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February 3, 2010 4:40:23 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-4 weeks
BUDGET RANGE:1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Video card XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail x2


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, ewiz.com, ncix.com etc
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel i7 processor 920 2.66ghz, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to have a pc that runs quiet and cool tempuratures but looks cool at the same time. if there is money left over in the budget i would like a monitor that gets to 1680 x 1050 min and a keyboard/mouse combo.


UPDATE: Finally put together a makeshift parts list on tigerdirect.com so here it goes

HDD: Hitachi Deskstar OS00163 IDK/7K Internal Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G
Motherboard: EVGA x58 SLI Classified
RAM: Corsair DDR3 Trichannel 6gb 1333mhz
Processor: Intel i7 920 2.66ghz
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
PSU: XION Power Real 1000w ATX Power Supply
CPU Cooler: Ultra ChillTEC 939/AM2/AM3/775/1366 Thermal Electric CPU Cooler
Optical Drive: Samsung TS-H662A DVDRW Drive - DVD+R 22X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, IDE

Total Cart:1,304.92
then another 200 for OS
if in anyway i could get parts that can do more at a lower price i could but i just chose the best of the best

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February 3, 2010 5:03:57 AM

^ Why not go with a i5 setup, that will allow you to get 1 more HD 5770 now itself ?
For gaming the i7 has little effect over the i5 and that too at that resolution, I dont think you will notice any difference...
February 3, 2010 5:05:28 AM

i already bought 2 of the 5770s
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February 3, 2010 5:08:07 AM

^Ohh...and by the way which i7 CPU you chose ? i7 860 - P55 or i7 920 - X58 ?
February 3, 2010 5:11:48 AM

thank you forgot to clarify that i edited my main post saying i wanted the i7 920 2.66ghz

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February 3, 2010 5:26:42 AM
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Mobo -
If you wont be adding a PCI card, then this one -
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R - Value for money I would say
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But if you want no compromise board -
ASUS P6X58D Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM
Corsair 6GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE + PSU
CM HAF + OCZ Mod 700W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD
Samsung F3 1TB/ 500GB based on your needs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

DVD - Any good SATA DVD...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor -
ASUS 21.5" 1080p
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Am sure you are under your budget with that monitor....And also add the OS if you want one...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 3, 2010 2:43:53 PM

thanks for the reply and i like the list and you were correct this is underbudget
February 3, 2010 10:08:17 PM

wait any ideas on a cpu cooler?
February 3, 2010 10:11:21 PM

Most frequently recommended around here is the Hyper-212 for $30. For bang for your buck, it's the best. Cools almost as well as much more expensive coolers.
February 4, 2010 1:53:37 AM

+1 to the CM Hyper 212+
And use the Artic MX-2 if you want better results as the CM Hyper relies mainly on a better thermal paste as the base is uneven...
February 9, 2010 1:05:09 PM

ok so i have everything ready to purchase but the 1tb spinpoint f3 went out of stock on newegg should i wait or go with a different 1tb.......500gb is just not enough
February 9, 2010 1:58:27 PM

The 1 TB Seagate 7200.12 has 500 GB platters, is approximately as good as the Spinpoint, and actually performs better on some benchmarks.
February 10, 2010 1:00:50 AM

coldsleep said:
The 1 TB Seagate 7200.12 has 500 GB platters, is approximately as good as the Spinpoint, and actually performs better on some benchmarks.


i have heard bad reviews about that hard drive failng quite a bit
February 10, 2010 2:18:25 AM

^ The 7200.11 drives were the one that were plagued by the firmware issues...the 7200.12 drives dont have such problems...but still I would suggest the Samsung F3s over those and also even the F3s have 500GB/ platter...
February 10, 2010 2:20:03 AM

like an hour before i went to buy my parts newegg no longer carried the f3s so mad so i am trying to look for a replacement or another website i can buy the f3 from
February 20, 2010 3:16:03 AM

so i was planning on buying this parts soon probably next week i already got my hard drive and graphics card any new updates?
February 22, 2010 2:12:20 AM

^ Have you bought the PSU yet ? Which one ?
February 22, 2010 2:22:36 AM

well i just bought the following parts
Mobo: ASUS P6X58D Premium
CPU: Intel i7 920 2.66ghz
PSU: Corsair 750w
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Artic Cooling mx-2 themal compound
6 gb kit OCZ ddr3 ram
Asus dvd burner

and thats about its
these parts and the
spinpoint f3 1tb
and 2 XFX radeon HD 5770s
February 22, 2010 2:30:12 AM

^ Good List...
So the OS is missing in the list I guess...What else have you planned to buy ?
February 22, 2010 2:32:51 AM

oh and i bought windows 7 home premium 64 bit......i might upgrade later to 12gb of ram
February 22, 2010 2:37:18 AM

can you give any tips on spreading the thermal compound since you said the base is uneven
February 22, 2010 2:37:45 AM

^ Well for Gaming, I dont think 12GB is required...6GB would be more than enough...
I would rather suggest you to wait, and invest on the graphics card...Maybe after some months, sell both your 5770s and invest in a faster setup...that would be better for gaming...Not that 5770 crossfire is fast, but instead of investing in RAM, invest in the graphic cards...

And what about the monitor ? Have you bought a new one ?
February 22, 2010 3:11:14 AM

Instead of selling the graphic card(which I suggested earlier), add 1 more HD 5770 in Tri-crossfire later on(would not be required anytime soon though)...It will be very powerful...So you wouldn't need to sell the cards...And also the Corsair 750TX can handle 3x HD 5770s in crossfire...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5770-in-3way-cr...
February 22, 2010 3:16:06 AM

dang 3 way xfire.....ill probably savee up for it but only 1 would be running at x16 on the p6x58 board since if both lower pci x16 slots are used it is only x16-x8-x8 wouldn't that hinder performance?
February 22, 2010 3:31:16 AM

^ No...for a very powerful card like the HD 5970 or the GTX 295, where there are 2 graphic chips onboard, which utilize the single PCIe slots, there would be performance issues as 2 chips would have to share x8 bandwidth...
But for any single chip card like the HD 5770 wouldn't be a problem...A HD 5770 operating at X16 will have maybe 3-5% performance increase over a HD 5770 operating at x8 and this wont be significant in the real world scenarios...
February 22, 2010 3:37:03 AM

ok thank you for clearing that up
February 28, 2010 11:05:30 PM

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