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

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April 9, 2010 2:06:47 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 week or so
BUDGET RANGE: ~$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).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A.
PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm thinking of ATI for video cards, but not sure.

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

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

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
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Parts I own:

--Motherboard: evga x58 sli
--Drives:
Dane-Elec 80GB SSD
Western Digital 2TB HDD
LiteOn DVD-RW
--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

or
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!

edit:
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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April 9, 2010 2:43:24 AM

Savings Total Price

SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102883
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: $39.99
• 2 year: $79.99
-$15.00 Instant
$429.99
$414.99
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
$184.99
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
-$5.00 Instant
$294.99
$289.99
1

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...
Subtotal: $889.97

ADD a OS ? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 99.99
April 9, 2010 3:01:29 AM

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 :( 
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April 9, 2010 4:32:10 AM

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.
April 9, 2010 4:47:34 AM

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?
April 9, 2010 4:54:59 AM

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 :) 
April 9, 2010 5:09:39 AM

The 5830 is not a good value. You could get a 5850 for about $300 if not then just get the 5770.
April 9, 2010 5:18:22 AM

5830 is a good value now at $230, it beats the 4890 by a good amount and crushes the 5770. I would get it.
April 9, 2010 5:46:50 AM

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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