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    Default No budget multimedia/gaming rig build.

    This build's ultimate purpose is to be used for mainly for gaming and multimedia downloading/burning/ripping/playback. I have stated that this build has no budget restrictions. This is true, however that is not to say that I am willing to spend excess amounts of money for hugely diminished returns on bleeding-edge merchandise. I am satisfied with the product that is currently at a great value but is not underpowered. For instance, my GPU of choice is the Radeon 5850. It is less powerful than the 5870, but also much less expensive. It is also slightly more expensive than a 4890, or 2x4870 CF'd, but also a much more solid and versatile performer. The perfect balance of power-pricing for me is the Radeon 5850.

    ---Potential purchases---

    RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
    $97 taxed/shipped
    Low latency and low voltage make up for its low speed, which can be easily overclocked. I will consider purchasing a second set if 4gb seems insufficient.

    GPU - Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5850
    $265 taxed/shipped

    ODD - HP Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 24X Multiformat DVD Writer
    $35 taxed/shipped
    This one does everything but Blu-ray. If you can find me a better one or a cheaper one, chime in.

    $397 total

    ---Recently completed purchases---

    ***New*** Case - XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    $98 taxed/shipped

    PSU - ENERMAX ERV1050EWT Revolution85+ 1050W SLI/CrossFire Active PFC Modular 85 Plus Silver Certified Power Supply
    $150 taxed/shipped

    HDD - Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 32 MB Cache
    $75 taxed/shipped

    CPU - Intel Core i7 Processor i7-860 2.80GHz 8MB LGA1156 + Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 Socket 1156/ Intel P55/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE
    $335 taxed/shipped

    VDU - Dell UltraSharp U2410 24 inch 1920x1200 6ms 1000:1 HDMI/DVI/VGA/DisplayPort Widescreen LCD Monitor
    $524 taxed/shipped
    Really phat screen with badass features and picture. Demands high-power GPU so I can take advantage of its awesomeness.

    Audio A - Altec Lansing BXR1121
    $20.00 taxed/shipped
    If you haven't heard these before then you are missing out. For the quality of sound I can't believe they only retail for about 25 dollars.

    Moose - Razer Salmosa
    $27.00 taxed/shipped

    $1229 total

    ***New*** ---Optional purchases---

    ***New*** Mouse - My current mouse, the Razer Salmosa, is somewhat unsatisfactory to me. I bought it on the prerequisite that it would be ideal for fingertip gripping, when in fact the dynamics of the mouse seem more befitting a claw grip or even a palm, and this is just not what I wanted at all. If held with fingertips, the Salmosa buttons are too difficult to depress (due to being nearer to the butt end), the chassis shows marks very easily, and the mouse itself is just much too long to be effectively maneuvered like a fingertip mouse should be.

    If you have any suggestions for mice that you think I would like, please let me know.

    ***New*** Keys - Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard
    $50 taxed/shipped
    Keyboard needs to have backlighting, or whatever it is called where a light comes on beneath the keys so they can be seen easier in a dark room. The keys must have space between them and must have noticeable depression (so no laptop keys). It absolutely must NOT have all the noobish bling like a dumb little LCD screen or 50 programmable buttons I'll never use. If you have any suggestions for boards you think I would like, or if you think the G11 is perfect for me, let me know.

    ***New*** HDD - I already have a 1tb drive listed in my completed purchases, but I am considering several options that would involve different/additional HDDs.

    One would be purchasing a 10k RPM drive, particularly the Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive. Newegg is running a combo deal right now where they are throwing in a power supply along with the VR, and giving you 2 bucks just to take it off their hands. I have no use for that PSU on my machine, so I figure I could sell it on Ebay for about $70, thus bringing the practical price of a 300 GB WD VR down to $150. Another option would be to take identical drives and run them in RAID, but this would practically necessitate that I sell my current drive and buy faster ones (I am going for speed here, after all). Yet another option would be the one included in the following quote:
    Another option is to buy a 32MB cache 1.0 or 1.5 TB drive ( $90 to $140 typically , Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 series in particular here ) and "short-stroke it" to only 300 ( or 700 ) GB, using the fastest part of the platters only ( restrict cylinders to only allow access to outer cylinders/tracks of the platters, so that the drive is forced to only r/w to the fastest parts of the platters ( the middle to outside of the platters, larger circumference of platter = higher data throughput there ), making inner portion of the platters inaccessible. Once you do this, the performance is on par with VelociRaptor ( even slightly better in certain benchmarks ) for about half the price of the VelociRaptor.
    All of the options look tempting and viable to me. I thank you for any insight you can offer me in this matter.

