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May 17, 2010 5:53:07 PM

Building a new Gaming Rig

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 5/20/2010

BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 n Under

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Work station, Video

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, DVD/CD Drive, Harddrive (640 Caviar WD Black), Case Antec 902

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com / Tigerdirect.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: asus , nvidia or ati

OVER CLOCKING: Yes eventually

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Widescreen, 1680x1050 should be fine

What i have picked out so far:


Video card ATI Radeon 5850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply Corsair 750W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM G.SKiLL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel i5 & ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Looking for some feedback for this current build. Thank in advance

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May 17, 2010 6:08:31 PM

I don't particularly like the Formula boards. They're overpriced.

Here's what I'd get:

CPU: i5-750
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 $120 after rebate. No need for additional PCIe 2.0 slots if you don't want Crossfire. Gigabyte is just as good as Asus too, and the recommendation depends on what you're after.
RAM: Same
PSU: Corsair 550W $80 after rebate. 750W is massive overkill for a non-Crossfire build.
GPU: Same
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May 17, 2010 6:33:00 PM

550W isn't that a little low?
The gigabyte is an option which might convince me to get a i7 for the price
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May 17, 2010 6:38:22 PM

The 5xxx series cards use very little power. You can get two 5850s on a quality 650W unit. Generally, you should add 200W for each GPU, so 550W is a very safe amount.

Unless you use a lot of programs that use hyperthreading, the i7-860 isn't that much better than the i5.
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May 18, 2010 1:48:19 AM

I went with the 650 Watt corsair PSU.
Any other feed backs out there :) 
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