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Advice for 1500ish build

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May 22, 2010 6:35:48 AM

Hello, this will be my first build. I must say this site has already been extremely helpful.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within two weeks. BUDGET RANGE: 1500-1600 before shipping

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, HDD (already purchased a Samsung F3)

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

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Probably SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I have two builds in mind, one P55 and one X58.

P55 build:
200 - Intel i5-750
190 - Asus P7P55D-E Pro
110 - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
310 - XFX 5850
90 - Cooler Master HAF 922
110 - Corsair 750TX 750W
30 - Lite-On Black optical drive
200 - Intel X25-M 80GB SSD

Total = 1240, well under budget. Which kind of makes me want to opt for the X58 build:

290 - Intel i7-930
210 - Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366
180 - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM
Everything else the same.

Total = 1420. Just 180 more for a Crossfire-able system. Is it worth it considering I'd be getting basically the same performance right now (especially if I were to overclock)? Let me know what you think

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May 22, 2010 7:15:05 AM

Good choices although I'd personally pick a Corsair HX650W instead mainly for the modular cabling system. I'd go with the LGA 1366 system.
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May 22, 2010 8:58:49 AM

beautiful builds but I'd change the ram to cl7 om each build

For the rest you will see a performance difference with the i7 system in cpu intensive games and also in other activities like starting up(since you'll have an ssd) and the i7 has hyperthreading. Also winrar and stuff like that will go much faster. Your ram will also be significantly faster due to the tripple channel memory.

Also at your resolution with settings on high the 470 gtx is a better buy. It performs closer to the 5870 than 5850 on resolutions like that.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... also comes with a free game

here are the benchmarks if you're sceptical: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
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May 22, 2010 9:45:48 AM

Since he's considering either CFX or SLI, he'd need to get an 750W or 850W PSU to be safe if he does buy the GTX 470.
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May 22, 2010 10:55:23 AM

It is good in many ways, except that it's only rated for ~760 watts on it's 12V rails, and can only fit in 3 Antec cases.
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