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March 14, 2010 4:16:01 AM

OK i had a money problem and lost $400 that was going to be put on this PC so now im trying to build a Gaming PC for $1,000. Also i will be adding more to this PC down the road i want to have CF 5870s ill add a DVD/cd burner, Right now i have one that external i can use. also i will probably add a blue ray 3 monitors and who knows what other stuff.

I am using the Haf 932 all ready bought and painted Black and Green.

Ill find a monitor from a friend or somthing till i can get some money 4 a nice one.

Just looking for some ideas to make it cheaper and not loose any performance maybe someone knows of some deals i missed or somthing?

So here is what i got.

AMD Phenom II X4 955
GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TruePower New TP-750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD253GJ 250GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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March 14, 2010 4:56:31 AM

I highly recommend building around this:

- i7-860
- 1156 Motherboard
- 4GB DDR3
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
- HD5870 Sapphire Vapor-X
- Corsair TX750W

*Note that many 1156 motherboards have current SATA3 (600) solutions that reduce PCIe bandwidth if turned on. This won't affect a single HD5870 but will affect two in Crossfire. Some boards use an NF200 chip instead of the CPU's PCIe controller which gives 2x16 instead of 2x8 (2x8 is all you need for 2xHD5870). My point is too carefully choose the motherboard.

There is no value in an AMD high-end gaming system.

I've discussed the core components countless times (I'm a technician). This is by far the best setup. It's also looking unlikely that NVidia will have a competitive solution.

I won't go into the pros and cons (lots of professional reviews on i7-860 to start) but I urge you to build based on this.

As for monitors, those are personal preference. Cost aside, I personally would stick with a single U2711 but I'm waiting for price and probably a 3D version. I know I want a 27" monitor with 2650x1440 or 3840x2160 resolution and the quality of a U2711 (great viewing angles, colour etc).
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March 14, 2010 5:12:36 AM

Shave money? How?

To shave money you would need to pick different components. The obvious choice is to get an HD5770 instead and/or a slightly less expensive CPU.

You need a MINIMUM to build a gaming PC. When your spending the bare minimum $150 can make the difference between barely performing and pretty nice.

The best value to be had is an i5-750 CPU. If you want DX11 the HD5770 is the low-end of the high-end. There's a lot of value in an HD4850 crossfire probably too.

I really can't help beyond that. If you need to sacrifice to build your system then I would just wait until you have the money.
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March 14, 2010 5:33:07 PM

A 500 watt PSU would be a start ....600 if you plan on future XFire.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...

500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There's $20.....

and another $25 here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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