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February 3, 2010 1:40:38 AM

Hello,

I'm building a new i5 rig which I will mostly be using for gaming.

This build that I have come up with keeps me within my $800 budget.


Any opinions or suggestions would be appreciated.


I already have the WIN 7 OS, HDD, Monitor, Keyboard/Mouse, Sound Card, Optical drives,....etc.


This is what I have put together so far.

I still haven't decided which Motherboard I am going to purchase.

I am not interested in overclocking and I have no interest in an AMD setup. I prefer Intel.



MOTHERBOARD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


or


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



PROCESSOR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



MEMORY

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



POWER SUPPLY

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



VIDEO CARD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



CASE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


My monitor's max resolution is only 1680x1050 so I am hoping to run it at its full resolution during gaming with this build without any hiccups.

I play all types of games such as Crysis, GTA IV, All of the Call of Duty Series, World of Warcraft, Assassin's Creed...etc.

I would like to play all of these games (with the exception of Crysis of course since it is so demanding) with all of the eye candy turned on at my monitor's max resolution (1680x1050) if possible.

My completely outdated "but still kicking" current system sucks and cannot push out the frame rates for these demanding games.

NOTE:

I chose the 5770 video card due to the fact that it has directx 11 capability. I know there aren't really any games out there that use it but I would like to have a card that is capable of it for when those games are released. Be it now or in the future.

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a b 4 Gaming
February 3, 2010 4:00:13 AM
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Some other mobo options...
Gigabyte UD2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P55M-GD45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM -
GSKillz 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU -
OCZ 550W - This PSU has enough power for any single chip graphic card...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And as for the graphics card, I would suggest that you hold on for sometime as ATI will be launching the HD 5830 sometime this month...IT will be ~$200-$230 range and will be as powerful as the HD 4890, and will better suit your screen's resolution...And also with the above changes, you would have saved enough to get that card...
February 3, 2010 5:01:23 AM

Would you be interested in getting an AMD build that uses a dual core, a 5850 card and is still within your budget? For most modern games the 5850 is such a sweet spot, especially for higher res gaming. DX11 and eyeinfinity aside, those two aren't really usefull right now or might really never be since a lot of modern games dont even use dx10, the 5850 is a really nice bang for buck card. The 5870 is 33.33% more expensive but only puts out 18% better fps at best from what benchmarks have shown. And honestly, 18% is not a huge difference if the 5850 is getting say....60 fps and suddenly the 5870 gets 72(thats 20% increace and the 5870 doesnt really get that much in any game). Also, if you are interested in diving in overclocking the 5850 can be pushed to 5870 performance levels if its important to you. But honestly the 5850 will eat games alive unless its Crysis at max settings, but then again Crysis is there just to push the gpu market, its not really that great of a game i played it once and then thats it...no real replay value.

Anyway if you are interested in the amd build then i'll post it, if not then its your call but try to save your lunch money for that 5850. =D

Good luck on your build dude.
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February 3, 2010 6:07:45 AM

I would advise against the 5770. If you're gaming, you should invest a bit more in the gpu area... like a 5850. And that way, down the road you could crossfire a couple of them. But with that in mind, you'll need a 650W PSU to be upgrade-proof
February 3, 2010 12:39:22 PM

dimmzeta73 said:
Would you be interested in getting an AMD build that uses a dual core, a 5850 card and is still within your budget? For most modern games the 5850 is such a sweet spot, especially for higher res gaming. DX11 and eyeinfinity aside, those two aren't really usefull right now or might really never be since a lot of modern games dont even use dx10, the 5850 is a really nice bang for buck card. The 5870 is 33.33% more expensive but only puts out 18% better fps at best from what benchmarks have shown. And honestly, 18% is not a huge difference if the 5850 is getting say....60 fps and suddenly the 5870 gets 72(thats 20% increace and the 5870 doesnt really get that much in any game). Also, if you are interested in diving in overclocking the 5850 can be pushed to 5870 performance levels if its important to you. But honestly the 5850 will eat games alive unless its Crysis at max settings, but then again Crysis is there just to push the gpu market, its not really that great of a game i played it once and then thats it...no real replay value.

