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May 7, 2010 6:00:53 PM

Greetings all, first post, looking for input. Ive been looking for a new desktop for a while now, but ive been putting it off till something I really really wanted came out, and now July 27th is my "I want a new comp by" date.

I bought my last comp prebuilt at bestbuy, Dual Core 3ghz Intel with an Nvidia 7300. While that puts me past the minimum for my preferred games (Starcraft 2, Dawn of War 2), id like to be able to rock the reccomended. What im most disgusted by in my last comp is my complete inability to actually upgrade as the years have worn on. So what I want is something that I can spruce up later.

Im also on a budget, im trying not to go over 1500. I do plan on buying a new monitor, but im not including that in the 1500. Ive been shopping around for parts and such, looking at some of the New Egg combo deals (and trying to avoid the always tempting Open Box cpus that seem too good to be true), and one of the deals really jumped out at me.

I recognize that I could probably just grab an X55 mobo, a 5870 videocard, and an i5 and be perfectly fine, but it seems looking ahead ill just be better to stick with the i7 930 and the X58 offered in what im looking at.

Given that im just using this for gaming and im not trying to overclock or demand the highest res on games like Crysis, how is this?

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP6GX3M3A1600C7

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active ...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM

MSI N250GTS TwinFrozr 1G OC GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

So thats whats all in the combo, and it doesnt really let me pick and choose stuff out. That whole mess, after rebates and such, comes it at just under 1300. Most of it looks fine to me, im mainly worried about the videocards. The dual 250 gts just doesnt seem to have much kick compared to everything else im looking at. Is it a decent card to last me a couple years till I replace it with a single ATI or better NVIDIA? Would it be better to just focus on the card? Everything else seems pretty stellar, unless theres something im missing.
Last concern is the power supply being low in case I upgrade to higher cards. While im not looking to rock dual 5870s anytime soon, im still looking ahead.

Comments/criticisms/suggestions much appreciated. Ill admit my own ignorance and have been nothing but impressed with the comments ive seen here. Thanks!

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a c 76 à CPUs
May 7, 2010 6:38:55 PM

Your build is to heavy on the CPU side and not strong enough on the GPU side. The graphics card has a much higher effect on gaming than the CPU. Going with two mid-range GPU's right off the bat doesn't really make any sense since it eliminates your upgrade path, uses more power, generates more heat, is louder, and some games aren't optimized to multi-card systems. It's usually a better idea to get the best single card you can afford and leave an upgrade path for later. Here's a much better $1,300 gaming system that includes the OS:

Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $374.98 (CPU + motherboard combo)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM $119.99

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $79.99

Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $119.99 - $20.00 MIR

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler $29.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $74.99

SAMSUNG 24x DVD Burner - Bulk SATA Model SH-S243N/BEBS - OEM $22.99

SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity $389.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $99.99

Total - $1,312.90 - $20.00 MIR
May 7, 2010 6:47:08 PM

Thats exactly the kind of system ive been wondering if id be better off with. My big question there is will I still have the same upgradeability using the i5 and the processor and the x55 mobo? I can see how im light on the graphics side, but it seems like its easier to replace the graphics cards than the processor, or is that just in my head?
a c 76 à CPUs
May 7, 2010 6:52:29 PM

Neither Intel socket is really all that upgradeable. The i5 750 and i7 930 perform nearly identical in gaming. The cost difference between the two is much better spent on the GPU for a gaming system.