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$1800 Gaming Rig

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January 12, 2010 9:57:47 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of January
BUDGET RANGE: 1500-1800 + 600 for monitors

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

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, HDD,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or amazon
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI for eyefinity

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, when able to purchase second 5870

MONITOR RESOLUTION: no idea, looking for 3x1 landscape

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for a system that will last me a couple of years after upgrading to 2 5870s.
Was looking at refurbished dell monitors as a cheap way to get 3 new LCD's for under $600. Don't know if anyone has any luck with that.

http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlineSales/topics/global....

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Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.

Case:
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

PSU:
SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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January 12, 2010 10:47:53 PM

You have a great looking system there,

I would suggest moving to a Gigabyte mobo for three reasons:
1. The UD – ultradurable construction

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gigabyte-ultra-dura...

2. With the ASUS mobo you selected, it will run DDR3 1600 memory in one channel only, so you will not be able to add more memory later.

3. I prefer Gigabyte mobos with the overclocking and support they provide

Also note the Gigabyte ultradurable boards selected by THG in their recent $2,500 Performance and $1,300 Enthusiast Builds:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-new-pc,2497.h...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-own-pc,2503.h...

So I recommend this board:

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail - $270
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The memory configurator for Mushkin does not show the memory you selected for either the above Gigabyte board or the ASUS board you selected. So I recommend that following:

GeIL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GU36GB1600C7TC – Retail - $230
Timings: 7-7-7-24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which shows the UD5 on its compatibility list:

http://www.geil.com.tw/uploads/download_files/cb36a005b...
January 13, 2010 11:18:31 PM

If you want to run 3 monitors off of one 5870, one monitor must have a display port plug (or you must purchase an externally powered display port adapter).
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