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Please a recommendation for a $1500 gaming rig.

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October 18, 2009 3:04:38 AM

I would like to purchase this system. What do yoy think/suggest?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: USD 1500 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Programming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Operating System

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, other?

PARTS PREFERENCES: I thing a Core I5 has the best value for me.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not for now

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't want to spend much on the case neither in the cooler. Since I don't know if I'll overclock the cpu, i'm not sure if I need it. I prefer a light case. I really would like to reach $1400 without loosing the memory capacity neither the hard drives capacity.


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Shared Components of PC options:

COMBO Core I5 + P7P55D LGA:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$329.98

COMBO ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 + Artic Silver 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$45.97

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$31.99

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD154UI 1.5TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TWO in raid 1: $199.98

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

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$119.99

Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$63.99

Logitech MX518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Gaming-Grade Mouse - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$39.99

SYBA CL-CRD20023 USB 2.0 3.5" Drive Bay Internal Card Reader - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$10.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TWO (total 8GiB): $171.98

ATI HD 5850
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
$269.99

Grand total
$1584.83

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October 18, 2009 4:33:36 AM

Just stick with 4gb RAM, it's really plenty for your uses. Get this HDD instead (much faster):
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Skip the aftermarket HSF if you're not overclocking, if you are go with this one:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that, looks good.
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October 19, 2009 4:40:38 AM

I just built this system:

Intel core i7 920 @2.66Ghz DO batch A steeping
AsRock x58 Extreme motherboard
3x2Gb OCZ Gold DDR3 SDRAM 1600Mhz Cas 8 Timings: 8-8-8-24 @1.65v
Sapphire Radeon HD 5870
Corsair HX850 PSU
Xigmatech Dark Knight CPU Cooler
2x WD Caviar Black 640Gb HDD
Samsung CD/DVD burner
Antec 902 case
Samsung 2333 1920x1080 23” 5ns LCD

Minus the monitor it came to $1590 and I didn't have a lot of time to price shop. Got everything from newegg. If you're interested in gaming why not get the i7 920. That way if you decide to overclock you have the option. My system is built using XP right now and seems to be doing great. I'll put Win7 on later this week. Plus this way you woulf have a better graphics card and 6Gb RAM. Just my two cents.

Also I believe the Antec Nine hundred two case is an upgrade over the 900. I like it a lot, it moves a lot of air.
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October 25, 2009 3:04:47 PM

Thank you guys... Your recommendations are really worth.

I need lots of memory because I run several virtual machines to programming.

newbuilder333 you don't show the monitor, neither the mouse, neither the keyboard, and neither the PSU. I want the I7 920, but it adds between $100~200, and from the reviews my conclusion is that they not worth, neither having a $5870 for today games. After I posted the original message, I realized that want a silent PC, so I want another case, and the $5850 is fine.

If I add the monitor and the PSU to the PC you built would cost $1890 which is out of my reach. I have aprox. $1500~1600, and I live in an underdeveloped country. Earn that $390 is as hard/easy as earn $780 by an american or an european. Also the total computer will cost me really $2000 due to transport expenses (from united states to my country :D ).
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