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Need Advice On This Setup


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#1 Clucky

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:47 PM

All prices are in USD

Mobo (EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 X58 3-Way SLI Core i7 Motherboard with Tri-Channel DDR3 and Tuning Utility)
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CPU (Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz 8M L3 Cache 4.8GT/sec QPI Hyper-Threading Turbo Boost LGA1366 Processor)
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RAM (Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D Dominator 6 GB 3 x 2 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz 240-Pin DDR3 Core i7 Memory Kit)
= $752

Video Card (EVGA 896-P3-1260-AR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card ) = $263

PSU (Seasonic 650wt) = $80

Case = $100
Hard Drive = $60
Misc = $50

= $1305 + HD Monitor (22inch) = $195

TOTAL = $1500USD (or $1,930 CND)


Some extraneous questions, has anyone ever had problems with video cards that range between 510 and 1g, like the 896mb I listed? I heard rumours that they could sometimes cause compatibility issues with some games...

Also, what do you think of DDR3 Ram? I know it's the only thing compatible with the i7 so I sort of had no choice when it came to DDR2 (which would've been much cheaper).

Lastly, the Seasonic 650wt...do you think it's enough to power the system I'm building?

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 06:17 PM

You're going to have to use DDR3 RAM regardless of what we think since that's all the i7's run on. If you want to save heaps of cash with a slight degradation in performance, you can get the Phenom II 940 3.0GHz or even a high-end Core 2. They aren't as fast as an i7, but you don't have to invest in an expensive motherboard and RAM. BTW, you can save some cash if you get OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) memory. As for the video card, the GTX 260 is a fine card, I have the original 8800 GTS 640MB and haven't had any compatibility issues. The 260 requires a power supply of 500W so you should be fine unless you choose to SLI. Check to see if the computer case you wish to use is a mid tower or a full ATX case. Most of the larger cards will not fit into a mid tower case due to depth issues. Remember, you need a 64-bit operating system if you have 4GB or more of RAM.

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 06:30 AM

You're going to have to use DDR3 RAM regardless of what we think since that's all the i7's run on. If you want to save heaps of cash with a slight degradation in performance, you can get the Phenom II 940 3.0GHz or even a high-end Core 2. They aren't as fast as an i7, but you don't have to invest in an expensive motherboard and RAM. BTW, you can save some cash if you get OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) memory. As for the video card, the GTX 260 is a fine card, I have the original 8800 GTS 640MB and haven't had any compatibility issues. The 260 requires a power supply of 500W so you should be fine unless you choose to SLI. Check to see if the computer case you wish to use is a mid tower or a full ATX case. Most of the larger cards will not fit into a mid tower case due to depth issues. Remember, you need a 64-bit operating system if you have 4GB or more of RAM.

Morning DJB, I have an EVGA nVidia 8600 GTS on an MSI K9 Neo V3 mainboard, AMD 5600+ CPU. what kind of Blu-Ray performance can I expect on a Samsung LT32 HDTV ? Alan 2 gigs of 800Mhz ram.
Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit/Intel e5300 cpu/ASRock G41M-LE mainboard/G max4500 onboard graphics/4gigs OCZ 800Mhz ram/ VIA onboard HD Vinyl audio/Yamaha RX-V465 HT receiver/ Cambridge SoundWorks and Infinity RS1001 speakers

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 02:21 PM

It should work fine, for Blu-Ray you should have a dual core processor, AMD 3800+ or a Core Duo CPU or higher. You should also have a video card, preferably PCIexpress, with at least 256MB of memory on the card. 1GB of RAM. HDCP compliant video card and monitor with HDMI or composite inputs for the best image. You also need the drive itself and software to play the discs.

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 06:37 AM

It should work fine, for Blu-Ray you should have a dual core processor, AMD 3800+ or a Core Duo CPU or higher. You should also have a video card, preferably PCIexpress, with at least 256MB of memory on the card. 1GB of RAM. HDCP compliant video card and monitor with HDMI or composite inputs for the best image. You also need the drive itself and software to play the discs.

Thanks DJB, I plan to buy the drive soon, the prices are going down finally. I am moving to Seadrift,Tx and netflix are essential in a bay front 1 seahorse town,Alan
Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit/Intel e5300 cpu/ASRock G41M-LE mainboard/G max4500 onboard graphics/4gigs OCZ 800Mhz ram/ VIA onboard HD Vinyl audio/Yamaha RX-V465 HT receiver/ Cambridge SoundWorks and Infinity RS1001 speakers




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