New Gaming Rig, just need a confirmation on parts.

Alright, I'm building a somewhat cheep gaming rig, around 1500$ would be rockin'.

I have four main questions, and they are about the processor(s), and vid card, PSU, and case!

Out of the three processors I post, I am wondering which the majority would suggest for the system I am building?

On the vid card.. would that be the best performance per price?

PSU.. what size? Any suggestions?

Which case out of the ones I posted would you suggest? If any? I know the vid card I posted is massive.. I would like to reduce any issues there.

Here are the parts I am thinking. If anyone has any suggestions about anything, please post em! :

Here are the cases first:

CoolMaster Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119106

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Looks do not matter much to me. It needs to do it's job first.

Next up will be processors.

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115130

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041

I was thinking the i7, but I would really like some outside input.


Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128362

Vid Card
SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809

RAM
Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148227

Optical Drive
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136153

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319


Thanks a lot!

Ryan
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  1. With $1500 to spend I would go with the i7 920

    I would go with the Asus p6t Deluxe or Evga 132-BL-E758-A1

    PSU I would get either the 750tx or 850tx by Corsair depending on which graphic card setup you want.

    Graphic card I would just get a single 4870 1gb or GTX 260 core 216 and add a 2nd one at a later date. If you go ati 4870 1gb then 750tx is fine if you go for the gtx 260 get the 850tx, but if budget allows i would go for the 850tx in both cases.

    Out of those three cases I would get the Antec Nine Hundred, but if you can afford another $40 i would get the COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    It has excellent cable management built in. You will have to be creative with the Antec 900 to get decent cable management.
  2. Thanks for the input. I am going to go w/ the 900, I am pretty suave with cable management lol. Hmm okay, 4870 I'm going to have to look up the benchmarks on it, and do you think the 850tx would be fine w/ the 4870 CrossXfired?
  3. Grizzles said:
    Thanks for the input. I am going to go w/ the 900, I am pretty suave with cable management lol. Hmm okay, 4870 I'm going to have to look up the benchmarks on it, and do you think the 850tx would be fine w/ the 4870 CrossXfired?


    yeah the 850tx has a large single 70 amp 12 volt rail so its plenty of power!
  4. Thanks!

    Anyone else have any criticism?
  5. Bump
  6. Be careful combining CPU/RAM/MB, ok?

    i7 920/GA-X58-UD5/DDR3 is a valid combination (but not any DDR3)
    Q9650 (or Q9550)/GA-EP45-UD3P/DDR2-800 is another.
    Don't try to mix.

    I'm not convinced that the DDR3 you picked there is compatible with x58.

    I suggest you get Q9550/GA-EP45-UD3P/this RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209&Tpk=G.Skill%20Pi%20Black%20DDR2-800
  7. Here's a good PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011&Tpk=S75CF

    It can handle HD 4870 Crossfire all right.
  8. Hmm well I would like to try to go with the i7/new board combination because I am looking for upgrade-ability because I do not currently make enough income to buy a new pc every year, or even two years.

    I will have to do more research about the ram though.

    Any reason why I should change the mobo I have right now listed if I go w/ the i7?
  9. No, that's a good MB for the i7.

    This RAM would be good for that combination, for example:
    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 Triple Channel $164
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145220
  10. Hmm very nice price imo.

    Does AMD have competition for the i7 out?

    I saw this and the reviews and it had me thinking, but I am still digging the i7:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103471&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-19-103-471-_-Product

    Btw thanks for checking my responses and working with me on this stuff !
  11. You answered your own question. The Phenom II 940 is AMD's answer to the i7.

    It's slower than the i7 920, but a system with Phenom II 940/790FX/DDR2 costs less than one with i7 920/X58/DDR3. Pretty good bang for the buck, IMO.
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