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GTX 285 SLI or RADEON 5850HD CrossFire for Core i7 920

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a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 4:38:00 PM

I am building a new computer. Gaming that is.
I have done buying everything except GPU.
Here my PC is:

Processor:
Intel Core i7 920
Mother Board:
ASUS SABER TOOTH 55i P55-22000F SB
GPU???
RAM:
CORSAIR DOMINATOR DDR3 TRIKIT 3X6G-1600 (2GBX3)
Casing:
COOLER MASTER CHASSIS ATCS 840 (SILVER COLOR)
Hard Disc Drive:
WESTERN DIGITAL 1000GB 3.5" HDD 7200RPM 32MB Cache
Monitor:
SAMSUNG P2070 20" BLACK WIDESCREEN
Key Board:
LOGITECH G15 Gaming Keyboard
Mouse:
RAZER LACHESIS HIGH PRECISION GAMING MOUSE
Optical Drive:
HP DVDRW 8X SLIM EXTERNAL USB
PSU:
COOLER MASTER 1250 WATTS REAL POWER PRO
Cooling:
COOLER MASTER CPU COOLER V10


Am I missing any thing?
Everything will work good?
And if the PSU and Cooler are OK for SLI or CrossFire.?
Recommend if you see something not good.
And do tell about GPU
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 4:41:37 PM

those cards would be overkill for your resolution. What games do you plan to play?
a c 1317 U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 4:45:22 PM

I7 920 is for lga1366 mobo not 1156 as you have chosen. On the GPU if you want DX11 go HD5850 if not compare price/performance.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 5:22:11 PM

^+1 you will need an LGA1156 CPU to go with that board. If you want to stick with the i7 you will need to select a proper LGA1366 board

5850 crossfire would be faster. That board has two slots between the two PCI-E 16x slots so your cards will have a little breathing room. Seems as though they overheat if there is only one space between them since the first one can't get enough air.
a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 5:49:25 PM

5850 CF

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a c 212 U Graphics card
December 12, 2009 7:03:30 PM
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1. You need a 1366 socket board for that CPU and RAM. perhaps consider one of the new Asus boards w/ USB3 and / or SAS
2. Dominator RAM is way overpriced in recent weeks. Comparable OCZ is $119
3. The 1 TB WD is older 333 GB platter design. Get a Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 500 GB per platter design....the WD 2 TB model has 500GB platters
4. That PSU is twice the wattage it needs to be and quality wise, aint so hot.
5. The CPU HS is ok, but not among the very to performers....personally I prefer the Megahalems both for ease of install and better performance
6. I'd grab this over the one you selected http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 is probably the best bang for buck combo out there right now.
7. 1600x900 is weak resolution. Suggest these and they're HD and cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
8. GPU is ez....pick how much ya wanna spend and then read this:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...

In short:

Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

$50 - HD 4650
$65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
$85 - 9600 GT
$95 - 9600 GT / HD 4830
$110 - GTS 250 512 MB
$120 - GTS 250 1 GB
$155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
$200 - HD 4890
$240 - 2 x GTS 250
$310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
$330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
$400 - 2 x HD 4890
$410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
$465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
$625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)

December 13, 2009 2:35:29 AM

First as others have said your motherboard and cpu are wrong. You have an 1156 (P55) motherboard an 1366 socket cpu which needs X58 motherboards. Generally for 200 you can grab one of the lower end motherboards for that socket though. Second your monitor is only 20" yet you want 2 5850s (which is better in then 2 gtx 285s). My single 4890 is pushing a 26" monitor just fine. My advice to you is to get 1 5870 and then spend the 200 saved from buying 2 5850s compared to a 5870 and get yourself a nice 24" monitor.
a b U Graphics card
December 18, 2009 1:24:00 PM

Thanks all specially JackNaylorPE
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