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1300 - 1400 Intel Gaming Rig

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May 28, 2010 8:52:59 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-4 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1300 (preferable) but might be able to got up to $1400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the web, watching movies, programming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon, Tigerdirect, Buy.com, Zipzoomfly, (Froogle\Pricegrabber)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel processor is the only requirement

OVERCLOCKING: Yes but not right awway

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes but not right away

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not sure but it will be displayed on a 27" HDTV (Panasonic)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be my first homebuilt system but I have worked on computers for a while. I've never attempted to overclock but I plan to and components that make the process easier are a plus.

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Here is what I put together so far:

CPU: i7-920 (ewiz.com)
CPU Cooler: ?
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (Asus P6X58D Premium would be nice if I get under 1400) (ewiz.com)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 10666CL7D-4GBRH 4GB (12800CL7D-4GBRM or 12800CL8T-6GBRM if I got the Asus mobo) (newegg.com)
GPU: XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (zipzoomfly.com)
HDD: WD Caviar Black WD5001AALS (zipzoomfly.com)
Optic: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS (newegg.com)
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX (newegg.com)
Case: Antec Two Hundred (newegg.com)

Total (using various websites): ~$1250
Total (if I use Asus mobo 6GB 12800 RAM): $1400

Please let me know if that setup looks good or if there is a better value

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May 28, 2010 8:56:42 PM

There's a much better value. And one that actually works (the 200 is a small case). Of course, that would require you to ditch Intel...

CPU: X4 955 $160
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $110 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
GPU: HD 5970 $700
PSU: Corsair 850W $110 after rebate
HDD/Case: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB and HAF 922 $120
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20

Total: $1,355

If you must absolutely stick with Intel:

CPU: i5-750 $195
Mobo/PSU: Asus P7P55D-E Pro and Corsair 850W $280 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
GPU: HD 5970 $700
HDD/Case: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB and HAF 922 $120
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20

Total: $1,435
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May 28, 2010 9:46:44 PM

MadAdmiral said:
There's a much better value. And one that actually works (the 200 is a small case). Of course, that would require you to ditch Intel...

CPU: X4 955 $160
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $110 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
GPU: HD 5970 $700
PSU: Corsair 850W $110 after rebate
HDD/Case: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB and HAF 922 $120
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20

Total: $1,355

If you must absolutely stick with Intel:

CPU: i5-750 $195
Mobo/PSU: Asus P7P55D-E Pro and Corsair 850W $280 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $120
GPU: HD 5970 $700
HDD/Case: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB and HAF 922 $120
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20

Total: $1,435


Thanks for quick reply.

I chose poorly on the case and meant to put the Cool Master 690. I'm also hesitant to put down $700 on a GPU and would probably buy a 2nd 5870 to crossfire on my system in the near future.
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June 7, 2010 12:51:49 AM

Best answer selected by armaghetto.
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June 7, 2010 1:15:48 AM

Will that recommendation not end up being CPU bottle necked?
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June 7, 2010 6:52:47 PM

The CPU is never the bottleneck for gaming. And the 955 is a very powerful CPU for it's price.
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June 7, 2010 7:09:42 PM

The 27" HDTV is most likely 720x1280. At this resolution, the CPU would be the bottleneck in a system with a 5970, wouldn't it?
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June 8, 2010 3:04:03 PM

Possibly, but the FPS won't be held to a level that's visible (or at least not noticeable) on the TV anyway, so it wouldn't matter. And with a 5970, the next upgrade is going to be the monitor.

It's also possible that the resolution is th full 1080. 20-30" is kind of the border between 720p and 1080p.
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