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    That's it for the potential purchases for now. Please give me any opinions you have-no change is too small. I've spent a lot of time on this build because I want it to be as perfect as it can be, so please spare no detail. I am all-ears.

    Thanks a bunch

    ~Viceroy Trepanation
    Last edited by Viceroy; 10-21-2009 at 02:15 AM.

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    For a high-end gaming rig with 4870 CF, the smallest PSU I would recommend is the Corsair 750W, with +12V@60A,
    especially if you are going to OC, for aggressive OC'ing the Corsair 850W, with +12V@70A would be preferred.

    We want to load the PSU to between 40% & 60% of rated capacity, not to exceed 70% for continuous operation,
    to provide headroom for cool, quiet operation & transient responses.

    Best Wishes,
    Dave
    Yes. One of the last commincations I had with Dave Hammock before he disappeared from the web was how a major brand single +12V rail PSU wasn't shutting down when shorted. We were literally arc welding with the PSU. Hopefully Dave's absense isn't due to the fact that he got over zealous with the welding.
    JonnyGURU Posted 4-1-08

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    http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets...spx?i=3634&p=9

    take it for what it's worth, but at least according to anandtech, crossfire performance with the P55 is less than that of the X58.
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    MrWicked has it nailed! If you need/want more that 1-video card, then the 1366 is your mobo & the i7 920 (OC'ed) is your CPU. These will ususlly OC to about 3.6GHz without over-volting.
    Yes. One of the last commincations I had with Dave Hammock before he disappeared from the web was how a major brand single +12V rail PSU wasn't shutting down when shorted. We were literally arc welding with the PSU. Hopefully Dave's absense isn't due to the fact that he got over zealous with the welding.
    JonnyGURU Posted 4-1-08

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viceroy View Post
    Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD6 Intel P55 Core i5/i7 Socket 1156 PC3-16000 (DDR3-2000) ATX Motherboard
    $235 taxed/shipped
    Current mobo of choice is pricey and has some unnecessary features. More "humble" motherboard recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
    I suggest this board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131405
    Main: i5 2500K@4.6GHz w/Zalman CNPS10X Performa, Intel DZ68BC, 8GB G.Skill DDR3-1600, PNY GTX 470 + EVGA GTX 470, ASUS Xonar DX, ADATA S510 120GB, Samsung 1TB F3+1TB F1+2TB F4, Kingwin LZG 1kW, Lian-Li PC-9F, Dell U2212HM+S2209W, Win7 Professional.
    Laptop: Dell Vostro 3450, i5 2410M, 8GB DDR3-1333, AMD Radeon HD 6630M 1GB, Intel X25-M 80GB, Seagate Momentus 750GB, Win7 Home Premium.

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    Thank you all for your suggestions. I just gave the OP an update. I'll be back to respond tomorrow evening.

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    out of all the information on this site about PSU's and you still pick a mediocre, at best, Sirtec built OCZ.

    http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/articl...power_supply/9

    given the title of this thread, going cheap on the PSU is a shame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrWicked1968 View Post
    given the title of this thread, going cheap on the PSU is a shame.
    And especially considering which forum this is.
    Main: i5 2500K@4.6GHz w/Zalman CNPS10X Performa, Intel DZ68BC, 8GB G.Skill DDR3-1600, PNY GTX 470 + EVGA GTX 470, ASUS Xonar DX, ADATA S510 120GB, Samsung 1TB F3+1TB F1+2TB F4, Kingwin LZG 1kW, Lian-Li PC-9F, Dell U2212HM+S2209W, Win7 Professional.
    Laptop: Dell Vostro 3450, i5 2410M, 8GB DDR3-1333, AMD Radeon HD 6630M 1GB, Intel X25-M 80GB, Seagate Momentus 750GB, Win7 Home Premium.

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    out of all the information on this site about PSU's and you still pick a mediocre, at best, Sirtec built OCZ.
    I found a great deal and hopped on it :s I could always just go and buy a better one if this one doesn't work out, but I doubt it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viceroy View Post
    I found a great deal and hopped on it :s I could always just go and buy a better one if this one doesn't work out, but I doubt it.
    you get what you pay for.

    the TX750 you had picked out in your other thread is a superior PSU in every possible way. but if you're willing to spend 200 bucks on a cpu, 170 for a motherboard, 150 for ram and $300 or so on a video card, or pair of video cards, being willing to spend 99 bucks on a Corsair PSU to power it all seems like a no-brainer.
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