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#1552 Sep 24 2010 at 3:56 PM Rating: Decent
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sirocc0 wrote:
i think i made my final decision..what it comes down to now is ...is there any compatibility issues here?...i really think i got a great machine for the price!


case	Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case	59.95 
gpu	GIGABYTE GV-N470D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi)		294.99 - $25 Coupon Code VGAGIG47038 (ends 9/26) - $20 Mail In Rebate (ends 9/26) 
psu	CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready		89.99 - 10% Coupon Code sept10 (limited offer) - $30 Mail In Rebate (ends 9/27) 
ram	G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600		84.99 
mobo	ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366					159.99 - 10% Coupon Code MBTEN923 (limited offer) 
cpu	i7-930								199.99		 
dvd	owned								0 
hdd	owned								0


grand total = 839.90 after rebates

Edited, Sep 24th 2010 5:02pm by sirocc0
Yeah, that looks really solid.
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#1553 Sep 24 2010 at 5:23 PM Rating: Decent
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sirocc0 wrote:
i think i made my final decision..what it comes down to now is ...is there any compatibility issues here?...i really think i got a great machine for the price!


case	Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case	59.95 
gpu	GIGABYTE GV-N470D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi)		294.99 - $25 Coupon Code VGAGIG47038 (ends 9/26) - $20 Mail In Rebate (ends 9/26) 
psu	CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready		89.99 - 10% Coupon Code sept10 (limited offer) - $30 Mail In Rebate (ends 9/27) 
ram	G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600		84.99 
mobo	ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366					159.99 - 10% Coupon Code MBTEN923 (limited offer) 
cpu	i7-930								199.99		 
dvd	owned								0 
hdd	owned								0


grand total = 839.90 after rebates

Edited, Sep 24th 2010 5:02pm by sirocc0


Looks good. If you ever plan on going SLI in the future, I would bump up the PSU to 750, but otherwise everything is compatible. The i7 series, as well as that MoBo, is triple channel so you would get better performance with 6GB (3x2GB) of RAM. Not sure how MUCH of a difference it would really make, though.


thanks brother for your help!

last thing i am thinking about is going for the 870 instead of the 930. Reason being I want Hyoerthreading, yet I hear the 870 has a faster turbo and is better for gaming in general. PLUS,it is a cheaper cpu, the motherboards are cheaper for that socket as well. What do you think?
#1554 Sep 24 2010 at 5:43 PM Rating: Decent
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sirocc0 wrote:
Zoddy75 wrote:
sirocc0 wrote:
i think i made my final decision..what it comes down to now is ...is there any compatibility issues here?...i really think i got a great machine for the price!


case	Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case	59.95 
gpu	GIGABYTE GV-N470D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi)		294.99 - $25 Coupon Code VGAGIG47038 (ends 9/26) - $20 Mail In Rebate (ends 9/26) 
psu	CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready		89.99 - 10% Coupon Code sept10 (limited offer) - $30 Mail In Rebate (ends 9/27) 
ram	G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600		84.99 
mobo	ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366					159.99 - 10% Coupon Code MBTEN923 (limited offer) 
cpu	i7-930								199.99		 
dvd	owned								0 
hdd	owned								0


grand total = 839.90 after rebates

Edited, Sep 24th 2010 5:02pm by sirocc0


Looks good. If you ever plan on going SLI in the future, I would bump up the PSU to 750, but otherwise everything is compatible. The i7 series, as well as that MoBo, is triple channel so you would get better performance with 6GB (3x2GB) of RAM. Not sure how MUCH of a difference it would really make, though.


thanks brother for your help!

last thing i am thinking about is going for the 870 instead of the 930. Reason being I want Hyoerthreading, yet I hear the 870 has a faster turbo and is better for gaming in general. PLUS,it is a cheaper cpu, the motherboards are cheaper for that socket as well. What do you think?
The 9xx is much easier to overclock though due to using socket 1366. The 870 is actually more expensive. If you're going to spend $300 on a CPU, get a 950. The 870 can clock a bit faster if you're only using a single core, but in practice that's very unrealistic. You should focus most on how 3-4 cores will boost. The 870 and 950 will be on the same level there, except the 950 can be OC'd up to probably 3.8-4 Ghz. However, if you're going to use a 9xx processor, you should be using RAM in sets of 3, not 2.



Edited, Sep 24th 2010 6:44pm by bsphil
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#1555 Sep 24 2010 at 6:24 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello ^^

I'm building a new desktop for FFXIV, because the one I have right now just isn't up to the task of running such a beastly game.

