Best System for 2000$

lavas

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
Friday June 12th

BUDGET RANGE:
2000$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
General speed with everything, media, gaming,

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
monitor and speakers
SAMSUNG 32" monitor (tv)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889102267
Onkyo Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882120141

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES:whatever works

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Probably 1920x1200
 
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/gtx285sli-hd4890cf.html <--- gtx 285 SLI review

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168111191970 $129.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
New Arrival

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009 $139.99 ($119.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P $222.99 | $207.99 after rebate
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

https://www.antaresdigital.com/customer/product.php?productid=16135&cat=282&page=1&#034; $ 280.00
Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 Socket 8MB Cache CPU D0 Stepping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130480 $339.99 ($319.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130480 $339.99 ($319.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247 $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284 $99.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136133 $109.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 $23.99
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $1,826.89 | $1,751.89 w/mail in rebates

* Same build as above but w/dual gtx 275's and a 750w psu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $239.99 ($219.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $239.99 ($219.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 $119.99 ($109.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Total: $1,606.89.89 | $1,541.89 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374 <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte UD4P mobo used in this build

http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=584 <---short review on that D0 stepping i7. It runs cooler than the older C0 stepping i7's

http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11773&Itemid=1 <--- that's one way you can tell if you have a D0 stepping cpu or not
 

lavas

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wow that was quick thanks for the quick reply
just a quick question
is there anything here that is not as strong as the rest of the parts that would limit the performance of the build
and you definitely think its neccessary to crossfire this system
 



The SLI is a definite plus with your resolution. I would def. go with the SLI, that way you don't encounter lag, stuttering, etc...you can play your games smoothly like they should be played. Makes gaming that much more enjoyable.

As far as your parts being bottlenecked by other parts on this build...no. But your going to have the "tomshardware sharks" as I call them spamming the crap out of this thread. They are going to see your $2,000 budget and they are not going to be happy until every last penny of it is accounted for...in other words they will try to talk you into spending all $2,000 and then some. Spendy mobo's, h/s, case, etc...it's the kind of typical bs I see on here day in and day out. It's like this....that build I posted will do any easy 3.8GHz or better on the over clock. Probably better with that D0 Stepping cpu in that build. Now the sweet spot for FPS in games for the i7 920 according to the test reviews done on this site is anywhere from 3.4GHz - 3.8GHz with 3.6GHz being the sweet spot.

You don't need a $300+ motherboard for that, you don't need a $300+ Lian-Li case w/crap ventilation for that. You don't need $150+ Corsair Dominator memory for that. You don't need a $80+ h/s the size of the titanic hanging off your motherboard.... God I can go on and on and on about this subject...I'm just giving you fair warning now before they start spamming this thread with their over priced hardware. If that isn't bad enough your going to get the AMD fan club posting on here lying through their teeth about i7's not being good for gaming, telling you to get a ATI vid card even though they run hotter than the sun, and the drivers are usually crap....etc...

To sum it up that build I posted will run cool, quite, over clock well, and it will eat games up for lunch.
 

lavas

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thanks for the advice (and for not brutally correcting my misuse of crossfire for SLI) and for the ability to eat games for lunch
always wanted to do that
 

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*drools over $1750 SLi i7 system*

I don't mind the forums here, but there are definitely idiots. I suppose some people just see a budget and assume the OP wants to spend every penny of it. I personally wouldn't ever spend more than $1500 on a system, but to each his own. And as for the AMD fanboys, maybe some of them are subconsciously trying to keep the company afloat.
 


Not sure about smithereen but I have an idea of what he's talking about in regards to the $1,500. I'm of the same thinking he is. But what boosted the price of your build was two things...vid cards, and blue ray...and because of those vid cards I went up from a 750w psu to a 850w (ok three things). Those vid cards though are pretty much a must with your resolution for the fact they have 1gb of memory compared to the standard 896mb with the gtx 275's and gtx 260's. If I had went with the gtx 275's and the 750w psu that build would have been $1,500 or less...but again with your size of monitor those 285's are pretty much the only way to go....and of course the blu ray.
 

lavas

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sorry i dont mean to press but why exactly would you not pay for more than 1500 just for future reference
 
@ Why_Me I dont understand why you said this ...

" Those vid cards though are pretty much a must with your resolution for the fact they have 1gb of memory compared to the standard 896mb with the gtx 275's and gtx 260's. If I had went with the gtx 275's and the 750w psu that build would have been $1,500 or less...but again with your size of monitor those 285's are pretty much the only way to go....and of course the blu ray. "

Even though his monitor size is 32", did you notice the resolution ? it is just a 1080p resolution...graphics are pixel dependent and not size dependent...
And we all know even a single GTX 275 can handle that resolution and a GTX 275 or above SLI is required for playing @ even more high FPS and with AA and AF turned ON...
He can easily cut down to 2x GTX 275 and his rig will still be able to eat games up for lunch :p
 


TBH I was going off a thread in another forum in regards to that monitor size. I kept debating with the 275's and the 285's. I'l do a quick edit at the bottom of that build with the 275's and a 750w psu. Thanks for the heads up gkay. :)
 


Ok it's fixed...btw you just knocked off more than $200 off that build. :sol:
 

lavas

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@gkay do you believe the sound card is really neccessary for a clean sound

and with the 285s vs the 275s will there be a noticable difference in anything
 

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Just like Why_Me said. There's a point where it becomes more economical to buy a PC that will do anything you need it to, and upgrade in a year or two. Hardware looses value very quickly - According to Moore's Law, it half's every two years. That said, a blue-ray drive and TV tuner are rather long-term investments, Why_Me's build isn't past the point of reason yet.
 

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