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~1250-1300 Gaming Build - Ordering Soon

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January 19, 2010 4:23:35 PM
a b 4 Gaming
January 19, 2010 4:45:03 PM

Case: Might want to get something a little bigger than the 300 Illusion. Like the HAF 922.

Optical: There's a cheaper Lite-On SATA burner for $24 with free shipping.

HDD: Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB ($55) or 1 TB ($90). The 1 TB is back in stock. Buy it fast. These are both faster than anything WD has.

RAM: For $4 more (counting shipping), these G.Skill sticks are much better.

PSU: If you need to save a little money, get an OCZ StealthXStream 700W for $55 after rebate. It's a quality unit for almost nothing.

Total: $1,268 (with what you've got above)

And a general note:

The i5 is a lot better for gaming. If you built with this, you'd be able to get a 5870 with no problem. With that in mind:

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU: HD 5870 $400

Total: $1,184 for a better gaming, more future proof system.
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January 19, 2010 4:50:44 PM



Second MadAdmiral's HDD, Case, and RAM suggestions if you stick with the 920 build.

If you drop down to i5 and add in an HD 5870, TigerDirect has a one-day sale on the Sapphire HD 5870. 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. $399 + free shipping with Promo Code EMCYZZX66. Deal's only good today, and then it goes back up to $410.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 19, 2010 5:00:29 PM

That 5870 I linked to is $399.99 with free shipping as well. And I think that's its normal price.
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January 19, 2010 5:01:51 PM

MadAdmiral said:
That 5870 I linked to is $399.99 with free shipping as well. And I think that's its normal price.


You win again, sir!
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a b 4 Gaming
January 19, 2010 5:10:49 PM

The F3 1 tb are out of stock now Mad, lol =D

Admittedly, I'm part of the blame, have had these things on auto notify and been buying the limit soon as they're in stock haha.

Go with the 7200.12 500gb for now. The 500GB (and only 500gb) ones are almost as good as a F3.

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

Also consider just getting a 5850. The 5870 is 10%-15% more FPS, but 33% more expensive. Better off saving some cash now and grabbing a second 5850 later.
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