I posted over in the Computer Hardware & Troubleshooting forum and this is the suggestion I received. Just wanting to poke around and see if anyone has any thoughts or alternatives? I am hoping to spend in the $2500-ish range not too much higher if possible, though I'm willing to splurge a bit to have a smooth experience @u@

Case: COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 ($169)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119187

Motherboard: Asus P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel ($289)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614
USB 3.0, Sat 6 GB / second controller
This one was also suggested: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131666

Processor: Intel Core i7 3.06 Quad core with Hyperthreading ($298)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211

Ram: 12Gb Corsair DDR3 ($289)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145235

PSU: Enermax 1050 Watt PSU ($285)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194039

Primary Hard drive: Western Digital 150GB 10,000 RPM velociraptor ($179)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136549
(Though I currently have this in my system and am wondering if I can just continue to use it? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136359 )

Secondary Hard drive: 2 500GB drives in a raid 1 array for backup. As funding permits.

Video cards: 2 Nvidia 480 GTX video cards in SLI mode ($479 Each x2 = $958)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130552

DVD drive I can pull from my current PC.

Operating system: Windows 7 64 bit Pro (Have this already)

Thank you very much in advance for any help or advice you guys can offer! <3
#1556 Sep 24 2010 at 6:46 PM Rating: Decent
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Hello ^^

I'm building a new desktop for FFXIV, because the one I have right now just isn't up to the task of running such a beastly game.

I posted over in the Computer Hardware & Troubleshooting forum and this is the suggestion I received. Just wanting to poke around and see if anyone has any thoughts or alternatives? I am hoping to spend in the $2500-ish range not too much higher if possible, though I'm willing to splurge a bit to have a smooth experience @u@

Case: COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 ($169)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119187

Motherboard: Asus P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel ($289)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614
USB 3.0, Sat 6 GB / second controller
This one was also suggested: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131666

Processor: Intel Core i7 3.06 Quad core with Hyperthreading ($298)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211

Ram: 12Gb Corsair DDR3 ($289)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145235

PSU: Enermax 1050 Watt PSU ($285)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194039

Primary Hard drive: Western Digital 150GB 10,000 RPM velociraptor ($179)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136549
(Though I currently have this in my system and am wondering if I can just continue to use it? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136359 )

Secondary Hard drive: 2 500GB drives in a raid 1 array for backup. As funding permits.

Video cards: 2 Nvidia 480 GTX video cards in SLI mode ($479 Each x2 = $958)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130552

DVD drive I can pull from my current PC.

Operating system: Windows 7 64 bit Pro (Have this already)

Thank you very much in advance for any help or advice you guys can offer! <3


Honestly?.... This is absolute overkill! With a system this crazy, you really should just get the Antec 800 Obsidian case. You will need that extra side fan and the space o.0

I'll just go over the bad choices that I personally see... Velociraptors run TOO FAST. They seize up. Just get a Caviar Black, or go all out and buy a $700 SSD.

12GB of RAM will never... EVER be used in the next 5-10 years unless you are trying to run the game while working on Pixar's new movie in the background at the same time.

Not even gonna touch the fact that you are spending a grand on graphics alone...

You will need a CPU cooler with all of this. Zalman makes great air coolers, or you can get the Corsair Hydro 70.

Not too sure about Enermax. I know Corsair, Antec and XFX make good PSU's

#1557 Sep 24 2010 at 6:50 PM Rating: Decent
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12 GB RAM is ridiculously over the top. Start with 6 GB and if you ever feel the desire to upgrade in a few years, you still have 3 empty slots to do it.

If you want a faster OS/software HD with slower media HDs, just get a SSD. It'll be significantly faster than a 10k rpm drive (the Intel X25-M is very good) and if you're already going to be spending that much on a new PC, you might as well splurge for the SSD while you're at it.
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#1558 Sep 24 2010 at 7:52 PM Rating: Decent
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What's wrong with overkill? :'D I had the $2500 limit in mind so I'm not going over budget. I don't make big purchases often, so I make them count when I do.

Also I do a looooot of digital art, so it's not a purely gaming rig. I'm tired of being limited by my current system when I'm working on large or complex pieces. (I want to be able to work in ridiculous resolutions with big crazy brushes without worrying if my 'puter will have a coronary and explode into a cloud of chocobo feathers. xD) I'll also be moving into 3D rendering soon so I have that to consider.

With that in mind, is 12gigs still too much? I'm not looking to over spend, but I want a computer that will last me a good long while and can handle a lot of punishment from Photoshop/Illustrator/insert3Dprogramhere/etcetcetc on top of being able to play XIV like a boss.

