First PC Build, Semi-Gaming ~$1,000


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Nothing too crazy), and I'll be doing some 3D programming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor(s).

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm thinking of ATI for video cards, but not sure.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 (Main Monitor 24" ASUS) && 2 x 22" ViewSonics

Parts I own:

--Motherboard: evga x58 sli
Dane-Elec 80GB SSD
Western Digital 2TB HDD
--Power Supply: OCZ 600 watt
--Case: Antec 900

Parts I'm thinking of purchasing:
--CPU: Intel i7
--GPU(s): Radeon 4850 (possibly 2)

For the GPU I'm thinking this:
GIGABYTE GV-R485OC-1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

This is my first build so I'm not sure what kind of RAM to get or what else I need to buy to complete my build. I'm also a newbie when it comes to motherboards so I don't know what's compatible with what. Any help is appreciated!

What do you think of this MOBO:
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Motherboard - Socket 1366, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, USB 3.0, RAID, SLI, CrossFire

I may replace my evga x58 sli with this but I'm not sure.
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  2. Wow! Thanks for the info. I completely forgot about the OS. I think the GPU is a bit much for me. I neglected to mention that out of my ~$1,000 budget, I've used about half of it on the parts I have. So I need a less expensive GPU :(
  3. Well what games do you play ? also you have a 1920x1080 rez monitor that will take a good GPU to push good FPS out of games.

    I guess you could go with a HD 5770 you will have to turn down your settings in games a bit.
  4. The most recent game that I've been playing is Red Alert 3. I don't really play graphically intensive games. But I will be playing Final Fantasy XIV when it comes out and I'm thinking about maybe Left 4 Dead 2.

    I was thinking about getting 2 of Radeon 4850s but I'm not sure how good those cards are.
  5. The 5830 would be a better option then the two 4850's. Even a 5770 > two 4850's. I wouldn't ever start out in XFIRE.

    So what parts do you need exactly? and what budget?
  6. Well I just bought some RAM so all I need is the processor, which I know I want the Intel i7, and I also need the GPU. I think I have everything else I need.

    The only thing with the GPU though is that I want a 3 monitor set-up with my 24" in the center and 2x 22" on the side. That was the reason I was thinking 2 4850s, but if you know anything better for a decent price ( say around 200-250, I would love to see it :)
  7. The 5830 is not a good value. You could get a 5850 for about $300 if not then just get the 5770.
  8. 5830 is a good value now at $230, it beats the 4890 by a good amount and crushes the 5770. I would get it.
  9. Hmmm. I'm not sure which to get now. The 5770 seems like a good card for around $170 whereas the 5830 is $60 more and I'm not sure if it's worth the extra cash cause I can't really tell what the differences are. All I've heard is that the 5800 series is really good.
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