1500 Gaming Computer

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BUDGET RANGE: More or less $1500 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies




PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI gfx card and an AMD cpu for the build, WD for hard drive

OVERCLOCKING: Don't think I will.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe further down the line



ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor - Retail Model #:VH236H
$229.99 -$30.00 Instant $199.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail Model #:RC-922M-KKN1-GP
$109.98 -$10.00 Instant $99.98

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail Model #:M4A79XTD EVO
$119.99 $119.99

SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video ... - Retail Model #:100281SR
$409.99 $409.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail Model #:CMPSU-650HX
$139.99 -$20.00 Instant $119.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
$165.00 $165.00

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail Model #:F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
$93.99 $93.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD5001AALS
$69.99 $69.99

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM Model #:AD-7240S-0B
$29.99 $29.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM Model #:FQC-00765
$139.99 $139.99

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail Model #:MX-2R
$7.98 $7.98

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't really like my hard drive selection. I wanted to get the 640 gb version which only has 2 platters and is faster but it seems sold out on newegg. I am considering buying the 1 tb version that has three platters and is speedier than my current selection at best buy since I have a 100 gift card. [].

I am also torn between getting either the 5850 or the 5870 []. I feel like the price to performance increase just isn't worth the extra 100. The most graphics intensive game I will play for the momment is GTA 4 and I am aiming for 1920x 1080 resolution. Do you think the 5850 would be able to play it comfortably under that resolution or would the 5870 be preferrable?

Also I am wondering if there is a better mobo in the same price range as the one I selected above.

Thanks much appreciated.

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  1. Best answer
    ^ Few changes to your build...
    Check out this CPU + Mobo + RAM - This would be a good option...
    x4 955 + ASUS 790X + GSkillz DDR3 1600MHz

    CASE + PSU - The PSU that you have linked doesnt come with the required power connectors for 2x HD 5850...
    HAF 922 + CM UCP 700W
    If you want modular -
    HAF + Corsair 650HX

    Thermal grease - The AS 5 is no more the best...any of these would be good as they are not electrically conductive as AS5 and dont require curring time...
  2. ^ Thanks for pointing that out. Much appreciated.

    I am wondering however if the cpu is the c3 version because if so that mobo may not support it.

    I am also wondering if there is a particular brand of thermal grease your recommend? Thanks.
  3. ^ The CPU that comes in that combo is a C2...
    This is the C3

    and as for C2 and C3 revision with the 955, I had just explained the difference in an another thread...this might help...

    "Yes the C3 has a slight improvement with the overclocking headroom and temps...But with the 955, I dont think those would matter much...Only the 965 has a very good improvement -
    965 C2 - 140W TDP
    965 C3 125W TDP
    So that is the main reason for the improvement in temps
    But the 955 -
    955 C2 - 125W
    955 C3 - 125W Unchanged
    So I doubt you would see any major improvement in temps...but might overclock little higher(I mean the C3's maximum overclock will be higher than C2's maximum overclock)...But one thing is that even the C2 with a good air cooler can reach 3.8GHz(Which is the sweet spot...any thing above wont have any major effect in performance)
    So its upto you...
    So I that combo will be fine...
    And yes my bad...I forgot to link the TIMs...Here they are...

    And the reason why I said NO to AS5 are the reason why these are better - No Electrical conductivity and no curring time required...
  4. Thank you for the explanation. So I made the changes you had recommended and on top of that I switched the 5850 for a 5870 since it can fit into my budget and I want to make sure that I am more "future proof."

    My only question I suppose is whether the psu can support 2x 5870s down the road?
  5. ^ the CM UCP 700W can easily power the HD 5870 crossfire with some headroom...
    Even the Corsair 650HX is fine but the 700W is better...

    And IMO the Phenoms will be suitable for 2x HD 5870s...You would need more CPU power so that you dont bottleneck those cards...
  6. I appreciate all the help. Thank you. I am now going to place the order.
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