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First time building a gaming computer.... Help please.

Will use it for gaming crysis, COD, Source, starcraft II, diablo III when i comes out. WOW...etc

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next two months BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 1000-1200) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Office depot for what i can get I have about $800 credit there (saw an antec computer case:
http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/699905/Antec-Nine-Hundred-tower-ATX/
Otherwise i guess newegg or any other site that is cheap and reliable.

PARTS PREFERENCES: going to have a 23-24 inch monitor

OVERCLOCKING: not sure

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: dont want a super loud computer, what it to last a while and be easily upgradable in the future for newer possible games. Like diablo III...


I have credit from office depot ($800) that is why it would be nice to get parts there or something. Someone said i can get this computer and upgrade the power supply and video card... here is the link: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/508974/HP-Pavilion-p6540f-Magnesium-Grey-Edition/?cm_cat=2000000020

If so what power supply would work and which video card is best value. tahnks for you help in advance guys.
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  1. 5850 minimum
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  3. looks good ... g.skill has RipJaws @ 1600c7, for $109, for that mobo, tho.
  4. Also, consider the Sapphire (non Vapor-X model) 5870 ... vs. the XFX ...

    ... XFX has a better warranty but they (often) cost a little more and sapphire uses better "jap-caps" and copper coils, etc ...

    .... With the XFX ... you are (much?) more likely to NEED that warranty.

    ... If Saphire/PNY/EVGA are not available (or cost more) ... XFX would be my next choice ... if NONE of "those" are in stock ... then wait until they are.

    DDR5 is obviously more desirable than DDR3 ... I think they all come with 1GB GDDR.

    = Cheers =
  5. I dont need 2 pci slots is there a mobo that only has one? that works well with the i5 750? want ddr3 and usb 3.0 as well.
  6. I like that build so a 5850 isnt a good graphics card i would need a 5870?
  7. Alvin Smith said:
    looks good ... g.skill has RipJaws @ 1600c7, for $109, for that mobo, tho.

    Link please??
  8. Either this ...

    .SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    ... or ... this ...

    G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    BOTH ARE PRICED AT $110 (USD)
  9. Alvin Smith said:
    Either this ...

    .SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    ... or ... this ...

    G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    BOTH ARE PRICED AT $110 (USD)


    Hey sorry but just curious if its worth getting a i7 920 or 930 vs the i5 750 cpu? exte $90 thas why i ask.
  10. nope ... i5-750 (OC) with a 5850 (or 5870) is optimum.

    the X58/1366 mobos and RAM kits cost MUCH more, as well.

    = cheers =
  11. Best answer selected by k1ngkev1n1.
  12. righteous +1
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