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New Gaming Rig $1500

It has been a few years since I built my current computer and I'm at the point where I need to upgrade. The main use for this computer will be gaming. After reading these forums for several weeks, I can see that the hardware landscape has changed quite a bit, and I was hoping for some advice on this build. I'd like to make sure I'm being efficient and the computer will be able to handle new games for years to come (Total War, WOW, etc)


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Closer the better BUDGET RANGE: 1500 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Full ATX case, I'd like an I7 930, but can be convinced to go AMD if it would be better.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe I'd like a 5870 vid card, with the option for crossfire down the road

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200 but withing the next year would like to get a second monitor in 1080p

I will probably wait to upgrade to a SSD for another 8 months, hoping for the prices to drop by Christmas

Thanks for any help you can provide.
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COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm - 40.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity - 390.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102883

Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - 120.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371022

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM - 100.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 55.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=spinpoint-_-22-152-181-_-Product

MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813130274

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103727

The combo above is 334.00

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory - 110.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - 150.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043


Total: $1320.00

Thank you again for reading this and any help or suggestions.
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  1. Best answer
    Fyi, that Antec 902 is a mid-tower case, you would need to look at the Antec 1200 for a full-tower offering.

    For gaming, there is not much benefit to going with i7 over i5. You can save some money this way, or upgrade your GPU. Furthermore, Intel is changing sockets soon and so for future-proofing, AMD has the edge. An AMD Phenom II X4 955 build would be a little cheaper, still offer great gaming performance, and give you the ability to upgrade the CPU down the road without gutting the PC.

    My advice would be to go with the AMD PII X4 955, upgrade to an HD5970, and get the Antec 1200 instead.
  2. Transmaniaco,

    Thank you for the advice. I switched the I7 for a AMD PII 965 + MSI 890FX mobo combo. I also got the 1200 case. I do have a question about the HD5970. Do you think the 5970 will be a signifigant upgrade over a HD5870? I just wonder if the 5970 is overkill for this build? The price is about half for the 5870. Thanks again for your help. I updated the orginal post and here are the links to the new items I found based on your suggestions.

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    MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130274

    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    The combo above is 334.00

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    SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity - 380.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102883

    VS.

    GIGABYTE GV-R597D5-2GD-B Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Dual GPU Onboard CrossFire Video Card w/ Eyefinity - 700.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125303&cm_re=hd_5970-_-14-125-303-_-Product
  3. Its essentially the equivalent of 2 HD5850s. It is overkill at that resolution, but you mentioned upgrading to 1080P, and if so, the HD5970 will last for a while. If you want to save some money though, the HD5870 is an amazing card =)
  4. For the absolute best performance for $1,500 go with this build. It's overkill for your current resolution, but it'll be ready for your 1080p upgrade and you won't need to upgrade again for the life of the system, or basically until next gen consoles come out, 2014 earliest.

    CPU
    i5-750 $195
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    MOBO/PSU
    ASUS P7P55D-E LGA and 750TX $255 w/ $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.391967
    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=N82E16820231303&cm_re=ripjaw_ddr3_1600-_-20-231-303-_-Product

    Case/HD
    HAF 922 and 7200.12 $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.400950

    GPU
    5970 $700
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125303&cm_re=5970-_-14-125-303-_-Product

    Optical
    Lite on $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106333

    HSF
    CM Hyper 212 Plus $29.13
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1274885340&sr=1-1

    Total:

    Total $1429.04 before shipping and $20 MIR
    Shipping is only $10 to NYC (almost everything is free ship).
  5. Best answer selected by Dradian.
  6. Both mid towers and full towers are full ATX offerings. Full towers for serious OC'ing and multiple GFX cards....mid towers, IMO, useful for one or the other.

    The 1200 is a fantastic case but it would be almost criminal to get one w/o the Antec CP-850 PSU which performs on par with PSU's costing twice as much and comes cheap at $240 in this combo.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.387490

    I like Banthracis' build, except for the following:

    Scythe 2100 over the 212 - read this to see why .... the 2100 at $34 takes 3rd place just behind two $75+ solutions whereas the 212 gets a mention at the next to last sentence on the page.

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=432&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=23

    RAM - These are slightly (7-8-7-20) faster and cheaper ($25 MIR)
    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145285

    MoBo / CPU - If you're getting the 1200, this MoBo / CPU Combo makes sense...almost same MoBo as Banthracis build but adds XFire support - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.369221


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