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Post » Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:41 pm

I think its time I put my old computer system down, it's over 5 years old and is going down hill fast.

So I am looking for a place to get my new system at. I have looked at a bunch of web sites , but I keep ending up at http://www.ibuypower.com . It seems to me the best bang for your buck. Has anyone here used them? are they good, bad company?

Well here is what I am looking at getting. Let me know if you think I should change anything, or any other input on this.

[quote:6dsqu6uh]Case - CoolerMaster HAF 922 Mid Tower Gaming Case-Black

Processor - Intel Core i7 920 Processor (4x 2.66GHz/8MB L3 Cache)

Processor Cooling - Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling System w/ 240mm Radiator

Memory - 6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1600 Triple Memory Module-Corsair or Major Brand

Video Card - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 PCI-Express x16 896MB SLI Mode (Daul Cards)

Motherboard -
Asus P6T Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire and SLI Supported w/7.1 Sound, Triple-Channel DDR3, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, 3-Way SLI PCI-E MB-3-Way SLI

Power Supply - 850 Watt -- Corsair CMPSU-850TX Power Supply-Quad SLI Ready

Hard Drive - 1 TB HARD DRIVE-[Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache]

Optical Drive - [6X Blu-Ray] LG GGC-H20L BLU-RAY Reader & DVDR/RW Burner Combo Drive Black

2nd Optical Drive - [6X Blu-Ray] LG GGW-H20L BLU-RAY Re-Writer & DVDR/RW Burner Combo Drive Black

Sound Card - 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard

Network Card - Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)

Operating System - Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit Edition

Windows 7 Upgrade Coupon
[*** Free Upgrade Coupon ***] Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Edition $29 -$29(mail-in-rebate) = $0 [/quote:6dsqu6uh]
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Post » Fri Aug 07, 2009 6:23 pm

If you're spending that much money on a super badass computer like that, I wouldn't go with onboard sound, it tends to suck. You may as well get a dedicated sound card.

Also, they're expensive but have you thought about a 60gb or so solid state drive for running OS + programs from? I don't have one myself, but people with them sing about how fast their system boots, loads things, etc.
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Post » Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:21 pm

Thanks Ashley for your input on this.

I been going back and forth about the dedicated sound card. Just looking to save the $50.00 plus bucks.

As for the solid state drives I have looked in it to it, but right now its a bit to expensive for me. I'll wait until the price comes down more. As for how fast the system boots, loads things, with the way my old system is working going to this new system will be like going from a VW Bug to a Viper :) So for right now the speed will be fine.
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Post » Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:19 am

If you feel up to it price out how much parts would cost on newegg or tigerdirect and buld it your self the only thing that would be tricky would be the water cooling. Building yourself tends to save you a good chunk of change i priced rigs a year or two ago and i built a nearly 1500 dollar rig for about 700 when I made it my self.
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Post » Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:49 am

also you can make raid or if you don't wanna make raid - buy WD velociraptor as your system disk and other non-hispeed hdd for file storing(eg one 10000rpm 150gb and one 7200 1tb)...
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Post » Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:28 pm

You guys are bad for my budget:) You have got me thinking more and more about the solid state drive. I have a Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ on my network for the mass storage so everyone in the home can get to the data all the time. So I do not need that big of drives on the computer.
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Post » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:52 pm

[quote="Maxum":1vqd5wop]You guys are bad for my budget:) You have got me thinking more and more about the solid state drive.[/quote:1vqd5wop]
How about a solid gold drive?
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Post » Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:56 pm

I had looked at ibuypower.com a while ago, and I read very mixed reviews. Some people say it's great, while others mentioned that parts were defective, and workmanship was very shoddy. The prices do seem great though, a lot lower than other sites, and almost too good to be true.
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Post » Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:45 am

GTX280 will be a better option by miles than the 275.

Also, a motherboard with dedicated SLI will be better than a hybrid board that does SLI or CROSSFIRE.

Needs bigger PSU, definately. 850W is not enough for two GPUs like that.

Why do you want 2 blu-ray burners? Why do you even want one blu-ray burner? Wait 18 months until they become $50 like a DVD brner is now... instead of $400 and $50 per blank 50gb disc.

