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New gaming build need input

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January 19, 2010 10:31:09 AM

so new gaming build what do you guys think?

Corsair 750W HX
Gigabyte - GA-P55A-UD4
Intel Core i7 860
Corsair 6144MB DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz (8-8-8-24)
Intel 80GB X25-M gen2
Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 2TB
Radeon HD5870

you think 750w will be enough for a 2nd 5870 later when the prices go down?
also i really want an ssd just for boot and programs,
but now im not so sure about picking intel.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 19, 2010 10:35:59 AM

6GB of tri-channel RAM is not the best option for a lynnfield based build. For a gaming build 8GB is overkill so change it to a 4GB set.
Yes that Corsair is plenty to run two 5870s.
Why are you unsure of picking Intel?
a b 4 Gaming
January 19, 2010 10:36:21 AM

^ The options that you have selected are good and Yes that Corsair 750W can easily power 2x HD 5870 in crossfire...
And why the doubt about going with Intel ?
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January 19, 2010 10:38:54 AM

If gaming is your primary concern and you do little else (office, rendering, photoshop ect) then I'd recommend an i5 750. It overclocks easier, has less thermal overhead, and is significantly less expensive.

Hyperthreading is nice for a lot of things, gaming isn't one of them.
a b 4 Gaming
January 19, 2010 10:39:20 AM

Good catch by Silvune on the RAM...dint notice the quantity...
And also the main reason not to use those sets(3 RAM sticks) with these boards(4 RAM slots) is because when you populate either 1 or 3 slots on the mobo, you will loose Dual-Channel config - will become slow...So running in Dual-Channel would be the better option(2 or 4 slots)...
January 20, 2010 10:57:41 AM

and thats why i ask here everytime :D  what about 4 sticks or do *have* to get 2x4gig? i feel like i need more than 4 gigs because i have skype and other things on while i play.
a b 4 Gaming
January 20, 2010 11:00:01 AM

^ 4GB would suffice...anyways you can always add more if you need...So first check how the RAM usage is and then buy additional RAM...
And if you want 8GB, either config that you have listed would do...