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#1559 Sep 24 2010 at 8:41 PM Rating: Good
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4 - 6 gig of ram is plenty for FFXIV. I would search or ask on the other software platforms to find a real answer on how much ram you should get to support the functionality. Anyone posting here, may not consider that you have a combination of X, Y, and Z software that you want to run optimally, without capping out your ram.
#1560 Sep 24 2010 at 8:43 PM Rating: Good
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Just make sure you have enough cooling. That 2 GTX480 will make the inside of you case extra toasty.
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#1561 Sep 24 2010 at 9:05 PM Rating: Decent
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^^ I'm trying to ask at as many places I know to make sure I get everything matched up correctly. I have someone who will assemble the parts for me, but I have to pick everything out and I'll admit I'm not the most knowledgeable when it comes to computer guts. ; ;

What kind of cooling would be good for something like this?
#1562 Sep 24 2010 at 9:46 PM Rating: Decent
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What's wrong with overkill? :'D I had the $2500 limit in mind so I'm not going over budget.
Go with 6 GB RAM and use the extra money you save to get this instead of the 10k rpm HDD.
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#1563 Sep 25 2010 at 2:31 PM Rating: Decent
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I do want an SSD drive..

What 6 gig ram would be good? Are these sticks ok? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145289
And will they work on this board without having to do anything special? I don't plan on trying to over clock or anything: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614
#1564 Sep 25 2010 at 2:56 PM Rating: Decent
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Currently,from what i have read,12 gb is not necessary for gaming in general. For multimedia apps where you are editing video and photos I have heard that the extra ram makes a noticeable difference. I'd check forums about the software you are using to create your digital art pieces and see whether others have found more ram to be helpful, and if so how much more. You may find that just upgrading the motherboard and FSB speed with a better, faster CPU and GPU makes a bigger overall impact than having more than 4GB ram. More ram may be a waste of $... Or not. Just depends. I wouldn't use gaming as a rationale for having 12 gb ram; you may be able to measure a difference in benchmarks BUT that does not necessarily translate into a better enduser/ gaming experience.
#1565 Sep 25 2010 at 9:21 PM Rating: Decent
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i was going to post something, and then i read ^^^ that.

basically everything i was going to say.
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Elumeia wrote:
I do want an SSD drive..

What 6 gig ram would be good? Are these sticks ok? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145289
And will they work on this board without having to do anything special? I don't plan on trying to over clock or anything: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614


Those are compatible.
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#1567 Sep 26 2010 at 2:47 AM Rating: Decent
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^__^ Thank you everyone for your help!
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I'm looking at upgrading my gpu and ram pretty soon, but as money is a little tight right now, I'm not sure which would be more beneficial to upgrade first.
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-UD4H
CPU: AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz 4 x 512KB
GPU: GeForce 8800 GT
RAM: 2GB DDR2
PSU: 750 Watt

So what I'm looking at, is upgrading to either 4 or 6 gigs of ram, or getting a gtx 450 or 460. I just don't know what I should upgrade first.
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#1569 Sep 26 2010 at 8:53 AM Rating: Good
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Ordered my build!!!


case	Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case	59.95 
gpu	GIGABYTE GV-N470D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi)            	294.99 - $25 Coupon Code VGAGIG47038 (ends 9/26) - $20 Mail In Rebate (ends 9/26) 
psu	CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready		89.99 - 10% Coupon Code sept10 (limited offer) - $30 Mail In Rebate (ends 9/27) 
ram	G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600		84.99 
mobo    GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3				  		159.99 - 10% Coupon Code MBTEN923 (limited offer)                                                  
cpu 	i7-870                                            		229.99 
dvd	owned                                                        	free :D 
hdd	owned                                                   	free :D 


Came out to $830 for this after rebates!!!!!!
i picked the 870 over the 930 thanks to some advice from people -- it has HT - and - a kickass turbo! :D
#1570 Sep 26 2010 at 8:58 AM Rating: Good
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tough one

the video card upgrade (a 470 will futureproof a fair amount longer and yield a big jump in performance) will give you the best results.

just be careful with the multitasking till youve bumped up your ram at least a gig (preferablly 4 gb total in this situation)

also, the gigabyte gtx470 is on sale for 249.99 after $25 instant and $20 mail-in rebate at newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125320

--truly a spectacular deal--
#1571 Sep 26 2010 at 9:04 AM Rating: Decent
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Rated up, thanks. I wish I could afford that card, I had a tire blow out yesterday on the way to school though so thats not currently in my budget. As far as future proofing goes, I'll probably end up getting one of the new nvidia cards next year when I do another build. (Got a new job coming up so I'll be making quite a bit more money soon.) And off the top of my head, besides ff14 I probably won't be picking up any new pc games anytime soon.
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Hi I just purchased FFXIV and was pretty sure my rig could run it at least on medium graphics, but alas it cannot. The game is way too choppy to enjoy at all, so I am going to be forced to upgrade. I built my current PC about a year-year and a half ago, and it still runs everything great....except FFXIV. I am going to try and re-use as much hardware as I can, and I will post that stuff first.

Case
Antec 900 - This is a great case. Got 2 120mm fans in the front, 1 in the rear, and a big old 240mm on top. Always cool air comin out, but that might change with the hardware I will install.

Hard Drive
500GB Seagate 7200rpm drive. I'm not 100% sure on the rest of the details of this drive, cuz it came OEM, so no books.

CD/DVD Writer
Meh, it works, so I won't upgrade this.

