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October 2, 2009 7:32:11 PM

Highly influenced by http://anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3641&p=...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: just waiting for the 5850 to become available from newegg BUDGET RANGE:about 1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming, multimedia, office work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: no keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: only newegg.com (bill me later) except for the processor which im buying at micro-center myself

PARTS PREFERENCES: HD radeon 5850

OVERCLOCKING: not a necessity SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Ability for both

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I decided to go with the 860 over the i920 because i highly doubt I will be upgrading to 6 cores, the 860 performs better, and i am pretty sure I can get really good performance using 2x 5850s anyways when i get another 5850 in like 2-3 months

So i was thinking

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $31.99

COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $224.98

Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $39.98

Core i7 860
http://micro-center.com/single_product_results.phtml?pr... $229.99

HD Radeon 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $259.99

TOTAL: $1226.9

OR IF POSSIBLE I WOULD RATHER CHANGES THE CASE/POWER SUPPLY/COOLER for something more inexpensive if possible WITHOUT sacraficing much....

Some candidates I had in mind and questions are:
COOLER MASTER RC-690
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... can it fit everything(2 radeon 5850 comfortably)?

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Really worth the price? sniper is $20 more

XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Should I be paying more for this ? are there just as good cheap coolers?

Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Just as good as the corsair?


Please help as the second newegg has radeon 5850 back in stock I want to order it right away before it sells out again, so I would like to know exactly what I'm getting the second I have a chance to order. Im using bill me later for everything but the processor which I am buying myself.













October 2, 2009 7:38:46 PM

I just did a VERY similar build.

The only differences were:

I found a combo deal for the Mobo Ram (Asus P55D Evo or w/e and the G.Skill ram you have there) for $250

I got a PC Power and Cooling PSU from Zipzoomfly for $100. It was the 750W SILENCER (The red one)

I used the Cooler Master Storm Scout case, its a bit smaller and has less features, but its cheaper too, and I got that in a Combo with the CM Hyper 212+ cooler.

For the DVD drive, Look @ the SH-223L from Zipzoomfly. Its $38 but has a $15 MIR, so you can save a little there.

All said and done, my build came to about $1100.

I bought that exact same monitor last month, and I love it :D 

Good luck with your build. I was lucky enough to grab an XFX 5850 the first day they came out, i was refreshing all day like a monster (and would have been refreshing until today had I not gotten it, heh)
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October 2, 2009 7:44:08 PM

upas said:
I just did a VERY similar build.

The only differences were:

I found a combo deal for the Mobo Ram (Asus P55D Evo or w/e and the G.Skill ram you have there) for $250

I got a PC Power and Cooling PSU from Zipzoomfly for $100. It was the 750W SILENCER (The red one)

I used the Cooler Master Storm Scout case, its a bit smaller and has less features, but its cheaper too, and I got that in a Combo with the CM Hyper 212+ cooler.

For the DVD drive, Look @ the SH-223L from Zipzoomfly. Its $38 but has a $15 MIR, so you can save a little there.

All said and done, my build came to about $1100.

I bought that exact same monitor last month, and I love it :D 

Good luck with your build. I was lucky enough to grab an XFX 5850 the first day they came out, i was refreshing all day like a monster (and would have been refreshing until today had I not gotten it, heh)



Awesome, how are you enjoying the pc? I would try other sites like zoomfly but it has to all be from newegg since I am using bill me later. And do you think the storm scout is better than the cm 690?
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October 2, 2009 7:52:58 PM

Well, I'm still waiting for the graphics card, but the Storm Scout is quite nice. I haven't finished my build yet, but I'm sure the graphics card will fit. There's enough room (I wouldn't say plenty of room, but theres enough).

The Scout has that sort of "Gamer look", but I think the CM 690 would work just as well. Don't take my word for it though, since I haven't actually seen the 690 like I have the scout.
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October 2, 2009 8:00:10 PM

upas said:
Well, I'm still waiting for the graphics card, but the Storm Scout is quite nice. I haven't finished my build yet, but I'm sure the graphics card will fit. There's enough room (I wouldn't say plenty of room, but theres enough).

The Scout has that sort of "Gamer look", but I think the CM 690 would work just as well. Don't take my word for it though, since I haven't actually seen the 690 like I have the scout.


Nice, cause my problem is that I want to CF 5850 at one point, so I am unsure if if that would fit in the CM 690, cause if not i would probably opt for the HAF 922/Antec900/Stormsniper
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October 2, 2009 8:00:31 PM

I did a VERY similar build as well... :) . Haha and I did go with the 690 because it was on sale w/ free shipping. From the video reviews I've seen and after previewing it in the store, it seemed like the best bang for buck from the cases I was shopping for. Unfortunately, I never got to view the Storm Scout, so take my info lightly.

If you want to see a comparison, see this thread: http://www.overclock.net/computer-cases/563276-battle-m...

Helped me compare some side-by-side.

Also check out these video reviews if possible:
Storm Scout - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsw9wMikp_8
CM 690 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZLvtMnfleg

If you want to see my build, you can go here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/271694-31-core-gaming...

People left very good information I feel you could benefit from reading up on.
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October 2, 2009 8:12:30 PM

era86 said:
I did a VERY similar build as well... :) . Haha and I did go with the 690 because it was on sale w/ free shipping. From the video reviews I've seen and after previewing it in the store, it seemed like the best bang for buck from the cases I was shopping for. Unfortunately, I never got to view the Storm Scout, so take my info lightly.

If you want to see a comparison, see this thread: http://www.overclock.net/computer-cases/563276-battle-m...

Helped me compare some side-by-side.

Also check out these video reviews if possible:
Storm Scout - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsw9wMikp_8
CM 690 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZLvtMnfleg

If you want to see my build, you can go here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/271694-31-core-gaming...

People left very good information I feel you could benefit from reading up on.


Do you think given my items right now, I can crossfire 2 radeon 5850 in the CM 690??
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October 2, 2009 9:01:07 PM

Any opinions on things I should change or about how all these pieces fit together? I definitely am set on the monitor, the i860, and getting the hdradeon 5850. The ram/case/psu/and cooler are all up in the air as to whether i have the right combination.
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October 2, 2009 10:18:31 PM

era86 said:
Take a look at this image: http://media.photobucket.com/image/cm690%20sli/Luke9583...

I think you will be ok :) .


SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827151187 $31.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 49.99

COOLER MASTER RC-690
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119137 69.99

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236052 $199.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139006 $119.99

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.264218 $224.98

Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.248853 $39.98

Core i7 860
http://micro-center.com/single_pro [...] id=0317378 $229.99 not included in bottom cost(this is seperate- microcenter cash)

HD Radeon 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102857 $259.99

TOTAL w/o Shipping 1006.86

Now I will order as soon as the radeon 5850 is available again on NewEgg.....any other adjustments for this badboy I should consider??

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October 2, 2009 10:23:30 PM

Everything looks good to me based on my own research and opinions. Others may make some changes though. The 5850 will probably be back in stock in a week, so you have plenty of time to think about it :) . Keep checking though, sometimes they sneak a new one in there during the day without telling anyone.....
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October 2, 2009 10:28:22 PM

era86 said:
Everything looks good to me based on my own research and opinions. Others may make some changes though. The 5850 will probably be back in stock in a week, so you have plenty of time to think about it :) . Keep checking though, sometimes they sneak a new one in there during the day without telling anyone.....


I will definitely be checking every chance I get because I am definitely ready to order and thanks for all the advice man :) 

Does anyone else have any input they would like to add, more information is always better :D 
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