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New build advice (Gaming/Photo Editing) - $1500

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March 16, 2010 8:11:07 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photo editing

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7, Window 7 Home Premium

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Here's what I've come up with so far.

Motherboard - ASUS P6X58D - $309
Processor - Intel Core i7-930 - $295
RAM - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) - $161
Tower - COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $80
PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W - $100
HD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $120
SSD - OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail - $120
Video Card - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $160
Total without rebates: $1345

Does this look good or any suggestions/corrections? Would this setup run cool and quiet?

Thank you!
March 16, 2010 8:15:26 PM

Also, forgot to ask if I need a separte Cooler for the processor?
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March 16, 2010 8:49:07 PM

Are you stuck on Intel? If so, that is fine, but you could go with a phenom ii x4 and save some $$ there and get a better GPU such as a 5850 or 5870. I think you would gain more performance from a better GPU and an AMD than you would from that GPU and an i7.

This CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$191.00

This MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$140.00

You save ~ 275.00 getting this combo, and then if you don't spend the ~169.99 on the 5770, you have enough money for the Radeon 5870.

Also, you may have enough left over for a cool modular PSU! I like them, but other people may not. The PSU you have selected is great though!

This would result in a better gaming build, IMO. GL
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March 16, 2010 9:12:18 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=46&p2=102...

Comparison of an i7 940 and a 965 x4. This assumes the same GPU, and as you can see the 3d applications and games are for the most part pretty close. Throw in a much better GPU on the 965, and I think you would have superior performance in the AMD!
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