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$800-$1200 Gaming PC. Haven't built a PC since 2004

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May 19, 2010 8:44:50 AM

A little background info. I used to be really into building PC's from 2003-2005. I have an old PC that is vintage 2004 (athlon64 3000, geforce 6800GT, 1gb RAM). Hoping that I can salvage some parts from it like the case and PSU. I haven't paid ANY attention to pc hardware in the last 5 years. So I have no experience with SLI or crossfire. :na: 


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Summer 2010

BUDGET RANGE: $800-1200 USD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, photo editing, video conversion.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Not sure if I can use this power supply still. It was a good one when I bought it in early 2004 and was considered overkill at the time. Antec TRUE550 550W ATX Power Supply. Let me know if I should get a new one.

Also I have a decent case, but not sure if I should consider getting a new one. This is the one I have. LIAN LI PC-61 USB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm interested in the i5 750 other than that not sure.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes if I get the itch. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe - never done this before.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Going to be getting a new 24" widescreen.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:Open to any advice. thanks for reading. :D 
May 19, 2010 9:39:25 AM

Do you need a new monitor?
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May 19, 2010 8:01:59 PM

And the monitor is included in the $800 - $1,200 budget?
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May 20, 2010 12:54:15 AM

Here's an idea:

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG Black 22X DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Acer H233Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1,118.93

The mobo supports crossfire and if you overclock you'll need a custom CPU cooler.
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May 20, 2010 1:06:35 AM

Thanks for the replies. What is your thoughts on my PSU? Good enough for this setup? Link is in my original post.
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May 20, 2010 2:02:12 AM

It's an Antec and it has 360 watts on the 12V rail, should be OK. But the capacitors are old maybe it's time to change it. This one is modular:

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

And for better future proof you can also go with the latest AMD socket and chipset and save some money (no dif in gaming, only a bit slower in video converting but that shouldn't be a big deal).

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

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

That CPU is best buy and the mobo is high-endish. The rest of the system is the same.







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May 20, 2010 6:06:24 AM

whatever you do do not take the 5850 toxic. The nvidia 470 gtx costs the same and performs far better.
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May 20, 2010 3:24:41 PM

3D mark vantage is a bad indicator for actual performance look at real benchmarks like these http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r... on those benchmarks you will see that the res he will be using 1920 on high settings its far colser to the 5870 and the 5850.

And yes the 5850 runs cooler but it can't operate on as high temps so the OC capabilty is only a little less on the 470(but you can't OC the toxic so again the 470 wins)

And yes it uses more power and just sucks :p .
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May 20, 2010 4:45:53 PM

I was told you cannot Overvolt toxics mayb e they did some altering that you can.
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May 20, 2010 4:53:14 PM

You don't need to overvolt the Toxic GPU's to get a nice overclock out of them.
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May 20, 2010 5:00:16 PM

So all those people whining about not being able to OC a toxic including me :D  are wrong?
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May 20, 2010 5:01:30 PM

5870s, not 5850s but it includes a Toxic. Overclocking headroom isn't as high as the others, but it can still be done.
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May 20, 2010 5:05:52 PM

You're not going to set any overclocking records, but they can certainly be overclocked.
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May 20, 2010 5:46:15 PM

Ok thnx for setting that straight
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May 20, 2010 6:01:27 PM

Sapphire only builds ATI cards and they're pretty good at it. I have one myself.
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May 30, 2010 7:47:40 PM

I ended up getting the computer together. Everything runs great.

AMD phenom 955
ASUS 5850
4GB RAM
Gigabyte mobo
650w corsair PSU
23" Acer h233h
windows 7 home premium 64x

The power supply I had - the Antec550. Did not have an 8 pin power connector for the mobo power. So I had to get a new one.

For anyone getting this CPU, know that the stock fan is terribly loud when gaming. Sounds like my wife's stand mixer. So I had to get an aftermarket cooler and all is well now.

Thanks.
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May 30, 2010 7:51:17 PM

Best answer selected by drudometkin.
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