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Got my low end system, here's my idea for a high end. Critique welcome

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January 26, 2010 5:03:51 PM





GPU for secondary monitor:

Monitor: (is it just me or is this a fantastic deal?)




I'm pretty intent on the graphics card (or any that perform to that level for around that price), but the rest of it I'm looking to penny pinch on if possible. All told it's a tad over $1,400 and I'm not great with minutia like finding very comparable hardware at a lesser price. Any and all suggestions are welcome. This system is intended to be gaming first and I don't have plans to do any substantial upgrades other than some extra ram. I usually just ride out a solid system until I need a new one rather than giving it small upgrades.

So guys. Anything I overlooked? Am I leaving any substantial bottle necks? What am I doing right and wrong?
a b C Monitor
January 26, 2010 5:17:39 PM

You don't need the second GPU for a second monitor. The 5xxx series supports up to 3 monitors on one card.

Other than that, you've got a lot of problems. If I had $1400, here's what I would build:

CPU: i5-750 $200

Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 2x2 GB DDR3 1600 CAS Latency 7 $110

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90

Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $24

Case: HAF 922 $90

PSU: SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W $110

GPU: HD 5870 $400

Total: $1,214. Leaves a good $200 for the monitor.
January 26, 2010 5:30:35 PM

The secondary card is intended to be a very cheap way to take any load off the primary video card while gaming. It's been a couple years since I've made a system, but would that not still serve a purpose?

Motherboard is a good choice, but if I'm not going to upgrade it's unlikely I'll need the new SATA standard, though USB 3.0 is a consideration.

The ram is slightly more expensive, has less in the way of reviews, and seems to be very comparable- what's your recommendation there?

Your choice of PSU and HDD I like a lot.

Thanks for the advice.

Any other ideas on how I can pinch some pennies?
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a b C Monitor
January 26, 2010 5:42:38 PM

With an HD 5870, you've already got power to spare. A second card is unnecessary.

The RAM is new. It's cheap and has the better specs. Corsair is well known for good quality. Other ones to consider are the G.Skill Ripjaws with the same specs.

Look for combos. I didn't even take a look at any, so I'm sure they're out there.
January 27, 2010 6:21:56 AM

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