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~1200 Gaming/MSOffice Build

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May 8, 2010 3:33:03 AM

It's been a while since I built a new system (I'm running on a P4 and a Radeon 9700 Pro right now). Been doing some research through the various guides and what not but I still had some questions I figured I'd ask the experts.
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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: A week or two
BUDGET RANGE: ~1200 after rebates. I'd consider going up to about 1500 if it was worth the price.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (I'd like to be able to run current games in high quality @ 1920x1080 but I don't necessarily need ultra quality), multiple spreadsheets/word/power point

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, optical drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like Amazon because the the super saver/free standard shipping will ship to Hawaii for free (try go into newegg and put 96822 in the shipping calculator - you'd be surprised how much "additional fees" add up to :ouch:  ) but I have no problem using other reputable vendors if they offer better prices after shipping
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA - Hawaii

PARTS PREFERENCES: I definitely want to use a 20+ inch LCD. Trying to work with multiple spreadsheets and word documents at the same time is a hassle with my current 17 inch monitor :heink: . I also like the intel/ati combo because they just seem to be better atm but I could be wrong?

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not right now, but I wouldn't be against experimenting in the future after doing sufficient research.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Crossfire Yes but I'm open to changes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like the system to perform well by current standards and last a while but I don't need it to run ultra quality @ 200 fps 5 years from now. I'm pretty value conscious, I wouldn't mind spending a little bit more or less to get the best value for my dollar. Also, I don't want a case that has excessive lights or "bling"
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I'm not set in stone on any of these parts

CPU: Intel i5 750

GPU: 2x 5770s
I don't really know which brand gives the best value. Different brands have different prices and I'm not really sure why. I was also considering going with a single 5850 but the 2x 5770 seems like better value?

Motherboard: Not sure. I know I need LGA 1156 socket/SATA/crossfire support. I'd also like either onboard wireless support or space for me to put my old wireless pci card.

Memory: Corsair XMS3 4 GB PC3-12800 1600Mhz Dual Channel

HD: Western Digital 640 GB Caviar Black SATA 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache

PSU: Not sure

Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case

Monitor: ASUS VH242H 23.6-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black


Thanks in advance. Really appreciate it!

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May 8, 2010 5:22:10 AM

Don't go into a build planning to crossfire right off the bat. It's best to get a better video card and then crossfire it down the road to get a little extra longevity out of it, so I would say go with the 5850.

GPU: XFX RADEON HD 5850 1 GB DDR5 - $319.99
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-RADEON-5850-Express-HD585AZNF...

Motherboard: ASUS LGA1156 Intel P55 DDR3 - 2133 ATX Motherboard P7P55D EVO - $163.99
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-LGA1156-Intel-P55-DDR3/dp/B0...

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Intel Core i7 and Core i5 - $109.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750TX-750-Watt-Cert...

Can save yourself some money and go with 1333 Ram instead too (timings are the same as the part you listed)
CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB ( 2 X 2GB ) PC3-10666 1333MHz
http://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-PC3-10666-1333MHz-240-pin...

Total with your components comes to $1248.03
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