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$1300 Gaming Rig, new plan, Critique my part selection

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April 6, 2010 4:30:47 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1300 After Rebates... I could stretch a bit farther if it would mean a huge performance boost, but i would really like to stick to $1300 or less

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photo Editing, Video Editing, 3D CAD work.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg but will go somewhere else if they are less expensive - USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would prefer AMD but would use intel if the system will perform better in the price range. Mid-Tower case

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080-probably two monitors

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Windows 7 64bit, Clean low key aesthetics, Future proof/upgradeable, Wireless connectivity, read BluRay, read and write DVD and CD. I posted a plan yesterday but today my build date was moved up and I also did some more research and changed nearly every component in my rig so I decided to just start a new thread. Here is where I am at:


MOBO:
GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
2x(crossfired)
MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8Q-8GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:
SAMSUNG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wireless Adapter:
Rosewill RNX-G300LX IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, WPA2, AES, TKIP with 2 dBi Antenna
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling:
Case comes with 1x120mm and 1x140mm fans, I will order an additional 3x120mm fans and a
CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Using several Combo deals after shipping and rebates this comes to $1263.62

I am think this is probably as good as I am going to do. However I am new at this so I am appealing to the more knowledgeable. I need to be certain that everything I have selected is compatible and want to know if anyone sees room for improvement or opportunity for savings. Thanks for your time,
Trevor

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April 6, 2010 5:00:46 AM

IMO this would be a better way to go



SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151192
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
• 1 year: $6.99
• 2 year: $11.99
$22.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119197
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$109.98
$89.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148395
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$59.99
$54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102884
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
• 1 year: $29.99
• 2 year: $49.99
-$10.00 Instant
$299.99
$289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$139.99
$109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231335
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$179.99
$174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128423
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115225
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$294.99
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UBISOFT Assassin’s Creed II – PC Digital Download, Gift with Intel Purchase - Retail
Item #: N82E16800992041
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$59.99 Saving
$59.99
$0.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Subtotal: $1,282.90

forgot the blu-ray add 100 bucks anyways it would be much better for your needs
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April 6, 2010 5:14:02 AM

Thanks for the advice... I have a feeling that I am about to reveal just how little I know. :sweat:  Could you please Provide me with an explanation as to why that build is better? When I look at it I see a slower processor, less(though slightly better ram), and a stronger gpu(but will it really out perform two of the weaker model?) Also I would be lacking blu ray support. Again, sorry for my lack of knowledge but If you aren't to busy to help me learn... why is it better?
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April 6, 2010 5:42:46 AM

photoshop work Rendering or cad, Core i7 would be a better way to go as that cpu had 8 threads to process data and the triple channel memory would give you the widest bandwidth to the ram for those memory intensive apps, On today's CPUs you cant go just off clock speeds.

The AMD platform uses dual channel memory so you go 4 or 8 gigs The Intel x58 mobos have tri channel so you go 6 or 12

The GPUs HD 5770s in xfire might be a tad better in so games then others, then a single HD 5850 but in a year you could add other HD 5850 and would be a lot better then the 2 HD 5770s ( so you leave this door opened for growth down the road )

In this review they use a i7 920 ( the i7 930 is faster then the i7 920, but you can see its better then the AMD 965 http://www.anandtech.com/show/2839/3

other tests
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2839/4
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2839/5




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April 7, 2010 5:55:41 PM

Wow, your build does look much better. Better performance and way more upgraqdable. Great advice, thank you.
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