$1300 - $1800 Gaming PC

I'm mainly building this system to max out Battlefield Bad Company 2. Max budget is $1800 but I would like to spend as little as possible for great performance.

Here are the parts I picked out. I'm willing to consider any changes or cheaper alternatives. The below build is roughly $1638 before taxes/rebates.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (End of this Month. I can wait longer if prices are expected to go down in the near future)

BUDGET RANGE: ($1300 - $1800) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (e.g. GAMING (would like to max most games), multitasking, internet)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg but will consider cheaper alternatives

PARTS PREFERENCES: Any quality parts and brands

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (First Time Overclocker. Want to overclock the cpu to 3.6+)


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080/1920x1200 ???

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm not too sure about the RAM... Will the the video card fit in the case I picked? Is my cpu cooler adequate for overclocking to 3.6+. I still need a quality monitor (21" to 24"). Considering a dual setup with my current 17"


COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

(1)XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9 - Retail

(2) ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
(I already purchased this product. $212 @ tigerdirect with promotion and bingcashback)

(1)Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

(1)Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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  1. I'd move to the HAF 932 w/ also to Corsair HX series for twin GFX and OC at 3.6 Ghz ....
    Alternate - Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 ($244) will save you some money and give you a quieter system. Electrically the PSU's are well matched and the cases trade off pluses and minuses.


    MoBo - My 2nd choice, first is P6X58D

    RAM - THG loves these CAS 9, DDR-1333 modules for $165

    I been going w/ these CAS7 DDR1600's:

    For HS...pick on of the top 3 or 4 here:

    pick a TIM from the top few here:

    Note on AS5 ....can tale a year to cure http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=138&Itemid=1&limit=1&limitstart=5

    The primary argument was the lack of cure time. Here is the Arctic Silver 5 recommended cure time instruction from the manufacturers web site:

    Due to the unique shape and sizes of the particles in Arctic Silver 5's conductive matrix, it will take a up to 200 hours and several thermal cycles to achieve maximum particle to particle thermal conduction and for the heatsink to CPU interface to reach maximum conductivity. (This period will be longer in a system without a fan on the heatsink or with a low speed fan on the heatsink.) On systems measuring actual internal core temperatures via the CPU's internal diode, the measured temperature will often drop 2C to 5C over this "break-in" period. This break-in will occur during the normal use of the computer as long as the computer is turned off from time to time and the interface is allowed to cool to room temperature. Once the break-in is complete, the computer can be left on if desired.

    So by my estimation of this statement it would take almost a year of normal use to properly cure the AC5 compound, or almost nine days of continuous power cycles to meet their recommendation.
  2. I think I'll switch the RAM to
    Crucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

    Any other recommendations?
  3. um yeah if you are near a microcenter you can get a i7 930 for 230, just puting it out there
  4. I'd consider the gigabyte X58A series of motherboards. I've had much better success overclocking on the new gigabyte boards and the UD5 has pretty good mosfet and chipset cooling.
  5. if your doing mostly gaming get an amd phenom II x4 955, cheaper and about the same performance
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