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I7 Gaming rig, Ordering ASAP. Please review

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October 21, 2009 3:53:11 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Just purchased! Thanks for the advice!

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

OVERCLOCKING: CROSSFIRE

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am not sure if I want to overclock or not...at least not yet. I am open to any ideas or opinions! Please advise.

MoBo - ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Proc - Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling - COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case and Supply - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Drives - 2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - 2x SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD - LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Reader & 16x DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor - LG W2353V-PF Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Mouse - Logitech G5 7 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser 2000 dpi Mouse - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
October 21, 2009 4:04:40 PM

Looks like a solid build.

What is your budget?

In my opinion blu-ray readers/burners are a waste right now because the media is so damn expensive...and I would rather watch my high def movies on an actual tv.

Your monitor is ok. Here is a good deal on a Samsung if you live near a frys.
http://www.frys.com/product/5777562

You might want to wait till after Oct 31 for your gpu, Nvidia is supposed to announce a new graphics card..probably nothing special but you never know.

If you have never overclocked before there are dozens of guides to help you. You can hit around 4.0ghz on air with the right heatsink.

Ok heatsink $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good heatsink $65
http://www.crazypc.com/products/ultra-120-1366-50985.ht...

Your ram is fine, but you might want to check these out if you want to overclock: (cheaper too)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 21, 2009 4:11:24 PM

No Frys near me, but that is a nice Monitor!

Budget isnt really an issue for me, although I dont feel the need to throw money out the window. I figure 2 nice cards in a xfire configuration now. Or one High end card with the option to add a second later as needed. Whatever gets me to max settings now with room for improvement.
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October 21, 2009 4:13:31 PM

William-74 said:
No Frys near me, but that is a nice Monitor!

Budget isnt really an issue for me, although I dont feel the need to throw money out the window. I figure 2 nice cards in a xfire configuration now. Or one High end card with the option to add a second later as needed. Whatever gets me to max settings now with room for improvement.


Max settings for which game?

The 5870 will max out all games currently out at that resolution including crysis: warhead.
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October 21, 2009 4:17:16 PM

You DON'T need crossfire 5850's for a 1080 23" monitor. A single 5850 will work fine at that resolution. You also don't need a 1000W PSU. A quality 750W PSU will power that system just fine, even with crossfire 5850's.

Antec Twelve Hundred 750 Blue Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case 750W Power Supply - Retail $259.99

Windows 7 Ultimate is another waste of money IMO. Here's the differences between versions:

I would get either Home Premium or Professional.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $109.99

If you decide to stick with Ultimate, at least get it in a combo.

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

You can also get Professional in a combo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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October 21, 2009 4:22:47 PM

Windows changed to Professional combo w/ Drive. Thanks!
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October 21, 2009 4:24:14 PM

cory1234 said:
Max settings for which game?

The 5870 will max out all games currently out at that resolution including crysis: warhead.



Max settings for anything out now or expected through 6 months.
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October 21, 2009 4:34:01 PM

I have an i7 920, 6 gigs ram, and a 5870 and i run crysis completely maxed at 1920x1080. The only thing that makes my machine stutter ever, is the stupid motion blur. Everything is running at stock, so yea 2 5850's would be overkill. Keep in mind the drivers are only going to get better and more efficient.
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October 21, 2009 5:02:42 PM

I went with 2 5770s and updated everything I ordered above. Thanks for the advice!
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October 21, 2009 8:13:08 PM

William-74 said:
I went with 2 5770s and updated everything I ordered above. Thanks for the advice!

Why would you go with crossfire 5770s???? The 5850 gives the same performance..if not slightly better by itself..and costs $60 less.
The 5870 easily beats that crossfire setup.
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October 21, 2009 8:18:43 PM

Too bad the 5850s were sold out. The reviews I read put these 2 in Xfire right around or above a single 5850 in some cases. Plus I wanted to play with Xfire configuration since I have never done it.

These two will carry me just fine for a few years.
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October 21, 2009 8:21:43 PM

William-74 said:
Too bad the 5850s were sold out. The reviews I read put these 2 in Xfire right around or above a single 5850 in some cases. Plus I wanted to play with Xfire configuration since I have never done it.

These two will carry me just fine for a few years.


Yeah, I would have gone with the 5870 myself if I had the cash (picked up a 5850 last week :p ).
They go back and forth depending on the game. Crossfire is nice when it works right.

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3658&p=5
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October 21, 2009 8:26:05 PM

I might have picked up a 295 if the prices drop after the 300 series is released....but I am happy with this I think. I can always send them back before I build if I have trouble sleeping. hehe
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October 21, 2009 10:27:35 PM

go for morts ram its good bang for buck
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October 21, 2009 10:37:48 PM

Go LGA1156 with a core i5... it will save you a lot of money for about the same performances.
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October 22, 2009 2:49:39 AM

redgarl said:
Go LGA1156 with a core i5... it will save you a lot of money for about the same performances.


Kind of true.. In gaming there will be only marginal differences between the i7 920 and the i5 750, however, what if William-74 wants to game, virus scan and upload his porno collection to an external hard drive all at once? The i7 would allow him to do all that and more. The only weakness I see is the Crossfire 5770. If gaming is his highest priority, The core i5 750 would be a much better purchase for William-74. He could use the money saved to experience a riveting high-definition gaming experience with an ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 graphics processor.
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October 22, 2009 4:58:42 AM

I agree Lemon, but CoD and many others are due out in less than 2 weeks! I dont have time to mess around waiting for in stock cards!

Ill have to suck it up and game-on for 2 or 3 years. I wanted to play with Xfire and unfortunately the 5850s were not available.
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October 22, 2009 5:47:08 AM

lol game upload porn and virus scan at the same time i7 multitasking FTW
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