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$1,400 Budget, need advice

Last response: in Systems
November 7, 2009 3:23:49 PM


SYSTEM USAGE: adobe design programs (lots of windows), gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Puerto Rico (my budget is $1,600 but take away about $170 - $200 of Shipping... damn case! damn PR!)


OVERCLOCKING: If I feel confident yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: eventually Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200 I have a quite old 21" monitor, im planning on upgrading the monitor but that´s not included on this budget. I’ll probably upgd before year ends but also need advice on this one. I need color quality.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Computer with upgrade potential. I really liked the built that tecmo34 made on the recommended builds by usage thread, tough I don’t know about the mobo, it’s just about the brand. I know Gigabyte has really awesome mobo´s but I have really good asus experience. Also maybe next year I’m getting another ati 5870 so if there is a possibility I would prefer an X58 board (I’m willing to spend a lil more). If anyone could play with this built for my advantage it would be much appreciated.

Enthusiast: $1,393.89
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail
  • MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
  • HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail
  • HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
  • PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
  • GPU: SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video ... - Retail
  • DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
  • Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
  • Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

  • More about : 400 budget advice

    November 7, 2009 4:51:49 PM

    Switch the power supply for a cooler master 700watt or a corsair 750tx.
    November 7, 2009 4:55:56 PM

    Ok, its the 850 an overkill? and about the monitor and mobo?
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    November 7, 2009 5:00:55 PM

    Yep, even for crossfire a 700-750watt would be enough.
    -Your motherboard isn't compatable with your CPU. They use differen't platforms. The i7 860 is on the 1156 socket and that motherboard is 1366. either upgrade the CPU to an i7 920 or get a 1156 motherboard with a p55 chipset. Decide which way you want to go. If you decide to get the i7 920 then you will need to change the ram to 6GB triple channel. If not then your ram will stay the same.
    November 7, 2009 5:08:55 PM

    Yeah obrada has the wrong mobo linked in.
    November 7, 2009 5:32:48 PM

    Great! :D  but considering my system usage what would you suggest? the i7 920 with the 6gb RAM tripple channel or the i7 860 with my current RAM.

    And if its the i7 920 could you tell me a good mobo and Ram for that proccesor. About my budget I could exceed a little ;) 
    November 7, 2009 5:47:41 PM

    Your budget can fit an i7 920, but it will be a little tighter and for your usage I think the i7-860 is perfect, even an i5-750 would be great. However if you are sure about crossfireing/SLI'ing then i7 920 will be better as the 1366 platform has PCI-E lanes operating at 16x16x while the 1156 i think is either one 16x and the other 8x or 4x if i am not mistaken. Otherwise I would stay with an i7 860 or i5-750 and the 1156 platform.
    November 7, 2009 6:07:08 PM

    Perfect, im thinkin on going crossfire eventually. So I will search for a Mobo and Ram, any recomendations are welcome. Thanks a lot for your time blackhawk!
    November 7, 2009 7:09:47 PM

    No problem, you can choose me as "best answer" lol :) 
    Anyway since you have decided to go with the i7 920 then here is a good motherboard and memory for it: (BTW prices on computer parts have spiked crazy over the last couple months especially ram so prices will be a bit high for the ram :( , you used be able to get 6GB ocz golds for 89.99 and now its like 140 or 150 bucks)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    Motherboard: ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
    ^Thats a very good board and if you have some extra leftover money then get this board: ASUS P6TD Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard