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$1500-$1800 Dollar Gaming Computer!

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December 14, 2009 1:00:15 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 12/14/09-12/16/09 BUDGET RANGE: $1500-$1800ish

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, School work, Casual uses

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: N/A

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Neweggs.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, Asus or Gigabyte Mobo

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (CPU and Memory??) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: as of now with my samsung Syncmaster 226bw 1680 X 1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: None

New System:

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

Mobo: ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX Card: XFX HD-587A-ZND9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB XXX Edition 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
When it comes in***
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD Drive: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink/fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Compound: MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu Thermal Interface Material - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Theres the gist of my build i just wanna know how solid of a build it is and if there are improvements in parts that i could make. My maximum spending is $1800 and minimum is around $1500. I will probably need a keyboard and mouse and possibly a new monitor as well not sure if the samsung Syncmaster 226bw is compatible with the HD 5870. So final suggestions would be greatly appreciated i have obtained some extra cash this christmas and am looking into building a solid gaming rig thanks everyone!.

December 14, 2009 1:04:55 AM

for your CPU Heatsink
just get the Corsair H50 since you're going to overclock

Hard drive, don't get the spinpoint
get the Western Digital Caviar black hard drive
because it is much faster than the spinpoint, check some benchmarks
December 14, 2009 1:13:09 AM

I disagree the new f3 spinpoints are much faster because of the 500gb platters. Also the corsair h50 performs AS WELL as high end air coolers... go air cooler IMO.

As far as your budget goes you MIGHT want to look into a i7 920 build if you plan to crossfire in the future simply for the 2 x16 pcie lanes. Anyway a single 5870 will rock at that resolution. A 750W psu should run 2 of those cards.

Motherboards, I dont have any experience with the p55 mobos so hopefully one of the brilliant minds that wanders these forums will help you.


Overall looks good and grats on the awesome build.

Edit: Poor typing skills on my laptop :) 
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