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Gaming i5 w/ Weird Budget

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November 7, 2009 1:56:05 PM



PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

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


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


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

BIOSTAR T5 XE LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

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

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3320418AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Still Need Ram

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November 7, 2009 2:01:51 PM

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.
November 7, 2009 2:34:56 PM

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?
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November 8, 2009 7:45:18 AM

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.
November 19, 2009 2:15:37 AM

Change of plans, going to buy in the next 1.5weeks
November 19, 2009 2:26:13 AM

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.
November 19, 2009 2:31:16 AM

^ That Biostar board is no good for Crossfire/ SLI - Reason - the 2nd PCIe x16 slot operates at only x4 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 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 -
these have slower timings but are fine too...
November 20, 2009 3:54:46 AM

^ 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...

So first off make sure which mobo you have...
November 21, 2009 4:30:45 AM

^ 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