$1500 Gaming System

Hello everyone I would like everyones help to pick the best system for the dollar amount. I am looking for killer gaming I need performace and quailty. If I could get a few differnt ideas what o what everyone thinks would be a killer system.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon in the next two weeks
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard. Mouse. Headset, Hard Dives,PowerSupply
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg. or any other good ones
PARTS PREFERENCES: None - I want the best system fir my miney period!
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe ATI cards all the way was thinking a 5870, or 5850 5970 would be an over kill

Thank you
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  1. Here is a suggested setup, its by no means perfect but its a start:

    Motherboard - Asus Maximus III Formula - $250

    CPU - Intel I5 750 2.66GHz - $200

    CPU HSF - Titan Fenrir - $99

    Memory - 4GB Corsair Dominator GT 1600 MHz - $213

    Graphics - 1GB Sapphire HD5870 - $404

    Case - Antec Nine Hundred Two - $110

    Optical Drive - Samsung DVD Burner - $26

    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium - $110

    The total for this is $1412 which gives room for P&P etc. The Titan Fenrir is the best HSF for cooling without going into water and all the other products are solid quality. Hope this helps.
  2. Seeing as it looks like a monitor needs to be included in the budget, I would go for a less expensive motherboard, such as this: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro $190 + $7.87 shipping, this saves around $50
    I would say that RAM is overpriced, I don't see any need to spend over $150 dollars for RAM, and this is a pretty good option to consider: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CAS 7 1.35V $120 + $6 shipping, saves around $87
    The case is a personal choice kind of area, but I'm going to suggest this case: Cooler Master CM 690 II $99 + $20 shipping, this comes with a combo with the i5 750.
    You can also get a very good CPU heatsink for a lot less than that Titan Fenrir, the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $30 free shipping, would save around $70. Review http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2419
    That should leave you plenty to get a good monitor.
    I'd like to know what power supply you have, just to make sure that the one you have is powerful enough for the system.
  3. I second most of Silvune's suggestions, but with a couple of tweaks:

    RAM: Cheaper, just as great sticks: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 mhz CAS 7 $115 shipped. Saves $11.

    Case: I prefer the HAF 922. It's about the same price (no i5 combo).

    So the total with Silvune's changes: $1,171.
  4. Great call on the power supply I had to confirm-Rocketfish™ - 700-Watt ATX CPU Power Supply this is what I am currently using.

    So there might be need for another. Really if I decided to run with 2 video cards I will neeed it. The monitor is on a seperate budget, I plan on tring out the 3D I already have a nice LCD monitor.
  5. Yeah...don't buy another Rocketfish. Ever.

    If you stick to Antec Earthwatts, Corsair, OCZ, Seasonic, FSP, or PC Power & Cooling, you'll get quality units for (usually) reasonable prices.
  6. ok only reason I brought it was I have a friend that works at best buy and got it for 35 bucks
  7. Would there be an AMD setup that could compare to the same preformance of the system provided
  8. Eh, not the same, per se. But it would be close-ish while probably being cheaper and more upgradable in the future. The AM3 socket will see 6 and 8 core CPUs. The 1156 will only see quads.

    Offhand, I'd say the same RAM, the Phenom II x4 955 probably about $160, and a gigabyte mobo that would probably be about $140 that has crossfire, USB3 and SATA3.


    This one is x8/x8 crossfire

    This one is x16 x16
  9. Those boards are only USB 3/SATA III boards, which may or may not be useful by the time you have to rebuild. A great board for less that doesn't have those is the Asus M4A79XTD EVO for $110 after rebate. There are also cheaper ones that have good Crossfire.

    In general, I've seen that if you go with AMD, you can sometimes get the next step up in the GPU, which will lead to better gaming performance. However, since our other changes have reduced the price, you could already get the best GPU available (HD 5970) and be under budget, so there isn't a point to decreasing the CPU.
  10. Is there really a need fpr the 5970 I mean first of all this is a huge video card will it fit. Second do I really need that much card how about 2x5850 or 2x 5870 these will be around the same price I know i will be future proof but I dont know I just think the 5970 is an overkill.
  11. First, yes, the 5970 will fit in the 902. It might be close, which is why I suggested the HAF 922. To be absolutely sure, check the sizes, but the HAF is huge.

    Second, the 5970 IS two 5870s on the same card, only downclocked to 5850 levels. So it's pointless to go with 2x 5850s at $600 when $50 more gets you better and only uses 1 PCIe slot. Getting 2x 5870s is $800, so you pay $150 less and get the same thing in one slot.

    The 5970 is overkill, but it's pratically garaunteed to never need to be upgraded.
  12. ok sounds good so I am leaning for the AMD setup with the 5970
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