Anyway if you are interested in the amd build then i'll post it, if not then its your call but try to save your lunch money for that 5850. =D

Good luck on your build dude.



Thanks for the post dimmzeta73

I get what your saying about the 5850. So instead of getting the 5770, I'll probably go ahead and fork out the extra $$ for the 5850.

However, as I mentioned in my original post, I'm not interested in overclocking my system. As far as the AMD build that your offering, thank you by the way, but as I also mentioned above, I prefer an Intel build over AMD. I couldn't tell you why exactly but I guess its because I have used Intel since I purchased my first computer. Nothing against AMD, I just prefer to use Intel.
February 3, 2010 12:56:34 PM

gkay09 said:
Some other mobo options...
Gigabyte UD2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P55M-GD45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM -
GSKillz 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU -
OCZ 550W - This PSU has enough power for any single chip graphic card...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And as for the graphics card, I would suggest that you hold on for sometime as ATI will be launching the HD 5830 sometime this month...IT will be ~$200-$230 range and will be as powerful as the HD 4890, and will better suit your screen's resolution...And also with the above changes, you would have saved enough to get that card...



Thanks for the reply gkay09

The 2 boards that you suggested are Micro ATX. I have never used any of those. Besides being smaller and in some cases a bit cheaper, do they run just as good as the full size ATX boards? If so then I may end up getting that Gigabyte that you have listed up there.

Also, that G. Skill ram that you listed is DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800). I read somewhere on these forums that if you wanted to use memory at that speed with an Intel i5-750 processor, then you would have to overclock the processor in order to run memory of that speed because that processor wouldn't allow it.

That is why I chose the DDR3 1333 so that I wouldn't need to do any overclocking.

I would consider overclocking more if I wasn't forking out so much $$ for this stuff. I'm not willing to risk it. I may be blowing $800 on a new build but it's not $$ that I want to burn by making a careless mistake when I do overclock my system.

I found an article on a different site that pertains to the 5830 that ATI is releasing sometime this month. The article mentioned something about the 5830 being released on Feb. the 5th. Now whether or not that's true, that's a different story. If it is true and the price is reasonable then I have yet another decision between the 5850 and the 5830 to make.
a b 4 Gaming
February 4, 2010 2:17:31 AM

^ There were issues before with the mATX boards for old chipsets as there were many things that had to be fit on the mobo...but now Intel and AMD have many things inbuilt onto the CPU itself(Memory controller and such...) So going with mATX is not an issue anymore...

And as for the RAM, dont worry about the speed...even though you populate the 1600MHz RAM and dont want to set the speed, it will automatically be running at the default 1333MHz speed...So no issues going with that RAM...
February 5, 2010 9:12:39 PM

Ok, so I been at this for a few days now and I think I am ready to make my purchase....

Everything has free shipping and I even managed a combo deal for the 5850 and the processor which puts me below my $800 Budget.


CASE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


POWER SUPPLY

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


MEMORY

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


MOTHERBOARD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PROCESSOR & VIDEO CARD COMBO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



Total price with no shipping charges/ instant savings + combo savings= $794.94



I would have waited for the 5830 that ATI was supposedly gonna release today but I read that they are now postponing it due to the Chinese New Year or something. Not sure if the site I read it from is a reliable source or just another rumor but here is the link....

http://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/17546/1/

I couldn't wait any longer.

My old 3.2g Pentium 4 is tired. My daughter is supposed to get it for her little Kiddie Games (Dora, Nick Jr.,.....etc)...lol


Thank you gkay09 for your suggestions.
February 6, 2010 11:55:38 PM

Glad I was of some help. Budget gaming rigs are really fun, but at the end of the day you are getting exactly what you pay for no matter how you look at it. You'll love that 5850.

-Cheers
February 14, 2010 4:11:33 AM

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