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May 25, 2010 5:38:12 PM

Hello guys. After many years of buying brand rigs like gateway and dell and putting in better components i've decided to build my own system like I did many years ago. The system is mainly designed for gaming. I mainly play WoW and SC2 and don't need anything crazy but I do want a system that will last for a while and will play most games out there smoothly. Here is my list of parts.

Case - Coolmaster Haf 932
Power Supply - Corsair 850watt
Mobo - Asus Rampage Extreme II
CPU - i7 920
Heatsink - ?
Additional Fans - ?
Hard Drive - ?
DVD Rom - ?
RAM - Corsair Dominator 6gig
Video Card - Asus HD 5850

Those are the main parts I'm concentrating on. I would like the CPU to be as quiet as possible without loosing any performance.
May 25, 2010 5:54:59 PM

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May 25, 2010 6:01:00 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: will purchase after I pick all parts
BUDGET RANGE: around $1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: mostly gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, keyboard, mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: i prefer newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: connecticut, us
PARTS PREFERENCE: above i listed a few parts I really like
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe if needed
CROSSFIRE: Maybe in future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

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May 25, 2010 6:31:37 PM

Case - Coolmaster Haf 932 922 - imo no point going full tower unless u really want it
Power Supply - Corsair 850watt - works for me, i assume the TX for price
Mobo - Asus Rampage Extreme II gigabyte ud3r - best price for nice mobo, if u want to go asus rampage, get the extreme III (3) but not worth the money at ur budget
CPU - i7 920 930 - basically the same except the 930 is more recent, a leetle beet higher clock (2.66 vs 2.8 approx.?) and only 9 dollars more
Heatsink - unless u plan on big overclocking go with the $40 $25 hyper 212+
Additional Fans - not necessary, up to u
Hard Drive - 7200.12 1 tb or a spinpoint f3 1tb (but its out of stock at newegg.com)
DVD Rom - some cheap $20+ dollar dvd drive
RAM - Corsair Dominator 6gig go with some gskill sticks for better price for performance edit: these r nice gskill sticks too
Video Card - Asus HD 5850 with these changes u can get a.... 5870!!

if u were doing more intensive gaming than sc2 and wow then i would suggest lowering the cpu and mobo to a p2x4 955 (AMD) with some decent ~$120 mobo to try and squeeze in a 5970
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May 25, 2010 6:42:45 PM

Will the system last a while meaning will it play games at pretty good setting in future? I just really like Asus mobo because it is so easy to OC and i'm not too familiar with it so if software makes it easy im all for it.
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May 25, 2010 6:42:51 PM

CPU/HSF
i5-750 and CM Hyper 212 Plus $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MOBO/PSU
ASUS P7P55D-E LGA and 750TX $255 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
not a xfire board, but with a 5970, don't need xfire, nor will the 1156 really benefit from more than that anyway.

RAM
Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case/HD
HAF 922 and 7200.12 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU
5970 $700
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical
LG $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
Win 7 Premium 64 bit oem $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1528 before shipping and $20 MIR


$100 less if you don't need OS.

edit: Fixed it actually right this time!
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May 25, 2010 6:49:42 PM

Will this setup be overclockable? The room that the computer is in gets very hot in the summer and when I play games for hours my previous rigs have overheated a lot. Will setup above have heat problems?
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May 25, 2010 6:54:54 PM

That depends on ambient. My i5-750 with that HSF doesn't get above 49C on load, with 27C ambient.

I don't remember exact OC setting but i think it's 3.6ghz at 1.28v
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May 25, 2010 8:19:23 PM

tomek43210 said:
Will the system last a while meaning will it play games at pretty good setting in future? I just really like Asus mobo because it is so easy to OC and i'm not too familiar with it so if software makes it easy im all for it.


if u speak of SC2, WOW, D3, etc. then yes it will last a while.
asus and gigabyte for the most part have a pretty equally high standing on average.

in terms of overclocking, people seem to think gigabyte stuff is better, but the asus stuff is more noob friendly
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May 25, 2010 9:09:39 PM

so the system banthracis listed is best gaming rig possible for around 1500? I'm just a little hesitant on spending 700 on a GPU. wouldnt it be better to get 2x 5850 in crossfire? Or spend less on GPU and get better processor mobo..etc..
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May 25, 2010 9:29:47 PM

Well 2x 5850 works, but also requires a xfire mobo, which is $40 more. Also, the 5970 is a weird card, it's 2 5870's, but underclocked to 5850 speeds. It's performance is actually smack in the middle btwn 2 5850's and 5870's.

Course you could just OC it.

Honestly, you could also get away with getting the xfire version of teh Asus mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1 5870 and save $280 ish and use that money towards a SSD like the Intel X25-M g2 80 GB, currently $195. You could also play around with combo's a bit and save some more money as the 5870's have some nice combo's. Also, new mobo combo opportunities as well.

Ex. this 5870 mobo + the RAM combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

That build is just the best gaming performance you'll get out of $1,500 atm.

CPU wise, you're not gonna need more than the i5-750 and in fact, anything more is really a waste for that purpose as it's not gonna bring more FPS to the table.

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May 26, 2010 1:14:01 AM

thank you very much for your help Banthracis. I will be buying all the parts that you listed including the 5970. I figure with that card I can last a while and play most of games in near future. Do you think I should overclock and what do you recommend for settings?
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