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$1000-$1200 Budget Gaming Rig / suggestions

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February 28, 2010 3:08:13 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a month
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1200 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, a lot of photo processing (browsing, editing, and converting large numbers big Canon RAW files), light video editing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any reputable site
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None, just looking for best price/performance point
OVERCLOCKING: Absolutely. I hear the i5 has a lot of potential.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in a couple of years I would buy a second card matching the original, but would a new single card be a better upgrade at that point?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I am looking for that “best value” sweet spot where you get 90% of the performance but not much in the way of bragging rights. I want to be able to play games like Crysis on high settings, but I don’t think I mind lower resolutions (can you tell the difference between 1024x768 and 1920x1200 on a 24in screen?). I am especially interested in adivce that will help me identify bottlenecks and balance the machine without increasing cost too much. I am open to major compenet shifts (i.e. switch to AMD, i7). This is the first machine I have built. I have done a lot of research, but would really appreciate any input, even if just to say "looks good!", before I actually start sinking money.

Thanks in advance!

Here are the parts:

Intel Core i5-750

ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55

MSI R5870-PM2D1G Radeon HD 5870

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 (PC3 10666)

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive

HITACHI Deskstar 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

BYTECC U2CR-318/Hub 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

COOLER MASTER Centurion 590

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February 28, 2010 8:04:37 AM

Swap the Hitachi hard drive for a same sized Samsung Spinpoint F3. If you plan on overclocking then you need an aftermarket heatsink, try the Titan Fenrir (that can get the I5 to about 3.8GHZ). Also if you can afford it, get some memory on the next speed level (1600 MHz not 1333 MHz), it will certainly help the speed of things in your system, especially if youre editing video.
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February 28, 2010 8:20:22 AM

I'd recommend the 5850 over the 5870 to maintain that "sweet spot" you mentioned. There just isn't a justifiable performance boost for the extra cost. Use the money to get the better memory as was previously suggested.

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I want to be able to play games like Crysis on high settings, but I don’t think I mind lower resolutions (can you tell the difference between 1024x768 and 1920x1200 on a 24in screen?).


Yes you will notice a HUGE difference. You'll want to run everything at your monitor's native resolution for the best performance.
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February 28, 2010 1:37:24 PM

I'd skip the open box mobo and get a USb 3 / SATA II capable one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 5970 is about the only card that I think can play Crysis w/o a burp at full settings. I have played a bit on a 295 and a 5870 and saw some rough spots ....rare but there nonetheless.

You'll want DDR3-1600 RAM if you wanna overclock more than 25% (3.33 GHz) .... DDR3-1600 will get you to 4.0 Ghz with stock memory multiplier.

$105 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and LX from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.

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

Can't recommend either the PSU or Case if you gonna overclock. There;s two combos on newegg for the EA-650, one with the 900 $180 and one with the 902 $165 but I can't seem to find the latter

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

Better yet, procewise, the HAF 922 / Corsair TX650 pair can be had for $160 after twin $20 MIRs

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 28, 2010 2:32:45 PM

luciddre4m said:

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I want to be able to play games like Crysis on high settings, but I don’t think I mind lower resolutions (can you tell the difference between 1024x768 and 1920x1200 on a 24in screen?).


Yes you will notice a HUGE difference. You'll want to run everything at your monitor's native resolution for the best performance.


Which means he will want a 5870 at bear minimum or squeze in a 5970.
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February 28, 2010 10:28:45 PM

Wow, thanks for all of the good advice. I have been looking around and updating my list based on your input. Here are the changes so far:

Switched case to Haf 922
Switched power supply to CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
Switched HDD to the Seagate 7200.12 500GB
Added a good heatsink (Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme)
Switched memory to a 4GB Mushkin 1600 set.
Switched to motherboard to ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

These items remained the same:

Intel Core i5-750
MSI R5870-PM2D1G Radeon HD 5870
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive
BYTECC U2CR-318/Hub 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader

I think I'm really liking this design you've helped me come up with, but it's getting a little over budget (currently $1,262). I already decided I could settle for a 500GB HDD, but where else can I save money?

A few of options:

I could save around $30 by going with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus heat sink. It's $30 less, but according to the FrostyTech guys (see this comparison), the Tuniq is significantly cooler and quieter too. The Titan Fenrir is sort of a middle ground between the two.

Case and PSU: I switched these, but I'm really not sure what is to be gained by the changes. I thought the OCZ was a decent brand with sufficient power. Do you think I would have trouble fitting all of the components in the original Centurion case (or the similarly priced Antec 300)? I don't mind missing out on convienient bells and whistles like tooless design. Am I missing any important case/PSU considerations?

MoBo: I'm not sure what I gain by using the better board. Also, the Newegg price savings on open box boards are significant, has anyone had a good/bad experience with them?

Final option: tell my wife $1200 just isn't enough for a good (ahem) "family video editing platform".

Thanks again!
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March 1, 2010 12:58:07 AM

Well, I think the MIR's on the Cporsair stuff end today, so if that's the case, I would switch to the antec combo.

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Final option: tell my wife $1200 just isn't enough for a good (ahem) "family video editing platform".


Are you kidding ? Read the 1st line of my sig .... you'll need a woman to tell her if you expect to get anywhere :) 
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March 1, 2010 12:18:12 PM

I still think you would be better off and probably be with in budget if you Switch to the Hyper 212 combo (it is not loud at all I have on in a HAF922 and can barely hear anything). Also do you really need a card reader? Just get a USB Card reader down the line....
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