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Why would you raid 2x velicoraptors when you can just get an SSD?
Maybe because he may be unhappy with the limited lifetime of SSD's?

Velcorapters used tried and proven technology, and they are known to be reliable. No one yet knows what the lifetime of a SSD is, with the wear on the memory from normal day to day use,
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I'm fairly sure that I spent $2500+ on my current system. Certainly not the best budget build, but I am happy with the system so far.
My goal was not a gaming computer, but a good computer that could also play games......
    
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For $1299.91 that's ******* cheap, I feel raped!

I can get

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
ASUS P8P67 Pro
G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB
MSI GeForce 560 Ti
CORSAIR Professional Series AX850
Crucial RealSSD C400 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM
Noctua NH-D14

$1685 SCREW DENMARK and our insane taxes!

But yeah that build is really good for those money!
post #64 of 92
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I did think about what i said. SSD caching is worthless if you even buy a 60Gb SSD and with 2500$ to spend, he most likely WILL get an SSD of that size or larger.

As far as the onboard video, yes, that is a valid argument many people use, but it's also the only argument, and even then, most people have a crappy video card from an old computer they can pop in to test, OP said he had crappy desktop. Crappy desktop card will work if his card fails. ALSO, OP stated he's getting SLI/crossfire, i highly doubt BOTH his cards will fail. A cheaper p67 will give extra money for parts and he wont lose features he wont need, unless he buys a 20gb SSD or has BOTh cards fail on him... pretty unlikely. :/
lol, I didn't say you didn't think. I just said slow down.... I'm not really trying to insult anyone.
I wouldn't exactly call SSD caching "worthless". Unless of course, you are using it and find it completely worthless...

with that much money to spend, why not go for the board that will take the SLI 580's as WELL as provide onboard video?
Also, unlikely != impossible. But sure, let the OP do whatever he wants, that's his comp, not mine.

@OP: Why are you so bent on getting SLI 580's if I might ask? I guess most who own that will disagree, but I don't see how it is the "best" option given how much money will be dedicated to those cards.
I'd say get one 3GB version for now and try to hold back the upgrade edge a tad...
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post #65 of 92
This is my suggestion:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=18226786
2xGTX570's will certainly fulfill ALL your gaming needs for a while! I think SLI GTX 580's are overkill as of right now and you won't see any difference.
The only reason why I didn't include an SSD is because I am personally staying away from them as a primary drive until their prices drop. If I got an SSD I would probably need a 128GB one and those are atleast $200. I could buy another graphics card for that price and see a much more significant performance increase. Plus I think some time is necessary to see what the expected life-span of the newer SSDs are. I may get bashed for this but it is just personal opinion. I would possibly consider getting a 40GB SSD for caching but 2x1TB F3's in RAID0 would do it for me!
At this price range I would definitely suggest going with 2 monitors. I wish I had money to buy 2 nice monitors. It is definitely going to be my next upgrade after buying a new GPU. Those 2 24" Asus monitors would probably blow your mind.
People may disagree with the case, but everything would fit and once you put some more fans in the case, airflow shouldn't be an issue. I just put it in there to save money seeing that a fulltower case would be almost $90 more.
But all in all, it's $300 under budget, and you could do whatever you wanted to fill in that gap.
Edited by revamper - 7/26/11 at 7:38pm
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post #66 of 92
OK, so I guess you didn't take that really good build I set up for you for 1600$.
Since your obviously going to be doing gaming, this is going to be an AMD system. BLAHHHH, I don't want to hear that "Intel is faster" at the moment, so please bear with me:

Antec Twelve Hundred V3 - 160$
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 - 210$
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition - 190$
MSI Radeon HD 6970 2GB - 340$
CORSAIR Hydro H80 - 110$ + AeroCool Shark 120mm Blue Edition x2 - 30$
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - 75$
Rosewill LIGHTNING Series 800W 80+ @ 50C, SLI/Crossfire Ready PSU - 150$
OCZ Agility 2 SATA II 60GB SSD - 95$
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 7200 RPM HD - 60$
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - 21$

Monitor :
Asus ML228H 21.5" 1920X1080 2ms LCD - 150$

Total:
1,591$ w/o Tax + Shipping. So, that will surely do you good! Especially for gaming, and cash wise.

I'm sure the end of all of this will be around 1700-1900$ shipped.

Also, this was made from Newegg.com.

If this doesn't satisfy you, then i don't know what will.
post #67 of 92
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Originally Posted by revamper View Post
This is my suggestion:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=18226786
2xGTX570's will certainly fulfill ALL your gaming needs for a while! I think SLI GTX 580's are overkill as of right now and you won't see any difference.
The only reason why I didn't include an SSD is because I am personally staying away from them as a primary drive until their prices drop. If I got an SSD I would probably need a 128GB one and those are atleast $200. I could buy another graphics card for that price and see a much more significant performance increase. Plus I think some time is necessary to see what the expected life-span of the newer SSDs are. I may get bashed for this but it is just personal opinion. I would possibly consider getting a 40GB SSD for caching but 2x1TB F3's in RAID0 would do it for me!
At this price range I would definitely suggest going with 2 monitors. I wish I had money to buy 2 nice monitors. It is definitely going to be my next upgrade after buying a new GPU. Those 2 24" Asus monitors would probably blow your mind.
People may disagree with the case, but everything would fit and once you put some more fans in the case, airflow shouldn't be an issue. I just put it in there to save money seeing that a fulltower case would be almost $90 more.
But all in all, it's $300 under budget, and you could do whatever you wanted to fill in that gap.
You will see a difference if your gaming on 7680x4320 resolution with 2x 3GB GTX 580's
post #68 of 92
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You will see a difference if your gaming on 7680x4320 resolution with 2x 3GB GTX 580's
I understand that, you're completely right, but I would game on one monitor. And also he doesn't haven't to listen to my suggestions. I'm just throwing it out there. 1920x1080 is easily sufficient.

Edit:
Don't you mean 3840x2160?
Edited by revamper - 7/26/11 at 7:49pm
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I've decided to go with sli 580s, a small ssd for the OS, probably 60gb, and a WD caviar 1TB hdd for games and space.
Get the F3 Faster cheaper and same storage
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BTW Did you check what I suggested?
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