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February 1, 2010 3:47:48 PM

Didn't want to completely break the bank, so I pieced this together. I figure the 5770 can take the games i'll throw at it (cod mw2) and when it becomes obsolete the 5850 will have dropped in price. I can't justify $300 on a video card lol

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106289
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$26.99


Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129021
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$40.00 Instant
$139.99
$99.99


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136218
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$69.99


SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102858
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$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$179.99


CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139009
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-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$159.99
$129.99


OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227365
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$159.99


EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813188039
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-$15.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate
$299.99
$284.99


Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115202
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

Total Shipped: $1,243

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February 1, 2010 4:02:23 PM

Decent, but not great.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55. Faster and cheaper/GB

PSU: SeaSonic 850W $110. Cheaper, more efficient, and higher quality.

Mobo: Overkill if you're not going to Crossfire. GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R $174 after rebate.

Use those savings to get the HD 5850 now.

A better suggestion if this is strictly for gaming is to use the i5-750. You'd save a good $190 (enough for an HD 5870), and have as good or better gaming performance.
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February 1, 2010 4:20:30 PM

I made the suggested changes minus the motherboard. I'd rather spend the extra $90 now and have a board that's reviewed awesome and I have the capability to throw another 5850 in there.


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LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106289
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
$26.99


Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129021
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$40.00 Instant
$139.99
$99.99


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$54.99


SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102857
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
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-$10.00 Instant
$309.99
$299.99


SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817151083
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$70.00 Instant
$179.99
$109.99


OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227365
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$159.99


EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813188039
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
-$15.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate
$299.99
$284.99


Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115202
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

Total: $1,349.78
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February 1, 2010 4:25:00 PM

You shouldn't rely on Newegg reviews. Gigabyte is much more respected mobo manufacturer than EVGA. And you can throw an HD 5850 onto any board. The main difference is that instead of paying an extra $100 for a third PCIe slot that you will never use, not should you, you saved that $100.
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February 1, 2010 4:33:30 PM

Sorry I thought for some reason the gigabyte was running an older chipset for whatever reason (must be drunk or dyslexic) lol. I have made the switch and gone with all your suggestions. I have a gigabyte board now and it has been nothing but perfect for me.
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February 1, 2010 4:53:26 PM

Also, do you think the 850W is a bit overkill if I never crossfire?
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February 1, 2010 4:55:43 PM

Definitely. You'd only need a 650W (at most) if you never Crossfire. Go with whatever's cheaper between Corsair, Antec Earthwatts, FSP, and SeaSonic. All of those will be good quality units.
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February 1, 2010 6:30:17 PM

Um, if you don't plan on triple xfire why go x58?

Save yourself a ton of cash with mads changes and going P55. I could probably do an equivalent built w/ P55 for $1100.
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February 2, 2010 10:31:04 AM

Was just looking over my order... Does the gigabyte board support ddr3 1600? It says 1033/1333/2000+ but nothign about 1600? I don't want it to be DOA or clock the 1600 down to 1333. Anyone? Please reply quick so I can cancel and make changes if necessary. thanks!
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February 2, 2010 11:09:53 AM

Also will I be ok with OCZ gold 3x2gb ddr3 1600 with the gigabyte board? I know my old gigabyte didn't play too well with ocz and had to get corsair ram.
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February 2, 2010 11:11:59 AM

To be technical, nothing supports 1600 mhz. All RAM will run at 1333 mhz until you overclock the system. The important spec for the speed of RAM the motherboard allows is the biggest number. That shows the upper limit. You may just have to manually set the RAM to its specs in BIOS.
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February 2, 2010 11:27:15 AM

Ah, do you know if ocz memory is still a problem with gigabyte boards? I'm looking and I found a few cases, but I know if you search for anything you'll always find a few cases. Is there some other memory I should look at like g.skill or corsair? I picked up the OCZ because it was running on a special so I have no real loyality to it.
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February 2, 2010 11:30:12 AM

Read this from another forum:

I had the UD3R and the OCZ kits don't play well with it at all. Anything else should be fine with it. From first hand experience, and from others' as well, if you don't want a headache, don't get an OCZ kit with the UD3R. (I'm not sure about all the kits, I just know that the 1600MHz CL8 Gold series don't work well with them). The OCZ kits are fantastic, but not with this board.
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February 2, 2010 12:18:46 PM

I haven't heard anything official about OCZ not playing nice, but it's a common complaint in user reviews. I think that if you were to play with the BIOS settings, the problems go away.

That said, G.Skill and Corsair both make excellent sticks, but G.Skill is usually cheaper. There is one set of new 1600 mhz Corsair sticks that are pretty cheap right now. I'd recommend these 1333 mhz sticks for $170 or these 1600 mhz sticks for $180.
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February 2, 2010 12:22:30 PM

Think I'm going with the corsair xms3 from my local microcenter. They have it for 139 after rebates:

It's the following setup for ddr3 1600 (TR3X6G1600C8 G)

timings 8-8-8-24

Newegg already boxed my ocz gold, but they said as long as I return it unopened no restocking fee. So I'll return that when I get it and get the XMS3 from microcenter today. Thanks for all your help MadAdmiral!
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February 2, 2010 1:12:40 PM

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