Budget Gaming Rig

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week BUDGET RANGE: up to $1000 after taxes and shipping

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: moniter, keyboard, mouse, OS (win 7 64 ultimate)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, ncix COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: probably SLI OR CROSSFIRE: probably not

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (ASUS VH226H)

Right now im pretty much following the recomended build advice, and i guess i'd just like to double and triple check everything.

Intel i3-530
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115222

XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150462

Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129070

Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B ($5 off with CEMCYNZY32)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118032

Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276

ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131620

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=49262

thanks!
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  1. Stay away from i3 and h57 for gaming. Get a 4890 or a 4850 x2, a cheap 100$ p55 board, and a i5-750. Also maybe get a 700 wat psu.
  2. builderbobftw said:
    Stay away from i3 and h57 for gaming. Get a 4890 or a 4850 x2, a cheap 100$ p55 board, and a i5-750. Also maybe get a 700 wat psu.


    so say a
    i5-750

    ECS P55H-A(1.0) LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135244
    or maybe Foxconn Inferno Katana GTI LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard (has $30 mir)
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186175

    x2 4850's
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    for $111 more(96 after mir) for the ecs and ($102 for foxconn) , would be worth it? would the case still work? i might be able to stretch my budget a little more...
  3. While twin 4850s will give you the most graphics power for $200 today, I dont like them from a power, heat and longevity standpoint.

    They dont have DX11, which I am assuming will become important in 1-2 years. Your estimate may be different.

    For $160 you can get a single 5770 which takes far less power and only one PCIE slot so you can get a cheaper motherboard and power supply. If you do get a p55 motherboard that will x8/x8 crossfire, even then twin 5770 will take less power than twin 4850s while stomping them in performance.
  4. Yeh, get the 2 4850s. Great deal. OR just buy a single 4850x2.
  5. builderbobftw said:
    OR just buy a single 4850x2.

    Now thats is HORRIBLE advice. ATI never specced a 4850x2, its a unique contraption that Sapphire kludged together. They are not officially supported, have always had glitchy problems and are no longer produced.


    For motherboards I tend to stick with Gigabyte, ASUS, DFI and EVGA as I know all those companies have fairly good track records for reliablilty and support of gaming motherboards.
  6. Or for 1000 you could think about going AMD and getting a 5850 instead of the 5770
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