Refinements on First Time Build

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a week

BUDGET RANGE: $2000-$2500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, School Work, Web Surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers/Headphones

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel processors

OVERCLOCKING: In the future, just not immediately

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I'm leaning towards SLI, but I might be swayed.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for comments or refinements on what I already have. I'm not worried about noise or size as much as performance and reliability.

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Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188039

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

(x2) EVGA 02G-P3-1187-AR GeForce GTX 285 FTW Edition 2GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130496

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224

CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007

(x2 in RAID 0) Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burne
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151187


That's my build. What do you guys think?
 
Hi...Welcome to the forums...

The build that you have come up with is good...but there are few overkills with the config...

1. The GTX 285s are not worth the extra cash and that too the one that you have selected is way overpriced...

You should get the GTX275s...They have very similar performance to that of the GTX 285s for resolutions upto 1920X1200...So the extra cash is totally not worth it at all...And actually for nearly the price of a single GTX 285 that you have selected, you can get 2 of GTX 275s...

And here is a combo with the RAM + Graphics card + Powersupply...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.215144

2. You need the 1000HX only if you are planning for Tri-SLI...
Even the 850HX/ 750HX is more than suffice for dual cards...

3. Change the HDD to WD Black 640GB...they are newer and faster...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

4. Dint see any CPU coolers...just in case if you want to overclock...
Scythe Mugen 2...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093&Tpk=Scythe%20Mugen%202

5. Just a heads up on the mobo...The chipset heatsinks might block some CPU coolers...So first verify that it doesnt block the cooler...
If you are not planning for more than 2 cards, then the ASUS Rampage Gene/ the EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX are very good options...
 
So after these changes, you would have saved good money, which you can invest in SSDs :D ...Get the
that would offer very good performance boost...
intel is set to launch newer faster and cheaper SSDs...So you might want to wait till that and get one...
 

Geister227

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Wow! First rate help. I agree with every point you made.

I ended up saving around $500

I wish I could give you a high five.

 

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