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May 1, 2010 2:19:50 AM

Hello all,

I've been reading threads here like crazy and just wanted to get a second (or in this case, fifth) opinion on my build. What I am looking for is if I have any bottlenecks or perhaps could get more performance for twenty more bucks. Your experience is greater than mine, so I was hoping for some help. Thanks.

Asus P7P55D Pro Mobo- Link
Corsair 750 watt PSU- Link
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1 Gig - Link
Intel Core i7 860- Link
Corsair 4 Gigs DDR3 1333 Ram - link
WD Caviar Black HDD - Link
Some generic DVD drive
and some Artic Silver 5


I already have an ATX case purchased from Coolmaster. Any recommendation would be helpful, thanks a lot.

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May 1, 2010 2:25:45 AM

Whats system gonna be used for?
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May 1, 2010 2:29:36 AM

Sorry, forgot about that. It's going to be a gaming pc. I plan on using a 1920x1080 monitor as well.
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May 1, 2010 2:32:34 AM

Nice. i didn't mention this but I am building this system with a friend (We are each building our own, duplicates.) The only difference is that he went with a WD and I with a Seagate 7200.12 (The same you mentioned).

I will get the Ram you recommended even though it's not Corsair (I'll trust your judgement).

Anything else :) 
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May 1, 2010 2:44:14 AM

In terms of FPS yoru build of $1100 ish is better off with a 5870 and Phenom II x4.

Full Build

Optical
LG $20 w/ promo code BHDAPR28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE
HAF 922 $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
Corsair 750TX $110 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Spinpoint F3 500 gb $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 $140 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU/RAM
5870 and Ripjaw DDR3 16000 7-8-7-24 $485
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU/HSF
Phenom II x4 955 and Hyper 212 Plus $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total comes to $1080 before $25 MIR and shipping
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May 1, 2010 2:54:07 AM

Thanks. Personally I want to stick with an Intel build but I can see the benefits of the AMD.
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May 1, 2010 2:56:42 AM

Alternative Build with i5-750.

Full Build

Optical
LG $20 w/ promo code BHDAPR28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE/PSU
HAF 922 $150 w/ $30 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HD
Spinpoint F3 500 gb $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO/CPU
i5-750 and ASUS P7P55D-E Pro $375
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU/RAM
5870 and Ripjaw DDR3 16000 7-8-7-24 $485
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HSF
Hyper 212 Plus $29
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
They're paying you to take some random floppy with it.

Total comes to $1116 before $30 MIR and shipping

Pretty much the same as Phenom build but with a less capable PSU. Though upgrading to a 750 only adds $30 more to budget.
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May 1, 2010 3:10:03 AM

^+1 Definitely go with the 5870 for your price range.
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May 1, 2010 3:19:32 AM

So for the extra 100, i should just get the 5870? Ok.
I just converted the entire rig over to a 1366 Socket, so lets hope this works out.

ASRock X58 Mobo - Link
Core i7 920 - Link
G Skill triple channel RAM (6 Gig)- Link


A little rash, perhaps. The nerd in me wants the best (While still being able to eat) and I wanted a little bit more longevity out of my rig so i went with the 1336. I think I might try out the 5870 as well, thanks.
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May 1, 2010 3:26:23 AM

Also, what's your opinion on the stock Intel heatsink. Would it be fine without Overclocking? The case we have is quite spacious and has many fans in it.
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May 1, 2010 5:07:28 AM

You'll be ok with the stock cooling if you don't overclock. If you do, I would recommend the CM Hyper 212.

Also, while the i7-920 is most definitely a very nice CPU, the i5-750 would give you much more bang for your buck in terms of gaming. In fact both processors are equals when in comes to gaming. I know you want to future proof your build but i5-750 is a mighty chip and will surely future proof you for quite some time, and the money you save (both from the CPU and the motherboard as X58s are more expensive than P55s) can be used to focus on other parts of your system.
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