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1000 - 1200 budget gaming PC

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December 18, 2009 6:27:00 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This weekend

BUDGET RANGE: 1000 - 1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMING

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, amazon

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: NO

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: NO

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1280

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Hello guys, I came across some bonus money and would like to build my very first PC these are the parts I have now and wanted to know if everything is compatible. I wouldn't mind any changes if its for the best. Here is what I have:

- Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - 199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - $95.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video ... - $309.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives -Bare Drive - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail -$109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM - $31.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL - $1,091.88

Let me know, thanks
December 18, 2009 7:52:44 AM

For better gaming performance drop the i7-920 / X58 system and go with a i5-750 ($200) and Gigabyte P55-UD3R ($140). This will save you about $140. Take the money saved and upgrade your RAM to DDR3 1600 (7-7-7-24), $25 more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also upgrade your hard drive to a WD Caviar Black for $15 more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This i750 / P55 computer will beat the i920 / X58 system in any game you play. The P55 system was just introduced and the i750 chip incorporates the PCIe bus into the processor, thus eliminating the bandwidth bottleneck associated with the northbridge chip required for the i920 processor. Go with the newer technology, get better performance, and save $140.

Also, if you live near a Microcenter store, you can pick up a i750 processor for $150 and save another $50 on your build.

The rest of your build looks good. The 5850 graphics card is an excellent choice. The Antec EA650 is a good power supply, although the Antec TP650 or Corsair 650HX are better they also cost significantly more. The Antec 902 case is also a very good case because it has a little more depth to handle long graphics cards, it comes with cleanable case filters, and it has speed controls on all of the case fans.

Good luck with your build.
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December 18, 2009 8:14:17 AM

Great! thanks for the recommendations, I have changed them. another question, is it good to go for 6GB of memory instead of 4? any real difference? once again Thank you.
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December 18, 2009 8:15:33 AM

Really good deal on that EA. I was going to comment on how you could even go with a 550w psu to save some money, but a 550vx will only save you $5, AFTER MIR! Definitely worth it.

I agree on opting for another HDD. Spinpoint f3 is also a good choice:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its been out of stock on newegg, but you could probably pick one up from amazon, etc... though the price will probably be a bit higher.
Seagate's 7200.12 is also a good alternative:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These g.skill ecos have nice timing and low voltage:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, just as an FYI. With the x58, it would be best to use 3 sticks of RAM to make use of triple channel. I always did find it funny that the EX58-UD3R has 4 DIMMs as opposed to 6... or even 3.

I do agree with dpaul8 in considering an i5 build for gaming. The saved money is nothing to scoff at. You could even channel that extra moolah into an even better video card if you so choose.


EDIT: to answer your question directly, it is NOT for an i5/p55 platform. 6gbs would mean 3 sticks... and that would not make use of the platform's dual channel.
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December 18, 2009 8:52:48 AM

Thanks for the suggestions, while we're talking about memory, do these also work? I was going to buy SF4, so this may save me $25 :p . If they're not better than the one I have then nevermind it.

- Patriot Gamer Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGS34G1600ELK - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EDIT: Also should I get the XFX 5870, or is it not that big for a $100 upgrade?
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December 18, 2009 10:26:26 AM

The Patriot RAM has timings of 9-9-9-24 and the GSkill RAM that I specified has timings of 7-7-7-24. The GSkill RAM timings are better (lower) than the Patriot RAM timings, and that is why it is slightly more expensive.
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December 18, 2009 3:56:08 PM

Well I bit the bullet and ordered it today. Can't wait till I get my parts. thank you very much dpaul8 and vznoobie12.
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December 18, 2009 4:25:46 PM

Your welcome -- I know you will really enjoy your new computer.
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