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February 26, 2010 12:41:46 AM

Hi, first of all I am going to buy from newegg.com, I have limited 2200dollars maximum budget.

Case: definitely Coolermaster HAF 922
Motherboard: Help me to choose, I am not overclock-er so i don't need very expensive motherboard. I want 1366 socket.
CPU: i7 920 2.66Ghz
GPU: thinking between hd5870 and hd 5970 (need advice)
RAM:CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9 - Retail
Power supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RS850-AMBAJ3-US 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active ... - Retail
HDD: definitely need advice. Something fast 750gb-1tb

What could you tell me about static electricity? Dangers or jokes? anti-static hand wrap? effective or not?

Thank you :hello: 
February 26, 2010 12:47:07 AM

Hmm, well you may want to go with the 932 for the extra airflow but that is entirely up to you.

MOBO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WOuldnt be bad for what your looking for.

GPU, get the 5870, it should be more then enough for your needs.

Ram is OK, though expensive.

PSU, hmm seems like more then what you need, unless you plan to crossfire in the future you dont really need 850W. So that depends on what you want.

HDD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

About the fastest you can find right now, and still 1T.
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February 26, 2010 12:54:04 AM

wow really fast reply :whistle: 
Yeah, I think I am going to make crossfire after some time.
About Mobo: is ASROCK reliable and has perfomance enough to handle GPU CPU or all mobos are the same?
Case: haf 932 is way too big :ouch: 

BTW 2200dollars is not just for brains..

And I still wanna hear about static electricity dangers..
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February 26, 2010 1:07:15 AM

zolg said:
wow really fast reply :whistle: 
Yeah, I think I am going to make crossfire after some time.
About Mobo: is ASROCK reliable and has perfomance enough to handle GPU CPU or all mobos are the same?
Case: haf 932 is way too big :ouch: 

BTW 2200dollars is not just for brains..

And I still wanna hear about static electricity dangers..


MOBO's are generally about the same, the only difference tends to be features.

I have heard good things and bad things about ASROCK, but quite a few people here recommend them for low budget mobos. so its hard telling.

Static electricity can/will fry your new computer parts. Basically just plug in your new PSU ( but dont turn it on ) and touch it everytime before you touch a new part. That way you will stay grounded. If you can, try to work on a wood table.
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February 26, 2010 1:26:05 AM

I would agree with Truhls on the case HAF 932 is a great choice- size, air movement, ease of install. $160

i7 930 available on 2/28/10 (2.8ghz instead of 2.6ghz) $280

ASUS mobo p6t lga http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $230

Win7 $110

XFX 5850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $320 (maybe crossfire $640)

G Skill Ripjaws 8gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $225

Intel SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $220

WD 1tb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $100
or WD 740gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $75

PSU Corsair 750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $120

If you wanted to increase graphics more you could go for 2 5850's and change to the the HAF 922, the Asrock extreme (mobo Truhls linked to), get 6gb ram instead of 8gb, skip the SSD. Furthermore if you have a Microcenter nearby you can buy the case and processor there and save another $110.

Imo this may be overkill depending on your monitor's resolution and what games you play. That would be helpful to know.

Static elec...
Get a wrist strap $10 and a pad if you really want to be safe, otherwise just work on wood floor or wood desk. Avoid carpeting. Keep touching case walls to ground yourself if not using wrist strap. Don't be too worried about static discharge if you do these things.
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February 26, 2010 1:51:33 AM

thanks for reply, I dont understand why 5850 is better than 5870?! The games I play? All current ones.I have no monitor yet. Somebody could advice it too. I think I want 24' 2ms - to make sure that there is no trails, blur.

Static discharge: I have no wooden floor :(  could I just stand on paper surface or something(still on carpet)? Does paper charge static electricity?
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February 26, 2010 2:11:50 AM

zolg said:
thanks for reply, I dont understand why 5850 is better than 5870?! The games I play? All current ones.I have no monitor yet. Somebody could advice it too. I think I want 24' 2ms - to make sure that there is no trails, blur.

Static discharge: I have no wooden floor :(  could I just stand on paper surface or something(still on carpet)? Does paper charge static electricity?



The 5850 isn't better than the 5870 but from a cost/performance ratio it is more practical imo to get the 5850. See this link http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-graphic... Its like spending $25000 on a nice car or instead spending $40000 on another car with very little gain. The link explains the downside of dropping big dollars on the 5870 versus putting that money towards 2 video cards which would blow the doors off the 5870. When buying hardware you spend a great premium on the latest technology, the cost benefit curve is not linear it is logarithmic. So its usually best to buy the item that is 1-2 steps down from the best. You get more for your money.

I would stress the 24" being more a benefit than 2ms. 2ms is great but anything at or around 5ms will be fine. The LCD niklas linked to would be fine.

If all you have is carpet then get a big card board box and lay it down on the floor to work on. Constantly touch the frame of the case before contacting the mobo when installing the hard ware. If you got a wrist strap to ground yourself it would relieve a lot of the concern. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-graphic... Pick that up when you order.
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