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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
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.
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!
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?
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
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
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..
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.

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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