PSU
Thermaltake 700W Toughpower "Cable Management" ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V. This is what it says on the manual, and I can't find this drive on newegg anymore.

So basically I need MOBO, GPU, CPU, RAM, CPU cooler and maybe a sound card if nothing else.
After I build a computer I fall out of the loop and lose touch with the new hardware available. Been doing some research and have found a few things, but I'm unsure on others.

GPU
eVGA 480GTX - Always liked eVGA and I've heard its either this card or the 5970 that is best...what do u guys recommend?

CPU
Intel i7 950 Bloomfield 3.06Ghz

Aaaand...I'm spent. Not sure about MOBO, RAM or CPU coolers. And is a sound card essential? Let me know what you guys think about my stuff I'm keeping and the couple things I chose.

Thanks!
#1573 Sep 26 2010 at 4:32 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi guys was gonna wait for the ps3 version but my girlfriend came in with the collectors edition the other day, so looking for a new pc as mine is 5-6 years old and isn't even anywhere near the min specs.

These are the specs i've came up with that i can maybe afford with a bit of saving, would like to know if i would be able to run the game, not looking to run on the highest settings, if i can run it on medium settings i will be more than happy.

- Case: Antec 300 Case
- Power Supply: Corsair Extreme 600W
- CPU: Intel Core i3 530 2.93GHz Clarkdale overclocked to 4.20GHz
- Motherboard: Gigabyte H55M-UD2H Intel H55 (Socket 1156) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard
- Cooler: Akasa Venom CPU Cooler
- RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
- Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
- Graphics Card: GTX 460 1gb (may be able to push to a 470)
- Optical Drive: LG DVD+/-RW SATA Drive

i know everyone is saying get the i5/7 but its to pricy for me

As long as i can play and enjoy the game, i'll be happy, plus its a massive upgrade from the old pc. only has 512mb ram and a ati gpu with 256mb. lol

Any feedback would be great.
#1574 Sep 26 2010 at 5:01 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey all, I guess I'm in the same boat as davieccc. I'm trying to build a PC that will run on standard settings until the PS3 version comes out, but run standard well. I've picked out the parts, but I'm not 100% sure everything is compatible. Any advice would be appreciated, also whether this build can run ffxiv on standard or not.

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
HDD: HITACHI Deskstar H3IK10003272SP (0S02860) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
GPU: PowerColor AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
Optical: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM
Power: LOGISYS Computer PS575XBK 575W ATX12V SLI Ready Power Supply
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Processor: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

Comes out to about $635.95. I'm fine with standard performance, just don't know about part compatibility.

Edited, Sep 26th 2010 7:02pm by Midlight
#1575 Sep 26 2010 at 9:27 PM Rating: Decent
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Looks compatible to me
#1576 Sep 26 2010 at 10:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi well I've installed FFXIV and found it really laggy.

Did the benchmark Test and failed it miserably. Score of 500 something and MS of 50K+

I believe its my graphics card certainly as I fill most of the requirements

My specs are:

Operating System | Windows Vista 32-bit


CPU | AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ (2.7)GHz

RAM | Windows Vista: 4GB


HDD/SSD | 500GB + 500GB [external]


Graphics Card | NVIDIA GeForce 9400 Series - VRAM 512MB


Sound Card | DirectSound compatible sound card (DirectX 9.0c or higher)

ISP Connection | Broadband Internet Connection

Screen Resolution | 1920 x 1200

DirectX | DirectX 9.0c

Others | Mouse, Keyboard

Now finding that my graphics card was the only thing below standard I've looked at thinking to buy this:
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/138308/VIDEOCARDS_GEFORCE_PCI-EX_3/ECS/NGT240-1GQRL-F.asp

But there are many other cards I could buy but I have a budget of $150

This is the price list of the place I'm buying at http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

and under PCI-E/AGP VGA Card–(Selected Top Quality Brands) on the first page is my options.

Advance Thanks to everyone who is reviewing this and recommending.
#1577 Sep 26 2010 at 10:57 PM Rating: Decent
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ok so the asus p6x58d-e comes with 8 sata II & III ports (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641&cm_re=p6x58d-e-_-13-131-641-_-Product). now here's my pickle - if you look at the board's layout or are familiar with the board, you'll see that by using the 3rd pci-e 2.0 slot with a big card, you lose the 2 single sata connectors and what looks like two USB connectors (what is the purpose of those usb connectors anyway?). i WILL be using the 3rd pci-e 2.0 slot as i plan to go SLi and i can't sandwich my cards together. i'm gonna run x16/x8 SLi in the 1st and 3rd slots with gigantic 11 inch cards. i'm gonna be running SSD x2 in raid 0 for OS and games, a single 1TB HDD dvd drive for everything else, and some cheap $20 dvd drive (total of 4 sata connections).

someone told me that those two single sata II connectors at the bottom of the board (that i'm losing) are faster than the other sata II connectors and are best for raid 0. i've also heard not to plug my SSDs into sata connectors being shared as it affects performance. is there any validity to any of that (maybe the two are related)?