Solid state drives are a waste of money unless you are running a server farm. Save your cash and get some normal drives with big capacity.

Other than that... it looks OK, though Ash already mentioned the thing about the sound card... don't use onboard sound unless it's good. My board came with an X-Fi card, which is partial onboard, and partial 1x PCI-E daughterboard.

A can't stress enough though how much better the GTX280 is than ALL other GTX cards, including the latest GTX295's. The 280 kills them all.

I'm not entirely sure what price difference you are looking at between the 275 and 280, but whatever it is, it's worth it.


*EDIT*
The HAF is a really nice case :D
I saw it at the Thermaltake show before it was released... I was very impressed by what I saw... have to let me know if it's as good as it "looked" at the time :)

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Post » Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:57 pm

Hi SoldjahBoy,

[quote:2yxbejnd]Why do you want 2 blu-ray burners? [/quote:2yxbejnd]

Well one was a blu-ray Burner and one was a blu-ray play / DVD burner. But you got a good point on that the cost is very high right now and I should wait. If I just get a DVD burner drive and a DVD reader Drive I can save $200.00 - $300.00 and pay for the sound card. and upgrade the power supply to 1000W.


[quote:2yxbejnd]A can't stress enough though how much better the GTX280 is than ALL other GTX cards, including the latest GTX295's. The 280 kills them all.

I'm not entirely sure what price difference you are looking at between the 275 and 280, but whatever it is, it's worth it.[/quote:2yxbejnd]

Are you talking about the just the 280 or the 285?
The nVidia GeForce GTX 285 is $110.00 more then the GTX 275.
The nVidia GeForce GTX 295 is $310.00 more then the GTX 275. from what they say the GTX 295 is two GTX 275 in one card.

As I just found out if you go SLI or CROSSFIRE you can not do dual monitor's. I think I will just go with the one nVidia GeForce GTX 275. For the money I don't see the GTX 285 $110.00 better.

nVidia GeForce GTX 275
Manufacturer: nVidia
Series: GeForce GTX 200
GPU: GT200b
Release Date: 2009-04-02
Interface: PCI-E 2.0 x16
Core Clock: 633 MHz
Shader Clock: 1404 MHz
Memory Clock: 1134 MHz (2268 DDR)
Memory Bandwidth: 127.008 GB/sec
FLOPS: 1010.88 GFLOPS
Pixel Fill Rate: 17724 MPixels/sec
Texture Fill Rate: 50640 MTexels/sec


nVidia GeForce GTX 280
Manufacturer: nVidia
Series: GeForce GTX 200
GPU: GT200
Release Date: 2008-06-16
Interface: PCI-E 2.0 x16
Core Clock: 602 MHz
Shader Clock: 1296 MHz
Memory Clock: 1107 MHz (2214 DDR)
Memory Bandwidth: 141.696 GB/sec
FLOPS: 933.12 GFLOPS
Pixel Fill Rate: 19264 MPixels/sec
Texture Fill Rate: 48160 MTexels/sec

nVidia GeForce GTX 285
Manufacturer: nVidia
Series: GeForce GTX 200
GPU: GT200b
Release Date: 2009-01-15
Interface: PCI-E 2.0 x16
Core Clock: 648 MHz
Shader Clock: 1476 MHz
Memory Clock: 1242 MHz (2484 DDR)
Memory Bandwidth: 158.976 GB/sec
FLOPS: 1062.72 GFLOPS
Pixel Fill Rate: 20736 MPixels/sec
Texture Fill Rate: 51840 MTexels/sec

nVidia GeForce GTX 295
Manufacturer: nVidia
Series: GeForce GTX 200
GPU: GT200b x 2
Release Date: 2009-01-08
Interface: PCI-E 2.0 x16
Core Clock: 576 MHz
Shader Clock: 1242 MHz
Memory Clock: 999 MHz (1998 DDR)
Memory Bandwidth: 223.776 GB/sec
FLOPS: 1788.48 GFLOPS
Pixel Fill Rate: 32256 MPixels/sec
Texture Fill Rate: 92160 MTexels/sec
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