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tryceo

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If anyone would review these parts for me, that would be great.

Mobo:
a. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188039
b. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188048


CPU:
a. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202


RAM:
a. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381
b. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224

CPU Cooler: I have no idea yet, but I am sticking to Air cooling.


GPU: I want a good performance/price ratio.
a. GTX 275 x 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475
b. GTX 285 x 1( maybe get another one in during black friday)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130480
c. GTX 260 x 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434


Phyx: I have heard a lot about this but i really don't know what card i should get. Is the card worth getting? How many games actually use Phyx? How are the performance of Phyx compared to normal?

Hard Drive: If anyone could suggest some good set-ups that would be great. I have never really used a RAID set up, but im willing to try.

I have the Case and the power supply all ready. Antec 1200 with Antec TruePower Quattro 1000W. Together they get like $100 off.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.197296


Objective: Basiclly get my i7 to 3.8 with under 65C under full load. (Hopefully something that won't need a lot of lapping)
Get Crysis Maxed out on 19x20 res.
i also play WoW and i am a multi boxer. Maybe 4, 5 wow open at the same time with same good frame rates.
 

techwizard08

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You don't necessarily need to get the most expensive mobo--the 920 is still a beast OC-er. That 2nd one is solid, so is the P6T Dlx v2 from Asus.

I obviously have no comment on the i7 :p (just ordered another yesterday)

The OCZ will be fine. The dominators are nice, but you may want to read the recent article on DDR3 memory scaling. I've personally been using the G. Skill PI, and am enjoying them in my current builds. No problems yet.

If I were you, I'd put in selection b. for your gpu. Two of those are pretty beastly.

I like twin 1tb WD caviar blacks, but I don't use them in a RAID array. Do you need redundant storage?
 

tryceo

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I really dont need a lot of storage. 1TB is enough for me... Basiclly all of them are games.
Also good boot time is good.. I was think about some fast drives, like the raptor 150GB. but that might take me over the budget :(

 

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Option A on the MOBO... or look at this board from EVGA.... EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Retail (It is the "stock" version of the Classified as I put it)

Option A on the RAM

Option A on the GPU... 2x GTX275 is very good. The GTX275 can be OC'd to about the same speeds as the GTX285. I've always been told that a PhysX card is not worth the money. I thought about adding one in my system but my general feedback I received was it wasn't worth it.

CPU Cooler: Either one of these two will do what you need
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM and add another or the 1TB WD Black if you need more space.
 

tryceo

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I looked into the mobo.. Looks nice almost same feature like classified. But i just want to know if it will handle 3.8 stablely. Cause that is the most important thing after my video cards.

 

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For gaming, you'll see a bigger improvement in performance with less money on RAM and MB and get two 285's with a 9800 for physx, which can improve frame rates 10 fps.

after rebates:

~700 for graphics, 280 for cpu + 20 for a OCZ Vendetta 2 cooler (works wonders! http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10007053&prodlist=celebros)

115 for the OCZ memory you picked

85 for 1 gb wd black at zip zoom fly
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10008824

240 for an Asus sli mb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

120 for 850 single rail Corsair ps http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10009821

1560 plus a case. I guess you can forgo the physics card or one 285 for a bit.