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Holesto wrote:
So basically I need MOBO, GPU, CPU, RAM, CPU cooler and maybe a sound card if nothing else.
After I build a computer I fall out of the loop and lose touch with the new hardware available. Been doing some research and have found a few things, but I'm unsure on others.

GPU
eVGA 480GTX - Always liked eVGA and I've heard its either this card or the 5970 that is best...what do u guys recommend?

CPU
Intel i7 950 Bloomfield 3.06Ghz

Aaaand...I'm spent. Not sure about MOBO, RAM or CPU coolers. And is a sound card essential? Let me know what you guys think about my stuff I'm keeping and the couple things I chose.

Thanks!


The 5970 is a more powerful video card than the 480 (of course, it's more expensive too). They are both top tier though, so either is fine if you have the buying power. :)

The 950 is a great CPU, also top tier.

You're gonna have to find a socket 1366 mobo since that CPU uses that socket. Socket 1366 motherboards come with triple channel RAM slots, so find 3 identical RAM sticks. I recommend 6Gb total (three 2Gb sticks). As for which brands/models, check out the reviews for each on Newegg to see which ones customers are satisfied with.

You don't need an aftermarket CPU if you're not overclocking. The one that already comes with your CPU is fine.

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These are the specs i've came up with that i can maybe afford with a bit of saving, would like to know if i would be able to run the game, not looking to run on the highest settings, if i can run it on medium settings i will be more than happy.

- CPU: Intel Core i3 530 2.93GHz Clarkdale overclocked to 4.20GHz
- Graphics Card: GTX 460 1gb (may be able to push to a 470)

i know everyone is saying get the i5/7 but its to pricy for me


If you do have the cash to push for a GTX 470 instead of a 460, I'd recommend to use that extra cash to upgrade the CPU to an i5 instead of upgrading the GPU. My guess is that your i3 will be the bottleneck of your system, therefore upgrading from a 460 to a 470 gives you very little improvement, if at all.

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Hey all, I guess I'm in the same boat as davieccc. I'm trying to build a PC that will run on standard settings until the PS3 version comes out, but run standard well. I've picked out the parts, but I'm not 100% sure everything is compatible. Any advice would be appreciated, also whether this build can run ffxiv on standard or not.

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower
HDD: HITACHI Deskstar H3IK10003272SP (0S02860) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
GPU: PowerColor AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
Optical: LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM
Power: LOGISYS Computer PS575XBK 575W ATX12V SLI Ready Power Supply
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Processor: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

Comes out to about $635.95. I'm fine with standard performance, just don't know about part compatibility.


Everything looks good. It will be able to run the game on standard settings easily. :)
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Hi well I've installed FFXIV and found it really laggy.

Did the benchmark Test and failed it miserably. Score of 500 something and MS of 50K+

I believe its my graphics card certainly as I fill most of the requirements

My specs are:

CPU | AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ (2.7)GHz
Graphics Card | NVIDIA GeForce 9400 Series - VRAM 512MB

Now finding that my graphics card was the only thing below standard I've looked at thinking to buy this:
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/138308/VIDEOCARDS_GEFORCE_PCI-EX_3/ECS/NGT240-1GQRL-F.asp

But there are many other cards I could buy but I have a budget of $150



Unfortunately, upgrading your video card alone will probably not improve your performance by much, if at all. Your CPU is equally old, so both your CPU+GPU need to be upgraded together in order to see any improvement worth investing in. :(
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ok so the asus p6x58d-e comes with 8 sata II & III ports (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641&cm_re=p6x58d-e-_-13-131-641-_-Product). now here's my pickle - if you look at the board's layout or are familiar with the board, you'll see that by using the 3rd pci-e 2.0 slot with a big card, you lose the 2 single sata connectors and what looks like two USB connectors (what is the purpose of those usb connectors anyway?). i WILL be using the 3rd pci-e 2.0 slot as i plan to go SLi and i can't sandwich my cards together. i'm gonna run x16/x8 SLi in the 1st and 3rd slots with gigantic 11 inch cards. i'm gonna be running SSD x2 in raid 0 for OS and games, a single 1TB HDD dvd drive for everything else, and some cheap $20 dvd drive (total of 4 sata connections).


Maybe, but not necessarily. SATA connectors don't jut upward that much. If I were to design a motherboard, I would make sure there is enough room to connect them even when filling all PCIe slots. There just might be enough room (if you connect the wires to those connectors before inserting the video card). If possible, go to your local computer store and if you're lucky they might carry that motherboard. Ask to see it and check whether there is indeed enough room.

