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Requesting GPU/monitor suggestion for i5 750 build

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November 11, 2009 6:07:04 AM

hi all - i have this i5 750 build in the works thanks to overshocks' great advice. after researching the i5 750 vs. phenom II 955, i saw the intel cpu was superior for price/performance. now, i just need some advice on the right monitor and GPU!

MOBO+RAM 30 dollar discount
GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard -
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

>Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


>CPU

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Hard drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


>Video Card

???
Radeon HD 4870 1GB
GeForce GTX 260 (Core 216)
Radeon HD 5770 ???


>Monitor

Asus 22" vs 24"?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


>Optical Drive
old drive i have laying around

>Heatsink
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


>Power Supply
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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all i have to pick now is the monitor and GPU. if i were to pick one of the GPUs below, would i be underutilizing the i5 750? should i go for a more $$ gfx card? i will be playing modern warfare 2, starcraft 2, battlefield bad company 2, maybe crysis too.

as for the monitor, i'm torn between the ASUS 24" or 22" LCDs . the 24" would be more demanding with it's higher resolution at 1920 x 1080. i figure the 22" is big enough, and it's 1680 x 1050 resolution will allow smoother gaming for the dollar due to less computation load on GPU. at the same time, i do not want to underutilize the potential of the i5 750 cpu.

any suggestions on the GPU and monitor? thansk! -W.
November 11, 2009 10:07:21 AM

If your going with the 22" monitor, the 5770 will be fine. But if your going with the 24" you might want to look at the ATI 4890, GTX 275 or even the 5850 if you can afford it. It all depends on how much you can spend really.
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November 11, 2009 9:47:46 PM

build said:
If your going with the 22" monitor, the 5770 will be fine. But if your going with the 24" you might want to look at the ATI 4890, GTX 275 or even the 5850 if you can afford it. It all depends on how much you can spend really.


is there any recommended directX 11 card i can put in now, then put another one in later for SLI/crossfire once prices drop?

thanks
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November 11, 2009 10:13:13 PM

wynzavian said:
is there any recommended directX 11 card i can put in now, then put another one in later for SLI/crossfire once prices drop?

thanks


The 5850 is the answer to your question. It's the sweet spot of the high end card.
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November 11, 2009 10:22:43 PM

I just ordered a similar build. I went with the xfx 4770 for 110. It has the 40nm die chip , used in the new 5000 series cards. Performs on par wit the 4850, almost , and almost as gt260. You can decide to crossfire later and have it all down the road. lol

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-4770-crossfi...
ATI Radeon HD 4770 In CrossFire: Unbeatable At $220
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November 11, 2009 10:38:21 PM

If you plan to overclock I would recommend ddr3 1600 ram.

I saw for black Friday staples is selling an Acer 23in 1920x1080 monitor for $140.

If you want dx11 get the 5850..the 5770 will not be powerful enough to max out settings unless you get 2 for crossfire.
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November 12, 2009 4:58:02 AM

so i went ahead and ordered the ASUS 22" 1680 x 1050 (from buy.com for 160 plus $20 rebate = $140)

ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i'm guessing that the reality is that for at least the next two years there will be a only a handful of new PC games that support the new directX 11 standard. that means it would make sense just ignore the DX11 hype and just buy DX10 GPU like an ATI radeon 4xxx.

could some experts please make suggestions for a great ATI radeon 4xxx GPU for my i5 750 build, now running at 1680 x 1050? my mobo has crossfire capability...now just looking for the biggest bang for the buck with current titles.

btw...isn't this article from May 2009 a little otudated? "
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-4770-crossfi...
ATI Radeon HD 4770 In CrossFire: Unbeatable At $220 "

thanks!
W

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November 12, 2009 5:35:10 AM

just letting you know...you can get the same processor on amazon for the same price with Resident Evil 5 included. our builds look almost identical. i am also trying to figure out which gpu i should/want to use.
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November 13, 2009 1:02:11 AM

hoog78 said:
just letting you know...you can get the same processor on amazon for the same price with Resident Evil 5 included. our builds look almost identical. i am also trying to figure out which gpu i should/want to use.


i actually got my i5 750 from microcenter walk-in brick & mortar...they're selling them for $149 a piece. they have i7 920s for $199, but i passed...mobos and ram too expensive...

so what GPU did you end up gettign, hoog78?

i'm guessing that the reality is that for at least the next two years there will be a only a handful of new PC games that support the new directX 11 standard. that means it would make sense just ignore the DX11 hype and just buy DX10 GPU like an ATI radeon 4xxx.

could some experts please make suggestions for a great ATI radeon 4xxx GPU for my i5 750 build, now running at 1680 x 1050? my mobo has crossfire capability...now just looking for the biggest bang for the buck with current titles.
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November 13, 2009 4:02:42 AM

bout your DX11 misgivings: 20 games are already in production for it, and many more will follow + I'm getting the ATI 5850 :) 
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November 13, 2009 10:31:04 AM

That-_-Guy said:
bout your DX11 misgivings: 20 games are already in production for it, and many more will follow + I'm getting the ATI 5850 :) 


where can i get the 5850? they seem sold out everywhere you go. and can you send a link listing the 20 games (would like to see if i want to play them!). thanks
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November 14, 2009 7:48:43 PM

wynzavian said:
i actually got my i5 750 from microcenter walk-in brick & mortar...they're selling them for $149 a piece. they have i7 920s for $199, but i passed...mobos and ram too expensive...

so what GPU did you end up gettign, hoog78?

i'm guessing that the reality is that for at least the next two years there will be a only a handful of new PC games that support the new directX 11 standard. that means it would make sense just ignore the DX11 hype and just buy DX10 GPU like an ATI radeon 4xxx.

could some experts please make suggestions for a great ATI radeon 4xxx GPU for my i5 750 build, now running at 1680 x 1050? my mobo has crossfire capability...now just looking for the biggest bang for the buck with current titles.


i still havent decided on which GPU to get. i am probably gonna wait until closer to black friday to see which deals are better.
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