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post #11 of 33
Here is a start. I am sure others will follow with other suggestions as well. You will have alot of info to work with.

Case - Cooler Master Praetorian - $149.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119085

PSU - SilverStone 600W Modular - $169.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817163109

Motherboard - DFI LanParty nF4 SLI-DR - $187.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131568

Processor - AMD 64 3700+ - $213.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103539

HSF - Thermal Take Big Typhoon - $53.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106061

TIC - Artic Silver 5 - $5.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835100007

Memory - OCZ 2 x 1GB Platinum Edition PC3200 - $205.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227210

Video Card - eVGA 7800GT - $285.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130256

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 250GB SATA 3.0Gs - 2 x $100.00 (200.00) (RAID)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148111

Optical Drive - Asus - $40.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135046

Sound Card - Creative Labs X-Fi Xtreme Music - $122.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102188

Keyboard - Saitek Eclispe - $47.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823175103

Mouse - Logitech G7 Laser Game Mouse - $65.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104203

Mouse Pad - S&S Steel Pad - $23.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817114705

You will be on your own for a Monitor and Speakers as that is more subject to your viewing and listening taste and should be tested at a store before you buy them. I also did not include a second card for SLi as this would drop the quality of other parts. So you can add it anytime later of course. You may also have some parts like mouse, keyboard, etc. you will reuse and it will lower the overall cost alowing SLi quicker.

Total - 1763.88
Total with UPS 3 day - $1836.80

Just $36.80 over budget. Not to bad. Well the you have something to go on and others to chime in on. Good luck on the build mi amigo.

Es
 
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post #12 of 33
Will you consider a Intel build, like this one. The 920 can be overclock on air to be a stock FX60. (or a little better)

Quote:
Originally Posted by pauldovi
P5WD2-E Premium $220
Pentium D 920 (great ocer) $260
2x Patriot eXtreme 1GB DDR2 800 $240
Gigabyte 3D Aurora $150
Sunbeam NUUO $85
150 GB Raptor $280
Sony DVD-Drive $40
EVGA 7800GTX $434
Big Typoon $52

Total: $1750 + shipping

The Pentium D 920 (2.8Ghz) can easily get 4.0Ghz on air with that mobo and RAM. (Thats an FX60!). The RAM can be set to DDR2-667 and then the timing can be put at 3-3-3-6. That will be a mad fast system, and you can do EVGA step up from the 7800GTX to a 7900GTX for like $50....

This will score 6-10k in 3dmark06
Sorry, didn't realize we were in an AMD section. But that system still rocks!
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post #13 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by pauldovi
Will you consider a Intel build, like this one. The 920 can be overclock on air to be a stock FX60. (or a little better)
Well the thing with the 920 is that it has to OVERCLOCK to compare with the STOCK speeds of an FX60. The FX60 can still get a few hundred Mhz overclock, too.
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post #14 of 33
if he wanted an intel system, he would have posted in the intel section.

I second the 3700+ reccomendation. The new ones have been getting as much as 3 GHz on the stock heatsink.
post #15 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by game
Well the thing with the 920 is that it has to OVERCLOCK to compare with the STOCK speeds of an FX60. The FX60 can still get a few hundred Mhz overclock, too.
FX60 - $1100

920- $250
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post #16 of 33
I've got trouble believing that.

You'd think that if people could get a $250 CPU to the performance of a $1000 CPU, more people here would get one. Or do you mean with phase change or some other extreme cooling? because $250 for 920 + $900 for Vapochill = $1150...
post #17 of 33
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You just need to decide what you will be really using the system for and build it to suit that use. If gaming is really the focus, SLI will be the way to go but do NOT invest in dual cards now IMHO. Get the best GPU you can but only one and use the extra $500 to help with other things...
he is right. about a year ago i build an xp system for $500 a couple of months later a spend $1800 on a 64 set up. luckily i was able to sell the xp and get some of my money back. i dint get an sli mobo so now im getting dfi mobo, hp ram, and a 7800 gpu another $ 1000.

the moral of this story is there are certain things you can do with out at first and others that if you do, will end up costing you a lot more money. using on board sound rather than buying a sound card is a good start. inexpensive mouse, keyboard and speakers is another. a used monitor can also save you big bucks. i bought a dell trinitron 19in black for $65. its not lcd but looks great with my black tsunami dream case.

here is an idea
3700 san diego $212
dfi ut sli $169.75
x2 550w $105
evga 7800 gtx ko $538.34
74gb raptor $169
asus 1608 dual layer 51.00
good aluminum case $125
high performance ram ocz, cosairs or gskill $200 (gskill can be found at newegg.com)
thats 1570.09 at zipzoomfly with free shipping on your door steps in two days
leaves you with $230 for speakers, mouse ,key board and monitor that you can always work towards buying better with time. however you will have a killer rig upgradeable for years to come and very overclockable. hey maybe you have a monitor, mouse and etc laying around that you can use for now.
i hope this helps you out, along with the advise from the other guys.

and that my friend is my 2c
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post #18 of 33
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by blade_3k
Heres a good SLI System

CPU-AMD Opteron 270 Dual Core 2 GHz Socket 940 2MB L2 Cache

Video Card-Asus Extreme N7800GT Dual/HDtv2!

Videocard(2)-Asus Extreme N7800GT Dual/HDtv2

Motherboard-Asus A8N SLI Premium

Ram-OCZ PC-3200 DDR400 Platinum Edition 2GB(2X1024MB) Dual Channel

that video card is ****ing beastish this system is more though but first at around 1800 im guessing
How much is this now??
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post #19 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sporadic E
Here is a start. I am sure others will follow with other suggestions as well. You will have alot of info to work with.

Case - Cooler Master Praetorian - $149.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119085

PSU - SilverStone 600W Modular - $169.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817163109

Motherboard - DFI LanParty nF4 SLI-DR - $187.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131568

Processor - AMD 64 3700+ - $213.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103539

HSF - Thermal Take Big Typhoon - $53.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106061

TIC - Artic Silver 5 - $5.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835100007

Memory - OCZ 2 x 1GB Platinum Edition PC3200 - $205.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227210

Video Card - eVGA 7800GT - $285.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130256

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 250GB SATA 3.0Gs - 2 x $100.00 (200.00) (RAID)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148111

Optical Drive - Asus - $40.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135046

Sound Card - Creative Labs X-Fi Xtreme Music - $122.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102188

Keyboard - Saitek Eclispe - $47.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823175103

Mouse - Logitech G7 Laser Game Mouse - $65.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104203

Mouse Pad - S&S Steel Pad - $23.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817114705

You will be on your own for a Monitor and Speakers as that is more subject to your viewing and listening taste and should be tested at a store before you buy them. I also did not include a second card for SLi as this would drop the quality of other parts. So you can add it anytime later of course. You may also have some parts like mouse, keyboard, etc. you will reuse and it will lower the overall cost alowing SLi quicker.

Total - 1763.88
Total with UPS 3 day - $1836.80

Just $36.80 over budget. Not to bad. Well the you have something to go on and others to chime in on. Good luck on the build mi amigo.

Es
I'd say get that,but take out the mouse,keyboard etc and get a x1900xt.
    
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post #20 of 33
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot guys. I have taken all of your ideas in thoughtfully. I hope to have the new rig in about 2 to 5 months. I have $1400 at home and $300 in the bank. I think I am going to go SLI and just buy one GPU and buy another one later when I need it. I want to buy a 7800GTX 512 then buy a second one later. But I think I might wait for the 7900's. What do you guys think?
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