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June 22, 2010 8:24:49 PM
June 22, 2010 8:34:02 PM

None of that is compatible.

You have the i5, triple channel RAM (OCZ also, a bad choice for Intel CPUs), and a X58 board. You're completely off base. Here's what you should be looking at:

CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $265 after rebate (with free game)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
GPU: HD 5970 $700
PSU: Corsair 850W $120 after rebate
HDD: Samung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $70
Case: HAF 922 $90
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $19
Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

Total: $1,554. It's a little over, but you've got some time to watch prices.

Or here's a less powerful option:

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $335
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110
GPU: HD 5870 $390
PSU/Case: Antec 900 and TruePower 750W $145 after rebate
Rest is the same

Total: $1,290
June 22, 2010 8:37:40 PM

V_V

Fail on my part.

Thanks for the reply. I will watch these items' prices over the next few weeks.
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June 22, 2010 8:39:23 PM

Regarding the more powerful, more expensive option: I have been out of computer hardware for a LONG time. Is that going to give me a huge bang for my buck?
June 22, 2010 8:42:52 PM

Assuming you're gaming, that build will destroy anything you throw at it for the next 5-6 years. The 5970 is powerful enough to play any game with max details using Eyefinity (3 monitors as one, or 5760x1080 resolutions). The X4 955 is a little weak compared to the i7-930, but it's also nearly half the price, and it at least has an upgrade path.
June 22, 2010 8:45:02 PM

Well then that's settled. I can fork over the extra cash if that means the new build will be a beast. Thank you sir.
June 22, 2010 8:46:24 PM

And yes, it will definitely be for gaming.

Also: Will this build need any extra cooling? Should I upgrade to a full size case to fit some more fans?
June 22, 2010 8:48:28 PM

To be fair, the other ones still a beast. The 5870 is powerful enough to play everything at max details with a single 1080p monitor. However, it will likely need to be upgraded/Crossfired in 3-4 years. The i5 is also a more powerful CPU, but there is no upgrade path for it, so if you ever need more CPU power, you're looking at a new build.

The cooling will be fine. The HAF 922 IS a full tower case, it's just mislabled a mid tower. The case is actually larger than most full towers (the Antec 1200 included) and is one of the few cases that will actually fit an HD 5970 in it without squeezing or modding.
June 22, 2010 9:53:11 PM

Thanks alot Mad, I appreciate it. This is getting me more excited for the June 30th paycheck to roll around. Mwa ha ha.

I will go with the more powerful build and keep looking at pricing. I definitely don't need 3 monitors, but I don't like upgrading that much. So 5-6 years compared to 3-4 sounds cool.

I was hoping it was mislabeled or something. I prefer a larger case, I hate having to fit my hands inside a confined pc.
June 23, 2010 12:26:39 AM

It's not that it's mislabeled, it's just misclassified. I'm not exactly sure why Coolermaster choose to call the HAF 922 a mid tower, but it's certainly not small.
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