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$1000-$1200 Gaming Build

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December 23, 2009 9:17:05 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 1000-1200) After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (plan on using Windows 7 64bit)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (I'm an overclocking novice) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, if it gives best price/performance, open to future upgrades too

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

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GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128409

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102857

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341019

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=N82E16820231276

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

LG 22X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH22LS50 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136168

Subtotal: $1,012.88



Still not sure about the i5 vs i7 or the 5850 vs 5870 (or perhaps 2x lower end cards?) or more RAM. Any advice would be helpful. Other than that, how's this system look? It's taken pretty much completely from other threads in this forum, but I'd still like some more input. Is it ok on compatibility, cooling, power, etc? Any suggestions or criticism or advice would be much appreciated.

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December 23, 2009 9:39:41 PM

For pure gaming the i5 is as good as any CPU.

Either a 5850 or a 5870 will be great at your resolution. Its really a matter of if you want to spend the extra money for the extra FPS based on the games you play. A 5870 might need some dremeling to fit in an antec 300, but a 5850 will fit easily. If you want a 5870 you should probably upgrade the case to an antec 900 or 902.
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December 23, 2009 10:57:24 PM

A 5870 is overpriced honestly. Just get a 5850 or two 4890.
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