As for the USB connectors, they are used for connecting to your case. I'm sure you've seen some computer cases with USB slots, right? Those slots connect to your motherboard.

kingklops wrote:
someone told me that those two single sata II connectors at the bottom of the board (that i'm losing) are faster than the other sata II connectors and are best for raid 0. i've also heard not to plug my SSDs into sata connectors being shared as it affects performance. is there any validity to any of that (maybe the two are related)?


Not sure about this myself. Try asking on a computer hardware website like tomshardware.com and I'm sure some guru will be able to confirm.


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#1583 Sep 27 2010 at 3:31 AM Rating: Decent
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You're an amazingly helpful person Threx, going through all our builds like that. Thanks much Threx and sirocc0, guess I know what I'm ordering =)
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Daxter730 wrote:
Hi well I've installed FFXIV and found it really laggy.

Did the benchmark Test and failed it miserably. Score of 500 something and MS of 50K+

I believe its my graphics card certainly as I fill most of the requirements

My specs are:

CPU | AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ (2.7)GHz
Graphics Card | NVIDIA GeForce 9400 Series - VRAM 512MB

Now finding that my graphics card was the only thing below standard I've looked at thinking to buy this:
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/138308/VIDEOCARDS_GEFORCE_PCI-EX_3/ECS/NGT240-1GQRL-F.asp

But there are many other cards I could buy but I have a budget of $150



Unfortunately, upgrading your video card alone will probably not improve your performance by much, if at all. Your CPU is equally old, so both your CPU+GPU need to be upgraded together in order to see any improvement worth investing in. :(


Ditto^

It's unbelievable how this game just chews up dual core CPU's. I have the GTX 460, and had the Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHz, which would run EVERY OTHER game I own at max setting with no problem. Then I go to the benchmark for ffxiv and score a decent, yet modest 3200. I switched out my processor to the i7-950... same clock speed, just 4 core. My score jumped to a 5200 (with new DDR3 RAM as well)... that's just crazy.
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Threx wrote:
Daxter730 wrote:
Hi well I've installed FFXIV and found it really laggy.

Did the benchmark Test and failed it miserably. Score of 500 something and MS of 50K+

I believe its my graphics card certainly as I fill most of the requirements

My specs are:

CPU | AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ (2.7)GHz
Graphics Card | NVIDIA GeForce 9400 Series - VRAM 512MB

Now finding that my graphics card was the only thing below standard I've looked at thinking to buy this:
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/138308/VIDEOCARDS_GEFORCE_PCI-EX_3/ECS/NGT240-1GQRL-F.asp

But there are many other cards I could buy but I have a budget of $150



Unfortunately, upgrading your video card alone will probably not improve your performance by much, if at all. Your CPU is equally old, so both your CPU+GPU need to be upgraded together in order to see any improvement worth investing in. :(


Ok that seems possible to do but I'd get the spare cash over a few months the thing is though what would be best to get first? the CPU or GPU
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Hi guys was gonna wait for the ps3 version but my girlfriend came in with the collectors edition the other day, so looking for a new pc as mine is 5-6 years old and isn't even anywhere near the min specs.

These are the specs i've came up with that i can maybe afford with a bit of saving, would like to know if i would be able to run the game, not looking to run on the highest settings, if i can run it on medium settings i will be more than happy.

- Case: Antec 300 Case
- Power Supply: Corsair Extreme 600W
- CPU: Intel Core i3 530 2.93GHz Clarkdale overclocked to 4.20GHz
- Motherboard: Gigabyte H55M-UD2H Intel H55 (Socket 1156) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard
- Cooler: Akasa Venom CPU Cooler
- RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit
- Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
- Graphics Card: GTX 460 1gb (may be able to push to a 470)
- Optical Drive: LG DVD+/-RW SATA Drive

i know everyone is saying get the i5/7 but its to pricy for me

As long as i can play and enjoy the game, i'll be happy, plus its a massive upgrade from the old pc. only has 512mb ram and a ati gpu with 256mb. lol

Any feedback would be great.


hey Threx thanks for the advice, i was also gonna post an alternate build i was thinking about and totally forgot. It works out at around the same price as the i3 set up i posted earlier.

Case: Antec 300
- Power Supply: Corsair Extreme 600W
- CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.20GHz overclocked to 3.60GHz
- Cooler: Titan Fenrir EVO CPU Cooler
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-US2H AMD 760G (AM3) Motherboard
- RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9
- Hard Drives: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
- Graphics Card: MSI GTX 470 1280MB GDDR5
- Optical Drive: OcUK 22x DVD±RW SATA ReWriter (Black).

After checking all the prices it works out £1 less expensive lol.
would this set up be able to run the game ok? Same as before as long as i can play the game and enjoy on maybe standard settings i would be happy?

Any advice would be appriciated.
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How about this?

CPU: Athlon II X4 630(2.8GHz)
Ram: 4GB DDR3
V-Card: ATI Radeon HD 5670
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How about this?

