Deja Vu $1300 Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (asap)) BUDGET RANGE: ($1250) after Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, )

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)


PARTS PREFERENCES: open to suggestion, but leaning towards I5 750

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (Mostly play turned based games like Civ4, like real-time games like Age of Empires, Sins of a Solar Empire, Company of Heros) (I'm going to get games like World in Conflict, Supreme Commander, Civilization V)

I've seen this build many times these past few weeks. If there are further suggestions let me know. Otherwise, just rubber stamp.



Intel Core i5-750

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB

Sony Optiarc Black

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound


XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870

total = $1277

Also I am planning to get this monitor (not part of the budget for the parts above) Opinions?
ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms

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  1. ^ Hi, for your need IMO a single HD 5870 would suffice, so you dont have to spend a money on Crossfire board and such powerful PSU...
    Take a look at this config with a SSD for nearly the same price...
    i5 750 + Gigabyte UD3P

    XFX HD 5870 + GSKillz 4GB

    HAF 922 + OCZ Modextreme 600W

    SSD - OCZ Vertex 60GB for OS, apps and some games

    HDD - Samsung F3 1TB - Faster and IMO more reliable compared to the current Seagates...

    CM Hyper 212+ - Cheaper at amazon


    Total - ~$1296 | $1241 After Rebates...
  2. Thanks for the tip on the Cool Master H212. Is that OCZ psu any good? I picked the 750w psu, because I might add a second GPU in the future.
  3. Some changes based on other threads:

    i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro (combo deal)
    G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7

    Antec Earthwatts 750W
  4. ^ If you will be adding 1 more card later on, then you would need a bigger PSU...
    But frankly I dont see the need for it...
    A single HD 5850 itself can play all the current games which are very graphic intensive such as FPS and racing at high-very high settings @ 1080p without any issues...So that HD 5870 has a lot of headroom for future games to...
    And that too for the kind of games that you will be playing, even a single HD 5850 would suffice...but for longevity the HD 5870 is better...
    So by the time you would need more graphics power, there will be newer cards...IMO upgrading to them would be a better option than adding another 1 in crossfire...

    So first off decide about you will want to stick with 1 card or you will surely be adding 1 more...
    If you decide to stick with 1 card, then get the mobo I had listed...Else the ASUS board you have listed...
    And PSU, Corsair over Antec EA...If you will be getting the Antec TP, then its fine, but the EA is not as good as these...
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