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November 9, 2009 10:49:36 PM

I've been away from gaming on the PC for a while and need some advice for a new build.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within one week

BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1300 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I have been trying to decide between a AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition or Intel Core i7-920 system.

As mentioned above I will be using the system for gaming. Also, I probably only have funds right now for a single graphics card, but I would like the ability in the future to use crossfire/SLI.

I did not mention a monitor resolution because I will also need a new monitor. I have an additional $200-250 to spend on a monitor. I have been looking at the ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD, but I could use some recommendations for a good gaming monitor.

Thanks.

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November 9, 2009 10:54:20 PM

Hello here's a build for gaming, use it as a reference.
You don't need i7 920 for gaming, because 920 is for video encoding and designing/editing programs mainly. i5 750 is enough for gaming.

I only used newegg, but you can use other sites if you can find the same parts for cheaper.
Or if you can find better combos at newegg

Here's an i5 750 build with new monitor

>MOBO+RAM
30 dollar discount
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

>Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


>Optical Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Heatsink

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1,288.88 Before Rebate

This build gives you the ability to crossfire/sli in the future if new games are more demanding. You could add in another graphics card, the power supply is decent and could handle 2 graphics card.
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November 9, 2009 11:31:40 PM

overshocks said:

This build gives you the ability to crossfire/sli in the future if new games are more demanding. You could add in another graphics card, the power supply is decent and could handle 2 graphics card.


Thanks for the build. I will take a look at the i5 in more detail. Three quick follow up questions:
1) The motherboard you linked to lists two PCI express 2.0, one at x16 or two at x8/x8. In the future, if I want to use crossfire/SLI would it be better to get a motherboard that has two PCI express at x16/x16?

2) Is there any advantage/disadvantage to going with the i5 vs the AMD Phenom II X4 955? It seems that the AMD + motherboard is a little bit cheaper and I could put the extra money into something like a better graphics card.

3) The graphics card is not available on newegg right now. What about the XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 ?

Thanks.
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November 9, 2009 11:39:53 PM

1) p55 mobos don't have x16/x16, x58 mobos have x16/x16. i tell you this, you will lose 0-5% fps for x8/x8 (if you crossfire let's say 2x5870), say you get 125fps on x8/x8..but in x16/x16 you'll get 128fps..so you decide..x58 is more expensive too. you don't lose performance if you don't crossfire/sli...that means using one card

2) i5 750 beats all amd cpus at the momemt...so that's one big advantage...

3) the 5770 is good for 1920x1080 at med settings in games...
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November 10, 2009 12:05:34 AM

overshocks said:
1) p55 mobos don't have x16/x16, x58 mobos have x16/x16. i tell you this, you will lose 0-5% fps for x8/x8 (if you crossfire let's say 2x5870), say you get 125fps on x8/x8..but in x16/x16 you'll get 128fps..so you decide..x58 is more expensive too. you don't lose performance if you don't crossfire/sli...that means using one card

2) i5 750 beats all amd cpus at the momemt...so that's one big advantage...

3) the 5770 is good for 1920x1080 at med settings in games...

Thanks! It looks like I will go with the i5 system.
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November 10, 2009 12:31:30 AM

no problem man, good luck.

also, wait till black friday and cyber monday to save more money
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November 10, 2009 2:42:18 AM

again WTH is cyber monday
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November 10, 2009 3:10:12 AM

yes :p  , i wanna hear it frm ur sweet lips
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November 10, 2009 3:11:47 AM

darksupreme said:
yes :p  , i wanna hear it frm ur sweet lips


just too bad this forums don't support a mic...have to type :D 
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November 10, 2009 3:45:28 AM

yea i know its a shame , and yea i did google i just remembered to do it right after i posted that lol
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November 10, 2009 3:54:16 AM

darksupreme said:
yea i know its a shame , and yea i did google i just remembered to do it right after i posted that lol


you're too funny lol
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