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What to get for $1800

post #1 of 51
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Within about 15 days i'll have about 1800 bucks on hand to get whatever I want. I'm looking into a:
1. new case (lighted?),
2. motherboard (good overclocker, socket 775 for my processor),
3. big hard drive (250 GB or more),
4. pci-express card for the new motherboard
5. watercooling

For under 1200 bucks what is the best setup I can get? I don't want to spend everything i've got, so i'm just sticking to 1200 bucks


Also, preferably SLI compatible, just in case i want to get another 8800 later on
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32GB Corsair SSD + 2x 320 + 1x 250 Lightscribe drive Windows 7 Ultimate Hanns-G HG-216DPO 
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post #2 of 51
Thread Starter 
the pci express card would preferably be an 8800 gts
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32GB Corsair SSD + 2x 320 + 1x 250 Lightscribe drive Windows 7 Ultimate Hanns-G HG-216DPO 
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32GB Corsair SSD + 2x 320 + 1x 250 Lightscribe drive Windows 7 Ultimate Hanns-G HG-216DPO 
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post #3 of 51
To be clear do we have to purchase a new monitor,Keyboard,mouse within this budget of yours ?
post #4 of 51
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ive got a good keyboard and mouse, ill buy the monitor myself, dont need help with that
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32GB Corsair SSD + 2x 320 + 1x 250 Lightscribe drive Windows 7 Ultimate Hanns-G HG-216DPO 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
32GB Corsair SSD + 2x 320 + 1x 250 Lightscribe drive Windows 7 Ultimate Hanns-G HG-216DPO 
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Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard OCZ GameXStream 850W HAF 932 Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse 
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post #5 of 51
I'll work something up before i hit the shower :]

And btw Sceptre monitors are really cheap on newegg now *$20 cheaper than when i bought it on easter... i hate techonlogy* and they are great monitors :]

Bah, just read the under 1200 bucks part....
i just made one for 1800 lol....

forget it >_<
post #6 of 51
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cool, thanks
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32GB Corsair SSD + 2x 320 + 1x 250 Lightscribe drive Windows 7 Ultimate Hanns-G HG-216DPO 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
32GB Corsair SSD + 2x 320 + 1x 250 Lightscribe drive Windows 7 Ultimate Hanns-G HG-216DPO 
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Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard OCZ GameXStream 850W HAF 932 Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse 
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post #7 of 51
500w modular psu
post #8 of 51
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yeah, i probly do need a new psu, but ill worry bout that myself too
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32GB Corsair SSD + 2x 320 + 1x 250 Lightscribe drive Windows 7 Ultimate Hanns-G HG-216DPO 
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Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard OCZ GameXStream 850W HAF 932 Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
32GB Corsair SSD + 2x 320 + 1x 250 Lightscribe drive Windows 7 Ultimate Hanns-G HG-216DPO 
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post #10 of 51

Total: $959.95

Teh Evil Cup: he isn't looking for CPU/RAM, although I think upgrading the CPU is a better investment than the watercooling...
I am not a Raptor fan myself; for less money, you can have two 250GB/16MB cache drives, and actually have better performance in terms of sustained read.

$250 left for watercooling.. post a thread in the watercooling section to what's the best solution

And finally, I would not get the GameXStream. Those PSUs have a ripple issue at high loads. Since you picked an P5B Deluxe, there won't be SLI in the future, and the 520W Corsair would be my best pick.
    
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