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post #21 of 31
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Originally Posted by korosu View Post
OK, I had worked up a system with a 780i and a pair of GTX 280s, but I kept forgetting things, and went over budget. Anyhow, here's the reworked list, comes in at under $2,800:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...Number=9943988

SILVERSTONE ZM1200M 1200W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V Power Supply - Retail $399.99

(2x) G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail $169.98

Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen HDMI LCD Monitor - Retail $489.99

ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $289.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9450 - Retail $329.99

OCZ OCZTVEND2 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $49.99

(2x) Seagate SV35.3 ST3750330SV 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $319.98

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD for System Builders - OEM $179.99

Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $129.99

(2x) HIS Hightech H485F512P Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $379.98

Subtotal: $2,759.87

Not bad for a quad-core with 8GB of RAM, 1.5TB of storage, a 1200w power supply, and a 28" monitor.

Even if you substitute those 4850s for 4870s once they're available, you still ought to be able to keep the price under $3,000 for the whole setup.
The Silverstone is nice, but the Corsair HX1000 is more than plenty at a more reasonable price.

8GB is fun, but you could save $84 now by settling for 'just' 4GB. Another 4GB is easy to add in the future.

I've heard mixed things about that Hanns-G monitor... The idea of a smaller extreme resolution monitor is nice, but for now, I'd prefer a quality 1920x1200 24" screen.


Rampage + Yorkfield + Xigmatek sounds yummy

1.5TB in RAID0?? Ouch.. one failure and you're toast. For less money, I prefer my 1.28TB solution (2x 320GB in RAID0 and a single 640GB drive).

Which features of Ultimate will you use? Home premium 64-bit will be just fine.

Nice case.
    
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post #22 of 31
Im gona get a similar set up but im trying to keep mine around 2 grand but heres what i suggest

tower

mobo

video card x2

psu

cpu


ram x2

hdd x2 in a raid0

sound card

and just to keep it all cold

cpu cooler

additional case fan

hdd cooler

ram fan

and the cd/dvd drives are your choice
post #23 of 31
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The Silverstone is nice, but the Corsair HX1000 is more than plenty at a more reasonable price.

8GB is fun, but you could save $84 now by settling for 'just' 4GB. Another 4GB is easy to add in the future.

I've heard mixed things about that Hanns-G monitor... The idea of a smaller extreme resolution monitor is nice, but for now, I'd prefer a quality 1920x1200 24" screen.


Rampage + Yorkfield + Xigmatek sounds yummy

1.5TB in RAID0?? Ouch.. one failure and you're toast. For less money, I prefer my 1.28TB solution (2x 320GB in RAID0 and a single 640GB drive).

Which features of Ultimate will you use? Home premium 64-bit will be just fine.

Nice case.
Good points. I figured that two 750GB drives would give you the freedom to use them in RAID 0, 1, or just as separate drives (most likely the route I'd take)

As for the ram, I added that much more or less based on the principle of "it's cheap, why not?"

I'm with you on the OS and monitor. I picked those based more on mass appeal than my own preferences. A 24" would be just fine for me, and I do plan on getting one for use in Iraq, to hook my PS3 up to for delicious 1080p.

As for the power supply, nice suggestion, I'll check it out. I picked a single-rail 1200w just in case a pair of 4870X2s are.. Shall we say, "hungry".
Edited by korosu - 6/22/08 at 6:32pm
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post #24 of 31
With Nehalem round the corner...

You sure you want to spend $1000 on a processor (qx9650 or whatever)... that in six months will be obsolete....

Also remember.... any MOBO that you could buy now, wouldn't fit the new Socket..

If you're dying to get a PC go for it... If you think that dollars are better saved and wisely used... wait a bit (or build a lower priced PC- as in $1000 that can do real nice for now)
post #25 of 31
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With Nehalem round the corner...

You sure you want to spend $1000 on a processor (qx9650 or whatever)... that in six months will be obsolete....

Also remember.... any MOBO that you could buy now, wouldn't fit the new Socket..

If you're dying to get a PC go for it... If you think that dollars are better saved and wisely used... wait a bit (or build a lower priced PC- as in $1000 that can do real nice for now)
The "next big thing" is always right around the corner. If you want a new system now, you could be waiting all your life. Get whatever's a good deal now, and if something new and revolutionary comes out in two months, at least you can find solace in the fact that it'll take a good year or so to iron out the bugs anyhow, while the stuff you have is tried and true.

Anyhow, I reworked this list and brought it down below $2,500 just for you, Chozie:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...Number=9944388
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post #26 of 31
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The "next big thing" is always right around the corner. If you want a new system now, you could be waiting all your life. Get whatever's a good deal now, and if something new and revolutionary comes out in two months, at least you can find solace in the fact that it'll take a good year or so to iron out the bugs anyhow, while the stuff you have is tried and true.

Anyhow, I reworked this list and brought it down below $2,500 just for you, Chozie:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...Number=9944388
That looks nice. With 4870's, possibly a keyboard/mouse, and shipping, it'll be right around $3000
    
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post #27 of 31
And now, for something completely different: (Give me a minute to don my flame suit)

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...Number=9944588

Same build, but with 4x 4850s, a Phenom 9850 BE, and an Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe 790FX motherboard.

Just for fun, please don't flame me telling me how impractical this would be. Definitely an awesome system for the AMD die-hards, though.
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post #28 of 31
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Originally Posted by korosu View Post
And now, for something completely different: (Give me a minute to don my flame suit)

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...Number=9944588

Same build, but with 4x 4850s, a Phenom 9850 BE, and an Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe 790FX motherboard.

Just for fun, please don't flame me telling me how impractical this would be. Definitely an awesome system for the AMD die-hards, though.
No more heating in yuor room needed

Actually, not a bad alternative It's fun for the AMD Diehards. Too bad 3DMark06 is so darn CPU dependent (way too much imo)..
    
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post #29 of 31
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No more heating in yuor room needed

Actually, not a bad alternative It's fun for the AMD Diehards. Too bad 3DMark06 is so darn CPU dependent (way too much imo)..
I had another one built for the thread you just closed, as well:

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...Number=9944808
$10k of ridiculousness!

I know that for that kind of money, one might prefer a more robust cooling solution.. But F it. This is a system that anyone willing to blow $10k will be able to do without having to screw around with radiators and pumps.
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post #30 of 31
Thread Starter 
would dual 280s fit in a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112156

? i want as small of a case as will fit the hardware -- i move it quite a bit, and space might be limited

also, in terms of microstuttering, would 1 gtx 280 with a 1680x1050 be smoother than two of them at 1920x1200? and is a 24 inch monitor going to make peripheral vision in shooters difficult?

thanks for the advice guys
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