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1000-1500 Gaming System Help Please

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June 12, 2010 9:06:09 AM

Hi guys, I'm new to this forum and joined to get some feedback on a system I'm planning to build.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1500 except I wish to reserve ~$200 for a monitor, if you guys could suggest a good one, that would be great

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching HD videos, Photoshop, surfing the web, office

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers, mouse, keyboard, OS
I'm planning to reuse my thermaltake 600W, i'm not sure if my build will require a new psu

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: any
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080 or higher

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'll probably end up getting new speakers, keyboard, and mouse, and wifi card somewhere down the line, so if there's something good right now, please suggest it and i'll probably just buy it

intel core i7 930 + msi x58 pro-e mobo combo
fry's weekly special $400-$20 rebate = $380
http://www.frys.com/product/6176519

DDR3 3x2GB 1600MHz C7 corsair
fry's weekly special $180-$40 rebate= $140
http://www.frys.com/product/6253100

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 7200RPM, 32MB, Sata-3G, OEM
Tiger Direct $70-$30 rebate = $40
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Sapphire Radeon HD5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI-E 2.0 x16 HDCP ready CrossfireX support
Newegg $170-$10 rebate = $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc DVD/CD rewritable drive, Sata, 24xDVD 48xCD, 2M cache
Newegg 25x2=$50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master V8 Intel i7 compatible, 120mm rifle CPU cooler
Newegg $50 (Refurb at CM Store $45)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master HAF 932, full tower, 4 fans
Newegg $140 (Refurb at CM Store $110)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
Cooler Master HAF 922, mid tower, 3 fans
Newegg $90 (Refurb at CM Store $80)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I saw a bundle at newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I... that offered the low end of what i was looking for

This rig would run ~$1100 with shipping and tax vs the bundle at $920

Is it worth the extra $200 for this build? and is there other parts that would be better?
Thanks.

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June 12, 2010 9:19:00 AM

Way heavy in all but the most crucial area for Full HD gaming: GPU IMO @@
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June 12, 2010 9:27:31 AM

Get a 5850 or 5870 and downgrade your cpu to an i5 750.

That also means a different mobo and 4gb of ram.

For the rest it looks good
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June 12, 2010 9:33:19 AM

It's not even a comparison. Stick with Frys (you lucky bastard) and pick up what you can get cheaper from newegg.

The 5770 does seem rather light in this build, but you can always add a 2nd down the road.

I'm not a big fan of the CM V8. There are better and less expensive coolers out there like the CM 212+.

Tough to go wrong with the HAF932. It's still the best air cooling case on the market today, so long as dust isn't a major issue where you live. If it is you can consider the 922 but it does tend to be more restrictive. CM 690 II Advance, Lancool K62, and Antec 902 are also great options that have dust filters.

That's a lot of nice hardware to risk on a used psu. Personally I'd pick up a new one . If you're at the limit of you're budget you could always consider a P55-i7 860 build. It'd save you enough to pick up a decent psu to go along with it and you really won't miss a beat.

Hmm, monitor. Photoshop, IPS... 200$ price range...

Dell U2311H 299.99 23" IPS 1920x1080 /w displayport 239.99 with 20pct off coupon.
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/pr...

Dell U2211H 279.99 21.5" IPS 1920x1080 /w displayport 223.99 after coupon
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/pr...

Register with Dell Small Business for coupon.
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June 12, 2010 5:42:45 PM

Hi guys, thanks for the quick replies.

The GPU seems to be the problem, hmm... well i chose the 5770 because i never have played a game with 1090x1080, max setting, AA, etc. before so I probably just don't know what I was missing

and the psu is less than a year old, i bought it since i was planning to upgrade my GPU then, but it never went through

How about

HIS Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support + Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC combo
Newegg $405-$50 combo - $15 rebate = $340
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
(thanks batuchka, saw it on one of your builds)

it solves the graphics card problem and provides a new psu, except it shoots the price up another $200 (shipping and tax included)

any thoughts?

@a4mula thanks for the tip on the cooler, saw the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus on http://www.provantage.com/cooler-master-rr-b10-212p-gp~... for $21
while newegg had it for $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EDIT: would a Hyper 212+ fit in a haf922? Thanks.
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June 13, 2010 6:39:30 AM

Here's the mindset concerning the 5770:
If gaming is your main goal for this build then the gpu should be your primary concern. Virtually every modern (once overclocked) cpu will run games without bottlenecking the video card. So when you spend an ample amount of money on a 1366 setup and pair it with a run of the mill video card, it tends to raise eyebrows.

However... If you plan to use this pc for productivity as you've stated then in my opinion you've made the right choice in favoring a workhorse cpu. The 5770 is not a bad card. It will run a single monitor at 1920x1080 with most settings high just fine. I'm still of the strong opinion that the 58xx series from ATI is aimed at multiple monitors. It's a waste of money imo to pair a 5850 or 5870 to one monitor.

The 212+ will fit in a 922. Yeah, I'm not sure what's going on with Newegg trying to ream people with that price. For the longest time they had it for 24.99.

Best of luck, and if you still have questions feel free to ask.

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June 13, 2010 8:22:52 AM

Honestly for $898AR one could slap together a superior gaming rig by far than any discussed thus far @@
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