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May 10, 2010 7:17:39 PM

I've been out of the scene for awhile in building a PC so have been lurking here trying to find a decent build.... this is what I've come up with. I don't think I've missed any obvious issues, but would appreciate someone taking a look over it - any feedback is appreciated!


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Looking to purchase in the next couple of days..

BUDGET RANGE: $1500 USD after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, some light video/photo editing, surfing the net, ect...

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, hard drives, optical drives

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I have always used newegg in the past, prefer to stay away from tigerdirect



OVERCLOCKING: Yes, nothing hardcore - just looking the ability to do a moderate OC

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes - in the future, not immediately

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 - 24'' Acer

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like the PC to be pretty quiet, it seems most of the newer video cards all have issues with noisy fans so not sure there is much I can do about it. I'm not worried about a really pretty case or it being light or anything, it will be staying in my office. I'm not a fan of the bright LED's lighting up the room all the time though either.

I don't play a ton of current games, but that's mostly due to the fact I'm using an older laptop right now that can't handle much as far as graphics, ect go...

I'm mainly looking for a machine that can handle current games, and have room for growth in the future whether it be an overlock or slowly replacing parts as they age. I realize I can add a second GPU in the future which will probably the plan once the single card starts to have issues.


I've built a wishlist over on Newegg, link should be below with all of the parts.
Link to Wishlist

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May 10, 2010 7:45:20 PM

For a build like that you want a quality case. I'd say go with a HAF 922, or Antec 902.

You should also consider new HD is your's are a few yrs old.

HD- Samsung Spinpoint F3 or 7200.12 500gb

You should also consider getting a 5970 and not have to worry about GPU upgrade for the life of the system.

You'd also be able to go with this cheaper board since you won't need xfire.

Anything more than a 5970, a 1156 board won't have enough PCIe lanes to utilize.

Also, if you want to do editing, it may be worth considering getting a i7-860 as hyper threading does make a significant difference in that area.

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May 10, 2010 7:54:09 PM

One other thing you should consider is getting an SSD. It's up to you if you think the performance upgrade is worth the money, but here are a few articles from Tom's Hardware and Anandtech advocating the upgrade.

My recommendation if you do decide to go with SSD's is 2 Intel X25-V 40gb drives in Raid 0. Intel now supports TRIM in Raid 0 in win 7 (so far only company).
$115 each

For benchmarks see this article
May 10, 2010 8:07:33 PM

^ IMO, there's nothing wrong with the 690.

Agree about the HDD.

Don't agree with the $700 5970 at that resolution.

For light editing a 860 is not worth it, imo.

The Vs are out of stock on newegg but not a bad idea.