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$1,500 Gaming Build (My First Build!)

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February 18, 2010 6:18:40 PM

Hello all,

I've already selected the parts I think will work but I'd really like to see what you all think about the rig before I purchase it. Any feedback, negative or positive, is appreciated.

Criteria:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month.

BUDGET RANGE: $1,500 (including tax and shipping; no more than that).

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet, and finally, folding @ home (what is that, anyway?)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and speakers not needed.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or any reputable company, really.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, Asus or MSI Motherboard, HIS or XFX video card, Cooler Master mid to full-tower case, and a modular Cooler Master or Corsair power supply. I don't really care about the brand of everything else, as long as they work. Please note: I'm going for a black and red themed system.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes.

CROSSFIRE: At some point in the future, yes.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050+

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS (and questions!): A quiet system would be nice. Would like to be able to run graphically-intensive games such as Crysis at a steady 35-40 FPS (I know most of you are probably tired of hearing that but hey, the game serves as a pretty good benchmark). I really don't want the Freezer 7 Pro cooler as I've heard it's hard to install but that's the best I've been able to find, so if anyone can recommend a better i5 cooler, I'd really appreciate it. Also, is it necessary to buy thermal paste? Doesn't the CPU already come with it pre-applied?

My parts:

Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid-Tower Case - $109.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Silent Pro 700W Power Supply (Modular) $119.99 (after $20 instant discount)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus Maximus III Formula Motherboard - $249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz CPU - $194.99 (after $5 instant discount)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro - $39.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz RAM - $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS Radeon HD 5850 Video Card - $309.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7,200 RPM Hard Drive - $47.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer (SATA) - $31.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit OEM - $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total (including tax and shipping; all parts from Newegg): $1,482.22

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February 18, 2010 6:34:32 PM

Some bad choices.

PSU: Coolermaster is to be avoided. Here's a higher quality unit for only $10 more: Silverstone 750W 80+ Silver.
Mobo: Another poor choice. It's super expensive, and doesn't offer as many features. Check out the Asus P7P55D-E Pro for $190.
HSF: Second the above (saves $10)
RAM: Second the above ($10 more)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB or Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55. Samsung preferred, but its hard to find in stock.
Optical: Cheapest one out there $23

Add $19 for shipping.

Total saved: $52 (I think).

In addition to the above, here's some big changes to get a super powered gaming PC:

CPU: X4 955 $161
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $140
GPU: HD 5870 $395

All with free shipping.

Total (with above changes and your figures for tax and shipping): $1,443.
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February 18, 2010 6:38:16 PM

Isn't the 5870 going to be a bit much for 1680x 1050 Resolution monitor?
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February 18, 2010 6:40:56 PM

Didn't even see that. And yes. So will the 5850.
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February 18, 2010 6:42:31 PM

FYI: I'll be upgrading to a 1920x1200 monitor in a few months which is why I put a (+) next to the 1680x1050.
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February 18, 2010 6:44:12 PM

Then definitely go with the HD 5870. The 5850 is a great card, but struggles with a few games at max details on 1900x resolutions (namely Crysis). The 5870 easily maxes everything at that resolution. Thus, in the future the 5850 will be underpowered for newer games.
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