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Basically its either a computer, a bike, or a parachute. I am coming home from Iraq soon and I need to splurge on something.

My goal is to create a fast, reasonably priced rig. I can live with a bit more than 3k. I do not edit video therefore I am open to a dual core proc rather than a quad.

Case: Antec Nine Hundred $140
Maybe I should go for the 1200 since im planning to sli at some point with the 280

PSU: Silverstone 1000W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS (single 12v rail) $240
I really want the PC P&C 1200w but its $600.

Motherboard: XFX nForce 780i SLI 250
I considered the EVGA 780i ftw but I read that the northbridge heating is excessive. I gathered that DDR2 has lower latencies with lower clock speeds so it balances out for the most part, right?

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz $195
Suppost to be a good overclocker. I would go for the QX9650 if it wasnt $1000.

RAM: Corsair Dominator 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 $190
I like the fans.

Graphics: 1x EVGA GTX 280 FTW Edition $540
Among the fastest air cooled 280's...i toyed with the idea of 2x 280 hc's for $800 each but thats a whole other thread.

HDD: 2x (raid 0) Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200 rpm 32mb cache $160 (total)
Faster than a single Velociraptor....id rather not spend $600 for raid 0 veloci

HDD: 2x (Raid 1) Western Digital Caviar GP 1TB 5400 to 7200 $190
Movie/Music Storage...i want it to be mirrored and i already have one of these drives with 250gb free.

NIC: Bigfoot Networks Killer NIC 400 MHz $230
I play online...i wonder, should I go for the 333 Mhz version? Does it make a difference?

Monitor: Samsung 2493HM Glossy Black 24" 5ms (BTW) HDMI 1920x1200 $430
I have a decent blu ray collection and I will be playing my ps3 on it.

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Blu-ray DVD-ROM $120
Cheapest blu-ray, oddly faster than the sony and less expensive. I dont burn discs, I use flash drives when i need.

OS: Vista Ultimate $190
I could go for the home version, i dont even know what ultimate does.

Heatsink: Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Cooling Heatsink $60
Supposedly the best air cooler out there...do i need a fan?

This comes out to roughly $2935. Im not including small stuff because I can charge that to a family credit card so basically its free to me.

Let me know what I forgot and any suggestions. I dont have to stick to $3k so if it goes over i can put small stuff on the credit card. Ok, back to playing grunt for real.
post #2 of 17
network card would be the most worthless thing you spend on money on...

instead of that, liquid cooling?

instead of gtx 280, gtx 260 sli?
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Hey, Welcome to OCN!

Well, what can I say, 3k $ rig...Can`t have objections...Although Intel and Ati are smashing everything currently...and I would go for some Rampage+4870 CF, that would pwn GTX280...
Also, IMO CoolerMaster CM690 looks better, has better airflow and cable management than Antec case...
    
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post #4 of 17
You can find antec 900 cases for $99

you will need a fan for your TRUE heasink

you don't need a network card, just a good internet provider and a gigabyte Lan MOBO

you can prolly find vista ultimate for less than 190

Check craigslist for all of that stuff before you go buying is from an online store or retail 1st.
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post #5 of 17
Drop the NIC, it's useless for the price, and you might want to go with a SLI setup of the newer GTX 260.
    
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IMO, I would ditch the Blu-Ray optical drive. Unless you actually play blu-ray discs then you might as well just go for some SATA DVD Burner. The Q6600 is a great processor if you do manage a lot of applications at a single time (itunes, downloading stuff online, etc.). If all you do is game and lightly use applications, then I would recommend an E8500 for around the same price. If you overclock, just get a cheaper E8400 and go that way. I would also take a look at ATi's 4870s instead of the 280. The 4870 performs much better. There's no point in just blowing away extra cash just because you can.
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Originally Posted by the_milk_man View Post
You can find antec 900 cases for $99

you will need a fan for your TRUE heasink

you don't need a network card, just a good internet provider and a gigabyte Lan MOBO

you can prolly find vista ultimate for less than 190

Check craigslist for all of that stuff before you go buying is from an online store or retail 1st.

where can you get that antec? new or used?
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post #8 of 17
No need for that rip off network card! It will run hardly no diff. with out the card! Go with a Water Cooling with the money that you save! Thats also to high on the Antec 900! There are cheaper 900's
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post #9 of 17
My suggestion is to go with a Cooler Master 690 case which has better airflow and get a Intel Wolfdale E8500 instead of the q6600.
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I have a few suggestions:
First: get the normal EVGA GTX280, its $450 (You save $90) and it comes with the precision overclocking utility, which can let you overclock the card to the same clocks as the FTW. By a factory overclocked card is just a waste of money.
Second: I recommend you get two 120mm fans to put onto your TRUE to pull the cold air from one side and to push it out the other.
Third: If you will be mostly using this for games and not multi threaded applications, i suggest you get the e8500 as your CPU. It is the same price as the Q6600, its stock at 3.16ghz, and it could easily go over 4ghz with the TRUE. Even though you may think its bad cuz its a dual core, dual cores are acutally better for gaming, so the e8500 is actually the best gaming CPU out there.

Hope this helps,
    
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