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June 30, 2010 1:41:07 AM

I posted here a week or so ago to get recommendations on a build.

Originally the build was going to be a little over $1500. But as I kept trying to decide what to do, I went down a notch and decided to spend a little less cash.

Here is the build I will be looking at buying within the next week or so. (Hopefully tomorrow).

Keep in mind that in this new build, I needed everything except a mouse and a keyboard.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... - CPU/MOBO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - HDD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - CASE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - DVD ROM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - MONITOR



The advice I need right now before I buy is:
1. Are there any items that I could cut back on to make the total less, but still maintain the same performance?
2. The video card.... Recommendations for this build? The first video card recommended with a $700 video card, and while I appreciate fantastic hardware, right now it's not in the budget.

Thanks again!

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June 30, 2010 2:08:16 AM

This is a good build, you might want to try to find some more combos to reduce the price, though that's a good build!
Well for the video card it really depends on how much do you have left to spend at it. With those components if the pc is for gaming you shouldn't go any lower than a 5850 for the gpu. if you can't afford a 5850 i would highly recommend reducing the psu to like a corsair 650w, hd to 500gb, and maybe the cpu to a triple core.

With any of those video cards you have great perfomance, just chose whichever fits your budget

5850-$300
gtx 470- $330
5870-$400
gtx480-$500

(i'm not going to mention a 5970 as you said it doesn't fit your budget.)

Would highly recommend getting the 5850 or 5870 so you will be able to crossfire it if needed later, but wouldn't be possible to sli because of the motherboard.
June 30, 2010 2:18:33 AM

It's not a matter of not affording something.... I just don't like spending huge amounts of money... : )
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June 30, 2010 2:19:18 AM

Which I realize is the "catch 22" of the whole new build thing. You get what you pay for.....
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June 30, 2010 3:08:31 AM

Crossfire is never quite as good as a single card because there are always going to be some games that have an issue with CF. Of course, most do fine with it.

In general, CF 5770s will be a bit faster than a single 5850. Power consumption will be a bit more, but your system will handle it just fine. Your selected PSU would handle two 5870s easily, so 5770s are no issue.

If you value speed more than game compatibility go with the CF setup.
June 30, 2010 3:14:22 AM

Proximon said:
Crossfire is never quite as good as a single card because there are always going to be some games that have an issue with CF. Of course, most do fine with it.

In general, CF 5770s will be a bit faster than a single 5850. Power consumption will be a bit more, but your system will handle it just fine. Your selected PSU would handle two 5870s easily, so 5770s are no issue.

If you value speed more than game compatibility go with the CF setup.



Theoretically speaking..... I could (if I have compatibility issues with CFing) take one of the cards out.... right?
a b U Graphics card
June 30, 2010 3:47:10 AM

You don't even have to do that, you can just disable CF in the ATI utility.
June 30, 2010 5:35:52 AM

For sure the 5850 is the biggest bang for the buck, so if you just want to get the best for your money this is it. It would be better to get a 5850 over a 5770CF because of the CF compatibility in some games, and also because in the future if needed would be possible to crossfire the 5850, and it wouldn't be possible with that motherboard to get 3x 5770.
(And if you want to you can o.c. the 5850 to be just as fast as a 5870 or even faster, it's really easy to o.c. the 5850)
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