CPU: Athlon II X4 630(2.8GHz)
Ram: 4GB DDR3
V-Card: ATI Radeon HD 5670


I will suggest you to go with 5770 if you can afford the $40 difference. Still..don't expect to run anything at high setting.
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Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade a few parts of my pc, what I'm currently running looks like this.

AMD athlon x2 4200+ (XP)
Nvidia GTS 250 1GB DDR3
4GB DDR2 ram 332mhz

I'm looking to replace the video card with a HD 5770 1GB card. As well as possibly replacing my processor with the following, http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6426702&CatId=3496

The problem I run into however is that this processor is a AM2+ socket, and I believe my motherboard is regular AM2. My mobo is a Veriton M410 and I'm not sure if it's compatible with this new processor, anybody able to help me?
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OneFatAngel wrote:
jwhite1083 wrote:
How about this?

CPU: Athlon II X4 630(2.8GHz)
Ram: 4GB DDR3
V-Card: ATI Radeon HD 5670


I will suggest you to go with 5770 if you can afford the $40 difference. Still..don't expect to run anything at high setting.


I don't plan to run anything on high settings. I'm just glad it will run.
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Threx wrote:
kingklops wrote:
ok so the asus p6x58d-e comes with 8 sata II & III ports (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641&cm_re=p6x58d-e-_-13-131-641-_-Product). now here's my pickle - if you look at the board's layout or are familiar with the board, you'll see that by using the 3rd pci-e 2.0 slot with a big card, you lose the 2 single sata connectors and what looks like two USB connectors (what is the purpose of those usb connectors anyway?). i WILL be using the 3rd pci-e 2.0 slot as i plan to go SLi and i can't sandwich my cards together. i'm gonna run x16/x8 SLi in the 1st and 3rd slots with gigantic 11 inch cards. i'm gonna be running SSD x2 in raid 0 for OS and games, a single 1TB HDD dvd drive for everything else, and some cheap $20 dvd drive (total of 4 sata connections).


Maybe, but not necessarily. SATA connectors don't jut upward that much. If I were to design a motherboard, I would make sure there is enough room to connect them even when filling all PCIe slots. There just might be enough room (if you connect the wires to those connectors before inserting the video card). If possible, go to your local computer store and if you're lucky they might carry that motherboard. Ask to see it and check whether there is indeed enough room.

As for the USB connectors, they are used for connecting to your case. I'm sure you've seen some computer cases with USB slots, right? Those slots connect to your motherboard.

kingklops wrote:
someone told me that those two single sata II connectors at the bottom of the board (that i'm losing) are faster than the other sata II connectors and are best for raid 0. i've also heard not to plug my SSDs into sata connectors being shared as it affects performance. is there any validity to any of that (maybe the two are related)?


Not sure about this myself. Try asking on a computer hardware website like tomshardware.com and I'm sure some guru will be able to confirm.


thanks for the reply. yeah i figured thats what those usb connectors were for but it didn't hurt to ask. i've actually decided that the build i was planning is a little too pricey for the performance return anyway, especially considering i'm going to be playing on a 1920x1200 monitor. so that solves the issue regardless :P

i'm really liking this i7 930 for $200 at microcenter compared to the $300 i7 950 at newegg. MC's GTX 460 prices, particularly the Palit sonic platinum, are also stellar. did i read somewhere in the thread that you own these Palits in SLi or am i confusing you with someone? if so how do you like em? i'm only interested in performance for 1920x1200 monitors. Palits a total wild card to me, but i'm really leaning toward pulling the trigger on a pair of 460s.

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Looking for a PSU, any suggestions?

Vid card: Radeon HD 5850 (500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended)
Mobo: ASUS P6T WS PRO LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Core i7 / Xeon Intel Motherboard
Processor: i7 920

I'm looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182173

Edited, Sep 27th 2010 3:21pm by Zenoxio

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Hi There

Please help.........

Im getting paid on Wednesday and have put aside approx £150 (UK) to actually get my machine to run FFXIV.
Current Benchmark is 248 but thats because my GPU is Rubbish!

I have

CPU - E8400 Duo @ 3.0ghz (at stock - not really want to O/C much atm)
Ram - 2 Gig DDR2
GPU - GE Force 8400 GS

Now I was planning to purchase a 1gb GTX 460 (Palit) however someone said to me today there would be no point as my CPU would bottleneck. So can anyone tell me the best graphics card I should buy to compliment my CPU.

In reality I will only be playing FFXIV and dont want to overpurchase on a GPU.

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Looking for a PSU, any suggestions?

