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Old 11-19-2010, 11:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What I'm looking at for this build is:

•Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80613I7980X
•ASUS Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
•Crucial Ballistix Tracer 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
•CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
•COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
•EVGA 015-P3-1480-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
•Corsair P256 CMFSSD-256GBG2D 2.5" 256GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
•Western Digital RE4 WD2003FYYS 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

My question is, since I don't plan on overclocking, is there any way to reduce the cost of the system with equivelent parts while not losing any of the speed or quality, and can anyone point out a decent looking case that doesn't include plastic in it's making.

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I'm not sure about the i7 ranges, just look here: Charts, benchmarks Desktop CPU Charts 2010, 3DMark Vantage GPU Performance

You can probably get a 128 SSD, and be fine.

I use a HAF 922 case. The only plastic that is in there, is the outside covers and the removable had drive trays. It'd have good air flow, with most of it mesh. Wire management is a plus.

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The ASUS Rampage III is a OC mobo, so if you're not going to OC I recommend that you get this one: - ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

You should get a more powerful PSU, in case you want to SLI later on, like this one: - ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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There's really no reason for you to spend a ton on a high end motherboard. Do you plan on running SLI in the future? I ask because it seems people assume it's a possibility, but it's not that common of a thing to do. If you don't, that Corsair 750W is just fine, if you do check out the power supply requirements to run two of those video cards, and purchase accordingly.

You could save $20 and grab this- - GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 LGA 1366 Intel X58 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Also, that's a TON of money for a 256GB SSD with those read/write times. Newegg doesn't have them in stock at the moment, but for a 256GB SSD- - Patriot Inferno PI240GS25SSDR 2.5&#34; 240GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive &#40;SSD&#41;

If you've got cash for fast performance- - OCZ RevoDrive OCZSSDPX-1RVD0240 PCI-E x4 240GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive &#40;SSD&#41;

Most of the bad reviews are about DOAs and complaints about stuff having to do with other than performance. For less than that Corsair you posted, you'll get way better performance out of it, provided the motherboard you chose has an open PCI-E 4x slot.

If you want to stick with a good brand SSD with a SandForce SF-1200 controller- - G.SKILL Phoenix Pro Series FM-25S2S-240GBP2 2.5&#34; 240GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive &#40;SSD&#41;
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I would spend the few extra $$"s on the Asus mobo over the Gigabyte.

I have (2) GTX 480's and I'm happy, but if I was going to buy a card now I'd spend my money on the GTX 580 and spend less on the SSD. The G.Skill Phoenix Pro 60GB or the OCZ Vertex2 or the Agility2 60GB drives are your best choices. You can always add a 2nd SSD later, if you need it, at a cheaper price.

Everything else looks good to me, unless your thinking about SLI later. In which case I would get a 1000w power supply from Corsair, Antec or from another "Good" brand name manufacturer.
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