1200~ish dollar Gaming pc

Okay I'm trying to build a gaming pc for a midrange pc price.. bear with me.

COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 | $64.99 ($5 off)

WD 320GB SATA HDD | $49.99

2 Sapphire 4870 1GB's | $368.00 ($184.00 each) (Volume order, -15.99 sale) ($31.98 total off)

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W PSU | $94.99 ($20 Mail-in rebate not included in price) ($65 off)

OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 | $97.99 ($20 Mail-in rebate not included in price) ($28.99 instant included)

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 | Combo with CPU, $553.98 ($25 off)

Intel Core i7 920 | Combo with Mobo, price above

Arctic Silver 5 | $8.99

Subtotal: $1,238.93

I know I've skimped in a few areas to fit the two 4870's, is that a good idea or should I drop down to a single 4890 and upgrade some other components?
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  1. I don't think that power supply will be enough, get a 750W

    If I was in your budget I would get two Gtx 260's the frames on that should be higher and games should be smoother.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143155
  2. I checked the Antec power supply calculator and it said i'd only be needing about 600 Watts so that's why I picked that
  3. I should probably also mention I'll be playing on my Asus VH242H 23.6 inch 1080P monitor, so 1920x1080.
  4. Netherwind said:
    I checked the Antec power supply calculator and it said i'd only be needing about 600 Watts so that's why I picked that

    Always be safer than sorry. An underpowered rig can falter and just ruin the 2,000$ you spent on your rig.
    Go with at least a 700W. I only say this because this is an i7 rig, so it draws more power. And you'll have room to OC!
  5. I would get 2 of these instead:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127409

    And I would go with at least a 700w PSU I think for dual GPU's of that caliber, although the 650tx would do alright...it would just run at a high load, which means high temps, Lower efficiency and shorter lifespan.
  6. All of those would be putting me over the budget though that I'm trying to keep which was 1200, i'm a little over as it is
  7. Dang..bad links

    Total Edit.......
  8. for CPU cooler wouldn't Scythe Mugen be better?
  9. Core i7 920/Gigabyte GA-EX58 Combo $483.98 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.181982

    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX $104.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V CPU Cooler $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

    (2X)-MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv2 GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 $349.98 (only one rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127409

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    LG Black 22X DVD/CD $24.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

    COOLER MASTER RC-690 Computer Case $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

    Total $1243.90 after rebates

    The MB needs the latest BIOS (F5?) for SLI
    It is F5 Bios
    http://www.gigabyte.us/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Model.aspx?ProductID=2991
  10. xthekidx said:



    This is good also...only $8.00 more and one GPU
  11. In benchmarks I'm seeing the 285 get beat by 4870x2, so wouldn't it also get beat by 2 260's?
  12. Hands down I'd say.
    2 X 260-216 getting close to a GTX 295 and the way i7 scales multi cards? Close call.

    I think xthekidx was pointing out a better MB with a upgrade route to 2 X GTX285's
  13. As much as I would love an ATI card, i'm willing to go with a 285.. If I went with some of the suggestions in here, at the current moment my equipment is at stands.

    Cooler Master 590 Case 64.99

    WD 320GB HDD 49.99

    Arctic Silver 5 8.99

    Corsair 750watt PSU 124.99

    EVGA 285 + i7 920 613.98

    Asus P6T Deluxe V2 + OCZ Gold DDR3-1600 RAM 357.98

    Subtotal: 1,220.92

    I need to get as close to 1,200 or just under as possible.
  14. Subtotal: 1,220.92

    $30.00 rebate on the EVGA 285 + i7 combo
    $10.00 rebate on the MB/RAM Combo
    $20.00 rebate on the Corsair

    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V CPU Cooler $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233029

    Total$1200.91
  15. I don't subtract mail in rebates because I still have some sent in from years ago i never recieved
  16. Oh, and I don't plan to SLi the GTX285, should i drop back down to the 650 watt?

    I could always wait for Sapphire's Toxic 4890 and use that, and dump the extra money into CPU cooling, bigger hard drive..
  17. Had a change of heart, went back to trusty ATI..build as of posting:

    Cooler Master 590 case | 64.99

    Asus 4890 OC | 259.00

    750 Watt Corsair PSU | 124.99

    Arctic Silver 5 | 8.99

    Core i7 920 + P6T Deluxe V2 | 553.89

    G.Skill 6GB DDR3-1333 | 84.99

    WD 320GB HDD | 49.99

    ARCTIC COOLING ACCELS1 Rev 2 VGA Cooler | 24.99

    AC Turbo Fankit | 8.99

    Scythe Mugen CPU Cooler | 31.99

    Subtotal: 1,213.89

    Rebates: 40.00

    Shipping: 35.38

    Grand Total: 1,209.27

    Anyone have any final thoughts? I haven't ordered it yet.
  18. Netherwind said:
    Had a change of heart, went back to trusty ATI..build as of posting:

    Cooler Master 590 case | 64.99

    Asus 4890 OC | 259.00

    750 Watt Corsair PSU | 124.99

    Arctic Silver 5 | 8.99

    Core i7 920 + P6T Deluxe V2 | 553.89

    G.Skill 6GB DDR3-1333 | 84.99

    WD 320GB HDD | 49.99

    ARCTIC COOLING ACCELS1 Rev 2 VGA Cooler | 24.99

    AC Turbo Fankit | 8.99

    Scythe Mugen CPU Cooler | 31.99

    Subtotal: 1,213.89

    Rebates: 40.00

    Shipping: 35.38

    Grand Total: 1,209.27

    Anyone have any final thoughts? I haven't ordered it yet.

    Get a larger HD, and stick with the GTX 285. That's a pretty good deal. The card only costs about 280$ W/ mail in rebates, you'll get more FPS with it for only 30$ more.
  19. The ati 4890 right now it's not worth paying that much, the prices are high because it just got introduced and they want to sell it at a high price.

    Also 8MB Cache on your hard drive would not be good, it would be painful seeing that you have an i7.

    Here is also another good hard drive,

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

    16mb cache I personally use it and it's fast at loading games, and the price is right.

    If you are paying that much for that video card, here are some other video cards that will be faster.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102813

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102809 (this one is the best for your money)

    You can also get two 4830's and do crossfire and it should still be faster I think
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127402 (this one is overclocked and has 1gb memory) Perfect for GTA4
  20. two 4830's is about a GTX 285, overclock them to 700mhz and you'll have a nice setup, or you could be greedy and get three since apparently they scale well all the way upto 4 gpu's.
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