x 1050, so when you pick your monitors remember that if they're some crazy high resolution you're not going to get it x 3.

I've got 3 x 1920x1080 in a SLI 480GTX nvidia surround setup and 3 x 1680 x 1050 in a single 5870 setup and they pretty much both "look" the same and they both run great framerates. My point is that having a very high resolution panel isnt going to do anything but make your computer work harder than it has too.

so just keep that in mind when your picking out your panel. Also smaller res panels are far more affordable and buying 3 will keep you well within your budget.

If you go nvidia and high res panels your budget is going to be blown bigtime and you'll end up with a non optimized system.

NCIX.com - Buy Samsung 2494SW 24IN Widescreen LCD Monitor 1920X1080 16:9 5ms 50000:1DC VGA DVI-D HDCP - LS24KIZKFV/ZA In Canada.
x 3 = 750

NCIX.com - Buy XFX Radeon HD 5870 HD587XZNFC 850MHZ 1Gb GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card - HD587XZNFC In Canada.
x 1 = 430
or
NCIX.com - Buy EVGA GeForce GTX 460 Fermi 675MHZ 768MB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E DX11 Video Card - 768-P3-1360-TR In Canada.
x 2 = 405

NCIX.com - Buy Accell Display Port to DVI Single Link Active Eyefinity Adapter Retail - B087B-005B In Canada.

x 1 = 35

Typical gaming computer hardware less gpu = 1100

total = 2400 ish.

If you go with the nvidia, expect them to run on the hotter / louder side because they really will be working to create that resolution.

I'm not sure what your reason for buying such expensive monitors is, but IMO unless your photoshoping for prints, those monitors are a complete waste of money, which would be better spend on something else... like watercooling, or a trip to vegas or something.
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EVGA 780i FTW ----\--||___||--/---- EVGA 780i SLI
Antec TP Quatro 1000W \ :==^==: / Antec TP Quatro 850W.
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1X 500GB Western Digital. \_____/ 3X 150GB WD RAPTOR RAID-0
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Old September 15, 2010, 11:01 AM
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Your research is so good I'm learning from you.
Just be warned!
1) that playing with resolutions higher than 1920x1200, even a GTX 460 in SLI will hiccup.
2) For 2k++ I would wait a couple of months for ATI's 6xxx series or even months for Intel and AMD's new chips (Sandy Bridge etc.)
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