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  Quote Ace Of Life Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: Need Help Selecting Desktop... Spending 2.5k-3k
    Posted: 01 Sep 2009 at 5:25pm
Hey guys I'm not the best with building a computer and need some help.

- I want to build a computer that is able to play games that r close to maxed out on graphics card for the buck.
- Be upgradeable in the future but be close to top of the                  line now
- I want to edit videos and use things like photo shop and after effects without waiting for long loads and writing.
- Be able to support programs efficiently for being an entrepreneur and designing web pages for sites/services i plan on making.

Was wondering on Extreme 3 / Extreme 4 labor day model sales and how much customization and upgradeability they allow in the future with the motherboard that comes with it. Or if I'm better off looking at something you guys can draw up for me that fits what i'm trying to use it for.

Like I said somewhere in the range of 2.5-3k
Stuff I could use or do without...I don't really need a blu-ray player.

Any help is appreciated
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  Quote Ace Of Life Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Sep 2009 at 5:29pm
after writing this i realized how bad my sentence fluency is...

Stuff I could use or do without...I don't really need a blu-ray player is lazily structured and meant

If you could tell me why u'd have these items and why u'd do without those... also i dont want to spend the money on a blu player cuz i have enough of them.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Sep 2009 at 5:33pm
what resolution will you be gaming at?
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  Quote Ace Of Life Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Sep 2009 at 5:39pm
I'd Like to max out games such as half life, or WOW.

I have a LG monitor link is to the specs

http://lcd24-7.info/Monitor/LG/Flatron-W2452T/Default.aspx
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Sep 2009 at 6:01pm
Welll not sure how well you will do with games like wow that don't support sli but I think you should be ok, games that do support sli you can max out with high aa and af for sure, Extreme 3 / Extreme 4 will give you a performance of a 260 gtx in games like wow.

Here you go Ticket# 327966 --- Price: $3098 (To see this build click here) Price after current promotion $2848

Copy of Specifications:
Chassis Model: Cooler Master HAF 932
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Interior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 LE Edition SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified by mushkin enhanced (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1000W Corsair HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition)
Card Reader: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (120GB Solid State (By: OCZ) Vertex Series (Model: OCZSSD2-1VTX120G)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 20x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 896MB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-U12P High Performance Cooler (Compatible With ONLY i7 Processors)
Liquid Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a H20: Stage 3 Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Red)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Requires Air Cooling Upgrade)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: Memory Fan Kit Only (Does not include memory overclocking service)
Tweak Windows: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-Bit Edition) With Windows 7 Upgrade Coupon
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
LCD Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-10 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty

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  Quote Caleb Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Sep 2009 at 6:07pm
Here you go. 2x275 for 1900x1200 res. liquid cooling to keep your temps down. 1000w's to future proof your rig, OC'd 3.3-3.9, SSD for normal stuff and 500GB for what's left. 6GB's of memory for fast app's.

Price = 3242-Discount=2993



Specifications:
Chassis Model: Cooler Master HAF 922
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Interior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: XFX X58 3X SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports Triple SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Dominator DHX (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 1000W Corsair HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition)
Card Reader: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (120GB Solid State (By: OCZ) Vertex Series (Model: OCZSSD2-1VTX120G)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (500GB Western Digital (16MB Cache) (7200 RPM) (SATA)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 20x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 896MB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 3: High-Performance Liquid Chilled FrostBite System For CPU
Liquid Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a H20: Stage 3 Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Blue)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Requires Air Cooling Upgrade)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Tweak Windows: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-Bit Edition) With Windows 7 Upgrade Coupon
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
LCD Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-10 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty

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  Quote Caleb Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Sep 2009 at 6:08pm
Or actually go with dst4m's I forgot to change the mobo on mine.
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  Quote Ace Of Life Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Sep 2009 at 6:18pm
First of all thx for all the help

Hey can you explain why you choose

     - the hard drive you did (my friend suggested getting a 300gb speed raptor for the operating then a tet for storage)

