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September 8, 2009 9:23:39 PM

Hi all,

Thanks in advance for the help. I'm looking to put together a PC that can run games well and also has the storage capacity and performance to be a Media Center PC using Windows 7.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week would be nice, but I can wait until next week for more future proof parts :D 

BUDGET RANGE: $1300-1500 USD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, media center, everything else

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: After reading all the i5 reviews, I definitely prefer Intel. I'm could go either way with ATI\nVidia.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: the quieter the PC, the better.

Here's what I've thought would be good so far.
Video cards selected based on TH Aug 09 video card article http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2387-5.html


I was thinking that I would setup the 4 HDD's in a RAID5 configuration to get the most space out of them and hopefully a performance boost as well.

Also, is the 750W power supply is enough for this number of disks and Crossfire?

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September 8, 2009 9:34:35 PM
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I have no objections to your list, except for the MSI board. Gigabyte would be a more dependable choice, historically, and you seem to want to upgrade the build later.

Just an alt suggestion on the CASe and PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Antec 900 and TP-750

TP-750 might be a slightly better PSU than the Corsair, and it is modular. Both are great of course.

I doubt you'll be buying a second 4870 in a few months... I strongly suspect they will be gone. Something to consider if you were hoping to CF that one.
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September 8, 2009 9:46:39 PM

Cool, thanks for the recommendations! I'm picking up 2 of the 4870's from newegg. That being the case, what PSU is recommended?

And yes, I'm definitely buying with an eye to upgrade at some point in the future.
September 8, 2009 9:52:02 PM

You'll want to stick with your original idea of a 750W PSU for crossfire 4870's. Either the Corsair 750TX, Antec TP-750, or Antec EA750 would work fine. I like the Antec 900/TP-750 combo Proximon linked to above.

This is a nice CPU + motherboard combo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (i5 750 + GA-P55-UD4P)
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