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April 11, 2010 1:06:11 AM

Hello, I was wondering if the following parts would be compatible with each other, and will it be able to run most of the games on the market, such as high settings on Battlefield Bad Company 2.

My budget is around $1000, hopefully less. I am not very familiar with computer parts and building a computer so please, if you have any recommendations or suggestions, it would be awesome. Thank you very much!

Also, will this setup allow for crossfire if I change the power supply to about 750w?

Motherboard: Asus P6T
CPU: Intel i7-920
Ram: Corsair TR3X6G1600C9 6 GB (3x2)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 5770, 1 GB DDR5 Dual DVI-I / HDMI / DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100283-2L
Hard drive: WD 500 GB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 16 MB Cache, 7200 RPM SATA II
PSU: Corsair 450VX 450 Watt
DVD Drive: LG Electronics GH22NS50 22X SATA
Case: Cooler Master RC-310-BWN1-GP Elite 310 ATX

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April 11, 2010 1:38:33 AM

Yes it is all compatible. You could do three 5770s on a 750W PSU - which is basically pointless.
What is the resolution of your monitor?
Chances are you will want to change to a i5-750/Lynnfield/P55 build or AMD Phenom II X4/AM3 build so that you can afford to get a 5850 or higher instead of a 5770. If you do that then also make sure to change to a 4GB set.

For a gaming build you want most of the money to go into getting the best GPU possible, unless you want this to be the basis of your rig for quite a long time and you want to upgrade it over time.
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April 11, 2010 1:46:18 AM

This would be a better build for gaming.

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April 11, 2010 1:47:24 AM

I agree with the higher cost of the intel proc and the necessity for a triple channel set you're better off with an am3 build. And agreed as long as you run a strong video card then you'll handle all the latest games just fine. This is what I built a month ago and I'm loving. Below cost me rougly $1100, you can certainly get a 500gb HD and a different flavour of a 5850 to meet $1,000.

COOLER MASTER HAF 922
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified
XFX HD-585A-ZNBC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB Black Edition 256-bit
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
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April 11, 2010 1:57:24 AM

Without knowing your monitor resolution, a GFX card recommendation would be pointless. At 1650 x 1050 or below, the 5770 is a good choice.

Here's the 5770's system requirements:

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...

450 Watt or greater power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)

A EA-650 from Antec or TX650 from Corsair would hold you thru a 2nd 5770 in Xfire.

The Intel 930 is $6 more and comes w/ a free copy of Assassin's Creed
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 11, 2010 2:00:58 AM

My monitor resolution is 1920x1080, what is the difference between the i5 build and the am3 or phenom II build. How long do you think this setup will last me, is it better to go for i7 and upgrade along the way?

Originally I was planning on getting i7 so I can upgrade my computer as game specs become more demanding. Thanks guys!
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April 11, 2010 3:15:43 AM

Buying a i7-930 on ebay is around $230-240, and a i5 -750 is about $185 or $200 on newegg or amazon. Does the Intel DP55WB Media Series P55 micro-ATX Core i7 Core i5 LGA1156 Desktop Motherboard support both the i7-930 and i5-750? That motherboard is about $105.

i7 is $345, i5 is $300

The recommended build GA-890GPA is $140 and the phenom II x4 955 is about $155, so thats $295 total

Which is a better deal? if i7 is a significantly better deal I wouldn't mind paying $50 more. But, would a 4gb g.skill ram on the i7 be good enough until I upgrade to a triple channel somewhere down the line?

Thank you very much!
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April 11, 2010 6:02:20 AM

Ok, after a bit of reading, parts hunting, and price comparison here is what I have:

OS: Windows 7 Professional ~$65
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ~$90
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro ~$130
CPU: i5 750 ~$200
GPU: XFX ATI Radeon HD 4890 1GB GDDR5 Memory ~$200
RAM: Corsair XMS3 4 GB Dual Channel DDR3 ~$130(for 1600MHz, 7-8-7-20)
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650-Watt TX Series ~$85
HD: SAMSUNG SPINPOINT HD502HJ 500GB SATA3.0Gb/s 7200R OEM ~$60
DVD: LG Electronics 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive GH24NS50 ~$25
Extra: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (Do I need this?) ~$30

Total: ~$1000

Since I will be using this for mainly gaming on 1920x1080, I think I'll save some money by not upgrading to an i7. I decided to get the HD 4890 so it would fit my budget better. Are these decent prices? Which ram option is better? If you recommend something else for a better price please let me know. (Whether it's better to spend a little more or better to spend a little less).

Please Help! Thank you very much!
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