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#1 kempec98

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 02:15 AM

Hey all,

Just curious if this would be a good gamming rig. I really don't care what it cost so please if you see any improvements anywhere that could make this rig the best please let me know. Here we go:

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

CPU: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 965 Nehalem 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601965

MOBO: EVGA 132-BL-E758-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Graphics Card: EVGA 896-P3-1267-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card(was thinking of getting 2 of these and putting them into SLi config but have no idea if it's worth it)

Heatsink & Fan: ZALMAN CNPS9900LED 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM( really don't know if I should get 2 HD's and put in RAID 0, then again I really don't know anything about RAID settings)

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Case: COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Case Fan: Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan(x4)

Optical Drive: LG Black Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GGC-H20L

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 SB1090 5.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz USB Interface Sound Card

Speakers: Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker

That about does it. I mainly play WoW and other MMO's but do like to play FPS' like BF2, Crysis, Bioshock, etc. and RTS' as well. Any input you guys have will be gretlly appreciated and thanks again for your help.

Edited by kempec98, 24 March 2009 - 02:18 AM.


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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 02:55 PM

If money is no issue, go for the newer GTX 295 graphics cards. The card has almost the same performance as a GTX 280 in SLI. If you plan on SLIing that thing, you would need a better power supply. You should also get different memory since the i7 boards use triple channel. The OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory or CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory would work well. I also suggest getting two of these memory kits to max out your motherboard. I also suggest, if you want a better audio solution, a PCI card. Personally, I will never buy a Creative card again since their driver debacle and poor 64-bit support. That said there are two audio cards I suggest, the "pro-sumer" Xonar D2 or the more economical Xonar D1. Remember, you need a 64-bit OS to use all 6GB or 12GB of RAM. Also, most heatsinks come with thermal compound pre-applied so you don't need to purchase a tube.

Edited by DJBPace07, 24 March 2009 - 02:59 PM.

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#3 kempec98

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 05:25 PM

Thanx for the info DJBPace07. A couple more questions.

Is it worth it to use SLi or just use one GTX 280 card?

Should I even bother with RAID settings for gaming or just keep the one HD? If RAID settings are viable which one is the best for gaming?

With the 2 GTX 295 cards, will they and the rest of the components(Xonar D2 sound card and CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory x2) fit on the MOBO I picked out?

Is this power supply good enough, CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply?

Also what is the difference between Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM and Microsoft Windows 64-Bit Vista Home Premium SP1?

Finally, is my MOBO the right/best one for gaming?

Sorry for all of the questions just want to get this build right this time. Thanks again for any help.

Edited by kempec98, 24 March 2009 - 05:45 PM.


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Posted 24 March 2009 - 10:50 PM

The GTX 295 is a dual GPU solution on a single card. Essentially, it is a card that has already been SLI'd but takes only one PCI-express slot, slimilar to the 9800 GX2. For most home users, RAID is largely useless. Just backup often and things will be fine. That Corsair power supply is very good and can easily power that PC even with a GTX 295 SLI configuration. The memory will easily fit into that motherboard as it has been designed for it. The Xonar D2 card will also work, however, you should know that given the motherboard's design, if you were to fill all three PCI-Express x16 slots with graphics cards, you would not be able to put any other PCI cards into the system as the graphics cards would block access. To see what I mean, go to Newegg and search for your motherboard. Once you find it, they have pictures of it in a few different angles. If you look at the top-down image, the the blue slots are the PCI-express x16 slots and the white slots of the same length are standard PCI. Since all high-powered graphics cards use dual slotted cooling solutions, the fan covers up the neighboring slot. EVGA makes excellent products and I like their boards very much. The difference between the OEM and standard editions of Windows are largely price related, but also license related. With the OEM edition, the license restricts you from moving the operating system to another PC. To Microsoft, a new PC is defined as a different motherboard. So if, much later on, you were to upgrade to a different motherboard, you would have to buy a new copy of Windows to stay within the license. Note, that even if you were to reuse Windows without buying it again, you can still activate it and Microsoft doesn't know you changed the motherboard.

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 11:30 PM

Ok, just so I got this right, one GTX 295 is 2 graphics cards in one and is already SLIed? So that would mean I would only need one of them or would I still need 2 of them and then SLI them?

Would 2 GTX 295 be a tad ridiculous at this point?

I had planned only to get 2 of the GTX 295's, is a third even viable?

If I do get 2 GTX 295's should I upgrade to the: Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply?

Once again sorry for the questions upon questions but this should be the last and thank you again for your help.

Edited by kempec98, 25 March 2009 - 01:13 AM.


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Posted 25 March 2009 - 04:31 PM

Since there are two GPU cores in a single GTX 295 (Equivalent to two single cored GPU's in SLI), installing a second card would be like having quad SLI. Once you get past two GPU's, the gains in performance diminish. If you do decide to go for two cards, you should have a 1200W PSU. Your motherboard can support a third GTX 295, but the gains might not be there. Guru3d had a review for the GTX 295 in SLI.

Guru3D - GeForce GTX 295 Quad SLI gaming test

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#7 kempec98

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 03:07 AM

Ok here it is the final version...... hopefully B)


CPU: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 965 Nehalem 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601965

MOBO: EVGA 141-BL-E759-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 Classified Intel Motherboard

GRAPHICS CARD: BFG GeForce GTX 295 H20 (x2)

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)(x2)

HARD DRIVE: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA

OPTICAL DRIVE: LG Black Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA

SOUND CARD: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Express Interface Sound Card

CASE: SilverStone TEMJIN TJ10 ESA Edition

PSU: OCZ Turbo-Cool 1200W

COOLING SYSTEM: Zalman ReseratorXTBlack Hybrid Cooling System

CPU COOLER: Alphacool NexXxoS XP Bold HIGHFLOW Socket 1366

NORTH BRIDGE COOLER: Zalman ZM-NWB1


Thanks for all of your help DJBPace07 and introducing me to the Guru3D link on graphics cards. It took me a couple of days but I got through it with a lot of knowledge and hopefully a killer rig. Thanks again. :thumbsup: :huh: :huh:

Edited by kempec98, 29 March 2009 - 03:53 AM.


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Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:53 PM

One quick note you can see some performance increase from Doing a Raid 0 setup. Basically it takes 2 HDD and writes to both of them in strips splitting up the information. Each drive only has to write half the information which it does faster. But both HDD have to be the same size and preferably the same manufacture and spindle speed. Example: 2 500GB 7200 RPM drives would give you One TB of storage.

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 10:46 PM

for kempec98 Hi i am building virtually the same system one speed bump i have hit is the x58 mobo classified isnt esa certified.so all that enthusists architechure in the temjin 10 esa cannot be utilised.unfortunatlly i already have the case .I believe it is a great case never the less.also there could be an issuse with the mobo fitting into the case under some configerations.it is a large board thanks for your ideas on cooling. link to mobo vidio.

Edited by black knight, 25 April 2009 - 12:08 AM.


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Posted 27 April 2009 - 12:26 AM

Thanks it's good




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