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Gaming Rig Budget is $1200

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November 19, 2009 8:33:04 PM



SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. Warhammer Online, Modern Warfare 2, Dragon Age, etc..

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, DVD Drive






MONITOR RESOLUTION: Depends on monitor purchase. Probably 1680x1050


COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD322HJ 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

HannsĀ·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers - Retail

POWERCOLOR AX5770 1GBD5-MDHV2 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

With tax and shipping is $1,189.00. I live in TN so I have to pay tax due to a warehouse in Memphis, TN :/ 

Whatcha think?

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November 19, 2009 8:48:05 PM

If you are not planning to crossfire in the future you can drop down to a 450w PSU. IF you do want to leave the option open drop to a 650w. Get the spinpoint f3 500gb its $5 for more gb and its faster.
Why a mATX board?
November 19, 2009 8:52:08 PM

Was going to get the ASRock for $139.99 but it went over $1200. My wife is firm at $1200 punishable by death.

Dropping to the 650 might save me enough to step up a little in motherboard.
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November 19, 2009 9:10:43 PM

i think its pointless to spend that much on a tower when on a "budget build". i personally have the Thermaltake WingRS 201 which i paid 30$ for after a MIR, and I have no problems with it... just my 2 pennies... oh and if you dont plan on running xfire/sli then im pretty sure that psu is way overkill (i have 2 9800gt superclocked ed. and im only on 550w with no problems and those run anything i throw at em in dx10 on mostly maxed settings... note: im running at 1280x1024 currently but at my friends who has a 1920x1080 i never experience any lag...
November 19, 2009 9:19:15 PM

Don't forget about combo deals at Newegg. Here's one for your CPU and OS:

Here's a combo deal for some nice CAS 7 RAM and an inexpensive full ATX motherboar: (G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB ddr3 1333 CAS 7 RAM + Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3L motherboard)

The 750W PSU is major overkill for a single GPU system. Here's a combo deal for a nice 550W PSU and a SATA DVD burner:

I agree with the comment above about getting the new Samsung F3 500GB drive. You can get it here:

I would get a 5770 that vents its hot air out the back of the case. Here's one for the same price as the one you picked:

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $169.99
November 19, 2009 9:28:13 PM

I need to agree with Sonic-Boom about the case. I got it for my i7 build, grate airflow, keeps my CPU cool, also looks nice, would recommend to anyone :) 
November 19, 2009 10:05:25 PM

ive also never had the physx problems other ati people have reported but a dedicated physx card might be worthwhile. i would really get someone else advice on that though...

think that mainly depends on what games your playing too...
November 19, 2009 10:43:23 PM

I would suggest buying a cheaper case and a smaller power supply. Then apply the savings to a larger monitor to get the most out of your excellent video card.
November 20, 2009 12:39:01 PM

If I don't plan on doing SLI/Xfire what is the smallest PSU I can go with?

Also, if I step up to like a 1920x1080 monitor (doubt I can afford to get a x1200) will that single video card be enough for that res?
November 20, 2009 12:46:39 PM

Newegg has a psu calc tool... I would think a 550 Would be sufficient but I would x2 check that...
Deadset on i5? Amd is true budget builder IMO... And my regor seems to handle all games without a hitch.. Fc2 on mostly maxed settings at 40+fps.
55$ well spent... OC's easy too
and Im pretty sure the amd boards are a bit cheapr than those 1156...
November 20, 2009 3:58:27 PM

The 5770 requires less power than almost any other good graphics card. Anyone who says it needs a huge 12V rail doesnt know what they are talking about. It needs a single PCIE power cable where most graphics cards with anywhere near its speed need two PCIE power cables. That 500W OCZ PZU will easily handle a 5770 and probably would be fine for two of them in crossfire.

If you look at the benchmarks on the 5770 at 1920x1080 it will play Left 4 Dead at 1920x1200 at very high with 4xAA at over 60FPS. Crysis on the other hand at high with no AA its down to 35. Crysis defaults a 5770 to medium settings. Its a great card at 1680x1050 and a pretty good card at 1920x1080.
November 20, 2009 4:38:20 PM

Well by dropping the case and power supply down a notch it saved me some. Few of them had combos (mb/ram, case/psu, cpu/windows7) to save more money.

Upgraded to the 500GB Samsung for another $5.

I was able to upgrade from the mATX GIGABYTE to ASROCK P55 Extreme and the monitor from a 1680x1050 to this 1920x1080:

Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

Sitting at $1120. So still have about $80 to spare on upgrades (maybe another drive for RAID, don't need to worry about data loss. I have another 320GB at home I would use for important data).

I wouldn't think I would need a CPU cooler since I don't plan on overclocking.
November 20, 2009 6:30:37 PM

Put that $80 into a nicer mobo, a Gigabyte or Asus.