System Build

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by Vitek, Dec 2, 2008.

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Which Build?

  1. Build #1

    6 vote(s)
    54.5%
  2. Build #2

    5 vote(s)
    45.5%
  1. Vitek

    Vitek New Member

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    I would like to get expert opinions on both of the builds and recommendations if any. My goal is to built a system that will play any game at 1680x1050 at full settings, including Crysys.:D

    Build #1:
    Motherboard: EVGA LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI ATX
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core
    Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Timing: 9-9-9-24
    Video Card: EVGA GTX 280 SSC Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3
    Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
    Hard Drive: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA3.0Gbs
    DVD-RW: SAMSUNG 22X DVD+/-R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S2230
    Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower W0132RU 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready, CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PEC
    Monitor: LG L227WTG-PF Black 22” 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SPI 64—bit

    Build #2:
    Motherboard: EVGA LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX
    CPU: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 965 Nehalem 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core
    Memory: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit (Qty. 2) Total 6GB
    Video Card: EVGA GTX 280 SSC Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3
    Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
    Hard Drive: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA3.0Gbs
    DVD-RW: SAMSUNG 22X DVD+/-R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S2230
    Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower W0132RU 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready, CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PEC
    Monitor: LG L227WTG-PF Black 22” 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SPI 64—bit

    I chose 1000W power supply because I will be running 5 fans inside a case, get another 10000RPM HDD and will go SLI or SLI-3 in the future.
    What do you guy's think? Is the Build #2 worth extra cash or it's an overkill? I think I will need to spend about $700 extra for Build #2.
     
  2. Geoff

    Geoff VIP Member

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    I'd go with build #1 because of the price, but you may want to consider the 920 instead of the 965 to bring the price to about the same.

    Also, don't get 6 DDR3 sticks, you want a 3x2GB kit, not 6x1GB.
     
  3. Respital

    Respital Active Member

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    Build 2.
     
  4. just a noob

    just a noob Well-Known Member

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    depends, what do you want? price/performance ratio, or just the best build, if you want good price/performance, you would want to go with build one, ultimate performance? go with build two
     
  5. Gooberman

    Gooberman Active Member

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    Lol your first build is kinda going to be like mine But go with the first i7 CPUs are over priced
     
  6. logies

    logies New Member

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    go with the build 1 .It will be suitable for you
     
  7. bcoffee20

    bcoffee20 New Member

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    i like number two but i would just go for the base i7.
     
  8. ScOuT

    ScOuT VIP Member

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    Both of them are awesome systems, I'm sure you'll be happy with either one. I personally go with build #1. If you decide to go with build #2, you can save some money on the extreme i7 and go with a lower model i7. That's just my thoughts.

    Have you looked at SSD for a hard drive? The prices are dropping right now. Just an idea for you to consider.
     
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2008
  9. Dystopia

    Dystopia Active Member

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    The $700 difference is BIG. Plus, build 1 has slightly more ram. Get the 290 with the money you save, or even the 4870X2 :)
     
  10. Vitek

    Vitek New Member

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    Thanks for the tip, I'll make sure to get 2GB sticks.
     
  11. Vitek

    Vitek New Member

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    I was looking at Core i7 940, but it only has QPI: 4.8GT/s vs. Core i7 965 has QPI: 6.4GT/s plus multiplier is unlocked. Because I was thinking to overclock it to about 3.5GHz on air to be safe. I know there is quite a price difference between the two. But I am trying to build a system that will last me for at least 3 years without any upgrades.
     
  12. Vitek

    Vitek New Member

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    Build #2 will have total of 6GB of RAM. Funny that you mentioned GTX 290. I am actually waiting for that card but no one knows when it will come out. And some forums still saying that it's just a rumor. That's why I kind of put the builds together based on GTX 280. Do you know when GTX 290 will be out?
     
  13. i am a noob

    i am a noob New Member

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    Build 1 as the i7 940 is still expensive
     
  14. logies

    logies New Member

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    Built #1 is best, Built #1 is a very good performance and suitable price,
     

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