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Old 04-29-2010, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Are all of these things compatible? Anything you guys would change? Price range- under $2,000

Processor- Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Memory- Newegg.com - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D

Graphics Card- Newegg.com - HIS H585F1GDG Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

Power Supply- Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Sound Card- Newegg.com - Creative 70SB073A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer

Mother Board- Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Hard Drive- Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD drive- Newegg.com - LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVDĪR DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Case- Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Blue RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

this is about $1,700 and the $300 will be to buy a decent monitor.
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd go with a 7200RPM Sata2 disk. Also, I personally dislike the Sound Blaster X-FI "gamer" cards. I use an Asus Xonar in my semi-pro audio rig, but then I'm just really picky when it comes to audio. I guess for most people the Sound Blaster X-FI Gamer edition might be OK.
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Looks like they got some more of the Newegg.com - HIS H585F1GDG Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity and people are saying that the gigabyte one has lound fans and that kinda matters to me so I think ill stick with the one I picked out originally. Im going to wait and see what others have to say before I make my decision.
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I was looking at the reviews for the Newegg.com - Creative 70SB073A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer sound card and I noticed that there have been troubles with win 7 64 bit ( Im planning on getting that as my operating system Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems), so I think ill take a ASUS xonar like richm499 mentioned, they are also way cheaper then the Sound- Blaster card. Im looking at getting one of these but I don't really see the difference, besides the price, Newegg.com - ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card and Newegg.com - ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card any ideas or suggestions?
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why don't you try the mobo's integrated sound first? both the gigabyte mobo you listed and the one i listed support 7.1 channel hd audio.
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I was looking at the reviews for the Newegg.com - Creative 70SB073A00000 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer sound card and I noticed that there have been troubles with win 7 64 bit ( Im planning on getting that as my operating system Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems), so I think ill take a ASUS xonar like richm499 mentioned, they are also way cheaper then the Sound- Blaster card. Im looking at getting one of these but I don't really see the difference, besides the price, Newegg.com - ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card and Newegg.com - ASUS Xonar D1 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card any ideas or suggestions?

The difference is that the more expensive card has a better Signal to Noise ratio.

I personally use this Newegg.com - ASUS Xonar D2 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Ultra Fidelity Sound Card with Complete Dolby/DTS Sound Technologies which has better connectivity (more ports and such), and a nice shield to keep the SNR high. I can't personally vouch for low profile PCI 2.1 cards, but I can say that my Asus Xonar is absolutely brilliant. I have lost a lot of respect for Sound Blaster cards over the last few years, because I have very sensitive ears (I am a composer), and I notice a sharp contrast in audio quality between Sound Blaster X-Fi cards, and my Asus Xonar.

If you demand the absolute best audio quality, you're going to want one of the Xonar cards with an interference shield on it. However, if you can settle for slightly less, the low profile cards should serve you well.

If you decide to get one of the cheaper Xonar cards, or even if you decide to go with a Sound Blaster X-Fi, it's going to be much much better than onboard. You're talking about hardware accelerated sound (on the card itself, which saves some CPU power. Although, it's not much cpu power), MUCH better Signal to Noise ratio, better driver support, and if the sound dies you have warranty options instead of having to replace the whole motherboard. Also, if the sound card dies on you, you can just use the onboard sound untill you get your replacement from Asus. Win-Win-Win IMO
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