1200 gaming pc.

hello toms hardware. I just wanna thank you guys for the excellent advise you gave me on my last question. I did say i was gonna use this forum again so here is another post from me.

my brother would like to spend around 1200 -1350 $ max for a sexy gaming rig. Things he already has is a 24inch montior and a very nice antec case so those are excluded from this build. my brother doesnt care it its amd or intell, he just wants the biggest bang for the buck. his one concern is with graphics cards and if it worth getting a 5970 2gb in this build, and if so what are the chances ati is gonna release something new in the near future thus dropping the prices on a 5970 2gb hes had is eyes on. anyways newegg seem to be where my brother would like to shop from.

ty once again for always having quick and great responses to these questions.
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  1. What Antec case? I'd like to recommend a 5970, but it's not likely to fit in many Antec cases...

    Here's what I'd recommend if the case will fit the 5970:

    CPU: X4 955 $160
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $110 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
    GPU: HD 5970 $700
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
    PSU: Corsair 850W $130 after rebate
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20

    Total: $1,290

    If the case won't fit the 5970, I'd almost suggest spending $30 over the $1,350 and getting a HAF 922 that will fit it...
  2. ty for the quick reply admiral. now if my brother didnt want to go the 5970 2g route what other options are there out there for him if he would want 2 run 2 cards or even 1, and save himsefl a few bucks
  3. If he wants 5970 level performance for cheaper, his only option is xfire 5850's. Just take Mad's build and use 2 of those instead. Overclock the 5850's a bit and they're basically the equivalent of a 5970.
  4. I wouldn't use Crossfire right away. It's pretty much a waste of money.

    The other option that doesn't use the 5970 is:

    CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $370
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
    GPU: HD 5870 $400
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
    Case: HAF 922 $90
    PSU: Corsair 750W $90 after rebate
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20

    Total: $1,160
  5. +1 to mad admiral's i5 build in my opinion, the 5970 is overkill for most if not all games
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