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October 29, 2009 10:14:00 PM

Looking to build using the i5. My budget is about 1500. The computer will be used for gaming, surfing the net, watching movies, and microsoft office. I already have a good monitor so need to worry about that. I would like to use an ASUS mobo. But unsure really which one will be the best. Any suggestions will be great appreciated. This will be my first build.

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October 30, 2009 12:05:31 AM

Knowing what resolution your monitor is and what games you play will determine how powerful of a grpahics card you need, which will determine what power supply you need.
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October 30, 2009 12:51:10 AM

If I had that money I would go with this setup:

GPU: (It's not available at this moments but probably it will be available soon)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102856
Heatsink+CPU (At that price range I would go with an Intel core I7 not I5)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.235105
Memory+Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.277522
PSU+Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.266006
HD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319
DVD Burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827151187
Thermal Compound:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835100007

(Just saying I never built a computer before, but that's what I would go for, I would post it here to be sure it's a good project, but I think I would go with it)

That PSU will give you enough power to do crossfire on the 5870 in the future.
October 30, 2009 3:49:57 PM

Dmcfc - all your links are broken.
October 30, 2009 8:33:43 PM
October 30, 2009 9:05:13 PM

I like your choice of graphics card, 5870 is the best and is affordable when in stock.

I also would go with an 15 920/x58 system at that price range.

That Zalman 9900 cooler is outdated. It has been surpassed by all of the new direct contact tower coolers such as the Coolermaster Hyper 212, the Xigmatec S1283 series (red scorpion, dark knight, balder), sunbeam core contact freezer, and scythe mugen 2. Zalmans newest cooler is also a tower which outperforms the 9900.

I would go with a more modest case and PSU. An Antec 900 or 902 or a HAF 922 with a good 750W PSU is plenty.

October 31, 2009 12:51:09 AM

well he can't fit a 5870 on a 900, or 902, search for the size of the 5870, it barely fits the antec 1200, the 5870 have 11.1" it's huge!!and as I said in my first post the 1000w psu is for let enough power so he can upgrade in the future if he wants to, and stick another 5870 in there
October 31, 2009 4:12:12 PM

dmcfc said:
well he can't fit a 5870 on a 900, or 902, search for the size of the 5870, it barely fits the antec 1200, the 5870 have 11.1" it's huge!!and as I said in my first post the 1000w psu is for let enough power so he can upgrade in the future if he wants to, and stick another 5870 in there
You are absolutley wrong. There is plenty of room in a 900 for a 5870 as long as you have 6 or less internal HDDs. I had a 10.5 inch GPU in a 900 and there is an inch left before it hits the drive rails.

A 1000W PSU should be for 3 graphics cards. A good quality 750W Antec or Corsair PSU will handle two GPUs and overclocking easily.
October 31, 2009 4:44:59 PM

dndhatcher said:
You are absolutley wrong. There is plenty of room in a 900 for a 5870 as long as you have 6 or less internal HDDs. I had a 10.5 inch GPU in a 900 and there is an inch left before it hits the drive rails.

A 1000W PSU should be for 3 graphics cards. A good quality 750W Antec or Corsair PSU will handle two GPUs and overclocking easily.




Agree with dndhatcher, I have the 3870x2 in my 900, it is a 10.5" card and the case still has an inch of space left. So definitely the 5870 will fit, just make sure there's no hard drive installed where the graphics card will meet.

To OP: you need to format your post to this format as mentioned already:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
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