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[New System Build] $1700-$1800 gaming PC

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March 18, 2010 7:07:50 PM

Hi all,

Long time reader, first time poster. Tax return just came back and I want to build a system for gaming. Ideally it will run Crysis at very good settings at very high FPS.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week, perhaps even tomorrow BUDGET RANGE: $1700-$1800 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers



PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: I would like to use an Intel CPU & Asus/Gigabyte Motherboard. I would like the case to be an Antec 1200 if possible or something of similar quality. I decided on an ATI video card, preferably a 5970 but willing to work with less ;-)



MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 minimum

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like to use high quality parts.
March 18, 2010 7:13:49 PM

Ty he quick reply. I have a few questions:

What was your thought process behind a i7-930? Is it a huge gain over an i7-920? I may have to go with a 5870 video card as the list you put here does not include a monitor and I will need a good monitor. I will look at the HAF case, sounds like a good deal.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 18, 2010 7:15:14 PM

The i7-930 is an upgraded 920, and is only a few bucks more expensive.

I didn't realize you need a monitor. Instead of dropping the HD 5970, I would make these changes:

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: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $90
PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $100 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $23
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35

Total: $1,488.

No Crossfire with the build, but you won't need it with the 5970.
March 18, 2010 7:20:23 PM


I noticed you changed the CPU. I know the major difference with the i5 and i7 series is the lack of hyperthreading but will I notice a lot of difference in games? Also, is there a place that actually HAS any 5970's? Cannot seem to find anywhere. One last thing, any monitor recommendations?
a b 4 Gaming
March 18, 2010 7:23:43 PM

You will notice no difference in gaming. The i5 is possible the best gaming CPU out there because it's powerful and it's cheap.

I actually have yet to see a 5970 in stock. You're probably just going to have to periodically check all the retailers. I'm sure there will be more of the around once Fermi is released.

I'm not the best at picking monitors, but have heard good things about Asus and Hanns G. Here's a good Asus model: Asus 23.6" 1080p for $190 after rebate. I would recommend going into a store and looking at several models to see what you think look best. You don't have to buy it there, but it helps to do some in person research.
March 18, 2010 7:29:50 PM

Thank you for the info and suggestions. Well, since the 5970 does not seem to be in stock anywhere, I may have to go with a 5870 and upgrade next year. I think I can safely say there will not be too much that will push a 5870 TOO hard between now and next year. So, taking a 5870 into account, can we get a revised list sans monitor (we can leave a $250 budget for a monitor that I will find locally). Probably want to throw a Windows 7 64bit edition in there too hehe. thank you for your time, I appreciate it ;-)
March 18, 2010 10:00:00 PM

Ok, I decided to reformat my list. that was messy and lasy of me and I apologize. Here is the revised list. Will this run all I need as a gaming system? is there anything you would change? The system is actually a bit under budget but if this will meet my needs, I see no reason to stick to 1700-1800 range.

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
Monitor: ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Optical: LG 22X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA
HSF (if OC): COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

Total: $1,628.25 shipped

Thoughts? will this run Crysis, WoW, Dragon's Age at an acceptable speed?
a b 4 Gaming
March 18, 2010 10:49:16 PM

I would consider upgrading the mobo to the Asus P5P55D-E Pro. That will allow you to Crossfire later.

The 5870 will run Crysis at max details at 1900x resolutions. The other games are much, much less demanding.
March 18, 2010 10:58:33 PM

Thank you for the reply.

Did you mean the "ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156"? I could not find a "Asus P5P55D-E Pro" on The board I have listed in my last post already has CrossfireX support too so I am curious as to your thought process behind this suggestion above. Please let me know as I am looking into ordering my parts within the next few hours.
March 19, 2010 12:28:50 AM

That motherboard's other graphics slot is only an x4 which will severely bottleneck your system if you put another 5870 into it.
March 19, 2010 12:33:42 AM

I see. Well, I will sub out the motherboard I chose and go with the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 instead, so I can throw another video card in there when the need arises. Thank you for the advice. Is there anything else that may seem wrong or out of place before I order? All looks good to me on this end but would hate to miss something. thanks in advance ;-)