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    Posted: 31 Aug 2010 at 1:58pm
* My budget is around $1600
* Mostly used for gaming, internet browsing and work
 
I dont know a ton about building PC's.
 
This is what I came up with. If you have a minute please help me out.
 
Thank you
 
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - HAF 922
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 930 2.8GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 LE Edition SLI (Intel X58 Chipset)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Digital Storm Certified (Dual SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition Recommended)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 2x (500GB Western Digital (16MB Cache) (7200 RPM)
Set 1 Raid Options: Configure HDD Set 1 to a Raid 0 Config - Stripe Performance (Requires Two HDDs)
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: Standard Factory Heat-sink and Fan
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

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  Quote !ender_ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Aug 2010 at 2:03pm
looks pretty good, if youre looking to game on a budget you should lose the raid, thats not going to do much if anything for your games.. and between that and dropping to a i7 860 build you could fit a 480 in that budget
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  Quote Lat Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Aug 2010 at 2:08pm
Thankf for the advice. Couple questions. I read that Raid 0 or and SSD HD greatly impact performance for MMO's is that wrong? what would I be loosing by dropping to the 860? Is there a big gain from the gtx470 to the GTX480? Should I upgrade the Power supply or the cooling?
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You should definitely upgrade the cooling if you want to get the most out of the Free DS Overclock, which btw is highly recommended.
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I read that Raid 0 or and SSD HD greatly impact performance for MMO's is that wrong?
not much that ive seen could support that claim beyond saying that instances/levels would load faster from an SSD.. but you cant really put 2 standard hdds in raid vs a half decent ssd becuase the SSD will blow them out of the water with no effort
more importantly, the money spend on raid or ssd would more effectively per dollar be spent on video power
 
what would I be loosing by dropping to the 860?
triple channel memory and 3 or 4 card sli/crossfire support
this can be effectively explained as: absolutely nothing, unless you plan on doing some 3 or 4 way sli or the "memory bandwidth" test on sisandra results mean a lot to you
 
Is there a big gain from the gtx470 to the GTX480?
very significant, probably id say 15-25% gains in anything that relys on your GPU which is a large majority of games
 
Should I upgrade the Power supply
no, the 750 is fine even for a gtx480
 
or the cooling?
haha wow i apologize i did not see that you didnt add a cooler, yes you absolutely need to get a cpu cooler, i suggest the noctua u12p as the best cost:performance, its very very good and very quiet
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  Quote al3xLJ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Aug 2010 at 2:35pm
definitely try and get the GTX 480, and get the noctua u12p's to cool down the overclocked things
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  Quote Lat Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Aug 2010 at 3:35pm
Based on your feedback this is what I came up with.
 
 
How does this look. It comes out to $1709 before shipping
 
 
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - HAF 922
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 860 2.80GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA P55M SLI (Intel P55 Chipset)
System Memory: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Digital Storm Certified (Dual SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition Recommended)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (500GB Western Digital (16MB Cache) (7200 RPM)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Noctua Dual 120mm Fans High Performance Cooler (Compatible With ONLY i7 Processors)
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

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  Quote !ender_ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Aug 2010 at 3:58pm
put in a little extra for the evga p55 sli (not M) its better than the micro board in every way and the price difference is pretty small, i believe $30?
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  Quote al3xLJ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Aug 2010 at 4:50pm
lol, i seem to say this all the time:
no internal lighting?
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  Quote !ender_ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Aug 2010 at 4:59pm
i believe most people dont include this in thier config until they actally order, just like other options that dont effect gaming, such as a 2nd optical drive or a periferal
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  Quote al3xLJ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Aug 2010 at 5:15pm
last guy said thanks for reminding him :P
only tryin to help
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