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Old 01-18-2009, 10:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What would you do?

I intend on building a new machine in the coming weeks and have been going back and forth with 2 options and just curious what you guys would go for.

Right now i have a E6600 oc'ed to 3.2, 8800gt, abit aw9d max mobo, for my main components. This system will be handed down thus why one option seems a pointless and small upgrade because for the most part i am happy with it.

now my options:

1) A q6600, 9800gtx+, with an asus maximus II Formula mobo, 4 gigs of memory, and a beefy 24in monitor.

or

2) i7 920, An Nvidia 260 card, The cheap Gigabyte mobo, 6 gigs of memory, and i would have to go down to a 22 inch monitor.

The memory is mostly what is making this choice tough as ddr2 is like 50 bucks and ddr3 is like 200. That and the mobo prices, i rather not have a bottom line mobo but the i7 board are a ridiculous price.

I am trying to keep around 1400-1500(including keyboard, case, psu, etc etc.) and can go up to 1600 but rather not. So i have some room to play with of these parts but not much.

As for me, I oc, i game, i web design and do digital art. I watch movies almost solely on my computer and while having either my art programs or a game up in the background or on another monitor.

If you guys have a secret option 3 that you would like to share i am more then happy to listen. And thanks for your time in sharing your thoughts.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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going from E6600 to Q6600 wouldn't be a huge upgrade.


I would go with option two. I7 is totally better, more RAM (even though it's pricer...but you can get a good set for like $150-170.), and motherboards are good. Nothing is wrong with the cheap gigabyte board..You can't tri-sli on it, but that's hardly a con. Plus if you want, you can cheap out on things like the case. Instead of spending $150 on a "gaming" case, just get like a $40 antec 300.


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Newegg.com - 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 DVDĪR DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Newegg.com - Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 - LCD Monitors
Newegg.com - XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

~$1400 total...room to tweak stuff around. Monitor is at a cheap price...but I personally own the monitor and i really like it. Oh yea, this is without keyboard/mouse.
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Good stuff man thx .

Any thoughts from anyone else?
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EDIT: here

Newegg.com - 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 DVDĪR DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Newegg.com - Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 - LCD Monitors
Newegg.com - XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

~$1400 total...room to tweak stuff around. Monitor is at a cheap price...but I personally own the monitor and i really like it. Oh yea, this is without keyboard/mouse.
is that the 55nm version of the GTX 260? other than that it looks like a very good build.
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no but it's the cheapest one and it comes with farcry 2
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You can get 3GB, and buy a nice mouse. You can get another 3GB, later when DDR3 is cheap.
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You won't really notice much a difference between 3GB and 6GB anyways.
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You could save $70 ($80 after MIR) with this graphics card, which is as good: Newegg.com - HIS Hightech H487F512P Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

You can save $55 after MIR with this power supply: Newegg.com - OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

With the saved money, you could go up to a monitor like this (or just keep the saved money): Newegg.com - ASUS VK246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1 ) Built in Speakers w/ 1.3m Pixel Webcam - LCD Monitors

If you wanted a nice mouse and keyboard, you can get a G9 for about $60 on Ebay. You can also get a G15 (not the orange one, the one with 18 function keys) for under $70 or a G11 for about $60 on Ebay. These prices include shipping.
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Default Re: What would you do?

Thanks for the feedback guys.

The thing is i need a minimum of 4 gigs as i can pretty much peg 4 gigs now. So 6 is my only option for ddr3.

Thx for the suggestions theorigamist...honstly i used to be an ATI guy untill amd bought them but now i will eat for 2 less days to pay a higher price for an nvidia card lol. I have been eying up that powersupply doesnt look to shabby.

Im still not sure what i want to do...it just seems the i7 is overkill and overpriced for being bleeding edge technology. maybe i should suck it up and splurge 2k i just dont know lol.

With the money saved from not going to an i7 set up i could finally get matching dual monitors too instead of using the 2 different ones i have now lol.
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