1500 ~ 1600 Gaming Pc

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon, within a month. 1500 - 1600, After Rebates (with a little give of course)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, music

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


PARTS PREFERENCES: Anything reputable

OVERCLOCKING: Most likely slight overclocks SLI OR CROSSFIRE: for the future, not currently


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: First build, and new to overclocking but I've read up on it a lot. Wouldn't go crazy with it.

Currently im having trouble deciding on my path for graphics - I want to start with a high level card, then be able to pop a new one in in the future so i don't need a new build. ( As the I7 will be plenty when over-clocked)

Current options would be 5870 - 480 GTX or 470 GT. I lean away from the 5850 however. The 470 and 5870 being the most logical choice, but i made a decent on budget build with the 480.

Without further ado here are the two builds I put together, one from newegg and one from amazon. ( for the amazon build ill need the $100 os from newegg)

Amazon -

Disk Drive: LG Electronics 22X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive - $19.00 (44%)

Hard Drive: Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache - Samsung $89.00

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Fan CPU Cooler - Cooler Master USA, Inc. $27.94

Mobo: Gigabyte SATA3 ATI CrossFireX ATX Motherboard $209.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $8.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 $89.98

PSU: Corsair 850-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply $139.99

Graphics : EVGA GeForce GTX480 $499.99

Ram: Corsair Dominator 6 GB 3 x 2 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz 240-Pin DDR3 Core i7 Memory Kit - CORSAIR $229.99

Cpu: Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930 2.80GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU, $289.99

Add $99 for Win 7. Home 64 from newegg and the total comes to 1679 w/o shipping but rebates applied. Or I can go with a 470 GTX and make the price 1580 if i went superclocked edition. Or 1530 if i just got a normal gtx 470 . Plus it feels that Amazons more pricey than newegg, however you may order a 400 gtx series.
NewEgg Build (5870)

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 $89.98

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX $209.99

Graphics: GIGABYTE GV-R587UD-1GD Radeon HD 5870 $419.99

Psu : XFX Black Edition SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular $124.99

CPU :Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz $289.99

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $174.99

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB $78.99

Cd Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD LightScribe Support - OEM $23.99

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack OEM $99.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $9.99

Cpu CooleR:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 $34

$1506 after rebates W/o shipping.
In addition can someone expand on this 5870's GPU's Ideling and HD video problems? Thanks for your time,
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  1. It bumps down from the 5870 and costs more then my Build. Although it does have some nice features i dont really want a blue ray burner.( you left out out the OS ). But thank you. Is my post hard to navigate? I'll try to clean it up
  2. well something like that. yeah. i also thought of that since your budget is 1600 i just put up a blue ray burner. with can be handy in the future. yeah the o.s i forgot. tsk. maybe a $100. 5870 is also fine. if you have the money for it.
  3. All right thanks, but what model should i go with if i decide to go wit hthe 5870? There are so many choices, that gigabyte one runs 13*c cooler ( apparently) but has blue ray and idleing issues. What would be the best one to go with? XFX?
    In addition were all of those parts compatible?
  4. Your build looks excellent except for the ram. Switch to this CAS 7 ram. OCZ ram is not good it is known to cause a lot of problems.


    Also you can get a very high quality modular PSU that looks freaking amazing for $15 more

  5. whitefang said:
    Also you can get a very high quality modular PSU that looks freaking amazing for $15 more


    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, of course. ;)

    (My 850 W XFX PSU is on the UPS truck right now, waiting to be delivered.)

    At any rate, as whitefang mentions, that is a very good PSU. Check out the review on jonnyguru.com. 9.7 out of 10, with most of the marks down being for not liking the color of the fan.
  6. Thank you for your guys imput, i updated the build with the suggestions. But can anyone shed some light on the 5870 model i chose?
  7. All the 5870s are the same. The only difference is the cooler, yours has a better cooler then most. So I'd say it's good.
  8. Sapphire and XFX are the biggest names, but there generally aren't a lot of differences between cards, until you come to something like that Gigabyte card with the dual fans.

    XFX does have a longer warranty than most companies usually, so that may be a factor to consider.
  9. Alright thank you, but what about that cards issues with idleing and Hd playback? Does anyone know anything about that?
  10. blakelemonj said:
    Alright thank you, but what about that cards issues with idleing and Hd playback? Does anyone know anything about that?

    I assume you're basing those questions off the newegg reveiws? Since I don't have the card, I really don't know. I tend not to trust all newegg reviews, but if every one is saying the same thing, there's probably something to it.

    It sounds like people have fixed the issues by using firmware updates from other vendors. I don't know that it's worth the potential trouble for "up to 13 degrees C" cooler. I mean, it's not like the other cards are melting or anything.
  11. Yeah, i was. Yeah, your right. They aren't melting, but 13*c cooler is rather substantial.
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