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New i5/750 budget gaming pc advice needed

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March 6, 2010 4:20:49 AM


I'm currently building a new budget gaming machine (total cost $1300 - $1500). This will be used for gaming, (Bioshock series, Crysis, Mass Efect, etc.) and as a general use machine, and occasional use as a movie server. (my living room TV is just on the other side of the wall from the 'puter desk)

I am re-using my KB, mouse, and monitor (Samsung 2333B, res 1920x1080)

I might end up overclocking, I'll wait to see how this performs, and it could possibly become a necessity looking forward, as newer games outpace the "stock" requirements of this system.

What I've bought so far:

Case: Raidmax Quantum 798WB - ($59.99 @ newegg)
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ($149.99 @ newegg)
DVDR: Lite-On iHAS 124-09 - ($26.99 @ newegg)
Mobo / CPU: EVGA P55 FTW Edition Motherboard & Intel Core i5 750 Processor Bundle - ($379.99 after rebate @ Tiger Direct)
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - (34.99 @ newegg)

Parts under consideration:

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM - $99.99 @ newegg)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) - ($114.99 @ newegg)
GPU: I'm looking at a Radeon 5850, but I'm unsure of the brand so far. I also need to make sure a 5850 will fit in my case - I'll have to get out the tape measure.
I like the idea of the DX-11 support for future- proofing (somewhat)
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64 - (OEM $139.99 @ newegg)

I know my choice of power supply might seem like overkill, but I bought this one with future upgrades in mind. I will probably add a second hard drive, as well as a second videocard to crossfire with at some point in the future.

I'm building this rig to replace my aging Athlon XP 3200/ GeForce 6200 machine. Any suggestions on what parts I still need as well as a critique on those I've already bought would be welcome.
March 6, 2010 5:06:41 PM

If you are serious about runing sli or crossfire on a p55 motherboard you should only seriously consider boards that incorporate an nf200 chip that will give you much better pci-e 2.0 support and more lanes for better bandwidth. You will probably not be really satisfied with your multi gpu experience with a stock p55 motherboard. They are a great foundation for single card systems but have limitations that make them not the best choice for multi gpu systems.
March 6, 2010 6:48:40 PM



First time I've heard ^^ that ... Sounds legitimate, to me, tho.

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