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$1100 Gaming System - Need Feedback ASAP

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January 19, 2010 8:09:39 PM

Hey Guys,

I am new here, so hopefully I do this right, but I am looking to build a new gaming system for myself as my currently one is well, archaic. The date that I am looking to buy this in is either the coming week or the next so basically almost immediately.

Most of my parts are from micro center as they have a local store and I can just go in for in store pick up, however the place where I get my parts is not an issue as long as it all is completed under my budget.

Here is what I have so far:


Intel Corporation Core i7 920 Processor Boxed


EVGA X58 SLI LE Socket 1366 X58 ATX Motherboard


OCZ Technology Gold XTC 6GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL8 Memory Kit (Three 2GB Memory Modules)


Seagate Technology Barracuda 1TB 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


Cooler Master CM Storm Scout ATX Gaming Case


BFG Technologies GeForce® GTX 260 OC MAXCORE 55 896MB GDDR3 PCIe 2.0 Graphics Card

and my powersupply from new egg just because its about 30 bucks cheaper then micro center and has free shipping.


CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

All of this together without the rebates comes out to $1,071.61 (with tax from micro center) + 109.99 (psu from new egg)

Comes out to a total of $1181.60 without the rebates, with the rebates it goes down to around $1101.60.

This to me is a very acceptable price, but I was wondering if there was anything else I could do to bring the price down any further, perhaps I have added unnecessary parts, or maybe I could get a dual gpu setup that would be better (performance wise) then my single gtx 260, maybe a cheaper but almost equally as good case?

This will be used both for gaming and for productive work, and is something that I plan to be upgradeable in the future. This means I am pretty set on keeping a i7-Socket 1366 in there so please no i5 comments.

Any feedback and suggestions would be awesome.

Thanks :) 


Edit: Oh yeah, don't worry about an optical drive or an OS, or a monitor. I already have some of those that I can use, that's why they are not included. Looking forward to all your suggestions!
January 19, 2010 8:53:08 PM

Why did you decided to go with the XFX Radeon HD 5770?

Was it because of the DX11 support?
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January 19, 2010 9:06:42 PM

I would pick a 5770 over the GTX not only for DX11 support but also since it uses significantly less power, runs cooler, and is quieter.

I guess that all depends on your monitor resolution. You don't mention it and it's the #1 deciding factor when picking a GPU.
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January 19, 2010 10:18:51 PM

Ah ok then generally I would like to run games at around 1920x1200 what would you suggest?
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January 19, 2010 10:32:59 PM

The ATI HD 5850 is usually recommended at that resolution, but it's considerably more expensive than the 5770. You don't need anywhere near 750W for a single GPU system. I would use a 500W PSU and use the money saved toward a 5850.

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W $64.99 - $25 MIR

Like I said above, using the Antec 300 would get you even closer to the 5850. I HIGHLY recommend stepping up to the 5850 if at all possible due to your screen resolution.
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January 20, 2010 5:12:38 PM

It's always best to go with the best single card you can afford. Many games don't scale well with SLI/Crossfire setups. I would pick the 5850 over SLI GTX 260's in a heartbeat.
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