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Old September 11, 2010, 06:08 PM
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So its been a couple years since I built my last computer. Going to college has been keeping my mind elsewhere and working full time in the summers has kept me too busy to build.
Now that I have grown tired of moving my current PC from my apartment back home every weekend I decided to say screw it and build a whole new PC. I need to jump on some newer standards anyways : /

Old (Current) PC.
It has seen MANY variations over its life span with CPU, video card, RAM, hard drives, and other cards.

Case: Antec 900
Mobo: P5N-e SLI
CPU: Intel Q9550
CPU Cooler: TRUE w/2x Noctua NF-S12B
RAM: DDR2 800 2x2GB
Video Card: EVGA GTX280 SSC
PSU: PC Power & Cooling 750W
Sound Card: Sound Blaster X-Fi xtremegamer (Purchased from Jake_HT :P )
HDD: 1x WD 1TB Caviar Black
2x WD 1.5 TB Caviar Green

Picking out the parts for my new PC was a little difficult since I had not been keeping up with ANYTHING over the past 6~12 months due to work and school, But after a week or so of research and catchup I managed.

Case: Coolermaster ATCS840
Mobo: P6TD Delux
CPU: Intel i7 930
CPU Cooler: TRUE w/2x Noctua NF-S12B
RAM: Mushkin Ridgeback 3x2GB DDR3 1600 6-8-6-24
Video Card: Going to take my EVGA GTX280 SSC from current PC and try to find another one to SLI.
PSU: Corsair 1200W
HDD: Intel X-25M G2 80GB
2x WD 2TB Caviar Green

Well, we will have to see how this whole thing turns out, Pics will definitely be up when the stuff gets here and throughout the build. If anyone has some suggestions for additional parts or comments, please post up!
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Old September 11, 2010, 06:17 PM
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Looks very good. I just sold 3 x GTX 280's over the past couple of months.....
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Old September 11, 2010, 06:21 PM
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What are you planning to use as a card in your first rig?

If you're planning on replacing it with something you can game on, it might be more cost effective to leave the 280 in it, and pick up a single higher end card for the new build.

Other than that, looks like a decent build, although folks are going to let you know that you've gone overboard with the PSU, even if you decide to SLI two GTX280s. :)
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nice(expensive case). same with psu. unless you buy now to have upgrade room later, which is fine. i suggest you get more oomph in the gpu department.

now, if you have waited that long, and intel(and amd) are releasing new stuff within stone throw's reach? maybe have a bit more patience?
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Old September 11, 2010, 06:40 PM
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What are you planning to use as a card in your first rig?

If you're planning on replacing it with something you can game on, it might be more cost effective to leave the 280 in it, and pick up a single higher end card for the new build.

Other than that, looks like a decent build, although folks are going to let you know that you've gone overboard with the PSU, even if you decide to SLI two GTX280s. :)
I'll be replacing it with an 8800GT. I'll only be using it on weekends so I'll survive.

I was only going to get a lower wattage PSU, but I found a price match for the 1200 watt for only $4 more, so why not have the upgrade room.

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nice(expensive case). same with psu. unless you buy now to have upgrade room later, which is fine. i suggest you get more oomph in the gpu department.

now, if you have waited that long, and intel(and amd) are releasing new stuff within stone throw's reach? maybe have a bit more patience?
The case was not actually that expensive, compared to others, but more then what I am used to spending on mid towers :P

Nope, I need it now! :D
For the price I got away with, I don't think the new parts coming out would compete price wise. Had I waited, it would only be another stone throw away until the next release anyways.... What I am getting now is a big upgrade compared to the current that will allow me to upgrade. Besides, I am not looking for a Powerhouse.....right now :)

I am going to be upgrading my GPU at some point, but for now a single 280 runs my games just fine, And if I can find another 280ssc I'll be fine for a while while spending a fraction of the price.
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looks like you are set, and thanks for doing your homework, sir. :)
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Sounds like a good plan then. Is this your first full size tower case? If so, just like your first scroll wheel mouse, you'll never go back.... :)
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Sounds like a good plan then. Is this your first full size tower case? If so, just like your first scroll wheel mouse, you'll never go back.... :)
Yes it is, and just like the fist time I put a second monitor onto my computer to play with for a day, I have never gone back. Fortunately when I had all 4 of my monitors here this summer, I just could not find a use for them all and am still OK with 2..... though a 3rd one just in case could be nice....... DANGIT
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The ATCS 840 is an excellent case. I'm sure you'll love it once you get your hands on it. As for the rest of the parts, I'd have gone with a P6X58D-E or Premium instead of the P6TD Deluxe, but everything else looks pretty good.
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As for the rest of the parts, I'd have gone with a P6X58D-E or Premium instead of the P6TD Deluxe, but everything else looks pretty good.
I don't even know how I missed this mobo. It meets my needs even better, and the expansion board slot layouts are much better, allows expansion to tri-SLI if I so desire.

I guess I did not do as much research as I thought...

Its a good thing you posted this now! lol
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