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$1,000 to $1,500 Build for Gaming

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March 26, 2010 10:59:56 PM

Could anyone help me out on what to buy for an i7 930 build to make it at least under $1500, but still play games like Crysis, Aion Online, etc... I already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. But I need suggestions for fans, case, gpu, mobo,psu, and hdd. For the memory, I was thinking about getting Mushkin Enhanced Redline, 6 GB. Thanks in advance. I'm not really good at creating builds that don't have extremely expensive things.

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a b B Homebuilt system
March 26, 2010 11:35:46 PM

Why an i7 930? If you want pure gaming performance an i5 750 will be as fast.
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March 26, 2010 11:59:23 PM

I was going for triple channel memory.
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March 27, 2010 12:55:42 AM

You won't have to dish out much for crysis engine based games. I have a core 2 duo/e6600/4gb/500gb/evga 8800 gts (nvidia) and I get ~60 FPS in combat. Fortress raids in that game are ridiculous and would lag any computer to all hell. My rig was $950.00, 3 years ago. It's probably $300 cheaper now...lol. Essentially what I'm saying is, put your money on a quality power supply, components that help other components rather than high end parts now. I'd wait for more deals to come along, that new GTX card by nvidia is coming on April 12th...may want to keep an eye out for it ;) 
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 27, 2010 1:03:20 AM

CPU & Mobo Combo: Intel Core i7 930 & Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $480
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 (7-8-7-20) 1.65V $190
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB $55
GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB $450 (7.87 shipping)
Case And PSU Combo: Antec Three Hundred Illusion & Antec Earthwatts 750W $155
DVD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA - OEM $25
Windows 7 64bit Home Premium $105

Total (before any rebates): $1472
The RAM you were thinking about puts you over budget, altho, if you did get the Blacklines you could be under $1500 by taking advantage of rebates.
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March 28, 2010 7:31:14 PM

I'd say go with silvune's build with some changes.Instead of the vapor-x edition get the cheaper regular one and change that seagate with a samsung spinpoint f3 1tb.Vappor-x I think isn't worth the premium and the seagates .12 I think I read some reports about loss of data but anyway the samsungs are faster.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 29, 2010 5:38:15 PM

Gaming performance is one of the few benchmarks the 7200.12s beat the F3s. I chose F3 since HDD speed doesnt have much impact on gameplay anyway and the F3 beats the 7200.12 in most other categories.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 29, 2010 6:04:57 PM

When I came up with the build I'm pretty sure there were fewer 5870 models available, so obviously get a cheaper one if they are available.
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