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March 26, 2010 1:04:46 PM

It has been around 8 years since I did my own build - so I figured I would post and make sure it looks good before I go forking out a ton of money :p .

Looking for something that will last, and play LoTRO and some other games well... The only thing I won't do is buy NVIDIA - have had 4 of the darn things crap out within the first year of use, and am over it. (perhaps it is the craptacular air flow in my current case, I dunno - but every one of them the fan has either totally gone out, or it overheats like crazy)

I already have Win 7 64bit, and could use a suggestion for a heatsink for the CPU that is decent, but won't get in the way of other stuff. I don't plan to use the xfire now, but eventually will want to do it.



If for some reason that does not show up - here is a list:

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
$89.99



SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card14-102-858

$189.99


CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card20-145-222

$189.99


Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC
-$80.00 Instant
-$30.00 Combo

$249.98


Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
-$20.00 Combo
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate13-188-046

$544.98

Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions!!

~Brooke

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March 26, 2010 1:19:23 PM

I'm going to be honest. It's not that great. Unless you're playing at 1600x or lower resolutions, the 5770 is not that powerful. You're also wasting a lot of money on the case, PSU and mobo. Maybe not wasting, but certainly paying a lot for stuff you won't need.

Here are my changes:

CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Asus P6X58D Premium $580. A much, much better board. The EVGA boards are basically only used if you're going the nVidia route (which you aren't) and don't have very many useful features.
RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $180. Faster sticks at a lower price.
Case/PSU: Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 650W $130. A smaller version of the 1200. It will comfortably fit the 5770 and 5850. It may need some modification to fit a 5870. 650W is more than enough to Crossfire 5770s or 5850s (with some adapters).

Saves: $95. If you can squeeze a little more into the budget, you should definitely get the 5850. Or you could save a $20 or so and get a cheaper 5770 (they're all the same right now).
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March 26, 2010 1:48:18 PM

Main reason I wanted to go with a full tower is I hate not having room in my case :p . I have to say it is my biggest annoyance with any computer. Plus with my history of overheating video cards, I want all the cooling/air flow I can get.

As far as the other suggestions, I will splurge and go with the 5850 if it is that much better, and change the RAM/mobo ;) . Thank you!
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March 26, 2010 2:07:48 PM

If you want a case with a lot of space, get the HAF 922. It's a lot cheaper than the 1200, has many great features, and is a lot bigger.

I wouldn't say that you HAVE to get the 5850. If you only want to play older games or the newer ones with lower details, the 5770 should be fine. It's only if you want to play newer games with all the details at 1920x1080 resolutions.
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March 26, 2010 2:35:35 PM

Ok, will go with that one :)  thank you again!

Also, I am not stuck on intel - so cost/performance wise, is that one the best route to go?
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March 26, 2010 2:35:37 PM

Best answer selected by bmjon.
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March 26, 2010 2:39:37 PM

Performance wise, yes. Intel's i5/i7 CPUs are much higher in performance than AMD's entire line. However, it's a pretty significant price increase. To go from a similar X4 955 build to an i5-750 build will add around $100 to the cost and to go from an i5-750 build to an i7-930 build will add another $300 or so.

I'd say given your price range (which I'm guessing at), you'd want either the i5 or i7. Going with the i5 would allow you to get a much bigger GPU (like the 5870 or possibly even 5970), buy you'd lose a bit on the processing power side. You'd also lose an upgrade path, as the LGA1156 socket isn't going to see any more powerful CPUs than what's already out.
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