Gaming i5 w/ Weird Budget

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: over the next two WEEKS

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (WoW, FFXIV, L4D, TS3)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Microcenter, Fry's, Newegg (Houston, Texas)

PARTS PREFERENCES: n/a

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes- eventually, will wait 6 months or so

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I prefer things to be quiet but will not sacrifice money or performance for that.

Parts that I have:

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

BIOSTAR T5 XE LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138160&cm_re=t5xe-_-13-138-160-_-Product

Suggested Parts (Budget $500):

HIS H489FN1GH Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161299&cm_re=4890-_-14-161-299-_-Product

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-042-_-Product

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3320418AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148469&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-22-148-469-_-Product

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  1. I suggest you wait until December. You won't be saving any money if you have to buy another component because the first one you saved some money on doesn't work.
  2. BohleyK said:
    I suggest you wait until December. You won't be saving any money if you have to buy another component because the first one you saved some money on doesn't work.


    So you think I should return the i5/T5XE combo and wait for something better?
  3. Yes. New deals happen all the time. Its just a majority of deals happen on Black Friday because of the holiday season. Deals pop up all the time, anytime. You just have to look for them.
  4. Change of plans, going to buy in the next 1.5weeks
    Bump
  5. I would switch to a Samsung Spinpoint F3 hard drive.

    You will need 4GB of dual channel DDR3 RAM with a voltage of 1.65 or lower. This will cost about $90.

    Don't forget your Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit for $110.
  6. ^ That Biostar board is no good for Crossfire/ SLI - Reason - the 2nd PCIe x16 slot operates at only x4 mode...so it would be crippling the graphics card's performance...

    And if you will not crossifire, then you can drop to a 500W PSU...
    But if you have the plan of crossfire, then instead of the 650TX, for $10 more get the 750TX...it has the required power connectors for HD 4890 crossfire...

    And just $5 more, get the 500GB HDDs from Seagate 7200.12 or Samsung F3...they would be slightly faster...

    As for the memory -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227478
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226075
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231280
    these have slower timings but are fine too...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220436
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260
  7. According to Biostar, it runs in 8x 8x mode (at least I think thats what it says, the language is vague)
    http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-us/t-series/content.php?S_ID=445
    Quote:
    2 x PCI Slots
    2 x PCI-E x1 Slot
    2 x PCI-E x16 Slot (CFX x8 or SLI x8)


    As for the PSU, ok 750TX it is.


    and also, I already have Windows 7
  8. ^ I guess you dint notice that Biostar has 2 mobos with nearly the same name but has added "CFX-SLI" at the end...the one without the "CFX-SLI" runs the PCie x16 slots at x16x4 and the one with it runs at x8x8...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2%2050001442%2040000280%201070549182&bop=And&SpeTabStoreType=1&ActiveSearchResult=True&CompareItemList=N82E16813138160%2CN82E16813138162

    So first off make sure which mobo you have...
  9. gkay09 said:
    ^ I guess you dint notice that Biostar has 2 mobos with nearly the same name but has added "CFX-SLI" at the end...the one without the "CFX-SLI" runs the PCie x16 slots at x16x4 and the one with it runs at x8x8...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2%2050001442%2040000280%201070549182&bop=And&SpeTabStoreType=1&ActiveSearchResult=True&CompareItemList=N82E16813138160%2CN82E16813138162

    So first off make sure which mobo you have...


    Yes I have the CFX SLI Version,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138162
  10. you would save some money by changing to this PSU and getting this combo.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.285167
  11. thewalrus said:
    you would save some money by changing to this PSU and getting this combo.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.285167


    Sounds good, but will that support two 4890s?
  12. ^ Ahh thats good that you have the CFX-SLI version...I dont see a point with the mobo manufacturers going with a setup like that and that too nearly the same price...
    And as for the PSU that thewalrus listed, it would be a close call for 2 HD 4890...and that too it doesnt have the required power connectors too...
    How about this case + PSU(This has the required power connectors and enough power for HD 4890)
    Antec 200 + Antec EA 750
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.288417
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