Vid card: Radeon HD 5850 (500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended)
Mobo: ASUS P6T WS PRO LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Core i7 / Xeon Intel Motherboard
Processor: i7 920

I'm looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182173



It will work. Mine is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152036
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For the laptop crowd, the Alienware m11x is not the best choice for FFXIV. Only playable framerates are at 1280x720 at HALF resolution. This makes the game look very similar to how it did on the PS2.
I'm still happy with it; I primarily play on my quad core 2.8Ghz desktop with the GeForce GTX470 (flawless) but I can still take FFXIV on the road (i.e. today's lunch break :) ) with playable decent framerates at such low settings.
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Another question whats a better desktop gpu

1 1x EVGA Nvidia GTX 260 1gb

2. 2x ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphic card 512mb

(for those that forgot only looking to run on low)
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Hi I just purchased FFXIV and was pretty sure my rig could run it at least on medium graphics, but alas it cannot. The game is way too choppy to enjoy at all, so I am going to be forced to upgrade. I built my current PC about a year-year and a half ago, and it still runs everything great....except FFXIV. I am going to try and re-use as much hardware as I can, and I will post that stuff first.

Case
Antec 900 - This is a great case. Got 2 120mm fans in the front, 1 in the rear, and a big old 240mm on top. Always cool air comin out, but that might change with the hardware I will install.

Hard Drive
500GB Seagate 7200rpm drive. I'm not 100% sure on the rest of the details of this drive, cuz it came OEM, so no books.

CD/DVD Writer
Meh, it works, so I won't upgrade this.

PSU
Thermaltake 700W Toughpower "Cable Management" ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V. This is what it says on the manual, and I can't find this drive on newegg anymore.

So basically I need MOBO, GPU, CPU, RAM, CPU cooler and maybe a sound card if nothing else.
After I build a computer I fall out of the loop and lose touch with the new hardware available. Been doing some research and have found a few things, but I'm unsure on others.

GPU
eVGA 480GTX - Always liked eVGA and I've heard its either this card or the 5970 that is best...what do u guys recommend?

CPU
Intel i7 950 Bloomfield 3.06Ghz

Aaaand...I'm spent. Not sure about MOBO, RAM or CPU coolers. And is a sound card essential? Let me know what you guys think about my stuff I'm keeping and the couple things I chose.

Thanks!


Thanks for the replies everyone! I've chosen a few more components that I think would work. Would love some feedback.

Mobo
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


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

Also going to be buying Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit edition. I'm assuming I need 64 bit cuz of all the memory I have, or does this not matter in Windows 7 how much RAM u have?

Not sure about my PSU, since it seems the general consensus to get a 1000W PSU, in case I want to overclock. Any suggestions?

Also, do I need an aftermarket CPU cooler? I'm unsure on what to choose for that as well if it will be needed.

Thanks!

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if you plan to oc, you need aftermarket cooling. period.

otherwise, no, you don't.

Edited, Sep 27th 2010 7:13pm by kingklops
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The stock Intel cpu cooler is nothing but a paper weight to begin with. Just spend the extra $20-30 get yourself a coolermaster heatsink+fan.
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Alright, so I have decided to upgrade my motherboard, cpu and ram so I can play FFXIV until it is released on ps3 (6 months truly is too long to wait)

So I was thinking of going either with a Intel i7 950 or AMD phenom II 955 BE. 2 things:

1. there is an approx 250 dollar price diffrence between those two + respective motherboard fitting (1366 seems to be alot more pricey). is the i7 really that much better?
2. can you recommend me some motherboards since I have NO idea what to look for and to keep it future proof.


Edit: looking through this post and previous comments i've also concidered going with an i5 760 since it is far less pricey and seems to have decent performance? is this true?

Thanks!


Edited, Sep 28th 2010 2:22am by GusMorgan
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firstly i'd like to thank all the contributors here. got a lot of great input. after like four weeks of this thread, and countless other tech forums, i think this is the one...

CPU: i7 930 - $200
MOBO: asus p6x58d-e - $230
GPU(s): msi gtx 460 cyclone 1gb ddr5 oc sli - $400
RAM: mushkin enhanced redline 6gb 1600 ddr3 cas 6 - $180
SSD: ocz vertex 2 60gb - $130
HDD: samsung f3 1tb - $75
DVD: sh*tty dvd drive - $20
CASE: haf x - $200
PSU: corsair 850hx - $170
CPU COOLER: corsair h70 - $110
OS: windows 7 - $100

total: ~$1820

prices will fluctuate i'm sure over the next week but thats my skeleton. i'm going to be gaming at 1920x1200. i love the OC potential in the CPU and GPUs. i'm going with the h70 water cooler instead of the noctua nh-d14 because i dont want to draw hot air from my GPUs into my CPU cooler. i'll set it up like this http://www.kitguru.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/h70-airflow.jpg with the radiator in the rear 120mm.

i should note that my weakest area of research was definitely my PSU. i'd imagine the 850hx's 850w should handle the load fine. i know that a single msi gtx 460 cyclone 1gb oc requires 318w at full stress. i have to admit i'd be more at ease hearing someone else agree with me though.

all in all though i really love this build, thoughts?

Edited, Sep 28th 2010 5:13am by kingklops
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