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New gaming build for around $1300

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June 6, 2010 10:16:00 PM

Hey, working on a new system here. This will be used for general stuff, but anything graphically intensive should be gaming.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next few weeks
BUDGET RANGE: 1300?
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, movies, music, etc. Only gaming high intensity.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg is good
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Good parts!
OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe?
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Basically looking to get best gaming performance out of this money. Few games would include mainstream stuff like Battlefield BC 2, COD Mod 2, TF2, LFD2, etc. If possible, I'd like to be able to max these games out pretty well in terms of graphical settings. Basically I want to be able to see it as the devs intended. On top of those games (which I'd think would be mostly GPU limited) I play some graphically intensive RTS games like Napoleon and Empire Total War. I'd also like to get performance on flight sims which can be CPU intensive.


Here are my thoughts so far:
CPU: Intel I5-750 (200)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus (30)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video: Gigabyte HD 5850 1GB (OC) (310)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 (140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB DDR3-1600 F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL (110)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB WD1001FALS (100)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750w 80 PLUS Certified SLI/CrossFire Ready (110)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Mid-Tower (80)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I need an optical drive to do DVDs and burning and suchforth. No Blu-Ray. Any reccomendations? I'm going to alot about 20 bucks to this in my budget for now.
This brings me to $1080 total. What kind of performance will this get me? I figure the processor is pretty solid for most mainstream gaming applications. Would my bottleneck here be graphics or CPU based? I'd hope to be able to max out settings at 1080p on standard FPS type titles. I've got 300 bucks more to spend. Should I splurge more on the video card?
One other thing I need is IE 1394b (FireWire 800). I figure this is most easily accomplished with a PCI card. Let me know please if you have any suggestions.
If there are better motherboards with 1394b onboard that would be nice also.
Thanks for all help!


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June 7, 2010 1:25:43 AM

The above recommended RAM is great, but you can go with the ECO series for a dollar more with a lower voltage.

G. Skill ECO Series 2x2 GB CL 7

The HDD is also great, there's also the Seagate 7200.12 1TB.

With the extra headroom that you have, you could go with a 5870 for even better gaming results.

If you plan on doing a significant overclock AND crossfiring, I'd suggest bumping up to an 850w PSU.

There's also the Noctua NH-D14 if you plan on doing that heavy overclock. Your budget would probably be able to handle it even if you upped your GPU to a 5870.
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June 7, 2010 1:03:24 PM

The RAM suggested above is good - either Ripjaw CL7 or the ECO.

I would spend the extra on mobo to get Crossfire/SLI as an option and get the ASUS board for $189.99, it also allows full use of the SATA 6 USB 3 I think (Whereas the GIgabyte I think is disabled when fully running GPU?):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would swap the HDD for the Samsung Spinpoint F3 either 500gb or 1TB. Personally I go with 500gb as I have never come close to maxing out the capacity.

With the spare cash I would buy the XFX 5870 for $389.99. It is $80 more, better and it is XFX - what more could you want?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would dump the Hyper212+, it was a great cooler at $24.99 but now they are charging $60 plus shipping which takes the piss
June 7, 2010 10:19:36 PM

The Hyper 212+ is still 30 bucks on Amazon.

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