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February 17, 2010 10:40:53 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) 800.00

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: GPU, Keyboard, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, tiger

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've done some research and I think I've finally come up with the setup. I Just wanted to run it by you guys-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thermaltek v9 ATX case $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus Sata 6gb USB 3.0 $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel I5 750 Quad core $195
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Earthwatts 750W Power supply $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.skill Ripjaw series 4gb DDR3 @1600 $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD 500gb @7200rpm with 32MB cache $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total = 744.94

These are obviously the main parts, I will get a cheaper DVD drive and high end video card later.. Still Haven't decided on the video card!

More about : 800 gaming

February 17, 2010 11:13:46 PM

Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate. This is easily one of best, if not THE best, cases made right now.

HDD: Grab a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB for $55. Or if that's not available, get the Seagate 7200.12 500 GB for the same price. Both of these are a lot faster than the WD.

Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190. Cheaper, and one of the best available.

RAM: 1600 mhz CL 7 Ripjaws for $115. Faster sticks for not a whole lot more.

GPU: Depending on how much you have to spend, I would get at least the HD 5850 ($300) or the 5870 ($395) if you want to play Crysis maxed out. I would do everything you can to get the 5870. If you can't afford that, I've got some huge budget changes below.

Major changes, if you need some room to afford the 5870:

CPU/Mobo: X3 425 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $197. This will save you $198 over the above changes, for a total of $213. If you've got an extra $100 after getting the HD 5870 in the budget, switch the CPU to the X4 955 ($161+$15 from losing the combo).

The reason I suggest the triple core is that Tom's did an article a little while ago about the gains from adding additional cores in gaming. They found that adding the fourth core actually had a performance decrease compared to a triple core.
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February 17, 2010 11:25:18 PM

Note. Keep the quad core if you want to play GTA IV and it is a high priority. Otherwise +1 to what MadAd said.
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February 18, 2010 3:52:10 AM

brettd54 said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) 800.00

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: GPU, Keyboard, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, tiger

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've done some research and I think I've finally come up with the setup. I Just wanted to run it by you guys-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thermaltek v9 ATX case $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus Sata 6gb USB 3.0 $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel I5 750 Quad core $195
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Earthwatts 750W Power supply $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.skill Ripjaw series 4gb DDR3 @1600 $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD 500gb @7200rpm with 32MB cache $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total = 744.94

These are obviously the main parts, I will get a cheaper DVD drive and high end video card later.. Still Haven't decided on the video card!


Nice hardware and I know that you said no overclocked but that is a good system to overclockable with easy task for sure.
You would get nice score with that but the motherboard that you have there you can get a GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 for about 119.99 ( have this motherboard with my Intel i5 Quad Core gaming system.

You can see on my system on my youtube videos here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jsRlhA3xSo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUa1UASQHk0 This was made yesterday 02-16-2010

Here is a link for the motherboard I am talking abouthttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128425
This can save you money and it has great performance and it has smart overclocked and smart energy saver options.
Yes it does taken 1066,1333.1600, and up to 2200 DDR3 Ram as well.

Good luck on your build
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February 18, 2010 11:05:30 AM

Ok so I took all of your advise and decided upon the following:

Cooler master HAF 922 case @ 89.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GA-p55usb3 atx motherboard @ 119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200 SATA 3.0 with 32mb cache @ 79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Earthwatts 650W Power @ 74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core I5-750 2.66 ghz Quad @ 194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws series 4gb DDR3 1600 Ram @ 104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then of course the HD 5870 Video card @ 399
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand Total 1084.92

Anyones thoughts?
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February 18, 2010 11:19:08 AM

Spend the extra $10 for the CL 7 Ripjaws. They'll be a lot faster, and will be espeically good if you decide to overclock.

Everything else looks good, assuming you don't want to be able to Crossfire later.
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February 18, 2010 9:43:33 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Spend the extra $10 for the CL 7 Ripjaws. They'll be a lot faster, and will be espeically good if you decide to overclock.

Everything else looks good, assuming you don't want to be able to Crossfire later.


I'm trying to figure out why Crossfire won't work with this setup? The motherboard, and power supply seem to be ample. What am I missing sir!
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February 18, 2010 9:54:27 PM

The motherboard runs its second PCI-E slot at a 4x speed. That's why you would not want to use it for Crossfire. You would need a more expensive motherboard that runs both slots at 8x when in Crossfire mode.
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February 18, 2010 9:57:24 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
The motherboard runs its second PCI-E slot at a 4x speed. That's why you would not want to use it for Crossfire. You would need a more expensive motherboard that runs both slots at 8x when in Crossfire mode.


Got it! Thanks a ton!
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