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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=N82E16811119160

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=N82E16817139009

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=N82E16835103065

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=N82E16813128409

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214

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=N82E16820231304

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=N82E16814150443

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=N82E16822148395

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335

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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  1. if your only playing on that you may want to bump your 5870 down to a 5850 instead
  2. 5870 and a 19' monitor? you mean 3 19" monitors?.

    on a side note 850 watt is to much drop to a corsair 750w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010
    yes 750 is plenty even if u want to crossfire.
  3. 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
  4. 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=N82E16820231320

    Two 5870s will run fine on a 750TX which will save you an addition 30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006&Tpk=750tx

    You can also combo the GPU and CPU to save 25
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.346189

    That 130 in savings could go towards a larger monitor that will let you make much better use of the 5870.
  5. 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
  6. +^1 to the above response.

    also if you want just buy another 19" with the money left, there not that expensive, then save some more and buy a third 19" monitor and now we in business for some powerful eyefinity gaming.
    Read!! http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/09/28/amds_ati_eyefinity_technology_review/
  7. Heh, it will be easier to go with the larger monitor, however that is a pretty amazing feat, that eyefinity.
  8. Best answer
    Sure you want a Gigabyte Board ?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-performance,2490-2.html

    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=N82E16813131621

    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=N82E16820226103

    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?ItemList=Combo.345233

    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=N82E16811119197
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    Antec 900 w/ EA650 $180
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129064

    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#INTELHEATSINK
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=371&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=15
  9. 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?WishListNumber=17892628
    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?
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Best answer selected by malnourish.
  13. malnourish said:
    Works in Chrome, thanks for all of your help Jack, I am quite happy.


    My pleasure.
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