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Ok, so I'm 40. I've got my boat. I've got my motorcycle. I've got my dog. I'm single, so I don't need a mistress. But I do need a sweet gaming rig. I miss the days of getting the cold shoulder for coming to bed at 3 in the morning after "only one more turn", scraping together the $$ to buy another copy of Civ after I told my girlfriend to hide the first one, and showing up for work wrecked because I had to slaughter the entire Third Reich the night before.

My ideal rig is not the uber setup, but one that's got decent overclockability, some upgrade potential, and is capable of reasonable high res 1920x1200 gaming.

Here's what I've got:

Case: Antech P180
PSU: Antech TruePower 850W

And here's what I'm thinking of getting:

EVGA 123-YW-E175-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i FTW SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: 123-YW-E175-A1
Item #: N82E16813188026

$199.99 -$10.00 Instant $189.99

MSI NX8800GT 512M OC GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #: NX8800GT 512M OC
Item #: N82E16814127329

Mail-in Rebate
$184.99 $184.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - Retail
Model #: BX80562Q6600
Item #: N82E16819115017

$214.99 $214.99

mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996593 - Retail
Model #: 996593
Item #: N82E16820146755

Mail-in Rebate
$127.99 $127.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: WD6400AAKS
Item #: N82E16822136218

$114.99 -$15.00 Instant $99.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
Model #: 66I-01939
Item #: N82E16832116488

$109.99 -$10.00 Instant $99.99

Tuniq Tower 120 P4 & K8 CPU Cooler - Retail
Model #: Tower 120
Item #: N82E16835154001

$49.99 $49.99

SAMSUNG 245BW Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with Height Adjustment - Retail
Model #: 245BW
Item #: N82E16824001234

Mail-in Rebate
$459.99 -$20.00 Instant $439.99

Subtotal: $1,407.92

I'd love to hear what you guys think. Basically, the whole rig other than the case, PSU, and 64 bit Vista is open to change. I'm committed to quad core, should I go for the Q6700 instead? I'd like to stick to one GPU for now and either upgrade or go SLI in the future. EVGA step up? Any better monitor choices? Etc... etc... etc... Please have at it.

Thanks to everyone. This forum has been a great source of knowledge, and I'm looking forward to stressing out over my new rig.
    
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Q6600 EVGA 750i FTW EVGA 8800GT Mushkin 4GB 
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WD 640g Samsung Tuniq Tower Vista/Arch Linux 
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post #2 of 19
If you're getting an SLI board, why not get a second video card? On second thought, you might wanna wait a couple weeks until ATI releases it's 4-series cards, which will most likely trump anything that nVidia has out now. But then you should probably get a more compatible motherboard...all depends on how long you wanna wait and how future-proof you want your rig to be.

A couple of these in RAID 0 would provide more performance than one HDD alone, too.

Perhaps a PC Power and Cooling PSU instead of that Antec one, but that may be a little overkill. I'm not an expert on PSUs though so don't quote me on that.

Other than that, looks great!
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post #3 of 19
You will want either sli, 9800 gx2, or a 3870x2 to game at that resolution, trust me, my 24" is wonderful but it can bring my gt to its knees.
    
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post #4 of 19
I would suggest against the 750i. Go the 780/790 route or the P35/X38 route. Don't waste your time with sub-par motherboards.
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post #5 of 19
A Q6700 will overclock faster than the Q6600, so yeah you may as well get it. It won't be THAT much of an improvement but it'll still be something.

Good choice on the hard drive by the way. But you should consider getting a second one and running them in RAID0, you'll end up with double the speed.
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4TB WD Caviar Red Cooler Master Hyper 212+ VMWare ESXi NZXT Crafted Series Tempest 410 
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post #6 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mootsfox View Post
I would suggest against the 750i. Go the 780/790 route or the P35/X38 route. Don't waste your time with sub-par motherboards.
a 750i FTW (which is the board he picked) is essentially a 780i without dual lan ports and one other minor detail I forgot. Either way, it still has two full electrical PCIE-x16 slots, so SLI will work just as well on it. And it overclocks virtaully the same as the 780i.

The 790i...thats another story. You should only consider it if you really know what you are doing with overclocking. Its got some really dumb FSB holes, some automatic settings don't work right, unlinking the ram speed can cause data corruption and possibly kill your hard drive...so yeah. OH and you can't use OCZ ram with it, it hates that ram.
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post #7 of 19
looks good but i'd get a better card
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post #8 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Manyak View Post
A Q6700 will overclock faster than the Q6600, so yeah you may as well get it. It won't be THAT much of an improvement but it'll still be something.

Good choice on the hard drive by the way. But you should consider getting a second one and running them in RAID0, you'll end up with double the speed.
That's a bit misleading, twice the speed?
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post #9 of 19
The only thing I would change would be the PSU,take a look at this one,it will save you some $.
http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-tx-7...5.html#cRevSec
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post #10 of 19
he already has the PSU
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