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March 18, 2010 4:03:16 PM

I am building a system for a guy, and I would like some feedback on what you guys think. He will be doing extreme gaming and some encoding, not much and just regular computing; browsing the net. His max budget is $1700. My main question is if there is some changes that will not effect the price, or have I nailed it!?



BIOSTAR TPOWER i55 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $174.99 -$40 for combo with GPU
2. HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - $379.99x2
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 LAT. 7 - $114.99
2. Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb - $79.99x2
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $109.99
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA - $22.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm - $34.99
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - $199.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - $139.99

Grand Total : $1677.89

The HS comes with Paste as you should know, and the MOBO comes with 6 SATA Cables. I would love some feedback on this build! The HDD's will be in RAID 0 - He has externals for backups. I will be overclocking the CPU as well.

I will be buying this weekend, already have the MOBO and GPUS, they had a great sale a couple weeks ago, but am willing to buy different as they were not for him.

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March 18, 2010 4:12:39 PM

Better gaming build:

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo: Gigabtye GA-P55A-UD3 $135
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU: HD 5970 $700
HDD: 2x Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $180
PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $100 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $23
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35

Total: $1,578

The 5970 is the same as 2x 5870s. Just cheaper and uses less power.

Biostar doesn't make very good boards. You're much better off getting a high quality, very future proof Gigabyte.

The 750 GB Seagate is slower than the 1 TB, and only saves $10.

The 902, while a good case, is more expensive, smaller, and not as good as the HAF 922.
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March 18, 2010 9:57:39 PM

MadAdmiral said:
The 5970 is the same as 2x 5870s. Just cheaper and uses less power.
It doesnt quite perform the same as 2x5870s unless you overclock it to get the speed back up. It has the huge advantages of lower price, only using one slot, less power and less heat.

Biostar doesn't make very good boards. You're much better off getting a high quality, very future proof Gigabyte.

The 750 GB Seagate is slower than the 1 TB, and only saves $10. said:
Biostar doesn't make very good boards. You're much better off getting a high quality, very future proof Gigabyte.

The 750 GB Seagate is slower than the 1 TB, and only saves $10.
agreed 100%

The 902, while a good case, is more expensive, smaller, and not as good as the HAF 922. said:
The 902, while a good case, is more expensive, smaller, and not as good as the HAF 922.
"not as good as" is an unsubstantiated opinion. The 902 has moveable twin front fans that give you better airflow control. Its also better looking. "not as good a value as" is maybe what you meant?
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March 18, 2010 9:58:03 PM

if i may add you forgot the os witch will add an extra $120 to $400 dollars depending on the eddition
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March 18, 2010 10:47:15 PM

It will add $105 for Home or $140 for Pro.
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March 19, 2010 12:31:47 AM

dndhatcher said:
"not as good as" is an unsubstantiated opinion. The 902 has moveable twin front fans that give you better airflow control. Its also better looking. "not as good a value as" is maybe what you meant?


I believe the antec 902 doesn't fit the 5970, unlike the haf 922.
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March 19, 2010 4:08:07 AM

Best answer selected by eddale01.
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March 19, 2010 4:10:44 AM

dndhatcher said:
It doesnt quite perform the same as 2x5870s unless you overclock it to get the speed back up. It has the huge advantages of lower price, only using one slot, less power and less heat.

agreed 100%

"not as good as" is an unsubstantiated opinion. The 902 has moveable twin front fans that give you better airflow control. Its also better looking. "not as good a value as" is maybe what you meant?



Thank you for your feedback, I do not like overclocking GPUs for some reason. So I will stick with the 2 5870's and I am going to stick with the case. I will consider a different mobo, I will go with Gigabyte as the guy above suggested.
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March 19, 2010 4:47:56 PM

duk3 said:
I believe the antec 902 doesn't fit the 5970, unlike the haf 922.

That is likely true. A 902 might need some dremel work to fit a 5970.
eddale01 said:
Thank you for your feedback, I do not like overclocking GPUs for some reason.
The 5970 reference design has an excessive cooler and seems to be designed to be overclocked. The problem is to meet PCIE standards they had to drop the power it uses so they had to underclock it.

I cant imagine how much power Nvidias 480x2 is going to use if the 480 is almost at the PCIE standards cap as reported.



Also you might consider starting with a single 5870 and see if you really need the second one before you purchase it.
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March 19, 2010 4:52:31 PM

The 902 does in fact need some work to be done to make the 5970 fit. You have to force the HDD cages to stay forward and do some tricky cable management. Even then, it looks really, really cramped.
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