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My First Build - $1000 Gaming PC

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May 31, 2010 4:10:06 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: $900-$1100

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, web browsing, movies, general purpose

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Any Recommended. ATI for graphics preferably

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, but in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've been wanting to upgrade for a while now, 3 or 4 years going on now. Current computer is a 10 year old Dell with AGP graphics and 1 GB memory :na:  So anything is going to be a major upgrade.

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Case-
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD-
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card-
GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU-
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM-
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO-
MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU-
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total current cost: $1,007.94 (includes shipping)

Would also like to maybe add a CPU cooler and maybe even an extra hard drive to then put into RAID 0 with, if I have the term correct :??: 

Thanks, in advance for any input and/or suggestions. I've been reading the forums here for several days now and have already learned so much. Thanks again.




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May 31, 2010 4:10:47 PM

The RAID caught my attention - in RAID0 (striping) the data is written on both disks, and if you lose one disk then all data is lost! I suggest RAID1 (mirroring). You will find more information on this at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_RAID_levels
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May 31, 2010 10:47:18 PM

It's fine, I have an external 1 TB drive that i've been using for backup purposes, which mostly consists of music and pictures. Questions though... Is RAID 0 even worth it, performance wise? Or would it just be better to get a larger drive to use?

Also, could anyone give me some suggestions on motherboards? Does the one i have picked out work, for overclocking and future crossfire possibly? It's the only thing I need to finalize before I buy everything, unless anyone has any replacements for the other parts :p 
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May 31, 2010 10:49:58 PM

Ubrales said:
The RAID caught my attention - in RAID0 (striping) the data is written on both disks, and if you lose one disk then all data is lost! I suggest RAID1 (mirroring). You will find more information on this at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_RAID_levels


Also, reading that, it seems like RAID 0 doesn't give that much of a performance boost, even for gaming. Too bad SSD are still too expensive :( 
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June 1, 2010 2:51:38 AM

The reviews regarding OC as well as Crossfire are good for this board - please read some of these reviews and finalize your decision.

I noted that you have selected 2 sticks of RAM - you can always add 2 more later if you decide to do so. Its either 2 or 4 sticks of RAM for this board.

Regarding RAID - Go for RAID1 if you want to do so. Your board has RAID 0/1/5/10 built in. If not, saving your data files on your internal drive, and then frequently (weekly?) backing up the drive to an external backup drive will work well.

In my case (I am not suggesting this) I went for RAID1 as well as an external backup just because I wanted to setup RAID and learn more about these things. In the process of learning, I formatted the drive containing the OS, and had to re-install Win 7 64-bit all over again. Now I am a little wiser!

Click on "More information" and then on "Member Configuration" to see my setup.
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