Gaming rig for under $1500

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Most likely in a few days

BUDGET RANGE: Under $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, multitasking, movies, music, basically everything

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and others

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, not now but in the future most likely

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Cool and quiet running.

Basically I made another thread asking for advice on a budget system for myself. Talked with my brother and he said build me a new system and I'll give you mine (which is good enough for what I want and can't say no to free). Anyway he is a gamer and wants the best he can afford. I've spent the whole day today trying to put together a system for him and I've come up with the following options, all still below the budget:

The GPU for all options below will most likely be the 5850, which I assume will be about $260.

Option 1:

ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail

Combo Price: $494.97


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Price: $49.99


COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Combo Price: $169.98


Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk w/o Software

Price: $29.99


ASUS VW266H 25.5in Widescreen LCD Monitor 2ms 300 cd/m2 Glossy Black Retail

Price: $279.99 - $30 MIR = $249.99


Total: $1284.92 / $1254.92 AR


Option 2:

Basically the above with the processor replaced by

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail

This brings the price down by $75.

Total: $1209.92 / $1179.92 AR


Option 3:

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C7 G - Retail

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

Combo Price: $384.98


ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Price: $169.99


Everything else the same as the above options.


Total: $1344.92 / $1314.92 AR


Please let me know which of the above systems I should go with, any changes that should be made, what else to add, etc.
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  1. Do you need or do you already have an o/s (Windows) ? I don't see it on your list of things that you already have, yet I don't see it in your build either.

    Also that psu that you chose only has two PCI-E connectors, and that Asus P55 mobo you chose only runs at 4x when using two vid cards. You would need to step up to the Asus Pro in order to get 8x and 8x when running dual vid cards.
  2. Sorry I always forget about the OS, which is already taken care of.

    Ok so the Asus Pro is $20 more, although I can't find any good combo with it. What board from Gigabit would be equivalent to the Asus Pro? And which one is more recommended?
  3. gecko666 said:
    Sorry I always forget about the OS, which is already taken care of.

    Ok so the Asus Pro is $20 more, although I can't find any good combo with it. What board from Gigabit would be equivalent to the Asus Pro? And which one is more recommended?


    The Gigabyte alternate to that Asus Pro is the UD4P

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128400
  4. Ok so basically I have pretty much decided on getting the Gigabyte UD4P to go with the i7 860 config in the OP.

    Before I pull the trigger could someone comment on the RAM, case, PSU and monitor?

    EDIT: What would be a good, reasonably price HSF to get?
  5. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196 $89.99
    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Get free shipping with promo code SPETFS, ends 9/30

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.263058 Combo Discount: -$60.00 Combo Price: $429.94
    Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE - Retail
    POWERCOLOR AX5870 1GBD5-MDH Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157163 $169.99
    ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.248853 Combo Discount: -$4.00 Combo Price: $39.98
    Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.250768 Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $394.98 Free Shipping*
    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C7 G - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181 $49.99 Free Shipping*
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=SHS223B_BE $29.99 Free Ground Shipping
    Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk w/o Software

    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10010392&prodlist=celebros $279.99 ( $249.99 after MIR) Free Shipping
    ASUS VW266H 25.5in Widescreen LCD Monitor 2ms 300 cd/m2 Glossy Black Retail

    Total: $1,479.85 | $1,449.85 w/rebates
  6. Why_Me: Ok so I see you replaced the PSU from my config with a 750W one, but do you think 700W wouldn't be enough? Besides I'm more geared toward a modular one.

    And 5870 is crazy nice, but it's $100 more that I am not sure is justifiable, the 5850 should be able to handle everything for a while, shouldn't it? And in the long run it'll be CF one the prices drop a lot.

    Also you think I should go with i7 920 instead of i7 860?
  7. gecko666 said:
    Ok so basically I have pretty much decided on getting the Gigabyte UD4P to go with the i7 860 config in the OP.

    Before I pull the trigger could someone comment on the RAM, case, PSU and monitor?

    EDIT: What would be a good, reasonably price HSF to get?


