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1300 - 1400 Intel Gaming Rig

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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  1. Best answer
    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
  2. 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.
  3. Best answer selected by armaghetto.
  4. Will that recommendation not end up being CPU bottle necked?
  5. The CPU is never the bottleneck for gaming. And the 955 is a very powerful CPU for it's price.
  6. 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?
  7. 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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