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1st time build Gaming $1500 (i7-930 & 5870)

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June 4, 2010 11:53:42 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: Around $1400-1500, but flexible.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, general use.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm in CA so I would prefer Amazon and TigerDirect since Newegg charges CA tax. I also have a Frys and Microcenter nearby.

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, maybe in a year or two.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first computer build and I just want to make sure that all of the parts are compatible and that I am getting good parts for the prices. I also don't think it's worth it for me to spend money on a SSD, maybe sometime in the future. And since I'm not overclocking I think I can stick with the stock cooler.


CPU: i7 930 ~$220 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
GPU: XFX 5870 $430 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $210 http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-LGA1366-CrossFireX-Mothe...
Case: Cooler Master HAF922 $90 http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Tow...
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline Frostbyte 6 GB 1600 6-8-6-24 $220 http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Enhanced-Redline-Frostbyt...
Power Supply: Corsair 750TX $110 http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750TX-750-Watt-Cert...
Optical Drive: Asus ~$26 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spintpoint F3 ~$77 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS: Win7 Home Premium 64-Bit $100 http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Home-Premium-Bit-OEM/dp/B...

Total Cost ~just below $1500 (including tax, shipping, and windows)


Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. :D 

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June 5, 2010 12:18:32 AM

Redline Frostbyte RAM has a $30 rebate on NewEgg. Do the Tax math and see if it saves you anything.
Just on general principle it would be nice to see an aftermarket cooler in there. Those high end parts 'want' a CPU as fast (or faster) as the $980 i7 975 3.33Ghz Extreme Edition.

Excellent choices all around IMO.
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June 5, 2010 2:14:38 AM

Thanks for the quick reply!
Yeah, after tax they turn out to be the same cost so I'd rather not have to deal with a rebate.

Quick question, is there any super rough estimation on how much 5870s should cost in 1 1/2 years from now?
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June 5, 2010 6:33:47 AM

Oh wow, thanks for those stats, I guess I could have researched that myself.

I'm glad my single 5870 should suit me well for a while, and a second 5870 won't be too expensive in the near future.
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June 5, 2010 8:32:49 AM

you build looks solid to me : )
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June 12, 2010 2:11:00 AM

Best answer selected by Driven2ThEdge.
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