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May 24, 2010 4:29:40 PM

i have enough to build a new gaming rig, this build is around $1200. i mainly want to know a few questions about this build, my funds are over what this costs so i have a little flexability but i do want do know if im spending money on parts i really dont need, so these are the main questions

1. is it worth it for the money

2. are the parts compatible with each other

*** on another forum a member suggested i go with a phenom II X4 965 instead of the 6 core
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
(also didnt include case as i have the antec 900)





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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2010 4:35:41 PM

No it's not worth it. You're wasting a lot of money on parts you don't need (X6, 890 chipset), overpaying for features you won't use (950W PSU), overpaying for parts that are overrated (Corsair H50) and getting lower performing parts (G.Skill 1333 RAM).

Here's the best $1,200 build:

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $370. The i5 will beat the X6 in straight up gaming.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110. Faster sticks.
GPU: HD 5870 $390
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90 ($20 off with a promo if buying today). If needed.
PSU: Corsair 750W $90 after rebate. 750W is enough to OC and Crossfire 5870s.
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus (Usually $30, so you probably can find it cheaper somewhere else)

Total: $1,090 ($1,070 if buying today)
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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2010 4:38:29 PM

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Couple of quick questions:
1) What resolution are you gaming at?
2) Are you doing anything (frequently) other than gaming?

The X6 is not worth it unless the answer to #2 is yes. If you do a lot of video/audio editing or something similarly demanding, you might get some use out of the X6. However, it's worse than the X4 at gaming and it costs more.

The power supply is overkill. 750W is enough for that system. 850W would be reasonable if you think you're going to crossfire or overclock.

You should be able to get faster (CL7) RAM for about $10 more the same price, as newegg seems to have temporarily reduced the price on CL7 Ripjaws.

I don't personally think the H50 is worth the risk, but it's your call. Most people on here will tell you that you'll do better with an air cooler.

EDIT: Once again, Madadmiral gets there first.
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May 24, 2010 6:25:05 PM

MadAdmiral said:
No it's not worth it. You're wasting a lot of money on parts you don't need (X6, 890 chipset), overpaying for features you won't use (950W PSU), overpaying for parts that are overrated (Corsair H50) and getting lower performing parts (G.Skill 1333 RAM).

Here's the best $1,200 build:

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $370. The i5 will beat the X6 in straight up gaming.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110. Faster sticks.
GPU: HD 5870 $390
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90 ($20 off with a promo if buying today). If needed.
PSU: Corsair 750W $90 after rebate. 750W is enough to OC and Crossfire 5870s.
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus (Usually $30, so you probably can find it cheaper somewhere else)

Total: $1,090 ($1,070 if buying today)

What OS would be recommended with this build? Thanks.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2010 8:01:08 PM

Not for a gaming PC. The the 860 is a cheap workstation CPU, and it's generally not worth it even then. The UD3 is a single GPU board, which is not future proof and not great for gaming.
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May 24, 2010 8:12:56 PM

alright thanks alot everyone just a few more questions
it seems that the general agreement here is to go with i5-750 and asus CPU/MOBO combo
on both boards everyone says G.skill ripjaws are better, and is safer bet with an air cooler,

how ever now im not sure weather to stick with the 5870, or go with the GTX 480
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

any opinions on which is better?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2010 8:17:24 PM

The 5870. The 480 is a lot more expensive, requires more power, produces a ton of heat (making SLI nearly impossible), and is only slightly more powerful and a little better in SLI (if you can make it possible). If you're looking at the 480, you really should consider stepping all the way up to the 5970, but that would require a bigger case than the one you have.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2010 8:27:04 PM

I know what case it is. And no, the 5970 wouldn't fit in the case. The 5970 is massive. It's over a foot long. Given that the 900 is only about a foot and a half deep (including the HDD cages), you'd have to do some case modding to make it work.
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May 24, 2010 8:32:42 PM

k, im not disagreing with you, i have been reading forum post and youtube vid of people that got it to fit, but is it worth the extra money for it over the 5870, how much better is the preformance?
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May 24, 2010 8:40:02 PM

Best answer selected by xxvousxx.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 24, 2010 8:42:11 PM

People can get it to fit. It just requires some work and possibly some sawing. Regardless it's a very, very tight fit and not recommended.

The 5970 is easily the best video card out there. If you want some benchmarks, just google some up or check out the charts section. The card is a beast. The 5870 struggles with playing Crysis at 1920x1080 with max details, while the 5970 is barely struggling with it at 5760x1080 (three monitors). I can honestly say that if you get the 5970 and play on a single monitor, you will not need to upgrade the 5970 before the rest of the build.
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