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1400 Gaming Build...What do you think?

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January 6, 2010 11:03:17 PM

Hi,


Im looking to bi a new cpu yada yada... looking for a top quality build at a mid level price.



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: very soon. Probably within the next week or two.

BUDGET RANGE: <1400.00 Canadian loonies

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, internet, word processing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have 23" lg (w/ 2ms Rt) & 5.1 logitec surround, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New egg or tiger direct

PARTS PREFERENCES: no real preference

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not sure- leaning towards crossfire b/c of DX11

MONITOR RESOLUTION: As high as possible
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: trying to make a build that will be affordable and functional for a couple of years.

Here is the computer I'm looking at: It is from newegg.ca

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM - $32.49

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $99.98

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $69.99

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail - $189.99
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail - $189.99

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail - $89.99

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail - $97.99
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail - $97.99

ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 164.99

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail - $219.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM - $121.99

Total Cost comes to : $1,375.38

Okay thats what I have picked out. Any ideas where I could save some money would be great.

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January 6, 2010 11:10:47 PM

pro_onSNOW said:

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not sure- leaning towards crossfire b/c of DX11


Just FYI, nvidia's new high-end GPU ("Fermi"), the first nvidia GPU to support DX11, is currently scheduled to begin production in or around April of 2010. If that was the only reason you were leaning towards ATI GPUs, it may be worth waiting to see if they push out other cards along with Fermi to compete with the rest of the ATI 5xxx series.
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January 6, 2010 11:12:06 PM

Wont work, you have a P45 board and an i5 CPU. You need a P55 board like this one
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Drop one of the ram kits, as it stands there is no gain for gaming with 8GB over 4GB of ram so you can save some there. Other than those two it looks pretty good.

for $50 more you can get a 5870 which will out perform the 2 5770s and give you an upgrade option down the line
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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January 6, 2010 11:20:16 PM

Okay I have switched the motherboards out. I am now going with with
ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 164.99
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January 6, 2010 11:48:17 PM

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you can get a 5870 which will out perform the 2 5770s and give you an upgrade option down the line
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] -_-Product


Okay in response to your suggestion to go for a Radeon HD 5850 instead of 2 5770's I was guided by this test in making my decision there. (It also includes a article).
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5770,2446...

Accourding to the tests done by this site 2 5770's accually outperform 1 5850 in some cases, and they are less expensive.
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January 7, 2010 3:06:14 AM

pro_onSNOW said:
Quote:
you can get a 5870 which will out perform the 2 5770s and give you an upgrade option down the line
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] -_-Product


Okay in response to your suggestion to go for a Radeon HD 5850 instead of 2 5770's I was guided by this test in making my decision there. (It also includes a article).
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5770,2446...

Accourding to the tests done by this site 2 5770's accually outperform 1 5850 in some cases, and they are less expensive.

He mentioned a single 5870 not a 5850 !! - and the 5870 will perform better but is about $50 more - but if you drop the one 4gb set of RAM you still have a $50 net cost decrease and get better performance and should you need even more video performance at some point in the future you can add a second 5870 when prices drop !
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January 7, 2010 3:16:00 AM

Good point. Is 4 gigs of ram enough though? I thought 4 was borderline minimum for running windows 7
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January 7, 2010 3:28:17 AM

4GB is still plenty for most people (unless doing heavy CAD or video editing) most games will not use more than 2GB even if there is more available. Since most users are still on a 32 bit OS games are designed to run in the 32 bit limits of a total of 4GB of addressable RAM.
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January 7, 2010 3:40:16 AM

4GB is way more than enough. you can save $98! unless you plan on playing crysis, farcry 2, and cod 5 at the same time, no need for 8gb of ram.
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