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post #11 of 22
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Tech advice AND financial advice?

Wow, lotta bang for your buck in these forums (no pun intended...)
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Only idiots put it in savings accounts and CDs...

Invest in some stocks if you want some real money..
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Guild D55, or a RainSong JM-1000, or any Collings in that case. I would do it in a second if I had the moneys.
    
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I would wait until July 22nd and get:

-Lite-On Serial ATA Optical Drive ($50)
-bluegears b-Enspirer Sound Card ($100)
-Antec P180B Mid-Tower ATX Case ($200)
-Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor ($300)
-4x1GB of G. Skill DDR2-800 [HZ] Ram ($450)
-Asus P5N32-E nForce 680i Motherboard ($200)
-eVGA e-GeForce 8800GTX Graphics Card ($550)
-2 Western Digital 750GB Drives in Raid 0 ($400)
-PC Power & Cooling 750-Silencer Power Supply ($200)

Total: $2450

Mouse: Logitech G5 Gaming Mouse
Keyboard: Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard

Total: $100

The Mouse and Keyboard are all personal perferance, though. I would go with a Logitech MX Revolution + Saitek PK-02 Gaming Keyboard. Saitek makes the most reliable and best keyboards in my opinion, and the MX Revolution is an all around great mouse (wireless, simple design, two scroll wheels, rechargeable).

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I would get my exact system except get an 8800GTX instead of 7900GTX and a PC Power & Cooling 750-Silencer of my Modular SeaSonic.

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How old are you qnine? I'd suggest saving that money, in a 10% interest account it will double every 7.2 years. You'll thank me later. Could make the difference between being poor and being rich when you retire.
Actually, I'd sort of agree.

Just because you have $2k+ doesn't mean you have to spend it. You can still build a killer machine for around 1,000. You can save the rest. The question you need to ask yourself is: "Will spending all that money on the computer REALLY make such a huge difference?"

Food for thought
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P180 or P190 case
750W Enermax?
quad-core or high C2D
2 GB RAM
8800 GTX(ANY OF THEM ARE GREAT!)
2X 500 gb WD RAID0
680i mobo or other ASUS SLI board
Logitech anything they are amazing!

EDIT:Wait till the date they said will be worth price drops.
    
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Actually, I'd sort of agree.

Just because you have $2k+ doesn't mean you have to spend it. You can still build a killer machine for around 1,000. You can save the rest. The question you need to ask yourself is: "Will spending all that money on the computer REALLY make such a huge difference?"

Food for thought
Yeah man I totally agree with you. My friends are always trying to get me to spend big money on a new LCD. I mean, this crappy 15" Dell LCD is terrible, but I can deal with it. I have better uses for my money. I think you should save at least $500.
    
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I think the whole point of overclocking is not to spend the most money you can, and then max it for benchmarks and bragging (which is what most people do), but to save you money.

The idea for overclocking ,and what most older clockers used it for, was to save that extra 100-400 bucks and just overclock the cheaper stuff to match the more expensive.

I'd say spend around 1500$ max. Anything over that and you are paying inflated prices for "top of the line" stuff that will be half as expensive a year from now.

Generally the best buys are midrange stuff.


Oh and to all the people who advise you to wait....Sure you could wait till q4 to get the same stuff cheaper....or you could wait a year and get it even cheaper than that.

See where I'm going? Computers devalue faster than cars. So you have to pick what you like, and go for it.
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post #19 of 22
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Actually, I'd sort of agree.

Just because you have $2k+ doesn't mean you have to spend it. You can still build a killer machine for around 1,000. You can save the rest. The question you need to ask yourself is: "Will spending all that money on the computer REALLY make such a huge difference?"

Food for thought
I agree. My Graphics Card was a hand-me-down, my Case and Power Supply were very cheap (Instant Rebate + Mail-In Rebate FTW) and I got most of my components so I won't need to upgrade for a while. For example, I per-ordered a Quad Core for ~$275 (from tankguys) because I will not have to upgrade for at least 3 years. Lastly, I made my system so the only upgrades I need will not replace my current components (like getting a Sound Card and another 2GB of Ram). (I do not have my bluegears b-Enspirer yet )

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Some initial desires:

1) I'm a gamer, definitely want to have a RAID 0 setup with some 10,000 RPM drives.
2) I also store a massive amount of music and what not on my drives - looking at the WD 750 GB drive with the vertical read, looks pretty nice and the price is good.
3) To liquid cool or not to liquid cool? Seems a lot of people here can do damn well on air alone.
4) Noise is somewhat important to me as my rig will sit up on my desk next to me. Don't want a constant annoying drone in my ears.
5) Graphics - I'm torn. Could go for the 8800GTX, or would an SLI setup using two cheaper cards get just as much performance?
The first two points I have no comment on. As for liquid....price the system assuming just air cooling is going to be used, and see what you have left in the end. If you want to hassle with water, consider the time investment for a first timer, and consider the gain. Are you looking to OC far? Or OC at all?

As for noise, wel, 4 and 5 clash. A high end video card is going to cause some serious racket unless you can control the fan speed, or you invest in aftermarket cooling and quiet fans.

If I didn't have any brand loyalty, I'd suggest wait for the price drop on the Intel chips, and get a Q6600. If upgradeability is an issue, look into the Gigabyte P35C-DS3R, has ddr2/3 compatibility, and will support the 45nm cpus. If not, I don't know much about intel boards. If you really want to consider a quiet system, lookinto quiet power supplys, like Corsair, or seasonic, or FSP. Maybe even a fanless power supply? The goal should be to limit the number of fans in the system, and have the ability to reduce their speed. As for the video card, consdier the games you play now, and games you're considering in the future. Do you need performance now, soon? Midrange has never let me down for the software I use.
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