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New i-7 build - evaluation and help needed

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: May 22, 2010
BUDGET RANGE: $1200-$1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, J2EE development


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com, and any other reliable online retailer
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:US
PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Not now, maybe later
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now, maybe much later
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Had asked the question this morning on another post. Got an excellent build suggestion from banthracis, i5-950. I've incorporated a number of suggestions from that post.
Have since decided that I still want the i7-930, which I have bought from microcenter for $200.
Having a lot of trouble deciding which graphics card to get. I had decided upon the 5770, but I am concerned about the win 7 64 bit drivers. Have looked at the gtx 260, but concerned about the size and heat. 5850, $300 seems a bigger risk than I want to take. Looking for good suggestions on that and an overall evaluation of current build.



LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009

Logitech Deluxe 250 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard - OEM $19.99

Rosewill 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card Model RC-505 $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815166026

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI $174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335

ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $229.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case AND
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive COMBO $119
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.400950

I7 930 from microcenter, $200

Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366/AMD/AM2/AM3 Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe 120mm Fan CPU Cooler

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1274454237&sr=8-1

Graphics card - sapphire 5770 (concerned drivers wont work)? Gtx 260 ? something better ?

Total: $1274 without graphics card
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  1. Best answer
    Solid build...

    At your resolution, your best option for performance is going with a 5850 from XFX or Sapphire. The current drivers are good, heat won't be a concern in the HAF 922 and Win7 64-bit is the best OS out (IMO). Ther is no reason not to make the jump to the 5850 with your budget.
  2. Do you really need 2 extra USB 3.0 ports? There's already 2 USB 3.0 ports on the P6X58D-E. Could put that $40 toward the GPU.
  3. No I don't -- my bad I didn't realise USB ports were available on board. I have taken that one out. Thank you.
  4. tecmo34 said:
    Solid build...

    At your resolution, your best option for performance is going with a 5850 from XFX or Sapphire. The current drivers are good, heat won't be a concern in the HAF 922 and Win7 64-bit is the best OS out (IMO). Ther is no reason not to make the jump to the 5850 with your budget.


    Hmm - I have tentatively added this one:
    SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $349

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102881

    Just seems a lot more pricey than a $169 5770 .
  5. microcenter did have the hyper 212 plus for 19.99. I'd check that out.
  6. Just reserved it... thx for the suggestion.
  7. At Newegg, there's a combo for the P6X58D-E and the Windows 7 that will save you another $20: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.395009
  8. Super, i've added it in -- thanks very much!
  9. metaxas said:
    Hmm - I have tentatively added this one:
    SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $349

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102881

    Just seems a lot more pricey than a $169 5770 .

    Pricey... Sure but for the performance increase it is worth it. The 5770 will struggle at times at 1920x1080 resolution. You can cut cost by getting a non-factory overclocked version like this XFX version for $40 less.
  10. That one looks pretty good -- will give it some thought (Sapphire vs XFX), but the 5850 it is. Appreciate the inputs on this.
  11. 1) XFX is the better manufacturer and supplies the better warranty... IMO
    2) You are paying an extra $40 for an overclocked card when you can easily adjust the XFX to those settings with little to no effort, while saving $40.
  12. How about this one -- very little to separate if from the xfx, except that they have not provided the core clock value, and there are more reviews on newegg. A minor gripe, but I didn't see too many reviews for the xfx on newegg (or amazon), it may just be a new release.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102885&cm_re=sapphire_5850-_-14-102-885-_-Product

    Would you still recommend the xfx (being the better manufacturer / warranty) ?
  13. I would get either or card... Both are great!!

    You can look at it as do I get an ASUS or Gigabyte board?? You cannot go wrong with either of them as they are the two best makers... IMO.
  14. Awesome .. thats good to know - really appreciate the advice and input. I'll let it sit for a few hours and come to a decision. Again thanks very much for the help!
  15. Best answer selected by metaxas.
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