[New System Build] $1000 - $1500

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Nov 1st BUDGET RANGE: $1000 - $1500 Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming/Programming, DVD authoring, surfing, I frequently have 15-20 things open at once, I multi-task everything.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, sound card, monitor, case, speakers, headphones, 2 backup hard drives

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, but would consider others COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Open to anything with quality

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, few months down the road.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 with my one monitor. I have dual 30' in the works come tax time.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm really stuck with what video card to purchase, and if I can upgrade in any areas. I've also thought of 2 of the HDs in a RAID array. Problem solved! Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 as soon as they are available. Also added the Intel SSD, and changed the MB to the ASRock X58. Very excited!

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Power Supply: $110.00

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=N82E16817139006

Motherboard: $159.99
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157163

Processor: $279.99
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

Memory: $134.99
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225

Video Card: $269.99
SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102857

Hard Drive: $289.99
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2C1 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016

Total: $1245.95
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  1. That is a good build you have come up with but there are some things that could be improved on...

    1. RAM, change to this one...It is better...
    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 CAS 7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145250

    2. HDD - The Blue drives are slower than the WD Black. Get them as your boot drives...
    WD Black 640GB


    3. Graphics card - Definitely this one - HD 5870
    Reason - Has enough muscle power to run any games out there at 1080p at full settings, And can run 3 monitors simultaneously...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010380048%20106793261%201067949754&name=Radeon%20HD%205870
  2. I've looked into ATI cards for a few of the games I play (Aion, WoW) and they both seem to have problems with ATI cards. I'm just concerned about buying a card and then having it fail at these games.

    I will definitely check out your suggestions.
  3. Someone who read the sticky before posting yay!

    Ok some changes i recommend

    EVGA mobo's are rumored to not work too well with ATI hardware, so keep that in mind.

    You can go with a ASRock X58 Extreme $169.99, cheap and works great

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157163&cm_re=asrock-_-13-157-163-_-Product

    Video Card wise, a 5870 is good, but its $100 more for a mere 10-15% performance increase. Also, MMORPG's are built to run on majority of computers and honestly, the 5870 would be overkill for them.

    Problem is finding a place with 5850's currently in stock.


    HD wise, the WD Caviar black 640 bg (must be the 640 one), is good, but the Samsung Spinpoint 3 is similar/better performance for cheaper.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-hard-drive-charts/h2benchw-3.12-Avg-Read-Throughput,1010.html


    Also if you get a i& 920, you definitely wanna OC, so grab a nice cooler. CM Hyper 212. It's cheap and cools better than a V8.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&Tpk=cooler%20master%20hyper%20212

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

    Finally, I'd suggest squeezing in a SSD into that build.

    Intel currently makes the best. Newegg is out of stock but Mwave has em. (lol price went up $40 from this weekend)

    http://www.mwave.com/mwave/skusearch_v3.asp?scriteria=BA32332

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016&cm_re=intel_ssd-_-20-167-016-_-Product
  4. mjohnste said:
    I've looked into ATI cards for a few of the games I play (Aion, WoW) and they both seem to have problems with ATI cards. I'm just concerned about buying a card and then having it fail at these games.

    I will definitely check out your suggestions.



    ATI cards work fine for WOW and Aion. The 5850 and 5870 work extremely well.

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3650&p=7
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