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$1800 Budget Gaming PC Setup

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June 23, 2010 6:26:27 PM

Hello

First off thanks for taking some time to Reading my thread,
my question is simply are these parts in your opinion, good for a budget gaming/all-around media center PC?
i intend to do a lot of multitasking on my computer as well as using it for Movies and Games. also i intend to overclock.
my budget is around $1800, and i selected parts that i thought might be good to make it versatile in all areas
(why i chose the i7 860 and not i5 750)

anyway, here is the build: tell me what you think of it. the only thing not listed is speakers, witch i have already...

CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz
$280

Motherboard: LGA 1156 MSI-P55-GD80 Motherboard
$204

Power Supply: CORSAIR TX 750watt SLI Ready CROSSFIRE Ready
$109

RAM: G-Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 2 x 4 GB
$107 (Thinking about dropping the SSD, and Getting 8Gb)

Graphics Card: XFX Raedon 5850 ZAFC
$304

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB
$ 80

SSD: Intel X25-V SATA II 40GB 2.5"
$117

Monitor: Hanns·G HH-241HPB Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Widescreen
$190

CPU Heatsink: Scythe Mugen 2 Rev.B Sleeve CPU Cooler
$35$

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
$100

DVD Drive: 2x LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Burner
$50

CASE: AzzA Fantom 900 (buying from amazon, but Here is Case's Newegg listing
$109

all this plus Mouse+Keyboard+Mouse pad totals about $1715

i have concidered dropping the SSD and anothe pair of G-Skill 2x4 Gb to make it 8Gb togeather, butt will i notice and increase? also i concidered dropping the SSD and getting a 5870.
June 23, 2010 7:49:12 PM

More threads is useless for multimedia and gaming. Unless you're actually encoding your own movies no need.

Same with RAM. 4GB is fine for all normal needs. In fact, 32 software is limited to 2gb of RAM unless there's a large address aware header. Even then, 3gb limit in 32 bit OS, 4gb limit in 64 bit OS.

Only major exception in professional graphic and video editing software.

Should get a MOBO with USB 3 SATA 6. Asus p55d-e pro is the best bet.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM get the cas 7 ripjaw kit.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

weird case choice. Y not a HAF 922 with an extra 200mm side fan?
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June 23, 2010 8:14:15 PM

I agree with banthracis, definitely find a mobo with USB 3.0.
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June 23, 2010 8:23:15 PM

You could get an i7 930 for $199 with the microcenter (www.microcenter.com) in-store special, which is $80 cheaper than newegg's i7 860 and $90 cheaper than newegg's i7 930. Even if there isn't a microcenter near you, people are often willing to pick one up for you and mail it to you. Just a thought, but I'd consider it, though you'd need a different mobo
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June 23, 2010 9:17:17 PM

"weird case choice. Y not a HAF 922 with an extra 200mm side fan?"

good idea with the HAF..
my current computer sits on my left-hand side, and further left of the computer is a vent, so i thought this case, with the huge intake fan on the side would be perfect..
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June 23, 2010 10:02:07 PM

Should i took out the SSD and added a 5870, would this be a better idea for the value?
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June 23, 2010 11:01:25 PM

HIS 5870 is $351 ATM after promo code on newegg. Not the best company, but that price is very good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you do get a SSD, you really should get at least a 60gb SSD, I personally wouldn't go smaller than 80gb.

For gaming it's definitely better to go with the 5870. Overall system responsiveness though, would be better with the SSD.

Kinda hard to say since it's a mixed use system. But f it's primarily gaming, then yes, go 5870.
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June 24, 2010 12:24:55 AM

would a scythe scmg-2100 sleeve cpu cooler work?? instead of the one they have on there???
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