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$1500ish Gaming build buying asap - advice plz!

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November 28, 2009 4:16:40 PM

First, thanks to 1898 and LTH80 for their help and suggestions. This build is based on their suggestions with slight personal changes.

I'd like to purchase this during this week, asap if possible. As the title says, it will be mostly for gaming (aion, SC2, D3, L4D2, and whatever else at max), with watching shows/movies/dvds and web browsing as secondary. And as my current computer is pretty outdated (5-6 years old), I would like to replace everything. or

$170 - ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

$320 - 2 x SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
- probably replace it with HD 5850s later on when prices come down a bit.

$95 (rebate of $35 => $60) - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

$108 (rebate of $20 => $88) CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

$200 - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

$95 - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK - Retail

$85 - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
- hmm altho it is unavailable right now....

$210 - ASUS VH236HL-P Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor w/height & swivel adjustment 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000 :1 Built in Speakers - Retail

$34 - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support - OEM
- hmm again unavailable...

$140 - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

$15 - Logitech Deluxe 250 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Keyboard - OEM

$16 - Logitech Wheel Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB or PS/2 Wired Optical 800 dpi Mouse - Retail

$50 - Creative Inspire T3100 2.1 2-way Speakers - Retail

It's totalling about $1538 before taxes, S&H, and rebates ($55). As for the mouse, keyboard, and speakers, I don't really need high end stuff and I liked wired over wireless. I felt those 3 were fine as a personal choice. Am I missing anything or should I change anything? Cheaper is always better, long as performance doesn't get hit. And finally I would like this comp to be viable for at least 4 years (if not more!)

Thank you!
November 28, 2009 4:49:27 PM

Looks like you have done your homework - seems to be a nice system.

Personally I would try to go with i7-860 to have hyperthreading to use for your 4+ years life, even though I know the THG recommendation is the i5. But I believe game developers will be taking more advantage of HT over time.

For game cards - I would buy a single card at the highest speed budget would allow now and plan to Crossfire it with another later, rather than getting two cards now and replacing both later - but I assume you already considered this. And off course it assumes you can find a 5850 now.

November 29, 2009 2:28:01 AM


I guess you are right, that I should go with the i7...hmmm increases the price a bit tho haha oh well

Now if all these things that are not available would become available....
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November 30, 2009 2:40:38 AM

is it worth getting a 920? been trying to look through everything but its still so hard to decide between the 860 and the 920....

price seems to be the same...tho the mobo prices for the two are different (860 being cheaper....)
on the one hand the 860 is faster with the 2.8 vs 920's 2.66...but its also 8x/8x vs 16x/16x
does that really make that much of a difference in terms of performance for games? I haven't been able to find any info on how the two compares when theres more than 1 gpu
I'm not really all that big in is that gonna affect my decision?

November 30, 2009 2:54:14 AM

The 920 is more oriented to applications that are CPU intensive such as video editing and certain CAD applications. It adds little to gaming performance.

For performance with more than one GPU - just look at the charts - SLI means two nVidia GPUs and Crossfire or CF means two ATI GPUs. You will see all the top performaners, nor surprisingly, are Crossfire or SLI. But keep in mind that 40 FPS is good gaming and anything over 50 or 60 FPS you won't even notice - it doesn't affect the game play.

November 30, 2009 2:59:01 AM

kk ty for the quick reply =]