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1000 Gaming Rig - Need some advice for this build =)

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April 8, 2010 11:40:05 PM


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly for gaming; but I do plan on using the new build for some light HD video processing and editing, music production, and a few Adobe CS4 programs.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Cooler Master HAF 922, Das Keyboard, Logitech MX518, 21.5" Samsung 1080p Monitor, Harman Kardon 2.1 Stereo Speakers, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, and an Intel 40GB SATA II SSD )

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Mainly Newegg, but I'm not opposed to picking up parts from my nearbey Microcenter COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd like to stick with brands that have better reputations. I know a lot of people on these threads like Asrock, but I'd prefer to go Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA, or MSI. Now, in terms of the processor, I'd like to stick with intel, but I know from a cost/performance perspective that I should go AMD. :/  What can I say? I'm curious to try out Intel's new processors. +D



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've done some research, but I feel I could most certainly benefit from some advice and input from the knowledgeable users here on the TH forums =) Here's my preliminary collection of components. I've already obtained the Case and an SSD to boot. Ive got a little over 1k to spend on the components for this build; the budget is firm. I'm trying to build a setup that can be overclocked, is Crossfire ready, and can play most current games at higher settings.

Here's the preliminary list of components:

Thanks for reading, and I appreciate and will make adjustments to my build from the input I receive here.

a b 4 Gaming
April 8, 2010 11:56:45 PM

Savings Total Price

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

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

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150477
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy

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

• ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131621
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
• G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231303
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Combo

• Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
• 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
-$5.00 Combo
Subtotal: $1,021.92

Cant see your list

April 8, 2010 11:59:57 PM

This is what I would suggest.

Corsair 650W 80+ Bronze + XFX 5870 1GB GDDR5 $479.99

Asus E-pro LGA1156 CFX 8x8 + G.skill 4GB 1600 CAS 7 $294.98

Spinpoint F3 500GB $55.99

Cheap SATA dvd $23.99

Core I-7 750 $160 at your microcenter.

Total is $1013

Only disadvantage with this build is that the socket is at the end of its life. If you want AMD then you would have further upgradability down the road.

Here's a good AMD Build.


Both will perform about the same in builds, the I-5 will do better rendering etc but only slightly. you should go look the two processors up to see which would better fit you. The AMD build has much more future upgradability though.

Here's also a nice combo you can use if you want a free copy of MW2. The motherboards are basically the same as the one I suggested above.
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April 9, 2010 12:01:00 AM


Thanks for the feedback. I understand some people may be having a problem with the NewEgg link, so here's the list as a picture:

I look forward to the feedback! :) 
April 9, 2010 12:02:30 AM

Overmind the build you have in your link isn't very good at all.

Any of the builds I suggested or niklas suggested would be far better.
April 9, 2010 12:05:19 AM

That's precisely the reason I'm here - and I do plan on utilizing the feedback I get here so I can get the most bang for my buck.
a b 4 Gaming
April 9, 2010 12:07:26 AM

If gaming is the most inported to you, i would go with whitefangs AMD HD 5870 build it will give you 20 to 30 % more GPU

But like he said the i5 750 will be better for the other things you like to do ( not that the AMD build cant do them ) but might just take a bit longer to get it done