$1200 Multi-task PC with Gaming - Need Help

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP BUDGET RANGE: 0 to $1,250 before Rebates ($1,400 is my max but I reserve $200 for a 22"-24" monitor, suggestions welcomed :) )

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Microsoft Office, Heavy Internet (many browser tabs per window), i-tunes, Gaming (Eve-online).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Open to AMD or INTEL. Prefer a 5770 GPU minimum for longevity. AMD X4 955 is minimum standard, I'm not sure what INTEL chip directly competes (i5?). Other selected parts are as follows:

CASE: MAF 992
PSU: True Power 650
STORAGE: SpinPoint F3 1TB

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. Never done that before SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (hopefully. I have not selected a monitor yet. With company discount I can get a new Dell ST2210 for $150 shipped to my door. However, your suggestions are welcomed.)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want the best bang for my buck. I'd prefer not making any core upgrade (MOBO) in the next 3-4 years. Quiet and Cool would be great.

I'm stuck between a X4 965, 1055t, 1090t and i7-930. All your suggestions are very much welcomed. Thank you for your help!
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  1. hmm.. get a asus P7P55D-E pro then a ati 5850. a 650wats corsair. a 4gb(2x2gb) gskill cl7. and that haff 922. then that spinpoint f3 tb. a i5 750 for cpu

    or with that budget. just go with the i7-930 but it would be more high end. so get a gigabyte x58a-ud3r and a 6gb(3x2gb)ram gskill. then corsair650watts. haff 922. then a ati 5850. and for the cooler. go for the coolmaster hyper 212. and the hdd is the same.

    OR

    go with the 6core proc. a 1090t then any 890fx mobo? then get a 5850 then the same ^
  2. xurwin said:
    hmm.. get a asus P7P55D-E pro then a ati 5850. a 650wats corsair. a 4gb(2x2gb) gskill cl7. and that haff 922. then that spinpoint f3 tb. a i5 750 for cpu

    or with that budget. just go with the i7-930 but it would be more high end. so get a gigabyte x58a-ud3r and a 6gb(3x2gb)ram gskill. then corsair650watts. haff 922. then a ati 5850. and for the cooler. go for the coolmaster hyper 212. and the hdd is the same.

    OR

    go with the 6core proc. a 1090t then any 890fx mobo? then get a 5850 then the same ^


    I looked into your suggestions. The i7-930 came to $1,342.23, i5-750 came to $1,311.87 and the 1090T came to $1471.87.

    All three are over my budget. Thanks for the suggestions however.
  3. ASUS 24x DVD Writer SATA Model DRW-24B1LT/BLK/B/AS LightScribe Support - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135209

    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=N82E16811119197

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402

    Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE CERTIFIED
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303


    SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
    And
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.388185

    Total: $1,030.83 with shipping

    You could get an SSD if you want.
    You also could get the 1090t and some nice cooling (Megahalems)
  4. duk3 said:
    ASUS 24x DVD Writer SATA Model DRW-24B1LT/BLK/B/AS LightScribe Support - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135209

    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=N82E16811119197

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131402

    Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE CERTIFIED
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371021

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303


    SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
    And
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.388185

    Total: $1,030.83 with shipping

    You could get an SSD if you want.
    You also could get the 1090t and some nice cooling (Megahalems)


    That looks appealing. Is the performance loss between a 790 chipset and an 890 chipset negligible?
  5. Sasmaster6000 said:
    That looks appealing. Is the performance loss between a 790 chipset and an 890 chipset negligible?


    Get the 955 BE (C3 stepping, its the one with less reviews)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    As far as i know it is the same exact CPU, the factory just increased the multiplier i believe. Saves you $20.
  6. if you want to buy tommorow the setup i gave you is more powerful and much cheaper
    and it includes better features, eg. USB3.0 and SATAIII 6gb/s
  7. Nearly ready to click "Checkout" Thanks for the help so far!

    Question on the memory

    Is G.Skill memory good? I read some reviews on newegg that said G.Skill has high failure rates... Is this true?? Also, the sticks that have been suggested are not listed on the boards vendor list (LINKY). Will it still work great?
  8. g.skill is very good, failure has to do with many things, mostly people being dumb. make sure that you practice good ESD protection and you should be great.

    i haven't had a bad part on a build yet, i use an ESD wrist strap and proper grounding.

    granted, there are some that are just bad chips, or get handled wrong in shipping so there is a small amount of luck involved too.
  9. Gskill has good ram!

    from my experience with Asus board....i would double check the compatibility with your ram by going on asus website
  10. Ok, thanks to everyone's help I'm come up with this build:

    CPU: X4 965
    Cooler CM Hyper 212 Plus
    MOBO: Gigabyte 890FX
    Memory: G.Skill 4GB
    GPU: Sapphire 5850
    Hard Drive: SpinPoint F3 1TB
    PSU: TP-650
    Case: HAF 992
    Optical: Sony Optiarc DVD-R/W
    OS: Win7 - Full (So I can reinstall after annual format)
    Monitor: Dell 24" ST2410


    If anything is out of balance please let me know. At this point I plan to purchase in the next 4-5 hours (tonight). Thanks again for all the help!
  11. Do not buy the hyper 212+ from newegg.
    It costs 67$!!!
    At that price, prolimatech megahalems.
    It actually costs less (without fans) :P
    If you want the hyper 212+, go to microcenter:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0315397

    With that savings, I would switch to this ram:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    I also might switch to the TP-750 because it's only ~10$ more and personally I would have more confidence in that, no real reason to though.
  12. duk3 said:
    Do not buy the hyper 212+ from newegg.
    It costs 67$!!!
    At that price, prolimatech megahalems.
    It actually costs less (without fans) :P
    If you want the hyper 212+, go to microcenter:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0315397

    With that savings, I would switch to this ram:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    I also might switch to the TP-750 because it's only ~10$ more and personally I would have more confidence in that, no real reason to though.


    That memory isn't listed on Gigabyte's supported memory document, I'm not sure if it would work.
  13. Good call on the 212 Plus. It was $50 in my newegg cart but Amazon has it for $30. Also, I think I'll upgrade the Hard drive to a WD Caviar Black 1TB as its SATA 6gb for only $10 more.
  14. i will stick with the ram you got if gigbyte doesnt' have that on their list...i went through too much trouble to find that out.

    i did a quick search on your HDD comnpared to WD and seems like ppl are still going for Spinpoint but i don't know much about HDD

    also i just read that the spinpoint is more quiet that might be a plus
  15. The Spinpoint F3 is plain faster than the Caviar Black even if it has the new standard, check out the benchmarks.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-hard-drive-charts/h2benchw-3.12-Avg-Read-Throughput,1010.html
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