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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by DemiGod, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. DemiGod New Member

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    Hey guys, was hoping I could get some advice on the parts I picked up and why I should or shouldn't get what I've chosen. The PC will be used mainly for 3dsMax, photoshopping, gaming and music production.

    I also wanted to buy a soundcard under $100 but to stay under $1600 total.

    Aaaand i'm looking for a nice sound system with at least 5.1 surround for around $200. Picky, I know, but help me out here!

    Item List:

    $266 - Intel Core i7 2.66 GHz Processor

    $53 - Titan Fenrir Universal CPU Cooler (Socket 1366 / 775 / AM2+ / AM2 / AM3 / 940 / 939 / 754 / K8) - (TTC-NK85TZ)

    $145 - OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK

    $212 - eVGA X58 SLI LE - motherboard - ATX - iX58 - LGA1366 Socket

    $232 - eVGA GeForce GTX 280 Graphics adapter - 1 GB - GDDR3 SDRAM
    [bump to gtx285?]

    $224 - Antec Signature Series 850W PSU ( SG-850 )
    [bump to 950?]

    $206 - PIONEER BDR-203BK BDR-203 8x Blu-ray Drive (Double-layer) BD-R/RE 8x 2x 8x (BD) 16x 8x 16x (DVD) 32x 24x 40x (CD) Serial ATA Internal Black OEM

    $87 - WD Caviar Black 1 TB Internal hard drive - 300 MBps - 7200 rpm

    $128 - Zalman Tech GS1000SE Full Tower Enclosure

    Current Total ~ $1,553

    Thoughts?

    Thanks, guys.
     
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    I intend to use Windows 7 and bypass Vista completely [using XP now]. I'll probably use XP until then as well.
     
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    I'd look into a suitable replacement for those two. EVGA X58 mobos lately have been horrible with the overheat issue. Get a Gigabyte or an Asus:rockout: That cooler I've never heard before but once again try to get a Xigmatex S1283, Thermalright Ultra Extreme (TRUE) 120 or either a Noctua brand. If money is not an object a Megahalem is great performer for an i7. That 850W PSU is plenty since you're only running one GPU:D My $.02.
     
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    Hmm, I haven't heard anything about eVGA boards overheating, i'v heard nothing but good things on their board.

    How about combatibility-wise? Anything I need to worry about?
     
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    With Win7? Everything should work "right out of the box" per se:D You'll be fine unless some of your apps are outdated that will require updating but other than that it'll be fine;)
     
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    DX11 cards are around 1 month away from hitting the shelves. When they come they are sure to knock the socks of the current crop of cards AND provide DX11 compatibility.
     
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    There's always something around the corner.

    If I get the 280 now i'll be alright for a bit. Will I be safe to SLI a better card with this 280 later on? Or will there be bottlenecking?
     
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    maybe skip the 280 and get a 275 or 285 . Forget about 280 ... that if your not interested in HD5800 series
     
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    What's your reason for not getting the 280?
     
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    I have a 280 and it's a great card...but the 275 outperforms it in a lot of cases. I would just wait for the next-gen cards. Even if you don't like them, it will drop the price on this gen.
     
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    Well i've been waiting for a year and something was constantly coming out to drop other products prices, so i'm done waiting.

    Is the 275 better to get over the 280 then? The 285 is 100$ more so i don't think that's worth it.
     
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    You honestly can't wait a month to save money? Or wait for the better card? I would get the 275.
     
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    Well, i've been reading around and it looks like I may just go ahead and get the 275.

    Any recommendations on which company or version of the 275? Also if I get a dx11 card later, can i SLI it with this card or will there be bottlenecking issues [if so, specifically what kind]?

    Does the 275 card really take up two PCI slots? How do people Tri-SLI these if that's the case?

    Btw, my monitor is 22" widescreen @ 1680x1050.
     
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    Any suggestions on the mobo as well? I hear Asus is great but they range from $230 to $380 - will this $238 version suffice?
     
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    With the exception of your HSF choice, I think your original parts list was spot on Demi...;)

    Just make sure that cpu is a DO stepping version. You don't have to have the latest and greatest video cards...I have quiet a selection up to GTX 295's, but prefer to game with my old Zotac 8800 GT's. They just seem smoother to me imo. The Evga mb will be your greatest asset.
     
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    You can SLI it, but there would be bottlenecking (due to the CPU). A lot of games don't see great performance games through SLI (I know because I was SLI'd until recently). They Tri-SLI them on certain mobos.
     
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    What about the fact that the ASUS board has two x16 PCIE [and one x4] slots where the eVGA has x16,x8,x4,x8? Does the fact that there is only one x16 slot hinder it for later?

    I also see that the ASUS has an eSATA port.
     
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    i would get a cheaper card like a 9800GT or something,they would hold you until you need the money to go buy a DX11 card,save yourself some money and buy a mid-range card instead of high range right now,a mid-range can handle any games these days at high settings.
    If there was a game that only ran on DX11 then by all means get yourself a DX11 card that way you would be saving yourself some money and they can still do some photoshopping too
     
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    I use google shopping to pick out the prices and am just listing the lowest price offered [i did check to make sure they are correct]. I noticed that newegg's prices are not always listed so before making the actual purchase I will make sure to double checkl each part at the more popular sites.

    I saw that PSU but it isn't modular, which I'd like in order to keep everything organized.

    -edit- Hmm, upon comparing the two PSU's they seem to be just about equal. The Antec has 4 rails vs 1 [whatever that means] over the Corsair and I hear nothing but good things about the Antec.

    Anyone able to provide some more specific insight between the two? Benefits/Handicaps?
     
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    Get yourself a GTX 260 or GTX 275 best choices if i was a nvidia fan there also very cheap compared to the GTX 280 and if not compete easy in games and they also beat the 4890 wich i think is beacause of the 448 bit bus lack 1 gb compared to the 4890 in high reselotion ,just google for some results GTX 275 vs 4890 or wat ever you GTX 260 vs 4890
     
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    Radeon, it seems that the 275's and 280's are at the same price level, +/- $20 max.

    The BFG 275 has 124 or so less VRAM and costs about $205 verus the 1GB 280 @ $230. I think I'll go for the 280 for the benefit to my 3D modeling and Adobe programs. It's barely more expensive and gives me a edge, even if it is only slight.

    @Kuros: The new DX11 cards will be extremely expensive when they first come out and I don't think enough products will utilize that power at the beginning. Plus the first line of new cards always is a shot in the dark. I think the 280 will work out well for me for th next year at least.
     
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    If anything your cpu with 8 threads is plenlyfull amount and with a GTX 275.
     
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    Dont worry about vram for wat i have seen so far youre not gonna see any diffence trust me your gonna throw your money down the drain.For a crap 65nm card for nothing lol.
     

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