New gaming build 1300-1400

BUDGET RANGE: 1300-1450 Before Rebates


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like (no tax). I do have a 250 dollar bestbuy giftcard, but unless it's cheaper there including tax than on newegg, I'd rather not use it.


PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel processor seems to be the way to go, along with an ati card (I was thinking 5850).

OVERCLOCKING: Most likely (will be my first time)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Depends on the monitor purchased.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like something that's quiet, would prefer not to have a flashy case. I'd like a monitor that's 23" or so, but I'm not sure about the price range of them.

I was looking at the i5 750 because of the price+performance compared to the i7 920, but is upgradeability worth the cost? From what I've seen, the i5 750 performs on par/better than the i7 920 while being 90 dollars cheaper plus a cheaper mobo - is this accurate?

Also, what does it take to watch TV on a monitor if I get a second cable/DVR box that has component/hdmi/av outputs? Do video cards have inputs for this, or would I need a seperate card/tuner for that? If so, it's probably something I could do in the future.
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  1. With that kind of build money you could look at the i7 1156 socket instead of the more expensive 1366
  2. The i7 860 (not the i5) performs around where the i7 920 does. It also costs about the same.

    Video cards dont have inputs. You need to but a TV tuner card. They are in the same menu category as video cards on newegg. Happauge (something like that) seems to be a popular brand.

    If you want a quiet case, something like an Antec P183 or P193 are specifically designed to be quiet but still have good airflow and cooling.

    Right now the 5850 is the top price/performance pick for a graphics card when you can find one in stock.
  3. Well...for your budget a 1366 would probably do well but if you take the 1156 route you will end up paying less for the mobo/ram and will be able to use that money for a goodie like an SSD which you would not be able to with a 1366 build without sacrificing quality. Your choice, take your pick.
  4. Here's what I have picked out so far. How long does it take newegg to get a new part in (specifically the 5850 video card)? Also, will a 750W power supply be good for future crossfire with the 5850?

    I'm also still needing a monitor - does anyone have a good suggestion in the 200-300 dollar range? And is the cooler picked out going to be good for OCing?

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $99.99

    ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $209.99

    ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI ... - Retail - $259.99

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail - $109.99

    Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail - $288.99

    OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail - $153.99

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $54.99

    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM - $29.99

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

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail - $29.99
  5. Something about that size - 23 or 24 inch. I'm thinking I might get a TV tuner in the future to use it to watch TV, but not sure on the quality of that.
  6. I'm looking at this one:

    ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail - $219.99

    That would put my total at around 1590.
  7. The 5850s seem to come in every week or so and sell out in a few hours. Put them on auto notify and watch your email for the notice.
  8. It looks like has a diamond 5850 in stock...

    Does anyone have experience with Is Diamond a good brand for the card, or is it something I'd want to stay away from?
  9. All the 5850s are the same right now, no special cooling or overclocking added yet.

    Diamond has been around a long time so they cant be too awful.
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