I7 Gaming RIG

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: at the end of this month.

BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1600 euro

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Gaming, Gaming, Gaming, Movies, Surfing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS (Windows 7 64-bit), Monitor (SyncMaster 2493HM), Hard drives.






ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'll be linking everything from newegg but don't refer to those prices as they can be 10-30% higher in my country.

CPU: i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66 GHz url = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202&cm_re=i7_920-_-19-115-202-_-Product / url

MoBo: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 url = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128422&cm_re=Gigabyte_x58-_-13-128-422-_-Product / url
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 url = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128413&cm_re=ud7-_-13-128-413-_-Product / url
Asus P6X58D Premium url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614&cm_re=P6X58D-_-13-131-614-_-Product / url

RAM (not of much choice here i can get only the ones listed): Kingston HyperX 6GB url = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104118&Tpk=KHX1600C9D3K3%2f6GX / url
Corsair XMS3 6GB url = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145286&Tpk=CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 / url
Patriot Viper 6GB url = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220363&Tpk=PVT36G1600LLK / url

GPU: 2 Sapphire 5870 Vapor-x in CrossFire url = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102872&Tpk=5870%20vapor / url
Sapphire 5970 url = http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=14-102-863&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&SelectedRating=1&PurchaseMark=&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&Page=1&Keywords= / url

CPU Cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems url = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001&Tpk=Prolimatech%20megahalems / url

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 url = http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160&cm_re=haf_932-_-11-119-160-_-Product / url

Should I go for 5870 Vapor-X in CF or should i go for 1 5970 or are both those options overkill and I should just get one 5870 Vapor-X?
I don't have much choice for ram and that is all I can get (no G.Skill or OCZ unfortunately) also about those MoBos, they are all within price range of each one (20 euro difference between the UD5 and the UD7) I'm not some extreme overclocker but I'm thinking of overclocking my CPU to 3.6 GHz.

Thanks for all the help!
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  1. Case: Switch the HAF 932 to a HAF 922 to save some money. The 922 is huge, and is just fine for your uses.

    Mobo: I would go with either the UD5 or Asus board. The Asus board is a little better, but it's also a bit more expensive.

    GPU: If the 5970 is cheaper (and it should be) go with that over the 2x 5870s. The 5970 is two 5870 GPUs on one card, only slightly downclocked. The downclocking can be undone with 3 mouse clicks in ATI's Catalyst. In the US, you'd save anywhere from $50-100 by getting the 5970.

    Technically, both options are overkill, but you wouldn't need to upgrade either option until you're ready for a complete rebuild. You could easily get an Eyefinity setup with either, if that's an eventual plan.

    RAM: The Corsair is the only set that has CAS Latency 7, so use those.

    HSF: The Megahalems is excellent, but it's huge and really expensive. You also need to pick up a fan or two for the heatsink, as they aren't included. I would consider the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus, if it's available.
  2. Well I think I will stick with the HAF 932 because it is much more spacious and the price difference here in Serbia between th 932 and 922 is 20 euro so I'm not saving a great deal.

    As for the GPU I will probably go with the 5970, two 5870 would cost me 110 euro more (vapor-x or not the price is the same here!) but I just can't decide on the make for the 5970. I saw on newegg people giving bad reviews to the Sapphire one and a lot of them had problems (the card seems to make the whole system crash?!) so If you can help me decide which make should I get, the ones I that are available here are Asus and Gigabyte although I would still like to get a Sapphire one as it is 40 euro cheaper than the Gigabyte one and 90 euro cheaper than the Asus.

    Corsair RAM it is.

    Well the Megahalems looks great and I wanted to put to Noctuas on it in push pull configuration but I will consider the Hyper 212 plus which is 13 euro cheaper so not a big save if I go with CM.

    Thanks for your reply Admiral I appreciate it very much and I apologize for the late response.

    P.S. Sorry for the messed up post but I can't edit it and the links don't seem to be working.
  3. I don't trust Newegg reviews. The typical person writing a Newegg review shouldn't handle technology more advanced than a stick and a rock. Go with whichever brand you can get or whatever's cheapest. You may also want to compare the warranties.

    The first post was pretty much how it should be. Just remember to either put something here or leave off the [ ] parts to make the links clickable.
  4. Well I just have a few more questions and then I'll stop being annoying! :D

    I read a review on the Sapphire 5970 and as I understood the only version that Sapphire is making is pre-OCed but what amazed me even more is that the reviewers say it has the same cooling technology as the Sapphire vapor-x GPUs, is all of this true or is it just a load of BS? One more thing I keep coming across is people saying that 5970 has some driver problems like not using both GPUs in some games (ex. GTA IV) and that the card underclocks itself when running 2D content and then makes those alleged "system crashes".
  5. I do know that the 5970 actually have the GPUs downclocked. I don't know about the cooling tech it uses.

    The issue with not using both GPUs in games isn't a driver issue. It's a gaming issue in general. Some games just don't recognize multiple GPUs.

    As for the underclocking, that's a good thing.

    There are new drivers out for that supposedly has fixed a lot of issues.
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