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So, I'm about to start building a new comp and I was looking to see if anyone here had any advice... The eventual goal is to move the system to watercooling, however the total system price is going to be a bit steep so I'm starting the system build slowly. Basically, only getting 6gb ram, 1 gtx 275, and no SSD to start off with, the extra 6gb/275/SSD will add about $800, then another $250-450 for water cooling components later down the road for overclocking.

I was wondering though, how good is the Rampage II Extreme? The EVGA Classified seems a bit pricey! Even the rampage is very pricey!

I've been reading about new GPUs from Nvidia? Any expected date on them? Are they going to be significantly better than the gtx 275/285s?? If that's the case and they are being released soon, then I might just get a single gtx260 or 275 to hold me off until the new cards come out.

Also, would an 850W PSU be gimping the potential to water cool the system later on down the road? Should I opt for a 1000W PSU, or will the 850W PSU suffice for a 2x 275 setup? I'm looking to push this system to ~4.2-4.4ghz when I get my watercooling components, However I plan on remaining at the stock component frequency until then. The goal is to have the entire setup completed by the end of the summer.


The setup basically is:

-Core i7 920 D0
-Rampage II Extreme
-12gb Mushkin DDR3 1600 6-7-6-18 ram
-Cooler Master HAF 932
-120GB X-25M SSD
-2x ASUS ENGTX275
-Corsair 850HX PSU ( I noticed newegg is running a deal for a 1000HX + HAF 932, I might get that if the offer is still around when I begin purchasing parts in 3 weeks)
-WD Caviar 1TB 7200RPM SATA drive
-Samsung Syncmaster 2233RZ 120 Hz 22" LCD

I already have a g15 keyboard and a MX18 mouse, though I might upgrade to a laser based mouse in the near future.

I've been wanting to build a top of the line comp for a long time now, since I now graduated and am in the workforce I have the time and money to spend on a great system Not looking to break the bank with a 6k+ system, but I want something nice Main goal is to get great framerates in games at 1680x1050, and to run all my CAD/FEA Software.



http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=11756666
Edited by vdek - 6/19/09 at 2:55pm
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The Rampage II Extreme is a very good and popular board. The classifieds is pretty much the extremist/enthusiast board. One of the versions support Tri SLI x16 which is part of its price tag. I don't own one so I cant speak much on it. If your looking to save some money, check out the Foxconn Bloodrage. Many users on here have gotten some impressive overclocks with it and it comes with a NB WB in the box.

From what I remember new GPUs from ATi and nVidia are due out in the fall. I'd say go with a cheaper card now.

As for power, Corsair 850W PSU will work perfectly. I am running my sig rig off a Corsair HX620W.
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Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz Quad-Core Processor $280
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard $289
Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler $80
CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) HX3X12G1600C9 DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory $229
Thermaltake ArmorPlus(Armor+) ESA VH6001BWS $249
SAPPHIRE 100269OCSR Radeon HD 4890 1GB $240
CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W Power Supply $240
Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G1 80GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD $290
2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Internal HDD $180
Sony Optiarc Black AD-7241S-0B SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe $30
Pioneer Black BDR-203BKS Internal Blu-ray Burner $210

ASUS VK246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor $240

This sounds like a better deal for me. The gigabyte motherboard can also reach 4GHZ stable, it has more SATA ports than the rampage II extreme and it runs sweet.

What do you need a 120Hz monitor for? :S

The thing with the new GPU's coming is, that they will support DX11. Until now, only ATI is ready to release DX11-ready GPU's around the date of release for windows 7 and DX11 (around october). Nvidia has delayed the launch of their DX11 GPU's until next year.

BTW if you could get an i7 920 D0 stepping from antares digital, you won't regret it dude . D0's can be pushed to 4GHZ easier and with less volt increase, unlike it's C0 counterpart.
Edited by Icekilla - 6/8/09 at 8:42pm
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WOOT Parts are Ordered, so far the first portion of the system is going to be relatively mild, these are the parts I ordered:

-Intel Core i7 920 D0 ( From Antares)
-ASUS Rampage II Extreme
-Cooler Master HAF 932
-EVGA GTX 275, 1792MB
-Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM
-Corsair 1000HX
-Mushkin 6gb DDR3-1600 6-7-6-18 timing
-LITE-ON Blu-ray DVD driver/DVD Burner
-Hanns-G 27.5" LCD


Opted out of the 120HZ display, as I have really grown accustom to using this 27.5" Monitor at work for CAD.

Darn newegg shipped half my parts from CA and half from NJ, so I have to wait a while to get all the parts in :/ That should give me time to paint the inside of the HAF case however, I'm thinking of going with a black/red theme, I've seen it executed fairly well around these forums.

