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February 8, 2010 8:40:24 PM

Im looking to build a new gaming rig for around $1500 CAD.
I don't intend to upgrade in the near future.
I only use my PC for gaming (WoW, Left 4 Dead, BF:BC 2) and i dont plan to OC.
I use a 22inch LCD @ 1680x1050


I've been out of the loop for a long time but after alot of researching (mainly on this awsome site) i've come up with this:

CPU: Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache

MOBO: MSI P55-GD65 ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 3PCI-E16 CrossFire SLI 2PCI-E1 PCI-E4 2PCI eSATA GBLAN Motherboard

MEMORY: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit

VIDEO: Radeon HD 5870 850MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.8GHZ PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI

PSU: Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan

CASE: Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black

This all totals to $1530 CAD (including Windows 7) from NCIX.

Is there anything you guys would suggest to change, or is there a better option for the money?
Also, is the 750W PSU alittle overkill for this system?

Thanks!

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a b 4 Gaming
February 8, 2010 9:14:32 PM

Yea, 750W is overkill if you aren't going to crossfire, but seeing as your mobo has two good PCI-E slots, and if the other one doesn't get filled then it would be really easy to put another one in.
If you are really determined to abolish the possibility of crossfiring, then chances are you could spend less on a mobo. And then you could get a cheaper PSU.
CAS 9 isn't the best for RAM, but this is 1600mhz and has lower latency and is the same price:
G.SKILL F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM Ripjaws 4GB (2X2GB) DDR3-1600 CL7-8-7-24 1.6V $129
If you want to keep the lower voltage then you could always try lowering the timings on the GBRL set. And it's not as if low latency RAM is crucial in gaming.
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February 8, 2010 9:55:48 PM

Thanks for the reply.
Although im not going to be upgrading in the near future, I dont want to abolish the opportunity to X-fire later on.

Ill take your word on the memory.
With that in mind, is there anything else i could look into?
a b 4 Gaming
February 8, 2010 10:47:03 PM

You could spend less on a case. Some that I like include: Lancool PC-K62 $125
CM 690 II Advanced $100
I don't know how much the 5870 you are planning on getting now is, but possibly you could get one of the cheaper ones of those to bring yourself closer to $1500.
February 8, 2010 11:09:07 PM

Those look like good options, although I love the look of the HAF.
From the benchmarks ive been looking at, there is quite a dramatic difference in games (up to 10FPS) going down to the 5850 from the 5870 at 1680x1050.
Also, 30$ over what i intended to spend isnt so bad =)
I just wanted to make sure im getting as much bang for my buck as i can.
Thats why I ask the experts =P
February 9, 2010 10:24:21 AM

mrtomo said:
Those look like good options, although I love the look of the HAF.
From the benchmarks ive been looking at, there is quite a dramatic difference in games (up to 10FPS) going down to the 5850 from the 5870 at 1680x1050.
Also, 30$ over what i intended to spend isnt so bad =)
I just wanted to make sure im getting as much bang for my buck as i can.
Thats why I ask the experts =P


Well you might want to wait a few weeks till we get hard data on the 5830 then. Ifi t OC's well or pefrorms similar it might be a far better buy for the money with CF then the higher end GPU's, but if you can afford the better cards then go fir it, better overall :) 
a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2010 1:24:38 PM

mrtomo said:
Those look like good options, although I love the look of the HAF.
From the benchmarks ive been looking at, there is quite a dramatic difference in games (up to 10FPS) going down to the 5850 from the 5870 at 1680x1050.
Also, 30$ over what i intended to spend isnt so bad =)
I just wanted to make sure im getting as much bang for my buck as i can.
Thats why I ask the experts =P

Yea the HAF is a pretty fantastic case.
I was trying to say get a cheaper 5870 if they have one.
CAS 7 1333mhz RAM could also be a way to save a bit on your budget while sacrificing almost no performance. But yea, $30 isn't bad.
Now frack those zombies up my friend!
February 9, 2010 8:11:31 PM

Silvune said:
You could spend less on a case. Some that I like include: Lancool PC-K62 $125
CM 690 II Advanced $100
I don't know how much the 5870 you are planning on getting now is, but possibly you could get one of the cheaper ones of those to bring yourself closer to $1500.


Thanks for the replies.
I went back looking over a few things and i took your advice and took the CM 690 II, it seems more reasonable for the price.

Now im wondering if the Radeon 5850 is an overall better choce than the 5870 for price...
Why do you guys gotta make me budget conscious =P
Its buying me brownie points with the wife tho =)

Any other help is appreciated. Thanks!

a b 4 Gaming
February 9, 2010 10:47:58 PM

Well the benchmarks that I've looked at showed that the 5850 wipes the floor with Left 4 Dead. In that case the decision would probably come down to how each card will deal with Battlefield: BC 2 and other games that you want to play.
Another variable is that if you do go down to the 5850 then a less powerful and cheaper PSU (600-650W) will do. As long as you can find one with enough PCI-E connectors for a 5850, which I'm finding isn't the easiest thing to do.

I think you should stay with the 5870 as you have already brought yourself down to budget with the case change and you can justify it to your wife by saying that you won't have to replace it or get another one for a long time.

I have read on this forum that the 5870 only has a certain percentage increase in performance over the 5850, say 10%, while the percentage difference in price is higher, say 20%. These aren't the exact figures, just illustrating what another poster on this forum has said about these two cards. He also said that you could easily OC the 5850 to 5870 performance level, but as you won't be OCing then this isn't applicable. I haven't confirmed the percentage differences he was talking about by doing the maths myself. If you're prepared to do the maths, then maybe this will be another factor in your decision.
If it was me, and if I had the money then I would get the 5870, but would be perfectly happy with the 5850, but then again my resolution is 1280x1024.
February 10, 2010 1:51:53 AM

Well said, after bringing down the cost of the case I can squeeze the 5870 in which brings it to $1490 before taxes, which is right on the mark. Also, made sure the TX750w PSU was compatable... didnt even think of it before =P

So I guess this is what im going to order tomorrow, unless sum1 else would like to put in their 2 cents =)
http://pc.ncix.com/pcbuilder/pcbuilderpreview.cfm?id=31...|42477-1-0|42745-1-0|44351-1-0|49226-1-0|26415-1-0|45271-1-0|30004-1-0|40435-1-0|7842-50

Thanks again.
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