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post #1 of 44
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Hey everyone, this is my preliminary plan for my new build. I have a $2,500 budget. I need to leave money for tax (8%) and around $300 for water cooling.

I plan on heavily modding my case, adding windows, vents, etc.

All opinions are welcome! Help me out!

EDIT: UPDATED PRICES AND COMPONENTS

Processor: Keeping my Q6600 G0 Stepping

Case: LIAN LI PC-A71B $225

Motherboard: DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS LGA 775 Intel X48 $225

Video Cards: 2x Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 $595

Power Supply: ZALMAN ZM850-HP 850W Modular $170

Memory: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 1066 (TWIN2X4096-8500C5DF) (with MIR) $96

Hard Drive: WD Velociraptor 300GB 10000 RPM $300

Monitor: Acer P243WAid 24" Widescreen" $390

DVD/CD: Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD SATA (DVR-215DBK) $30

Subtotal: $2,031

This leaves me with $420 for water cooling and $50 for tax (found some tax-free retailers).
Edited by Maytridy - 7/4/08 at 6:15pm
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i7 930 EVGA 758 GTX 280 Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 
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post #2 of 44
First time I've ever been able to say it but...it looks perfect.

Wow...
post #3 of 44
I say you get some different ram. I've had 2 sets of Dominators and they never really impressed me. Sure they run at their specified ratings but OC like poop.
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Custom Loop|360 Rad w/3x H1011|D5Vario|Custom M... Win10 Pro PX2710MW G510 
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I would go with a 24" screen and that case looks eerily like the rocketfish which is a $50 case.
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80GB Intel X25-M / Samsung F3 1TB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Alienware AW2310 Razer 
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Looks good, only thing I could say is wait a few more weeks for 4870x2.
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320g Seagate 500g WD XP SP2 Hanns-g 19" Saitek Eclipse 
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good computer yo
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
320g Seagate 500g WD XP SP2 Hanns-g 19" Saitek Eclipse 
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post #6 of 44
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheCh3F View Post
I say you get some different ram. I've had 2 sets of Dominators and they never really impressed me. Sure they run at their specified ratings but OC like poop.
Could you suggest a better option? Thanks man. (I found this RAM attractive because of the price and the little fans. I'm going for WC, so I won't have too much airflow to cool the ram)


Quote:
Originally Posted by barrysgoods View Post
I would go with a 24" screen and that case looks eerily like the rocketfish which is a $50 case.
The 24" Samsungs nearly double in price. I can't really support that budget; I would have to make a cut somewhere. Wasn't the rocketfish discontinued? They are similar on the outside, but the A71 has many more features and (in my opinion) much better interior design.

Quote:
Originally Posted by mkultra View Post
Looks good, only thing I could say is wait a few more weeks for 4870x2.
What's the ETA on those? I'm afraid of getting into the whole "wait for the next gen" cycle...It seems like a ripe time to grab the 4870's.

Reps all around for the help
Edited by Maytridy - 7/1/08 at 9:25pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 EVGA 758 GTX 280 Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 
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Intel X-25M Windows 7 Samsung 25.5" 750W 
Case
Lian Li A71 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 EVGA 758 GTX 280 Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 
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Intel X-25M Windows 7 Samsung 25.5" 750W 
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Lian Li A71 
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post #7 of 44
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maytridy View Post
What's the ETA on those? I'm afraid of getting into the whole "wait for the next gen" cycle...It seems like a ripe time to grab the 4870's.

Reps all around for the help
They should be out in the next 3 or 4 weeks. I have the money now for a for 4870 but I'm holding myself back and just waiting for the x2. Either way it wouldnt be a bad choice to get CF 4870. Best cards out right now for price/performance.
good computer yo
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e6600 @ 3ghz MSI P6N 650i(soon DFI DK P35) eVGA 8800gts 640mb 650/2000(soon R700) 2GB G.Skill 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
320g Seagate 500g WD XP SP2 Hanns-g 19" Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Xigmatek 750W LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Razer Deathadder Evergilde Titan DKT Monstermat 
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good computer yo
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e6600 @ 3ghz MSI P6N 650i(soon DFI DK P35) eVGA 8800gts 640mb 650/2000(soon R700) 2GB G.Skill 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
320g Seagate 500g WD XP SP2 Hanns-g 19" Saitek Eclipse 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Xigmatek 750W LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Razer Deathadder Evergilde Titan DKT Monstermat 
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post #8 of 44
want to send me the ballistix? That list looks really well thought out, but I don't know about the velociraptor. Seems pretty expensive for the benefit you get.
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2 wd caviar(200 and 250gb) Lite on dvd burner Xp media center edition 2005 Acer 21.6inch x213w 1680x1050 
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crap hp Ultra Lsp650 650 watt Ultra x-Blaster crap hp 
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post #9 of 44
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mkultra View Post
They should be out in the next 3 or 4 weeks. I have the money now for a for 4870 but I'm holding myself back and just waiting for the x2. Either way it wouldnt be a bad choice to get CF 4870. Best cards out right now for price/performance.

Yea, and I want to get them soon so that I can play during my summer vacation. Once school starts I don't have much time. Thanks again
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i7 930 EVGA 758 GTX 280 Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 
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Intel X-25M Windows 7 Samsung 25.5" 750W 
Case
Lian Li A71 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 930 EVGA 758 GTX 280 Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600 
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Case
Lian Li A71 
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post #10 of 44
I suggest these, or these.
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For Sale: For Sale: Single Stage Phase Change
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CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Custom Loop|360 Rad w/3x H1011|D5Vario|Custom M... Win10 Pro PX2710MW G510 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Seasonic SSR-650RM DangerDen Torture Rack G500 Big! 
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ASUS Xonar DX 
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Upgrade
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For Sale: For Sale: Single Stage Phase Change
$300 (USD) or best offer
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
7600K Gigabyte Z270P-D3-CF Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB Ballistix Elite 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR4 3000 MT/s 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Custom Loop|360 Rad w/3x H1011|D5Vario|Custom M... Win10 Pro PX2710MW G510 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Seasonic SSR-650RM DangerDen Torture Rack G500 Big! 
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ASUS Xonar DX 
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