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May 10, 2010 3:39:30 PM

Hello,
I am building a gaming rig with a budget of about $850, planning on purchasing today or very soon. I think I can afford a Radeon 5850. The only component I already have is a CM Hyper 212 HSF. The primary purpose of this is to produce high FPS in games like Starcraft2, Call of Duty MW2, etc. Display resolution is ~1650 now, but may be 1920x1200 soon.

GIGABYTE has a bunch of combo deals on their 5850 mobo. Do I want their old, cheap 770 board, the expensive 790X below, or 890GX?

This is what I'm thinking, but please comment and suggest.

Option1
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD: $309.99
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4: $139.99
(GPU & MOBO Combo: -$20, $15 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Option2 - saves $10 on mobo
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD: $309.99
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H: $129.99
(Combo, -$20)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Quad: $160
PSU: OCZ StealthXstream 600W $75
(Combo: -$20, $15 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM: G.Skill CL7 DDR3 1600 2x2GB $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: The F3 just had a price jump on their 1TB model, so 500GB.
Seagate 7200.12 500GB - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: OEM Sony DVD/CD Burner: $20

Case: Half the price of HAF922, half the shipping, 100% 5 egg reviews.
Rosewill Smart 1 for $50 $10shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Option 1 with the 790X mobo comes to $890. Option 2 with the 890GX mobo is $880, but some reviewers claim the RAM slots are too close to the CPU HSF. This stretched my ~$850 goal...can sacrifices be made without upsetting price/performance ratio?

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May 10, 2010 3:51:20 PM

That PSU won't be able to crossfire two 5850s if you plan on doing that later.

Also, since the 890gx has pretty much the same features for cheaper, I'd go with that.
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May 10, 2010 4:38:27 PM

You'll have to go with this combo if you want a PSU that can xfire the 5850's down the road w/o having to buy molex to 6pin converter cables.
Alternatively, the 700w OCZ's can run xfire 5850, but you'll need to buy some converter cables.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

If you're willing to deal with MIR then option 1 is a bit cheaper.



If you're planning on OCIng, then you can save $30 by grabbing this PSU/optical combo
Sony optical and OCZ stealthxstream 700w $79.98 (free optical basically)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

and this Phenom II x4 940 $127.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 12, 2010 10:50:39 AM

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