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May 24, 2010 8:17:30 PM

Hello there!

I'm getting a new monitor soon with a resolution of 1920x1200 so I need to upgrade my stuff (CPU, GPU, Mobo, RAM and Power supply) and I'd like some comments on a build I've put together.



BUDGET RANGE: Around $1500.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, movies and some Folding@Home.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Everything except for CPU, GPU, Motherboard, RAM and Power supply.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'll use for info but convert my prices to USD.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Iceland (I'll be buying everything over here except for the GPU).



SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (I'd like to add another 5870 later).



I'll be using my good old Thermaltake Armor full tower case. I'll also be using my Thermalright Ultra 120A.

I've put together what I think is best for not too much money, and pretty future proof.

Processor: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz : $374
Graphics card: A reference 5870, I'll find that one later on. : Around $428
Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D Premium : $382
Power supply: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W : $257
RAM: SUPER TALENT (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 : $234

For a total of $1675

So what's your opinion on this build?

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May 25, 2010 8:46:44 AM

Thanks for the response.

Regarding the i7 930, it's exactly the same as the 920 but with a higher clock, I'm going to overclock the 920 as much as I can so the 930 really doesn't interest me.

The motherboard, I see that you're suggestion is quite a bit cheaper then mine but will it overclock well?

I think I'll stick with my PSU as it's gotten great reviews and I might just get nvidia cards in the future, and they need a lot of power!
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May 25, 2010 10:24:52 AM

If you get a 5870 it will be a long time before you need a different card, by then Nvidia will likely have come out with new cards and likely much more efficient, so the 850W is probably still excessive.

Also, if it is mainly a gaming computer personally I would drop to an i5 750, P55 mobo and Dual channel RAM to save some money. The only downside to this is the x8/x8 lanes for XFire instead of x16/x16 but by the time the miniscule loss of performance matter you will likely be looking at a new computer anyway (hell, it will be a few years before you would even need to XFire 5870s)
May 25, 2010 6:36:53 PM

Regarding the mobo, the x58 is pretty future proof so I think I'll stick too it, I really want this thing to last quite some time so I wont have to upgrade on for the next couple of years, except for adding another GPU to the mix :sarcastic: 

This is probably going to be the first and only time i spend this much money on a computer, so I want it to be extra good ;)