New $2,000 Gaming Rig(i7 920)... Suggestions?

charles823

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New System build with budget of roughly 2,000 dollars. Want high-end gaming capabilities, but future upgradability is a must. So, basically this is the setup I'm thinking about so far. I' pretty decently newbish so if I'm missing something for a complete build (it's from the ground up) or two components don't seem to work together feel free to point it out.

Here's what I'm pretty sure about...
Antec Twelve Hundred ATX full Tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

Asus P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365

SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512 bit Crossfire Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809

Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 Continuous Power SLI/Crossfire Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371012

Intel Core i7 920 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130 Watt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3x2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64 bit) for System Builders
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116493


Okay, from here I'm not so sure about these components...
Creative 7.1 Channel PCI Express 1x Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102024
Do i want/need a sound card with my mobo setup? Is it the best for the money?

Encore ENLWI-N PCI 2.3 Wireless Adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833180052
Do I need a network card? Is it useful for anything other than getting wireless?

LG GGC-H20L 16X Blu-ray/HD DVDhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136133
Should I get two separate HD/DVD & BlueRay Drives? I want cheap but speed is more important.

Rosewill RCR-IM5001 USB2.0 75 in 1 internal Card Reader
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820223108
I want a card reader but I got lost pretty fast when looking, so I grabbed this one since it seemed liked a good deal.


So basically that sums my build up. Hope I can get some feed back before I put some 1,800 dollars into it. Thnx.
 

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Not bad...not bad...however I would get a different motherboard. Dont get me wrong Asus is excellent, one of my favorite...i have an Asus, however the specific model that you found only supports 1333mhz ram. You want to buy 6gb of 1600mhz, so whats the point. So here is what to do, either downgrade your ram to make it 1333mhz which will be cheaper or upgrade you motherboard to support 1600mhz ram. The motherboard you chose can technically support it but you must overlock it to do that which as you mentioned you are a noob at this so you wont really know how to do it. Your choice what to do about this situation however, just a suggestion.
-In addition, I would include a cheap but important buy of a PCI slot cooling fan for your GPU. It helps cool it really well.1
-The case is very nice, i am actually getting a very similar one to that.
-Other then that, very nice build, all your products are coming from excellent brand names, you obviously did your research, i can tell :) hope i helped and happy buying.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, I was actually wondering about that when I was looking at compatibility and noticed that the motherboard said 1333 mhz and also quoted 1600 mhz. I was thinking about OC'ing it because lotsa threads mentioned it was decently easy, and the next step up seemed to be in a whole other range. Like +$100 more... so i guess I'm asking for suggestions? Thnx again.
 

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instead of the antec 1200 check out the HAF 932, they're both full tower ATX, but i've heard alot of people getting cooler temperatures, (by a few degrees), hence the name HAF-High Air Flow, its up to you, but for the build that im gonna build, first time too, gonna use the HAF
 

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forgot to add, the HAF uses 230mm fans, so it runs slower, which means it runs quiter but still cools just as well as the 120mm fans on antec 1200, you can also switch out the 230mm fans on the HAF very easily to 120mm fans, 4 on the side, 2 on top, 2 on back
 

charles823

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Idk, I'm looking at that HAF and it just doesn't look that nice to me. It might be cooler but if I'm putting 2000 in to this build I want it to look good. Plus, I don't plan on overclocking that much and I don't think my build will be getting that hot... thanks though
 

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Well, I guess what I'm wondering is when is Windows 7 expected to ship? And if i do go for the RC till thin how would i download that on to a new computer that doesn't have an OS to start with? Also, do you know about any bugs with Windows 7?