$1,500 Gaming System Build

Hi everyone, this is my first post on TH, but I have been a fan and user of reviews and advice from this place for years. I am now posting on the forums for some advice in a new system I am looking to build. I have looked and looked and looked but there is so many options out there that I do not know what works together and what doesn't now a days. The last system(s) I built were back in the day when the P4's had "Hyperthreading" and then I later built an althlon 64 system. Reading over the past few months I have come to realize that everything has pretty much shifted ties and is almost the opposite of way back when. I am currently in the process of redeploying back to the United States from Iraq and am interested in building a new system. So if anyone could help me out I would greatly appreciate it. Here is the form filled out below:




PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard/Mouse, Speakers/Headset nothing peripheral need really.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com is preferred, but I am not basis to any other sites. I would just prefer them be mainly from one site.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am not sure on what I really want to use an AMD or Intel based system, I have used both and like both.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, but not included in the initial build.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 or better preffered.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like a case with a window, but doesn't need to be required. Nothing a little modding the case can't take care of.

Thanks to everyone in Advanced for helping me out,

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  1. I'm just making sure I've got this right. Do you need the OS and monitor included in the budget? I'll post two builds, one with those included, one without.

    Without OS/monitor:

    CPU/HSF: i5-750 and Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $222
    Mobo/PSU: Asus P7P55D-E Pro and Corsair 750W $265 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
    GPU: HD 5970 $700
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
    Case: HAF 922 $100
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20

    Total: $1,482

    With OS/Monitor:

    CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $375
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
    GPU: HD 5870 $395
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
    Case/PSU: Antec 902 and Earthwatts 750W $155 after rebate
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
    HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30
    OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100
    Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

    Total: $1,455
  2. Yes, I forgot to add that in. Sorry. I do need Monitor and OS included in the budget as well.

    Windows 7

    and I would prefer atleast a 22" or better monitor

  3. Is the HD 5870 worth the extra money over the 5850?

    And is the i7-920 worth the extra 80$ over the i5-750?
  4. I'll do the easy one first. The i7-930 (a newer, better 920) is not worth extra money for gaming, but it cost more than just the $90ish difference in the CPUs. You have to factor in the price difference in the boards (usually about $50-100) and the upgrade to triple channel RAM (usually about $70). All told, the price difference is more like $200-300.

    As for the 5870 over the 5850, it depends. The 5850 gives you excellent performance in most games. It tends to fall short when trying to run Crysis at full details at 1920x1080 resolutions, where the 5870 is still good. While this isn't that important right now, it shows how well the GPUs will fair in the future. I tend to think that the 5870 is a good choice as long as you don't have to sacrifice something more useful for it, which you don't.
  5. Alright so what you are saying is to stick with a i5 based system build for gaming rather than spending the extra cash on the i7 build?

    What you told me about the GPU sold me. I am all about trying to make this system as future proof as possible with the amount of money I have at hand.

    Also, another question, sorry for all the questions. Why did you choose the Asus Motherboard? Just curious.
  6. Stick with the i5.

    I choose the Asus board for a number of reasons.

    First, it's a high quality board. Asus and Gigabyte make the best, more reliable boards out there right now, regardless of the type.

    Second, it's loaded with features. It has a wide variety of external ports. It's got a lot of room for expansion.

    Third, it's an extremely future proof board. Not only does it have Crossfire support at good speeds, but it also feature USB 3/SATA III ports. Unlike many P55 Gigabyte boards, the Asus doesn't disable features (specifically USB 3/SATA III speeds) when you add a second GPU.

    Finally, the price is good. Many Intel boards tend to have very high prices, but are practically the same as the cheaper ones. This Asus board is on the lower end in terms of price, yet on the higher end in terms of features.
  7. Alrighty then, Thanks for the info. It has helped alot. I'll post my finial build here before I purchase it to make sure I have everything that will actually work together..
  8. If I wanted to add another 5870 in a few months for Crossfire, how bad would they be bottle necked by the i5?
  9. There wouldn't be a bottleneck. As long as you have a modern CPU, they will not bottleneck the GPU.
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