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May 8, 2010 10:11:27 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next two weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, multi-taksing, surfing web, occasional video/audio transcoding

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS/COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: I live overseas and can get basically any part from any major brand from a local dealer- I find NewEgg to have the closest prices to what I can get here

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel i7 CPU (preferably 1366 socket), ATI graphics, ASUS or gigabite MOBO, NOT Seagate for hard drive

OVERCLOCKING: yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not now but maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1152x864 or 1280x1024 (I have a 19-inch monitor - not sure the resolution)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I will be running Win7 home premium. This is what I have so far:

CPU: Intel i7 920
MOBO: gigabite GA-X58A-UD3R
RAM: corsair xms ddr3 1600Mhz 2gb x3
PSU:antec eco 620 watt
GPU: xfx ATI raedon hd 5850
Hard drive: WD caviar blue 500GB x2
CPU cooler: Zalman CNPS10X Extreme
Optical drive: ASUS DRW-24B1LT
Case: Antec 900 two

Total price = ~ US$1475 (absolute max budget is $1500)

Any suggestions/comments/ideas??

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May 8, 2010 11:07:25 AM

For your gaming needs and "occasional video/audio transcodng" on a 19 incher (most likely 1280 x 1024 or 1440 x 900 or 1366 x 768) this far far cheaper config would suffice really

AthlonII X4 630
870 chipset with native SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0 via NEC chip
HD 4770/GTS 250/HD 4850 <-- look for deal/combos that result in sub $90 prices for card hehe
80+ 500 watter PSU with active PFC
4GB DDR3
Samsung F3 500GB or the SATA 3 WD ITB perhaps?
SATA DVDRW
Antec 300/NZXT Beat EVO/Rosewill Destroyer/Cooler Master 690
May 8, 2010 11:23:30 AM

batuchka said:
For your gaming needs and "occasional video/audio transcodng" on a 19 incher (most likely 1280 x 1024 or 1440 x 900 or 1366 x 768) this far far cheaper config would suffice really

AthlonII X4 630
870 chipset with native SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0 via NEC chip
HD 4770/GTS 250/HD 4850 <-- look for deal/combos that result in sub $90 prices for card hehe
80+ 500 watter PSU with active PFC
4GB DDR3
Samsung F3 500GB or the SATA 3 WD ITB perhaps?
SATA DVDRW
Antec 300/NZXT Beat EVO/Rosewill Destroyer/Cooler Master 690


I did think about similar things before, but just wanted to keep my options open to upgrading to a lager monitor in the future (which I plan to do - probably a 22 or 24 inch monitor).
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May 8, 2010 11:37:01 AM

Welcome to the forum. I agree that your build is quite powerful for you current uses and resolution. I would bet that your 19" has a higher resolution than 1152x864 though. Anways sticking with your X58 build.

I would get some lower latency RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

And this PSU for crossfire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I must say though, you should look into the i5 750 or a Phenom II build as each will save you a good amount of money and still perform excellently.
May 9, 2010 3:14:44 AM

Out of curiosity, if I were to go for an i5 or Phenom II build and later upgrade to a 22 or 24 inch monitor, would the performance still be as good?
May 9, 2010 3:22:10 AM

For gaming, it would be more dependent on your GPU. A 5770 or higher would perform well.
May 9, 2010 2:07:07 PM

hmm...defiantly gonna look into i5 then

will post anything I come up with here
May 9, 2010 3:38:35 PM

5850 is an overkill for that res. Get an i7 lga 1156, 4gb of ram (corsair dominator) and buy a 24" LCD :kaola: 
May 18, 2010 12:06:54 AM

So I researched into an i5 system, and went to my dealer to buy it. While there I found a great combo deal with an i7 930, GA X58A UD3R, XFX HD 5850 and 6gb of 1333Mhz Corsair XMS3 RAM for about $250 off. This actually made it cheaper than an i5 system (there were no combo deals with an i5 or i7 1156). I used the extra money to buy a ASUS 24' LCD XD.

Other changes from my original build include that I got:
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
PSU: Corsair 750W (it was cheaper than the Antec TruePower 750W)
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