The next step is going to be to order a 2nd GTX 275, a SSD, and another 6GB of RAM.

Once that is done, I will be watercooling this bad ass machine and overclocking it to hell and back

I'm going to upgrade the original post with pics soon.
Edited by vdek - 6/10/09 at 5:41pm
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how much is your setup going to cost?
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The parts I purchased so far total to ~ $2050 including shipping, I might actually hold out and keep 1 GTX 275 until the new nvidia GPUs are released this fall. Otherwise with the water cooling/ram/SSD it will cost ~ $2900 total.

I priced out a similiar system form digital storm and they wanted almost 5k O_O
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sounds like your well on your way
I can personally vouch for the haf case and corsair power supply and the core i7 (although I got a CO a few months back). All are great! Looks to me like you picked out some high quality kit only thing I dont like is the hanns-g 28" monitor. I bought one of these from newegg and although it arrived with no stuck or dead pixels, it had serious discoloration patches and major lightbleed that bothered me. Maybe i got a bad one.

Good luck with your build! did you forget to get an operating system or do you already have that covered?
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sounds like your well on your way
I can personally vouch for the haf case and corsair power supply and the core i7 (although I got a CO a few months back). All are great! Looks to me like you picked out some high quality kit only thing I dont like is the hanns-g 28" monitor. I bought one of these from newegg and although it arrived with no stuck or dead pixels, it had serious discoloration patches and major lightbleed that bothered me. Maybe i got a bad one.

Good luck with your build! did you forget to get an operating system or do you already have that covered?
I tried to pick out some high quality components I can't wait to watercool it and overclock it muahaha!

We have about 5 of the Hanns-G monitors at work, we did have a problem with one but it was replaced by newegg fairly quickly. They are great monitors Sounds like you got bad one :/ Then again, I use it in a rather bright environment. I wanted th samsung 22" 120Hz display, but newegg didnt' have any in stock :/

I'm going to be running Windows 7 RC until it's released for now I'm using it on my laptop and I love it! Although I have XP 64 and Vista discs lying around.
Edited by vdek - 6/10/09 at 7:39pm
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ok so IMO, the Rampage 2 is an Insane board.
better price/performece/feature value then the classified, that's for sure.
unless u wanna go tri-sli, with dedicated physx card and an audio.raid card, u don't need 4 pci-express slots. so rampage would be my weapon of choice. u can save a bit and go with the p6t deluxe, or gigabyte UD5, but i think that such a high performence machine deserves either the rampage, or the classified.
as far as the video cards go, the nvidia 300 series isn't that far away, should release this year, but not much is known about it. from what i could gather it will be a whole new deal for GPU in general, might be worth waiting for, only getting one 275 for now.
for the PSU, an 850 will defenitaly do the job, even with 2 gtx 275, but personally, i would get the corsair HX1000, just because it's not that expensive for 1000 watts, it's modular, and very nice cables all around.
ohh, and for the case, i think the HAF is great, but not good enough. air flow is very important, but there are better cases i would reccomand, one would be the CM ATCs 840, amazing build quality, full aluminum, massive fans, just overall amazing, and only 200$!!

hope i helped, and good luck with the build
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ok so IMO, the Rampage 2 is an Insane board.
better price/performece/feature value then the classified, that's for sure.
unless u wanna go tri-sli, with dedicated physx card and an audio.raid card, u don't need 4 pci-express slots. so rampage would be my weapon of choice. u can save a bit and go with the p6t deluxe, or gigabyte UD5, but i think that such a high performence machine deserves either the rampage, or the classified.
as far as the video cards go, the nvidia 300 series isn't that far away, should release this year, but not much is known about it. from what i could gather it will be a whole new deal for GPU in general, might be worth waiting for, only getting one 275 for now.
for the PSU, an 850 will defenitaly do the job, even with 2 gtx 275, but personally, i would get the corsair HX1000, just because it's not that expensive for 1000 watts, it's modular, and very nice cables all around.
ohh, and for the case, i think the HAF is great, but not good enough. air flow is very important, but there are better cases i would reccomand, one would be the CM ATCs 840, amazing build quality, full aluminum, massive fans, just overall amazing, and only 200$!!

hope i helped, and good luck with the build
I liked the foxconn bloodrage, but didnt like that the RAM capacity of the board is limited :/

Yeah I think I'm going to stick with one GTX 275 until the 300 series are released, as far as what I purchased, I switched to the 1000 Watt PSU.

For the case, I chose the HAF primarily because I intend on water cooling the system in the near future, and the HAF seems very well built for water cooling.

I've been lurking for a while looking to see whats good and whats not
Edited by vdek - 6/10/09 at 7:50pm
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