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New Desktop Build - 2000 budget

Purpose: Gaming PC but also use it for development type work . . . overall speed is the key. OS: Vista 64 Bit


Case: Antec 902 - $150
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=i7-920BOX 

Board: asus p6t Deluxe - $285
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=M [...] 23710a9ca#

Chip: i7-920 -$285
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=i7-920BOX (has a package deal with case)

Ram: 6GB tri-channel Pc-2000 DDR3 - $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231248
(Better Clock speed VS lower latency?)


GPU: 2x GTX 285 SLI - 2 x $320 = $640
http://www.buy.com/prod/evga-gefor [...] 57180.html
(is it better for 3-way crossfire or 4-way SLI with lower cards? Haven't seen any benchmarks on these??)

PSU: OCZ 1000w SLI certified $215
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] CVRqCjCVRq

Sound: CL SB X-FI Titanium PCIe $90
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] CatId=2771
(I'm a sound nut)

Hard Drives:
I have an old 10k RPM SATA HD from a DELL XPS (current PC bought in 2004), but not sure on the cache (120GB space). My plan is to use that for a system/programs drive and add a second 1TB data drive. Also has anyone seen any benchmarks about solid state vs SATA? Would it be good for the primary drive to be solid state instead?

Need advise on cooling for CPU/Ram as OCing is . Want to stick with air unless absolutely necessary.


Budget is about $2000 +/- 300. Looking for suggestions on any specific piece or general approach. I'm also interested in running an 8-core system (I see the Mac's have 8 cores but haven't seen anything other than skulltrail for intel PCs.) Any dual core mobos out there and would you recommend going for it?

EDIT:
Something like this but can't find a retail version:
http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php? [...] &Itemid=37


Interested in all comments, am not attached to this build, just one an all-around performance machine.
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souseranCommented:
Have you checked the Ars Technica System Guides?

http://arstechnica.com/hardware/guides/2008/09/guide-200809.ars

I've found them a good basis from which to grow. Mixing and matching the components across the various guides works also.
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IanThCommented:
if you can stretch go for the i7 920 its a fab overclocker

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2008/11/06/overclocking-intel-core-i7-920/1
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Kyle AbrahamsSenior .Net DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I had the 920 in my build already.  
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IanThCommented:
sorry I thought your first post was your intended system not what you have already

anyway have you tried to oc your 920 as you can usually get 920's up to 940 extreme speed's

for ssd
see http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9131579&intsrc=news_ts_head
and http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/intel/showdoc.aspx?i=3403

ocz vertex see http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=299&Itemid=60

you wont get much as they are mega expensive and small compared to sata hdd's
i was thinking of going ssd as well and would go for 2 * ocz vertex 64gb in raid 0 array they are around $400 EACH
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