Building $1500 dollar PC Sat

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Plan to start buying online by Sat

BUDGET RANGE: around $1500 100+-


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor


PARTS PREFERENCES: no preferences other then an Intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No plans as of yet, but would like to keep open

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have 1440x900 but will upgrade to 1920x900 or 1920x1200 in near future

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: After a few weeks of research this is the build I have come up with. Anyone care to share any compatibilitie concerns I may have, or have better upgrades that are more cost effective please share! Will I need to buy a HSF if I plan on OCing just the slightest, if so I was looking into that Coolermaster 212 I think it was called, or any other recommendations?

Approx purchase $1500

CPU and Mobo Combo = i7-860 + GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s

OS and GPU Combo = Sapphire 5870 + Win7 64 Bit


Memory = G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM

HDD = SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case = HAF 932

DVD = SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support
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  1. Ok some changes:

    CPU/Mobo: That board won't allow you to use the USB 3/SATA III while Crossfired. In addition, the i5 has the same gaming performance as the i7-860 for about $90 less. I highly recommend switching to an i5-750 ($200) and Asus P7P55D-E Pro ($190).

    RAM: The CAS Latency 7 Ripjaws are the same price. Get those instead.

    Case: The HAF 922 is the same case, just slightly smaller and $65 cheaper with shipping.

    HSF: You probably don't need it, but I've heard Intel's stock cooler is very loud as it is. The one you should be looking for is the Coolermaster Hyper 212.
  2. I was planning on going i5 route at first but i am going to be doing a lot of programming and small graphic arts in the next couple of years. An correct me if i am wronng i will gain a large benefit from the HT right?

    As for the case had a quick question regarding dust, anyone have major problem with it? How is the antec 902
  3. I have the 902, and I really like it. But it's more expensive than the HAF (shipping). You can pick up some dust filters if it really bothers you.

    Hyperthreading will depend on what programs you're actually using. If you know that now, you can more appropriately plan. Or if you're not doing it now, you could wait, as the price on the i7-860 is sure to come down with time.
  4. How is it trying to work inside it for u? Should the airflow be about the same cant find any sidr by side comparisons on cooling i think i might switch to antec 1200 i dont mind paying more for the airflow and extra room and filters.
  5. I didn't have any trouble. I also don't have a massive GPU, which is why I tend to recommend the HAF. Despite being a "mid" tower, the HAF will fit almost any GPU. It might be close in the 902.
  6. Do you think the 902 would have clearence with my setup or would I need to buy the 1200? After reading more reviews regarding 'dust' on Haf's it seems like it would be a big problem. Or I should just man up and learn to dust the inside every week??
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    902 will fit a 5870. It's close but it works.

    Haf 932 = dust magnet. Great case otherwise.

    Just depends on what you want. 932 is full tower. 902 is midtower. 1200 is full tower but has the same interior dimensions as 902, just 3 additional hd bays making it taller.

    902, CM 690II, Lancool K-62, CM Storm Sniper, CM 922 are all very similiar in what they offer and will all fit a 5870, all have dust filters.

    If you're looking for full tower then..

    Antec 1200, CM Cosmos, Thermaltake Spedo, CM ATCS 840 all have dust filters as well.
  8. Thanks u two
  9. Going with the Lancool K-62, it looks like the HAf922+Antec 902 merged (spec wise), has exactly what I am looking for. Thanks a lot man!!

    Has the airflow, cablemanagement, and room, not sure why this isn't mentioned more.
  10. Solid pick, I was > < that close to getting one myself but ended up going with the CM 690 II due to it's unmoded support for internal rads.

    Still, K-62 is a beauty, best tool-less I've ever seen, love those pci brackets.
  11. Best answer selected by jrel209.
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