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$2000 Gaming PC, critique my parts choices

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February 22, 2010 2:01:15 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week, or next week

BUDGET RANGE: Approx. $2000 w/o rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, not much else

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, ZipZoomFly, Frozen CPU

PARTS PREFERENCES: No real loyalty here, but I have been using an ASUS mobo for the past five years, that has served well.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, but I've never done it

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200, planned

Here's what I've got lined up, I'd just like an educated critique:

Core i7 860

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600, 2 x 2GB

Sapphire Radeon 5870

Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850w PSU

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB

Cooler Master Storm Sniper

Lite-On DVD Burner

Tuniq Tower 120- in case I decide to O/C

ASUS 25.5" LCD 1920 x 1200

Plus Windows 7 Ultimate, and Arctic Silver 5.

As it sits in my Newegg Wish List, it is $1,983.88.

I'd just like a general critique, my last build had worked for 5 years before it took a dump last week. I could still game happily at relatively high settings on most games @ 1280 x 1024. Do you think I could expect the same longevity out of this build?

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February 22, 2010 11:16:05 AM
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Looks well balanced. You could probably get by with 750W PSU (even if you add crossfire later). You'll get 5 years out of it, unless one or more of the components becomes a lemon.
February 22, 2010 11:38:56 AM

You can save some money and get better performance by using CM Hyper 212+ or Scythe Mugen-2 Rev.B for cooling...
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February 22, 2010 1:27:05 PM

Since this is strictly for gaming what about this.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) $115

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB $95

Antec Nine Hundred Two and Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W $195

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield and ASUS P7P55D PRO $345

Hyper 212 and Samsung Sata DVD Burner $40

Win 7 $105

HD5970 $650

$1545 total and you get a HD 5970. Add a monitor of your choice and you are still under your 2K mark......

Only thing I am not sure of is that the 5970 will fit in the 902. I belive it will but not 100% sure. if it doesnt I would switch to a Haf 922 case and a quality PSU.

March 4, 2010 12:31:33 AM

Best answer selected by g8rforester.
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