    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P7P55PR Combo Price: $449.98 | $434.98 $15 off w/ code FUN15, ends 9/30 Free Shipping
    Asus P7P55D PRO Socket 1156/ Intel P55/ CrossFireX&SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
    Intel Core i7 Processor i7-860 2.80GHz 8MB LGA1156 CPU, Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.259677 Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $109.98
    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Get free shipping with promo code SPETFS, ends 9/30
    COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279 $94.99 Free Shipping*
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
  8. gecko666 said:
    Why_Me: Ok so I see you replaced the PSU from my config with a 750W one, but do you think 700W wouldn't be enough? Besides I'm more geared toward a modular one.

    And 5870 is crazy nice, but it's $100 more that I am not sure is justifiable, the 5850 should be able to handle everything for a while, shouldn't it? And in the long run it'll be CF one the prices drop a lot.

    Also you think I should go with i7 920 instead of i7 860?


    You want to make sure you have at least 4 PCI-E connectors for your psu, 750w PC Power & Cooling is a steal at that price...use zip ties, and that CM Scout has a nifty area behind the mobo for you to store all your cables.

    Either vid card, build, etc...will do ya just fine. I just wanted to see if I could make that build within your budget. I actually exceeded my expectations and managed to include a 5870 with an i7 920 build. I'm going to use that build up above for a template for a few other build on here. :)
  9. gecko666 said:
    Why_Me: Ok so I see you replaced the PSU from my config with a 750W one, but do you think 700W wouldn't be enough? Besides I'm more geared toward a modular one.

    And 5870 is crazy nice, but it's $100 more that I am not sure is justifiable, the 5850 should be able to handle everything for a while, shouldn't it? And in the long run it'll be CF one the prices drop a lot.

    Also you think I should go with i7 920 instead of i7 860?


    Think about it gecko. Your in the game, and everyone is bs about their rigs. Then you say how you have an i7 o/c to a mild 3.6GHz w/5870 and that your getting a zillion fps, and next year your thinking of Crossfiring two of them to get a zillion and one fps. e-peen ftw. :sol:
  10. Lol yeah that'd be awesome for sure, problem is this is not going to be my rig :(
    Although my bro said budget to $1500 if I can save him some then it's always better.

    One more question if you don't mind:
    Is the Asus P55 Pro better than the Gigabit UD4P?
  11. gecko666 said:
    Lol yeah that'd be awesome for sure, problem is this is not going to be my rig :(
    Although my bro said budget to $1500 if I can save him some then it's always better.

    One more question if you don't mind:
    Is the Asus P55 Pro better than the Gigabit UD4P?


    The only thing the Asus has over the Gigabyte is location of the first PCI-E slot. The one on the Gigabyte is pretty much useless for the fact it's located right next to the heatsink.
  12. Cool. Thanks a lot for all your help.
    Final question:

    Is it easy/possible to get free shipping through phone/online chat if only 1 item in your order does not have free shipping?
  13. gecko666 said:
    Cool. Thanks a lot for all your help.
    Final question:

    Is it easy/possible to get free shipping through phone/online chat if only 1 item in your order does not have free shipping?


    They only charge shipping on the items that aren't labled "free shipping". So like if you have 3 items, and one of them isn't free shipping, then that's' the only one you get charged for shipping.
  14. Yeah I know that, but it sucks that on my order there is one thing that doesn't have free shipping out of like 10 items, and it is a combo item with the other item having free shipping.
    Was just wondering if it's possible to ask for that shipping charge to be waived at all.

    Oh and I still have a question actually: Should I get 2 Samsung F3 and put them in RAID 0?
  15. gecko666 said:
    Yeah I know that, but it sucks that on my order there is one thing that doesn't have free shipping out of like 10 items, and it is a combo item with the other item having free shipping.
    Was just wondering if it's possible to ask for that shipping charge to be waived at all.

    Oh and I still have a question actually: Should I get 2 Samsung F3 and put them in RAID 0?


    You might be able to talk them into it. Tell them your a long time customer, love their service..etc, etc...if you get a chick on the line your chances are better if you can lay it on her thick like.

    In regards to the Raid 0...ya it's faster, but there's a bigger chance of you losing everything if one of those HD's go out...then it's all gone. Keep it simple is my motto. Less chance of things messing up.
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