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May 10, 2009 9:59:07 PM

Hello all,

First-time builder looking for a system that can run newer games like Crysis at 1280x720 or higher at 35+ fps.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this month.

BUDGET RANGE: $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming/HD video/Web surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, speakers, and OS (gonna use the Windows 7 RC) (Can anyone recommend a good gaming mouse?)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tiger Direct, Amazon, and anywhere trustworthy.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Steel case (window would be nice), no CPU preference, no graphics card preference (XFX or EVGA preferred), Asus or MSI motherboard (with good onboard sound, if possible), WD hard drive, no RAM preference.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Already have one.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A relatively quiet/cool system is preferred.

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May 10, 2009 11:50:22 PM

HD video, does that mean editing and encoding or just watching?
May 10, 2009 11:59:22 PM

theAnimal said:
HD video, does that mean editing and encoding or just watching?


Mostly watching, but I do dabble in editing as well.
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May 11, 2009 5:09:12 AM

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it's very solid, and while not extremely quiet, it's incredibly cool

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this is the best I could find (and it supports crossfire)

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... They are really easily over clockable

Graphics: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... By itself it's an amazing graphics card (especially for the price) but once you add another one (whenever you want) you'll be set

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Corsair is the best brand out there, and with 850w, you'll be set for any future additions you could make

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It's WD (like you wanted) a lot of space, and 7200 rpm

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Corsair is a solid brand, and odds are you won't get a dead one

Mouse: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I have this mouse and it is incredible, completely worth the money (and u should be able to get it on sale if you check back every day)

CPU fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... while I dont have this (because I don't OC) I've heard from a lot of people it's the fan to beat, and thats amazing for that price

While the total comes out to a little over $1000, with all the mail in rebates you'll be far under it
a b 4 Gaming
May 11, 2009 5:49:09 AM

Here's a build that includes two 4770's running in Crossfire.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-4770-crossfi... <--- Tomshardware benchmarks of the 4770 in Crossfire.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 ($49.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $174.94 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=Q9550 $261.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9550 2.83GHz 1333MHz 12MB LGA775 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 ($29.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99
SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99
SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 Free Shipping*
CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory - Retail | Introducing new Corsair XMS gaming heat sink

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
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 - OEM

Total: $896.91 | $841.91 w/mail in rebates



a b 4 Gaming
May 11, 2009 5:55:35 AM

Hmm ok i do up HTPC-cum-gamers and peeps would want a portable rig to transport from LCD Monitor to TV or even to LAN parties but it could be what could serve your purposes as well i feel hehe

1. For 1280 x 720 u have zero need for multi GPU set ups and it a horrible waste of power and heat hehe A GTX 260 core 216 will give ya 30+ FPS on 1920 x 1200 nvm those low resolutions hehe


2. Get as big a HDD and perhaps a BR ODD?

3. Well with Hybrid Power, one could almost totally power down the discrete when one is just editing vids or surfing the net :p  The GF8300 IGP is CUDA enabled as well From what i understand it works in Vista and unofficially in Win 7 ^^



4.My suggestion $782 after ship and less MIR:


Maybe go with wireless KB+Mouse?
May 11, 2009 6:09:46 AM

thx batuchka for your info.
a b 4 Gaming
May 11, 2009 6:13:52 AM

You are welcomed ^^
May 13, 2009 12:55:24 AM

Wow! Thanks for the replies, guys. Fantastic builds!
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