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mf2780

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Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $1200-1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming video, will set it up as a HTCP in the future.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, I live 3.5 hours from the nearest Microcenter and willing to drive but will need to be over 150 saving to do so.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: HTCP case

Overclocking: Maybe in the future and when I do ill upgrade cooling if needed.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future and when I do ill upgrade cooling if needed.

Monitor Resolution: 50in 1080P Panisonic Plasma

Additional Comments: Will be purchasing additional components after the new year to make it a complete HTCP build.


Here is what I have come up with.

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Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
$295

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ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$290

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XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
$225 (combo)

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SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
$240

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$70

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LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
$17

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Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL60GB-DX 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$128

Total $1277

Need a case still and was wanting a HTCP case but do not know what one to pick.
Is there any problem with what I listed above? I am not sure if I picked the best components for the price. And am i missing anything?





 
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With the sabertooth, You'll have a PCIex16 and PCIeX1 slot leftover after 2 6870s. Meaning you'll have to look for PCIeX1 based TV tuners instead of PCI ones.

mgrzTX

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Mobo seams like real over kill IMO. But if you're really intruiged by how sweet it looks I totally understand. Also slightly confused by the computer's use. As for a HTPC use, if you don't have a PS3 or Blu-Ray player you might add one in your build and spend a bit less on the Mobo/GPU. Also not so sure about the quality of the SSD, there are better options out there IMO.

Maybe a better SSD, plus save w/ combo deal w/ CPU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.531202

Also, just for consideration (some one will probably rip me a new one for suggesting this)

Modular PSU, same 80+ certification, Corsair is a great brand (as is xfx) and WD Caviar black Sata 6 HDD. WD is the most reliable brand for HDDs IMO, and the drive still has very good performance, even if it doesn't come close to using the SATAIII potential. Also, GSkill Ripjaw ram toatl ~25$ more than your Ram, PSU, HDD. Or stick w/ the same ram at ~15$ more. Just something to consider.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231304&cm_re=gskill_6gb-_-20-231-304-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514423
 

mf2780

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Thanks for response mgrzTX. I plan to play WoW, and use it as a HTCP. I also have a few websites I plan to build and when I build my media storage I will be ripping/burning blueray. I will not be adding the blueray until probably June when I change my entertainment setup.

I have upgraded the SSD card and switched out the ram

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
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There is a good PSU that is on sell but unsure if 700W will be enough when i put the second 6870 in my build next year.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171037
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active ...

Will be keeping the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 because I have heard alot of great things about it.
 

mgrzTX

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I would be a little skeptical of a 700W PSU being able to handle that CPU + 2 6870s in xfire, and I don't know much about Cooler Masters PSU products. I would probably trust the xfx and corsair 750w PSUs to be able to handle it. Of coarse if we wind up Xfiring and overclocking then I doubt any of these PSUs will handle 2x6870s and the950 overclocked.
 

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Heres a nice case I think you would like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163117

On the SSD, switch back to the Callisto, its the same controller meaning speeds would be near-identical, with the OCZ you will just be wasting $15.

Use this CPU+Mobo combo instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.523542

On the PSU, a 6870 crossfire + i7 and some OC uses ~550W, so that M700 with only 600W of usable power would barely do the job. Stick with your original combo.

Though depending on how high you plan to take that OC, this combo high be a nice choice also: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514448
 

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Really? I only 550w? I remember reading a couple places that the 2 6870s in Crossfire can take 450W themselves for some intense gaming.
 

Timop

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2 6870s uses 320W(160*2) on full Furmark load
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While a mild i7 OC+board uses 200W Max, add in another 30W for everything else (Hdds, Fans, etc.), you get a total of 550W.