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Post Date: 2010-11-20

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    Posted: 20 Nov 2010 at 6:18pm
Hi,
 
I configured a gaming pc tower and i'd like to know if there are any recommendations i should make according to my budget and desires. I'm looking to buy 2 gaming pc towers and i want them to be identical.
 
BUDGET
$2500 max for each pc tower. I already have keyboard, mouse, webcam, gaming accessories, monitor, speaker system, etc.
 
EXPECTATIONS
I want to have a gaming pc that will make the best use of my large monitor. I have a Dell Ultrasharp 3008wfp 30" display and i want to be able to run games at maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 as much as possible and with the best possible quality and performance.
 
USAGE
These pc's will be mostly for gaming, but i also have a high end speaker system and i want it for music also and so a sound card is a must and i chose one that i thought would be best for that unless there's a motherboard that can give me the sound quality i'm looking for.
 
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I would like to go with a 2-SLI video card setup, but two GTX 580's would put it out of my price range. Is there another 2-SLI video card setup that would be recommended as opposed to just going with one GTX 580 ?
 
It seems my choices are one GTX 580 or 2-SLI GTX 470's. Would it be better to go with one GTX 580 and add another one down the road ?  Or go with the two GTX 470's now and then upgrade to two newer video cards down the road ?
 
Is the Noctua cooling setup i chose good enough for what i'm thinking of going with ?  I'd rather stay away from the extra cost of liquid cooling, but if it's absolutely needed, then i'd like to know ahead of time and go from there.
 
Here's the configuration i came up with. Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 
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Edited by slicejones - 20 Nov 2010 at 6:54pm
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  Quote slicejones Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Nov 2010 at 6:26pm
I thought i'd also list this to make it easier to see. Total cost of this configuration is $2295 plus shipping.
 
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Specifications:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - HAF 922
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X58 (Intel X58 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series  (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1200W Digital Storm Certified (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition Highly Recommended) 
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (500GB Western Digital/Seagate/Hitachi/Samsung (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 580 1.5GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion (Includes Front I/O) (PCI-Express Slot Based)
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Noctua NH-U12P SE Dual 120mm Fans High Performance Cooler
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Upgrade Chassis With LED Performance Fans (Red) (Up to 6 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: FREE: Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: FREE: Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system
Windows
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
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 slicejones Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Nov 2010 at 8:25pm

Which motherboard would be better ?

The Asus Sabertooth or the Asus Rampage III Gene ?


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  Quote !ender_ Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Nov 2010 at 9:07pm
technically, dual 470s are still better than a single 580.
but if you are looking for longevity, and understand you probably wont save a notable amount of money getting a 1200w psu and a single 580 with plans to get a 2nd one later, then go that route and buy the 2nd one when you are able to.
order of power is still as you would expect
470
480
580
470 sli
480 sli
580 sli
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