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May 18, 2010 8:52:44 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Anytime to the beginning of Summer.

BUDGET RANGE: 1600-1700 Before / After Rebates and After Tax

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the internet, I'm going to try photoshopping, Microsoft Word, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any site in the US.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I wanted to use a ASUS P6X58D Premium, but wasn't sure. There is a microcenter nearby which they sell the Intel for about $200 before tax and $220 after tax. I was also looking into the Noctua NH-D14.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes and will need help to OC SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe if theres still enough.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: My monitor resolution is 1920 x 1080. I own a LG W2486L and maybe I would like to buy another one or two, if you guys can help me link some items to show which can link the monitors or something?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have a NZXT Sentry so noise won't be much of a problem. My budget also includes Thermal paste. I plan to build the computer on air because I am not experienced with water cooling.


Here are some parts I already own:

Corsair HX1000 which costs $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel 80GB SSD X25-M which costs $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Obsidian 800D $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH5850/2DIS/1GD5



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May 18, 2010 9:12:24 PM

Lol its actually 1600 - 160 - 160 - 200 - 226 (Video Card) = Around $900 left to spend.
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May 18, 2010 9:14:43 PM

Crap. Forgot about the video card... But the first build works.

I will point out that with the amount you've spent (and will spend), a single 5850 results in a poor gaming build. Here's something to rectify it:

CPU/GPU: X4 955 and HD 5850 $470
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $110 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus (out of stock, but it's a good cheap one at it's usual $30 price)

Total: $830
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May 18, 2010 9:39:47 PM

Wait what do you mean? So I should crossfire the 5850, and why?
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May 18, 2010 9:58:22 PM

Because the 5850 is pretty weak compared to the rest of the build. A single 5850 already struggles with some games at 1920x1080, so it won't last too long. And you should just forget about Eyefinity with it...
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May 18, 2010 10:19:17 PM

Really? I used the 5850 for BBC2 at max settings almost, and it seem to have no problem handling that game. But if you recommend two 5850's then maybe I can do it.
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May 19, 2010 1:07:23 AM

Again, I say some games, not all games.

It's not that the 5850 is a bad GPU, it's just that the GPU is underpowered compared to the rest of the build. You're spending twice as much on the CPU, RAM and motherboard. Typically for a gaming build, you want to spend most of the budget on the GPU, as that's the bottleneck for gaming. The top gaming builds typically have around 30-40% of the budget spent on the GPU.
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May 19, 2010 3:47:54 AM

So are you saying I should Crossfire the 5850? I wanted to go for the I7 930 which is $220 and an Asus P6X58D Premium
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May 19, 2010 3:55:40 AM

Why, precisely, do you want an i7 for a gaming build?
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May 19, 2010 4:17:01 AM

I'm more familiar with using the Intel processors for oc'ing. I also found the i7 930 for $200 which is pretty cheap imo.
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May 19, 2010 4:59:56 AM

@coldsleepAt microcenter the i7 930 costs $20 more than a i5 750, which is totally worth it.

Also microcenter has the cm hyper 212+ for $20 right now, which is a great deal.
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May 19, 2010 3:11:17 PM

I missed that the OP had access to microcenter...many people do not have one within a reasonable distance.

Even with the processor costing $100 less than normal, you're still going to end up paying around $150 more for an i7 build for RAM and an X58 mobo, compared to an equivalent 1156 or AM3 build. That $150 might be more usefully spent on a better graphics card if you're just planning on gaming.
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