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May 31, 2010 12:58:45 PM

Look at this new rig i have spent 15 hours straight researching and improving to my likings i was wondering if all my parts would be compatible with one another and if they would fit with each other as well as inside my case... any upgrade suggestions would be appreciated thanks :) 

Gpu-Diamond Viper ATI Radeon HD 5870

Cpu-Intel Core i7 860

Motherboard-ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX

Ram-CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB

Hard drive-Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM SATA II

Monitor-HannsĀ·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1 Built-in Speakers

Cd/Dvd Burner-Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

Case-Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Black Mid-Tower Case - 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays, 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays, 2 200mm Fans, 1 120mm Fan

Power Supply-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

Speakers-Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speakers

OS-Windows 7

Cpu cooler-ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Total cost=$1775

All for gaming!

O one more thing what cords do i need links would be awesome!

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May 31, 2010 1:37:22 PM

First... GPU to Monitor is way overkill! You will never need the power of the 5870 on a 19" monitor. I would upgrade to at least a 1920x1080 resolution monitor, which can be found around 21". If you don't want a different monitor I would downgrade to the 5770 (at most 5850).

Second... I would go with the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro instead. It provides equal or better performance for less money. It gives you USB 3.0 & SATA 6.0Gb/s support, which you board doesn't.

Third... I would get a better CPU cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus. The Zalman 9500 isn't the best of coolers and you won't be able to push your CPU as high with it.

Forth... I would go with the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB over the WD. It is the faster drive as it is based on two 500GB platters. Also, the price is cheaper :) 

Everything else looks good. Your motherboard will come with all the requires cables, so you don't need anything bought seperately for your system.
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May 31, 2010 2:17:09 PM

And fifth how about the g.skill ripjaws ddr3 1600 cas7's instead of your 1333 cas9 set.

Otherwise looks good. And the 5870 will definately appreciate a 1920x1080 res (21"-24") more.
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May 31, 2010 3:42:12 PM

haha thats funny all of the suggestions for hardware just ended up being what i had originally selected before i knew anything about making a custom computer... i just ended up changing them back :p 
also what are your opinions regarding thermal paste?
lol o and one more thing whats the performance difference between a 5850 and a 5870, noticeable?
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May 31, 2010 3:54:36 PM

I typically recomment Arctic Silver 5 but I took part in the IC Diamond test in the CPU section and I found the results to be a little better than AS5, so I would go with either or & throw in OCZ Freeze as well :) 

So any of the three (which ever one is cheapest for you :D  )
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May 31, 2010 3:59:55 PM

5870 vs 5850 Question

At higher resolutions, yes... (1920x1080 +)

Below 1920x1080, there isn't enough to justify the cost..
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May 31, 2010 4:09:27 PM

one last thing would this run anything i throw at it? and what would you rate this setup? i really want this to be the pc i dreamed of i dont want anything to be flawed
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May 31, 2010 5:29:47 PM

What is your final build after the rcommendations??
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May 31, 2010 5:50:47 PM

Ok are you ready...

Gpu-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

Cpu-Intel Core i7 860

Motherboard-ASUS P7P55D-E PRO Intel P55 LGA 1156 ATX

Ram-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3

Hard drive-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

Monitor-ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers

Cd/Dvd Burner-Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

Case-Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Black Mid-Tower Case - 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays, 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays, 2 200mm Fans, 1 120mm Fan

Power Supply-CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

Speakers-Logitech X-540 70 watts 5.1 Speakers

OS-Windows 7 SBE

Cpu cooler-COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

Keyboard-Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Cordless Desktop Standard keyboard & Mouse Kit

Final price $1,885.86
Price increase lol
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May 31, 2010 6:05:52 PM

I say 9.5/10... (No SSD so couldn't give you a 10/10 :D  )

It will handle pretty much any game you throw out at with good FPS and high to max settings! Very good build... IMO!!
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May 31, 2010 6:13:11 PM

WOOT!!! 'Thank you Ive been working so hard to get all the right stuff and i think that your recommendations helped me substantially and it gave me reassurance that i was not getting the wrong gear, Im gonna have so much fun when i get my parts im really happy with the parts that are going to be in it. Again Thank you so much for your help! :sol:  :D 
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May 31, 2010 6:53:19 PM

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