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$1500 Video/Gaming Rig Help Me Please

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January 9, 2010 7:54:28 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: jan. 31 2010 BUDGET RANGE: $1500 Before


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video Transcoding alot of video upscaling from avi/mp4 to dvd/vob, Rts/Fps type gaming, some photo and video editing.


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: no preferable website have only used newegg.com before COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Texas, USA


PARTS PREFERENCES: no parts preference just what you guys deem fit. ive been stressing over this for 2 weeks unable to make a decision ok well i was looking at core i7 920 and a 5870
OVERCLOCKING: Yes Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: just looking for tomshardware gurus to help me out a bit

More about : 1500 video gaming rig

January 9, 2010 8:29:01 AM

Case: Coolermaster HAF 932

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair 750 HX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU : core i7 920

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Asus P6X58D premium

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX 5870

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD : WD 1gb caviar black( although its "bare" it has 5 years warranty)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



TOTAL SUM: 1573 $ (though i didnt look for combo deals, if you look em up you will get -100$ easily)







January 9, 2010 9:00:06 AM

i can keep the stock hsf for overclocking, looks awesome what about these change on the case and mobo
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January 9, 2010 3:22:11 PM

You really dont need the supercomputer mobo. You would be better off getting a gigabyte or evga x58 motherboard. It would shave about 100 dollars off your price. And if your going to be encoding alot of video i suggest a good cpu cooler like the corsair H50 so you can overclock a bit and encode and compress video faster. The gpu and case is fine. Also if you can put more memory in the better.
January 9, 2010 3:40:32 PM

HAF 922 is fine, though its true you dont need the supercomputer mobo.

Basically the reason i suggested the P6X58D premium mobo is because it supports SATA 3/USB 3(and has excellent overall quality)
January 9, 2010 3:45:43 PM

Moreover, the WD caviar black i recommended is only 10$ more than the hitachi one,but it has 5 years warranty. Plus i really trust WD, they make very good HDDs

Oh,and get a scythe mugen 2 if you want to OC, it will help without raising the cost significantly.
January 10, 2010 2:53:10 AM

ok so apparently i can buy this rig http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668285.php from a local computer store for $1150 should i jump in. or what im lost this rig seems awesome ok there is one downside to me i guess its a downside. the unit is refurbished. some1 help i dont want to be jipped or miss out on a great opportunity

or this would be my finalized build spending $250 less because im simply not going to have it anymore
January 10, 2010 10:02:03 AM

Both options have their downside:

The newegg build has an open box mobo(i dont really know what are the dangers of getting one, but noone in their right minds would sell a perfect product for -50$)

The other rig you suggest is very good for 1150$(although it doesnt have a next-gen DX11 card) because 950 +9gb of ram will boost significantly your encoding business. However are some probs:

1) Mobo is described only as:
Motherboard Systemboard with IntelĀ® X58 Chipset

Well, thats not very informative, is it?

2)Power Supply 750W Power Supply

Non- brand PSU are highly not recomended because they may kill your whole pc when they "go down" after a power surge.

If possible,ask for more specs on the things above
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