     - motherboard (with regards to upgrades and compatability in the future)

     - Will i be able to run 2 graphics card without liquid cooling... do i need more fans... and could u explain the memory fan kit only overclocking

I think thats it, thx a bunch
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  Quote Ace Of Life Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Sep 2009 at 6:20pm
Also DST4ME do you believe I would get more out of the one you set up of go with one of the specials?
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Sep 2009 at 7:33pm
well you are getting more hardware with the special deal but you also getting more heat, I doubt tho that you will get more performance.
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http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadsaved.asp?id=328008

this is what i went with, do u feel this is a better build then the xtrem 3/4 prebuilds?

thx again for help

Copy of Specifications:
Chassis Model: Cooler Master HAF 932
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Interior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 LE Edition SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified by mushkin enhanced (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1000W Corsair HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition)
Card Reader: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (120GB Solid State (By: OCZ) Vertex Series (Model: OCZSSD2-1VTX120G)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache) (SATA) (Extreme Speed)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 20x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 1.792GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-U12P High Performance Cooler (Compatible With ONLY i7 Processors)
Liquid Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a H20: Stage 3 Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Red)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Requires Air Cooling Upgrade)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: Memory Fan Kit Only (Does not include memory overclocking service)
Tweak Windows: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-Bit Edition) With Windows 7 Upgrade Coupon
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
LCD Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-10 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty
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  Quote Metalhead Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Sep 2009 at 8:53pm
Ace..the Raptor is an awesome HD...10,000 RPM but the SSD's are amazing. The load times on SSD's are amazingly quick. While the Raptor is extremly fast also the SSD's are are quicker yet. I guess it all comes down to what you want to spend on an HD. SSD's are still pricy at the moment but if you don't want long load times they are the way to go.
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  Quote Ace Of Life Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Sep 2009 at 9:03pm
Hey guys im having real trouble deciding between my build and extreme 2,3,4 any advice
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If you can afford for extreme 4 then you SHOULD go for it. Extreme 4 has two latest graphic card GTX 295, and i7 920 @ 4.0ghz. PLus 1,200w PSU that can support any upgrade later on. With extreme 4 you dont have to worry much upgrade it for the next 3-4 years. Save yourself some stress and go for it.!!Tongue
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Sep 2009 at 4:38am
mu config is more powerful then the one you made Ace Of Life, 2 x 275 cost less and out performs the 295.

the problem with extreme 4 is that the PSU is gonna be loud and produce more heat from 2 x 295 and the 1200w psu, and the noise, the 1000w corsair is the best choice along with 2 x 275 GTX.

you can easily run 2 x 295 or 3 x 285/275 with a 1000w PSU, don't be fooled by the higher power PSU, the only thing it brings to the table is more heat and noise.



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What if im running multiple monitors, at least 2 maybe 3 does that have any effect. Also DST4ME it feels like im getting a steal with the xtreme 4, but how good is the audio card on xtreme 4, i have a 7.1 onkyo system that ran me close to 1k a year ago
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  Quote sdelu Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Sep 2009 at 3:13pm
ace -- all of the prebuilts have onboard sound. Your best bet if you want to do your onkyo system justice would be to get a high end sound card after purchasing the system, or to do your own configuration with a good sound card. I'm not sure what would constitute a very good sound card, but I can tell you that if you're going to spend $1,000 on a sound system you don't want to hook that up to onboard sound lol.
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  Quote Ace Of Life Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Sep 2009 at 4:49pm
i'm sure the mother board has an optical out on it somewhere. Lets hope :)

Thanks for all the help guys i ended up going with the xtreme 4 prebuild... to good a deal to pass up.


DST4ME thx for all the help with the configuration, even though i didnt use it i learned a lot about systems and took what u said into judgment on the final product. Again thx to everyone at the forums and those I spoke to at Digital Storm. Randy, Eric & James
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My pleasure and good luck
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