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March 4, 2010 2:33:02 AM

I'm close to finishing my ~$1500 dollar gaming build and I would appreciate some advice:

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Am I missing anything? Could I improve this build and stay within ~1500?
I have a 19" 1440x900 monitor I will be gaming on.

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March 4, 2010 2:37:17 AM

if your only playing on that you may want to bump your 5870 down to a 5850 instead
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March 4, 2010 2:39:59 AM

Okay thanks, I took advice from the Enthusiast recommended build on the forums.
I might purchase a 22/24" monitor if I have left over money.
Would I still be able to max games on a larger monitor?

Edit: snakej, the PSU you suggested cost more than the 850 Watt
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March 4, 2010 2:42:31 AM

You are getting a 5870 for 1440x900? Thats a lot of wasted potential, even a 5770 would be sufficient to max that out, or you might want to get a larger monitor as it will make things look nicer and let you use the 5870 to its full potential.

For a P55 board you need dual channel memory, the gskill's Eco kit will save you $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Two 5870s will run fine on a 750TX which will save you an addition 30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can also combo the GPU and CPU to save 25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

That 130 in savings could go towards a larger monitor that will let you make much better use of the 5870.
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March 4, 2010 2:48:02 AM

Wow, hunter315, that was immensely helpful!
I have updated my wishlist with what you have suggested, and I believe I will go with that and purchase a larger monitor as well. You have helped a great deal!

What monitor would be recommended? I can go over $1500, I want to avoid it as much as reasonably possible however, my current total is $1394
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March 4, 2010 2:55:18 AM

Heh, it will be easier to go with the larger monitor, however that is a pretty amazing feat, that eyefinity.
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March 4, 2010 2:56:07 AM

Sure you want a Gigabyte Board ?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-performance...

Gigabyte’s P55A-UD4P cuts costs by using the processor’s PCIe 2.0 connections to host its high-bandwidth controllers. Two of the primary graphics card’s 16 PCIe lanes supply its USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s controllers, and Gigabyte disables six more lanes to make the upper slot an effective x8 interface. The USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s controllers revert to the chipset’s 2.5 GT/s lanes whenever two graphics cards are installed, to preserve the x8 transfers each graphics card needs for optimal CrossFire or SLI performance.

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - triple RAM sets on 1156 ? Use 3 x 2GB on 1366; 2 x 2GB on 1156 .... and CAS 8 a bit slow....CAS 7 Muskin for $104
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case / PSU - Mosty an aesthetics choice but consider Antec 1200 / CP-850 . For $45 less you get equivalent case and better / quieter PSU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Though I would consider some mid tower alternatives as case and PSU oversized for one GFX card:

HAF 922 w/ Corsair TX650 $190 ($20 MIR expires in 3 hours and 10 minutes California time)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 900 w/ EA650 $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If budget allows and you wanna do heavy OC's, move up to Prolimatech Megahalems or one of the top 3 coolers here:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
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March 4, 2010 3:09:00 AM

I have updated with your ASUS MOBO and Coolmaster case recommendations, Jack. Will everything retain its compatibility?

I have also found this: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
That is for 3D gaming, which I would love to get into, and it seems fairly good, I would switch MOBO to your recommendation as well. Which setup would out perform the other, or which do you recommend?
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March 4, 2010 8:04:26 PM
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March 4, 2010 9:09:36 PM

PSU still oversized.

AS5 takes up to 1 year to cure under normal usage. Would suggest IC Diamond 7 Karat or if you must use newegg, OCZ freeze
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March 4, 2010 10:13:46 PM

Thanks for your help JackNaylor, I've tried selecting your answer above (where you recommended the parts) as best answer but for some reason it won't register. I'm using Opera, I will try in Chrome, you deserve it.

EDIT: Works in Chrome, thanks for all of your help Jack, I am quite happy.
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March 4, 2010 10:14:46 PM

Best answer selected by malnourish.
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March 6, 2010 3:24:11 PM

malnourish said:
Works in Chrome, thanks for all of your help Jack, I am quite happy.


My pleasure.
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