Gaming System for $1600

This will be my first system, and I'm looking for some advice from a lot of places.



PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Speakers, Mouse






ATI Radeon 5870 - Seems to be the best single gpu around. Sadly, I can't find one anywhere.
Core i5 - Great CPU, and I don't need an i7 :p
HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 - Highest rated card I found on Newegg
Antec Twelve Hundred - Looks like a nice, large case.
Western Digital Caviar Blue - Great capacity, great price
SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM - Cheap
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W - Great deal, great manufacturer
ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 - Something I'm still undecided over. Looks like a great board, and guides point to the ASUS p55s, but again, I'm new at this.

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - MB is dual channel, 4GB is decent
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 - Highly rated cooler. Question: I can't tell if this will fit with the board. I know the socket type matches, but will it fit the brackets/whatever?

Windows 7 - I've been a hardcore XP fan, but I feel it's time to make the switch. (Quick Edit: 64-bit Professional. I've been on 32 XP, but 64 from what I've heard is a tad faster. Suggestions?) Is Oct. 22 the first day to order copies? Is it better to buy Vista and try for the upgrade option? Wait?

As far as I know, this is a good build. However, as I mentioned before, the whole system build process is relatively new to me. I already have an ASUS VH242H Black 23.6", which I enjoy. As mentioned above, I'm looking for a good gaming pc. Any comments/suggestions are totally welcome. Thanks!
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  1. Looks good, but I recommend getting a western digital caviar black for both warranty and speed..
    That corsair PSU is a bit more than you need for a single card setup. You will find the 500-550 watt modular to be plenty for a single card, but def pick corsiar!

    Go for a Gigabyte mobo or asus mobo for sure in my opinion. The lower end model with a single card solution would be fine, good overclockers. Gigabytes are mostly idiot proof, and they have a 5 year warranty on some nowadays. I've heard the asus are great too but gigabyte has never failed me yet I'm a gigabyte guy.

    Make sure that cooler is 1156 compatable, im too lazy to look it up. And don't forget the thermal paste! Artic silver 5 or something good!

    I have the antec 900 and its great.. I think I might buy the 1200 next time I am looking for one. As long as you don't lan you should be happy.. You could probably get one with similar performance for less money but you won't be sorry if you buy that one.
  2. the cpu cooler will fit but the perfomance wouldn't allow you over 3.2ghz~ 4 core without load temp 60C+
  3. Let me make sure I'm getting this right: The CPU Cooler is fine, but I couldn't overclock? Is overclocking something I should look into? Again, I'm new at this. Thanks!
  4. lol no is not something you should do, since you have no idea what the guy above you said, go to google and research, just type overclocking guide.
    anyhow, as for the build you DO NOT NEED A SOUND CARD
    4gb isn't decent, its actually all you need, remember LGA 1156 only uses double channel, so it will be either 4 or 8, but 4 is more the sufficient.
    this is my recommendation

    CPU & Motherboard combo: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail & ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

    Memory Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
    Dual Channel Intel Core i5 & Core i7 CPU for P55 motherboard

    GPU: MSI R5870-PM2D1G Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail

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

    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
    Voted Best Power Supply Manufacturer by Custom PC 2008

    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    DVD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

    ok answers to question you will ask:
    1-) yes that hard drive is better than the one you listed, its faster, so go for that
    2-) I saw budget range was 1600 and yet you say a 5870 cant be fit, 1600 what? Canadian?
    3-) this PC total is $1,214.86
    4-) also throw some good thermal paste Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM so once you learn how to overclock heat wont be an issue
  5. He said he couldn't find one, as in they are sold out everywhere, not that he can't afford it.
  6. oscarR said:
    He said he couldn't find one, as in they are sold out everywhere, not that he can't afford it.

    :o ok
    ATI Radeon 5870 - Seems to be the best single gpu around. Sadly, I can't find one anywhere
    mist it completely sorry, well there you have it the MSI in in new egg, also go for this XFX card instead of the MSI, it offers double time warranty.
  7. Thanks for the suggestions. I noticed on the Cooler Master you posted, snakej, that it doesn't mention socket 1156, which is for the i5. Am I missing something?
  8. ya sorry miss linked this is what i meant, the cooler above is the one I'm buying lol...
    here we go
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