[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!


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

Motherboard: $159.99
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Processor: $279.99
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

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

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

Hard Drive: $289.99
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2C1 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - OEM

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

    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...
  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


    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.



    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.



    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)


  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.

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