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My $1500 gaming rig

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January 14, 2010 8:22:11 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $1500 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tigerdirect, ncix, other

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type N/A

OVERCLOCKING:Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: slim to null

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet

PARTS:

Core i7

Asus P55

Radeon HD 5850

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TBx2

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

SATA DVD Burner

Antec Three Hundred

TOTAL PRICE: about $1335

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
so i have almost $200 left over what should i spend it on or should i just pocket it?
I also prefer to have only one video card instead of crossfiring.
So any comments or suggestions to make? is it a good or bad build? will it even work?!? anything.

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January 14, 2010 8:38:05 PM

If you aren't planning to crossfire and you've got space in your budget, why not jump up to an HD 5870? Most powerful single GPU on the market today, and will probably keep your system viable a bit longer than the 5850. If you're only going to run one card, it might as well be the best you can get.
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January 14, 2010 8:44:31 PM

Well you got a few options really for what to spend it on. All being good options and each costing less than $200 each:

-Get a core i7 920 and socket 1366 motherboard instead. Better for upgradability as the core i7 860 will be about the best on socket 1156 while they will come out with better processors for socket 1366
-upgrade to a 5870 for $100 more. This option might not be worth it from a value/ performance perspective though. Plus you would need a different case as the antec 300 can only fit up to a 5850.
-add in a good intel SSD 80GB. Speed up game loading.
-Get a better case for looks
-Pocket it now and upgrade the ram when more than 4GB becomes standard (right now there is no performance gain past 4GB) and to replace the video card in the future.

I personally recommend the last one I mentioned.
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January 14, 2010 8:59:55 PM

thanks for the replys guys i might buy a better heatsink(recommendations?) to OC and pocket the rest. Still open to suggestions keep them coming guys
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January 15, 2010 12:40:35 AM

Though I have no personal experience with it, I have heard that the OCZ Vendetta II performs better than average and comes at a lower than average price.
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January 15, 2010 12:49:05 AM

If you need to spend the other 200 look at the HD 5870 like the OP said, and look into a CM- HAF 922
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