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May 5, 2010 1:22:11 AM

BUDGET: ~800-1000

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:this week to next month

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: just want fast system, movies, some gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, microcenter

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: NY

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Parts I already bought were
case: antec300 illusion
HD:F3 samsung 1tb
HSF: coolermaster 212 hyper
DVD/CD: Sony 24x

Parts needed:
CPU- either i7 860 or i7 930
PSU - thinking I need ~500W not to sure
RAM- triple channel ram for the 930 but not sure, i've seen g.skills but don't know which one to get
MOBO- mobo needed for 930
GPU- planning to get ati 5770. I really like xfx company for their lifetime warranty and can soemone tell me the differences b/w these 2 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've been planning to get an i7 860 but when I was browsing microcenter, there were i7 930 at the same price of $200. So now i'm leaning toward a 930 build. Need some input here please. I know gaming doesn't require such a high speed cpu but I just want a fast system. Anyway thanks for anyone with input, much appreciated!

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May 5, 2010 2:40:26 AM

The difference between the two is that the Juniper XT model has volt control and the second one seems to bring hot air back into the case.

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Also, are the parts that you already bought included in the budget? or are the parts needed the only parts counted towards your budget?
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May 5, 2010 3:40:13 AM

the parts i bought was part of the budget which costed around ~150ish
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May 5, 2010 3:57:31 AM

i7 930 requires a 1366 mobo. i7 860 is an 1156 (P55).

I would recommend the i7-930 and the GA-x58A-UD3R (200 with Microcenter rebate). I would also recommend a good 650-750w PSU. Antec or Corsair are my personal preferences.
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May 5, 2010 4:06:10 AM

Mmm... being that those parts were part of the budget around 850 is left to play with.

CPU: i7 930 from MC $200
Mobo: Gigabyte X58 UD3R
PSU: Corsair 650TX
GPU: XFX 5770 XXX Edition
RAM: G. Skill Pi Series 3x2gb CAS7

Total comes to - $867.83 w/ shipping. $857.83 after MIR.

Left the option to crossfire later anyway. And then you also specified you weren't going to overclock, and yet you bought a HSF. Since you have the HSF, I think you should OC anyway.
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May 5, 2010 5:29:05 AM

Ohh nice, wow the mobo costs more then expected but figures since its 1366 socket and having the option to crossfire in the future is nice. I'm just waiting for deals on the parts listed before I pull the trigger.
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May 5, 2010 6:33:06 AM

ryany said:
Ohh nice, wow the mobo costs more then expected but figures since its 1366 socket and having the option to crossfire in the future is nice. I'm just waiting for deals on the parts listed before I pull the trigger.


I through in the XFX 5770 XXX Edition because of the overclock already done on it. It costs the same as the other 5770s so I figured why not?

However if you decide to crossfire it with another 5770, you should either get one clocked at the same speed or the higher clocked GPU may downclock to the lower speeds. In rare cases though, I've read about the downclocked GPU overclocking to the higherclocked GPU speeds.
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May 5, 2010 2:29:05 PM

ryany said:
Would this PSU be okay?
antec earthwatts 650w, it is about the same price as the corsair$ 72 vs $70after MIB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


That PSU can't crossfire 2 5770s as it doesn't have 2 6pin connectors.

Also, after MIR the Corsair is 69.99 while the Antec doesn't have MIR and with shipping costs a little over 80 dollars.

EDIT: My bad, it does have 2 6-Pin connectors. I'd still go with the Corsair though.
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May 5, 2010 5:38:26 PM

So its set, im going to pull the trigger on these items. any last comments before i do.

Mobo: Gigabyte X58 UD3R
PSU: Corsair 650TX
GPU: XFX 5770 XXX Edition
RAM: G. Skill Pi Series 3x2gb CAS7
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