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Gaming Rig [ 1000$ Budget ] Dilema Q&A

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June 13, 2010 12:00:59 PM

Purchase Date: I will be purchasing through NewEgg, I plan to wait until July 2-4 time frame hoping for some good sales.

Budget: Ideally Keeping it at 1000, but it looks like I may overshoot that slightly for what I want.

Usage: Strictly Gaming - In particular competitive FPS and World of Warcraft PvP.

Website for Parts: NewEgg.com for parts, considering TigerDirect.com for a monitor.

Part Preferences: AMD Processor; ATI Video Card(s) ; GSkill Ram; Asus Mobo; Corsair PSU;

Overclocking: No Crossfire: Yes


Additional Comments:

Dilema's for build:

#1 Hard Drive - I looked into SSD, and I'm interested in buying one and just using my external for literally all storage, but, they are pretty much out of my price range above 40GB. On the other hand, I'm curious if a 10,000 RPM Raptor will cause an information bottleneck anywhere, and cause me not to get the most out of my other components.

#2 Case - I've picked out a decent case, I like the layout, and the fan set-up. My concern is that the PSU goes on the bottom, and the PSU I'm looking to purchase has a cooling fan on the bottom as opposed to the top. Now 2 things here: I considered just flipping it, but I don't want it blowing hot air straight off the PSU into my bottom Radeon. Second I'm concerned that there is little to no clearance for the fan to blow out the bottom, so I'm worried it will smother and overheat.

#3 Monitor - I've read reviews and such for monitors, but I guess I just have a mental block for comprehending their specs. Any help in this department would be much appreciated.

Ideally I was looking to keep it under 1000$, for the box itself; allowing 200-300$ overshoot for a monitor. Any input on area's I could maybe shave some cash off would be helpful. I've had my current desktop for 5 or so years, so although I can do research to understand hardware capabilities, I've been out of the loop so long I don't really have any grasp on how well they perform, which may lead to hardware overshoot.
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Motherboard:
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Cards:
2x ASUS EAH4870/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model F3-12800CL7Q-8GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive:
Undecided (Dilema #1)

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: (Dilema #2)
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor:
Undecided (Dilema #3)
June 13, 2010 12:31:24 PM

Oww nobody would go HD 4870CF these days unless they already had one HD 4870 and the 2nd one could be had for dirt cheap @@ Either way for $898AR just go with something like this for the massive frames/$$ ratio ^^


ASUS MS238H Glossy Black 23" 2ms $190 free ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
possible option for LCD?
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June 14, 2010 5:51:41 PM

I decided on Crossfiring those cards because they are the best bang-for-buck out right now, and according to TomsHardware reviews and benchmarking, they match the 5870 2gig edition frame for frame in every aspect. The only downside is obviously 2 slots vs 1 slot used.
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June 14, 2010 6:07:10 PM

I see. What are you're thoughts on a hard drive?
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June 14, 2010 6:08:31 PM

Samsung F3 500/1TB depending on how much storage u need ^^ That Corsair 650 + F3 1TB combo looks way juicy though hehe
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June 14, 2010 6:27:32 PM

I'm not concerned with storage; just sheer performance. I need enough space to run W7 Ultimate; World of Warcraft; and lets say roughly I'd like maybe 75Gigs to spare for whatever else.
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June 14, 2010 6:30:11 PM

Then ya go with the F3 1TB ^^
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June 14, 2010 6:31:10 PM

How noticeable would those seek times be vs say a..

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" -Bare Drive

* 300GB
* 10000 RPM 16MB Cache
* SATA 3.0Gb/s

* Cache: 16MB
* Average Seek Time: 4.2ms
* Average Write Time: 4.7ms
* Average Latency: 3ms (nominal)
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June 14, 2010 7:19:13 PM

Hmm if u want a fast OS/Boot drive and want to splash a wee bit i wouldn't go with a mechanical HDD currently tbh - 60-80GB SSD if u can afford it ^^
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