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Gaming PC build ~ $1300

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March 6, 2010 3:47:40 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: A couple of months from now (Yes that is a while I know but I keep updating pieces and will post accordingly.)

BUDGET RANGE: would like to be around 1300 but will go as high as 1500 if it is worth it.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: This will be a multi-purpose super computer! Lol I plan on using it for gaming, recording music, media, browsing, and anything else that it can handle.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need everything :( 

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, but once again if it is cheaper elsewhere I am open for suggestions

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I honestly prefer Intel for CPU, Asus for Mobo, ATI for GFX and after that it's not super important.

OVERCLOCKING: Eventually, yes.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not until my one GFX card becomes inadequate.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Err its a 26" Vizio HDTV and I think the resolution is around 1300 x 700 something native.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I have re- selected parts like 4 times and this is what I have currently. If anyone knows of a cheaper MOBO that works amazingly then please tell, because I like the one selected but I don't like the price tag. I am going with an i5 Build because the money I save on the processor I can use to make the rest of the PC pretty rock solid. Also, if anyone knows of a cheaper case that is pretty sleek and stylish let me know. I thought about going with an i7-860 (i think that is the number?) because it is cheaper than the 920 and it has hyperthreading. I am still undecided about that. 4 Gigs of ram should be enough for most things right? And lastly will this build be stable? Lol that is a lot but feel free to advise me on whatever you feel the need. This is my 1st build and I want it to be a good one.


Parts

Thermaltake Element S VK60001N2Z - $119
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 - $249
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - $169
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V - $109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz - $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $129
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $104
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft ANB-00001 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Slim Keyboard - $15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft IntelliMouse Optical Mouse - $21 ( I love this mouse. I have a white one now and it is the perfect mouse for me.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 24X - $31
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With instant deals it comes out to be about $1,258.89 and that is without rebates and a regular hard drive for storage which will be about $60.. so any advice?

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March 6, 2010 4:04:23 PM

I would lose the SSD and buy a samsung spinpoint F3 at 89.99USD.

FOr the case, I would suggest the CM HAF922 at 89.98USD.

By the way, with 1300USD for budget, why not go with AMD?
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March 7, 2010 3:12:09 PM

I am not going with AMD because I have had poor experience with their products and Intel has never let me down on any PC that I have used :D  I switched out the asus maximus for the p7p55... is that board rock solid? because it is future proof with the USB 3.0 and Sata 6 Gb/s.. and with the money I save on that board I might upgrade the cpu to an i7-860.. still undecided.. oh btw I don't want to switch cases because the others I have seen just don't tickle my fancy and I am willing to pay for what i want ;)  any more suggestions?
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March 7, 2010 3:15:03 PM

If I were you I would go with the 5850, if the price comes too high 955/5850 together is much better then i-5/5770
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March 7, 2010 3:16:47 PM

mjolnir your name seems very familiar, did you used to play crysis by any chance?
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March 7, 2010 3:40:49 PM

whitefang said:
If I were you I would go with the 5850, if the price comes too high 955/5850 together is much better then i-5/5770

+1 for this


Your going to see better game play from a GPU then a CPU when your talking about a i5 750 i7 920 or a AMD 955 will all game good.

Now for the i7 860 its a good CPU but less your doing stuff that needs the HT for work, I feel it would be best to put that money into your GPU over the CPU



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March 7, 2010 3:44:20 PM

MjoLniR said:
I am not going with AMD because I have had poor experience with their products and Intel has never let me down on any PC that I have used :D  I switched out the asus maximus for the p7p55... is that board rock solid? because it is future proof with the USB 3.0 and Sata 6 Gb/s.. and with the money I save on that board I might upgrade the cpu to an i7-860.. still undecided.. oh btw I don't want to switch cases because the others I have seen just don't tickle my fancy and I am willing to pay for what i want ;)  any more suggestions?


Its a great mobo for a p55 setup and xfire/sli
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March 7, 2010 5:46:55 PM

Alright I am sticking with the i5 because after some reading it would appear that HT doesn't really do that much for you after all ;)  From what I see on the benchmarks the 5770 has the performance I need for the price I like :D  plus i can crossfire and double the performance.. so I may take out the SSD and add a second hard drive and then later on get a SSD because I really would like the performance increase that a SSD provides but I can probably get by without it for a little while... and i don't play crysis :D  Lol
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