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Building a Gaming PC (Around $1500 budget) - Need some advice!

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January 3, 2010 8:35:04 PM

This is my first time attempting to build my own computer so I'd appreciate any advice anyone could offer concerning the parts I chose. I think they are all compatible but I don't know if they're really the best choices for my price range. Thanks

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2/01/2010-4/01/2010
BUDGET RANGE: Approximately $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (FFXIV)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (Correct answer would be "I have no idea")

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not too sure, suggestions would be appreciated. I'm not taking Monitor into consideration when coming up with my $1500 budget.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I really have no experience with building my own computer, I've come up with all these parts after some extensive trolling. I'm open to suggestions from anyone who knows better than I do (which I'm guessing is nearly everyone!) Thanks in advance for your help and opinions!

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

MOBO: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

DVD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Approximately $1450-1500 with Newegg prices.

Thanks!
January 4, 2010 1:18:14 AM

Have you considered the antec nine hundred and two, it should not cost much more and will provide better cooling as I see you are going to overclock.
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January 4, 2010 1:21:04 AM

seems like a pretty kick ass setup to me... however, you might wanna take a look at the HAF 922 instead of the antec 900.

I debated for weeks between the two, but finally decided to go with the HAF 922. It it larger, which gives you more room while installing. It also has great cable management. I read in numerous places that people thought the cable management was a pain with the 900, and that it was a little cramped inside.

Other than that, though, seems like you really did your research. good job
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January 4, 2010 1:24:12 AM

and secondly, are you sure you need 750w PSU as you are 1.not going to SLI/Crossfire 2. only using one hdd.

you shouldn't need 750w unless you are going to have a massive overclock
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January 4, 2010 1:32:20 AM

mx_manic said:
and secondly, are you sure you need 750w PSU as you are 1.not going to SLI/Crossfire 2. only using one hdd.

you shouldn't need 750w unless you are going to have a massive overclock


that's true, but he could always get the 750w and then use it in a future build, or upgrade his rig down the line and not have to buy a new psu, ya know?
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January 4, 2010 2:23:45 AM

Thanks for the responses guys.

I probably haven't put as much thought into the case as I should have. To be perfectly honest I don't even know if all my choices will even fit, but since you guys haven't told me otherwise I'm assuming they will (hopefully!). I'm really not sure which case I should go with, the antec 900 and 900 two both seem to be really popular but the HAF 922 is a little cheaper and also seems to get the job done (and it got a pretty good plug from klunuts haha).

In regards to the power supply, I had no idea how many watts I needed, I just chose this particular power supply because I heard good things about it. And the main reason I'm not sure whether or not I'm going to SLI/Crossfire is because I don't know anything about either, I have to plead ignorance there.

Thanks again for your feedback, it's reassuring to know I didn't create some sort of incompatible monster.
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January 4, 2010 2:31:48 AM

not a problem(:

i just remembered you mentioned something about buying a monitor... what's the price range for that? i can try and help pick out a couple of good options for you if you give me a guesstimate on how much you wanna spend haha
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January 4, 2010 2:44:36 AM

That'd be great, I've barely put any thought into my monitor and I don't really know where to start. I'm thinking I'd be willing to spend somewhere between $150-250. I'm basically looking for a pretty damn good monitor but not anything top of the line crazy.
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January 4, 2010 2:46:18 AM

Change out your ram to 6 gigs you have dual channel memory and are buying a MOBO that uses Channel Supported Triple Channel

I would look into some OCZ 1600 if your going to OC
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January 4, 2010 2:53:18 AM

alright, well seeing as though your vga supports up to a pretty high resolution, your going to want a screen with a good resolution.

a screen with a res of 1920x1080 should be good. this is one i picked out:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it costs $220 right now, normally $230. Personally I really like LG screens, so that's why I went with it. I think no matter what monitor you end up choosing, it would be wise of you to make sure it doesn't have a resolution less than 1920x1080, because otherwise your vga is going to be overkill haha. hope this helps
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January 4, 2010 3:01:46 AM

Is there like a generally accepted "best" resolution for gaming? I'm seeing stuff ranging from the 1920x1080 you suggested to like 2048 x 1152. I guess I'm asking: is more always better? Any downsides to taking a 2048 x 1152 over a 1920 x 1080 or 1920 x 1200? I don't want to put my vga to waste!
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January 4, 2010 3:09:25 AM

Well, the downsides to running on a larger resolution are that it will run at a lower frame rate than on a smaller resolution. There is no "best" resolution really because it depends on your hardware. With your graphics card, I think 1980x1080 or 1980x1200 is perfectly acceptable and you will get good frame rates. However, if you were to run your system through MY monitor (which runs at 1600x900) it would but complete overkill. Sure, it'll run insanely smooth, but after a certain point you can't really tell the difference in frame rates.

sorry if that was confusing haha
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January 4, 2010 3:59:05 AM

Definitely helpful, I think I'll be looking at 1920x1200 monitors (Though they seem to be a little less common than the 1920 x 1080) seeing as my graphics card should be able to handle the resolution just fine. It seems like there are a decent amount of good monitors out there to choose from, I'm going to have to do some more poking around.
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January 4, 2010 7:42:26 PM

good idea. yeah, the 1920x1080's are 16:9 aspect ratio whereas 1920x1200's are 16:10 aspect ratio, and 16:9 is more common i believe, but 16:10 will be fine also.
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January 4, 2010 11:37:33 PM

Sorry about the link! This is what I was trying to post: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And thanks for the recommendation, another monitor to consider. I'll probably end up choosing a few and get the one I can find a best deal on at the time, there doesn't seem to be any obvious choices.
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January 7, 2010 3:08:20 PM

Do you guys know if all my components would fit into an Anetec 900/902 or a HAF 922? I'm mainly worried about the Radeon HD 5870 since its what... 11-12 inches long?
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January 7, 2010 7:48:20 PM

it'll fit in a haf922 for sure. i still recommend that case over the other two..
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