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Yet another first time Gaming rig builder. Evaluate my setup.

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October 21, 2009 1:22:40 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: Up to $1400 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet, Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, TigerDirect

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not initially, but at some point would like to add a 2nd Nvidia GPU

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1080)

PARTS PREFERENCES:

PSU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield

MOBO: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2

GPU: XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850

PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750

CASE: Antec 900

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build from scratch, and I feel like I'm overlooking a few things, or perhaps not getting the most for my dollar. I'm going to be using this system primarily for gaming and want the freedom to upgrade parts as necessary.

Do you guys have any recommended changes?
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October 21, 2009 1:28:16 AM

Looks nice, some minor changes might include this PSU (to save some money)
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and this HDD (faster)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Finally, I would recommend checking out something from the Radeon lineup for a GPU like a 4890/5850.
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October 21, 2009 1:45:33 AM

With DX11 games starting to be released, I dont think the GTX275 is a good buy. Unless you are assuming you will replace it in 2 years for a DX11 card, I would go with a HD 5850 or even 5870 (which you could eventually run 3 of with that motherboard and PSU).
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October 21, 2009 2:06:58 AM

Yeah, looking at the ATI 5000 series, I could pick up a 5850 for only 30$ more than I had already planned to spend.

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October 21, 2009 2:08:50 AM

Theres a combo with the recomended PSU and the Antec 900 you wanted here it is

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Saves you another $20

Oh and someone in another thread mentioned a few days back about how microcenter is selling the I7 920 for $200, here is the link. Should be quite a nice deal if you live near one. (no clue how they found it on there, as I can only find it through the link, no clue why)

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
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October 21, 2009 2:10:42 AM

If I'm eventually planning on running more than one GPU, am I going to get the performance I want out of a 750W PSU?
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October 21, 2009 2:14:53 AM

Out of that particular PSU yes, there are some cheapo ones that don't provide what they're rated to, but Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling ones do.
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October 21, 2009 2:17:03 AM

No need at all. Antec PSUs as far as i'm concered are very stabe as to there continous power. Also no cards that i know of use 750w even in crossfire/sli maybe in 3xsli or 3xcrossfire.
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October 21, 2009 2:42:50 AM

Good recommendations on the changes and combo deal guys. Thank you. I'll be checking back until the day of purchase to see if anyone else has input.
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October 25, 2009 6:07:22 PM

I'm about to purchase most of the parts for this build. Can anyone recommend a decent heatsink?
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October 25, 2009 9:23:57 PM

Honestly, replace the 920 with a i5 750 and use the remaining money for a 5850/5870. Don't forget to change the mobo and memory as well. For gaming alone, you should be putting most of your money in buying the best GPU, which at the moment is the 5850 for less than $300
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October 25, 2009 9:28:07 PM

I already plan to pick up a 5850, and I'll also be taking the power supply suggestion from this thread. I'll edit the original post to reflect this.
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