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Solid gaming Build(1200$) advice and suggestions welcomed

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May 17, 2010 10:08:40 AM

I made one of these yesterday, but I have upped my budget so a new build I'd like to get advice on.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next day or two BUDGET RANGE: 1200 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, surfinweb
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Speakers, Mouse, DVD-ROM
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, ATI, Gigabyte, Asus, Antec
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly crossfire at a later date
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Whatever the Asus in my build gives

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Somewhat future proof

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
89.99

ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
199.00 plus 20 mail in rebate

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
149.99

XFX HD-585X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
309.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
114.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
159.99

These are a combo deal...

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
194.99 for combo plus a total of 40 off mail in rebate


Anywhere I can save? The h212 cpu cooler is out of stock at newegg...what else should I get since I plan to OC the CPU.
Does everything appear compatible(Mem and mobo, etc...)
The HDD is says bare drive? Does this mean no cables? If so, what cable to do need to buy?
Also, for OS...what is the usual package of win7 that people buy?

Any advice or suggestions welcomed..thanks.

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May 17, 2010 10:17:38 AM

Your motherboard comes with 2 SATA cables usually. Everything else looks perfect.
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May 17, 2010 10:29:45 AM

It's IDE it sell it to a friend or something. You don't want the IDE connection to bottleneck data. I personally recommend an X25-V SSD (114) or if thats too steep get a Spinpoint F3 500 GB for the OS drive.(55)

If both of those bust your budget, just put it all on the 1 TB
May 17, 2010 11:03:42 AM

For OS just get Window 7 64-bit Home Premium and usually the OEM version is best.
You should get the combo deal with your CPU and mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Saves around $15.
I think the Kingwin XT-1264 $35 is a good option at a low price, check it out. The rebate on this is good as well: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer $40 ($15 rebate).
From what I've read they will provide similiar temps, but the Kingwin will be quieter.
May 17, 2010 11:06:13 PM

Bumping this for the night crowd to see before I purchase tomorrow.
May 18, 2010 12:48:42 AM

I'm a little leary of the mobo..the reviews state the card has to put put in the bottom pcie slot if using one and that can make it difficult to plug in the sata. Is there a better card I should get? Like a 16x for both if I go crossfire...this restricts it to 8x for both when in crossfire.
May 18, 2010 12:58:29 PM

To me it doesn't look like a dual slot card would cover the SATA ports and that there would be plenty of room to reach them. As for the PCI-E slot speed, x8 only even begins to have a bottlenecking effect on a 5870, ie very fast cards, and that was only a 4% performance hit compared to dual x16. So I think it's safe to say that x8 speed would not bottleneck a 5850. If you must have dual x16 then 790FX and 890FX chipset motherboards are the ones to check out.
May 18, 2010 1:12:02 PM

Like Silvune said, x8/x8 is nothing to worry about, the difference between that and x16/x16 is insignificant. Even in a situation where x8/x8 was bottlenecking (like 2 x 5870s) the framerate would be so high you wouldn't even be able to notice
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