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Gaming PC advice $1500-$2000

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November 15, 2009 9:50:55 PM


BUDGET RANGE: $1500 - $2000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT gaming, modding, watching TV and movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, second monitor - I have a Sony SDM-HS95P, speakers - I have an ONKYO system






MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200


SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

HP LP2475w Black 24" 6 ms (GTG); 12ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The monitor is pricey but I'd like an ISP panel and glossy screen, however I do like my Sony which is TN
November 15, 2009 10:17:39 PM

You do understand about the gaming limitations of the monitor, right? I'm not arguing, just making sure you know you'll likely see a response difference.

What kind of modding and how much?
November 16, 2009 1:04:33 AM

Yes I know it has "6ms GTG;12ms" but I'm not sure if that's a problem would that be a problem for upcoming games? I think my Sony has a 12ms response time and looks good to me. Would a TN monitor be better?

As for modding, it's Half Life 2 and it's what I do most - play around with Hammer.

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November 16, 2009 5:44:25 AM

Oops -- This will be my first build so I'm a complete noob. However a cool case wouldn't hurt. :) 

To clarify things a bit, I do not do MMO if that helps narrowing the choice any.

OMG that is quite a reference. At first glance it looks like the Dell U2410 if I insist on IPS panels. Sill confused about TN panels but as I said I like my Sony which is TN.
November 16, 2009 5:55:21 AM

It's a matter of personal preference also, because a little ghosting might not bother you much. If you could look around at some local shops you might find some to compare... I'm about to post a build here for you, but the lights are flickering and the wind is blowing. So, if it's not up in 15 mins it likely won't be tonight ;) 

i7 920 AND P6TD Deluxe combo
OCZ Platinum 6GB CL7 1600
Cooler Master Storm Sniper
Corsair HX850 This is a very high quality PSU, one of the very best. It's here because you can afford it, but can be changed if it turns out you need to spend elswhere.
Caviar Black 1TB
Optical drive
Noctua CPU cooler
MX-2 thermal paste
I haven't seen a 5850 in stock in a while :p 
November 16, 2009 8:59:18 AM

Well I really misremembered the pricing on the Dell - way too much for my budget. My wife is getting a little nervous about the total price so cutting back a little here and there would be nice.

I really appreciate your input -- thanks
November 16, 2009 7:41:27 PM

Thanks, it might be a little too big, :)  but I'll definitely keep it in mind.
November 18, 2009 3:28:29 AM

How about this build to keep it under $2000? With Windows 7 it's about $1900.

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

ASUS P6TD Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600R2LV6GK

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW etc.

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HP 2509m 25" 3ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 60000:1(1000:1) Built in Speakers

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound
November 18, 2009 4:31:57 AM

Yes that looks fine. Your max load would not exceed about 40A, and that leaves lots of margin still.
November 18, 2009 6:36:18 AM

I'm not quite sure why you're suggesting the combo deal. Is it because the case is better? If so in what way.

November 18, 2009 7:38:35 AM

What would you suggest for a Cool Master system? -- so long as they don't have red leds :) 

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November 18, 2009 8:22:24 AM

The ATCS 840 is very nice looking, has a slide out motherboard tray, and excellent cable management. As with most CM cases it has extra depth and accomodates longer video cards easier than Antec:

The HAF has more of a practical appearance. It's exceptionally well cooled and is very easy to work in. You would have to buy blue fans though :)

The 690 is basic but roomy. Well cooled with options to make it very well cooled.

Then there's the Storm Sniper I linked before, but it's sold out at newegg atm.
November 19, 2009 3:04:24 AM

By pure chance I was able to buy an XFX Radeon HD 5850 from Newegg so I'm ready to roll. :bounce: 

I think I'll go with the rest of the build as is, except getting the Cool Master HAF instead of the Antec. I googled around and found an article on modding the fan. It seems like it would be easy to swap out the red leds for blue. If not I can either live with red or cut the wires.

Is the cooler really needed whilst I'm not overclocking? I probably won't do that for a while.

Really appreciate all your help.
November 19, 2009 4:02:17 AM

No stock is fine until you OC :) 

Good luck, check out the new assembly sticky at the top of the forum.