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Gaming\Media Center PC 1300-1500

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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

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.
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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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