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December 28, 2009 7:52:07 PM

Alright I'm planning to build my very first PC, I've disassembled many desktops and laptops and put them together again so I'm fairly confident I can piece this computer together my problem is I don't know what the best compenents would be to squeeze the most out of what I'm able to afford for the things I plan to use the PC for which is gaming/after effects editing. Below is what I've chosen so far and would like to know if all these compenents will work together. I would like to overclock the CPU ( i7 920) and I've been told I'll need some extreme cooling and this seems to be the only thing I can't figure out what would be best cooling for the CPU when it's overclocked, I'm leaning towards being safe rather than sorry and currently with all the parts I've selected that leaves roughly $300 for cooling system so if someone could be so kind to point me in the right direction on either a perfect cooling system for me or how I should go about determining what cooling system I will need.

Here's what I've selected so far


Western Digital 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3.0 HDD

Samsung 24" HDTV Monitor

x2 HIS Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB Video Cards

Rosewill Xtreme Series 850w PSU SLI / CrossFire Ready / Core i7 compatible

M'soft N71 USB Optical Mouse

Corsair 6GB (3x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 Triple Channel Kit

Zowie G-TF Spawn Mouse Pad

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX

Intel Core i7 920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 Quad Core Processor

M'soft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

$2311.76 w/shipping

Parts not needed:
1) Keyboard
2) Speakers
3) CD/DVD Drive

I'm not looking for top of the line peripherals as you may notice with the mouse. As I wrote above I would like to overclock the CPU and I have roughly $290 left to spend on some sort of cooling for the CPU but I can squeeze and extra $10 to make it $300.00 without shipping. I've only checked for all these components on newegg so I don't know if I could find this stuff cheaper elsewhere if someone knows I could I'd like to see where also or if someone could recommend a better build for gaming with a $2600 budget I'd greatly appreciate that as well.

Thank you for your time.

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December 28, 2009 8:15:46 PM

Caviar Blue is "cool & quiet" data storage drive, not a performance boot drive. You really,really want a new/fast Samsung F3 500GB or 1TB.

For 1920x1200 single monitor, you really probably only need one 5870. You could always start with one and buy a second if you cant max out the games you play.
... or find a 5970.

I wouldnt touch that Rosewill PSU. It think thats the one I researched for someone else and jonnyguru couldnt get it to pass the 80+ certification at US voltages (only passed at EU voltage). Rosewill has earned thier bad rep for their power supplies. You dont want to risk damage to your expensive components with a rosewill PSU. Get a Corsair or Antec 750W or 850W PSU.

You are buying a cheap optical mouse, why are you buying an expensive mouse pad? I run a cheap optical mouse just on the hardwood desktop and its fine. Get a freebie giveaway mouse pad from somewhere and save your money unless you are buying a high res laser gaming mouse.

If this computer is not going to do massive multi-threading tasks then an i5 is just as good for gaming and would be a bit cheaper.
December 28, 2009 9:00:54 PM

Thank you for your reply much appreciated. I'll go ahead and look for that storage drive you mentioned and for a new PSU, I'm glad to know that now I shouldn't rely solely on newegg reviews. For the graphics card I was told I would need x2 in crossfire if I wanted to achieve the results I wanted in the games I played on a demo computer @ a local computer surplus shop which were Crysis/warhead, MW2 on Maximum settings but I wasn't sure if they were trying to take advantage of my lack of knowledge in computers or not so I just wanted to play it safe and get two.

If I can run those though @ maximum on a 1920x1200 monitor with a single 5870 that would save me a nice chunk of money which I could save to purchase a second card down the road should I need it like you said or put it into other components.

I'm not entirely sure why I chose that mouse pad with a cheap mouse, do gaming mice really make much of a difference? I've never used one as I've always thought there couldn't be much of a difference but if there is I'll probably invest in one.

As for the processor, I was told i7 would be the best to sort of "future" proof the build I wasn't sure if this was true I'm just mostly running off of what I've been told by friends which is why I came here for a second opinion from people who know what their talking about. The majority of what I plan to do with this PC is heavy gaming and After Effects Editing, all my other activities are done on my laptop. Thank you again for your time and answers.
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December 28, 2009 9:41:20 PM

Crysis at 1920x1200 with AA on runs at about 30FPS with a single 5870 (35 if you turn AA off). It is the most graphics card demanding game. If warhead is a newer version than 1.21 then I believe it is less graphics intensive (more efficient engine). A single 5870 will max out any other game at that resolution at 40+FPS.,2474...

The new way to get that performance is the 5970, which is an underclocked (to conform to power standards) twin 5870 on one graphics card. Im pretty sure a single 5870 will max MW2. You should look at the whole review I linked and decide how much you want to spend on graphics.

If you really are going to run two 5870s then yes an i7 920 is the way to go as the x58 motherboards throughput two graphics cards about 5% better.
December 28, 2009 11:44:05 PM

I'd buy an Asus 1920 x 1200 over the Samsung

Dump that PSU and get an Antec TP/ TPX or Corsair TX if doing moderate OC's.....Antec SG / Corsair HX if doing 4 GHz territory. Or, better yet, the Antec CP-850 is the best quality PSU buy on the market for an extremely low price but it won't fit in the HAF, needs an Antec 1200.

CAS 9 is kinda low budget compared to the rest of your system.....if CAS 6 doesn't make the budget Cut (Mushkin 998691) wold suggest CAS 7 or at least 8.

Heat Sink - Prolimatech Megahalems w/ two 1200 rpm fans $59 for the cooler + say $10 each for the fans.

December 28, 2009 11:48:00 PM

dndhatcher said:
Crysis at 1920x1200 with AA on runs at about 30FPS with a single 5870 (35 if you turn AA off). It is the most graphics card demanding game. If warhead is a newer version than 1.21 then I believe it is less graphics intensive (more efficient engine). A single 5870 will max out any other game at that resolution at 40+FPS.,2474...

Crysis Warhead @ 1920 x 1200:
5870 - Minimum FPS = 19 / Average FPS = 33 / Maximum FPS = 45