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July 1, 2010 6:25:38 AM

Hey,

At this point i am trying to figure out the general build without seeking exact parts. Am also debating whether or not to be lazy and order a similar PC from digitalstorm.


Here is what i am looking at right now:


Case: Coolermaster HAF 922
MBD: Asus P7P55D SLI
CPU: Intel i5-750
RAM: 4gb (2x2)
SSD: 80 gb (probably intel)
HDD: 500gb 7200rpm

GPU: Cannot decide between gtx 480 or HD 5870. I think i will eventually go SLI and get a second card once the games demand it. I know the 480 in SLI is ridiculous, but the heat and noise might get annoying. I would like to hear what opinions you guys have on this debate. Also, will the i5-750 or 4gb RAM bottleneck a SLI setup?

PSU: Corsair 1000w (for the SLI when i get it.)


One other question:

Will the basic case fans be able to properly deal with the heat generated by 2x 480 gtx or 2x 5870s? I have heard the HAF 922 has amazing airflow, but it seems like it might be pushing it.


Anyway, please let me know what you all think! Any and all help is appreciated.

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July 1, 2010 6:37:03 AM

^ Will you be overclocking ?? And for a Dual HD 5870/ GTX 480 setup, the i7 9xx(X58) would better suit...
July 1, 2010 6:43:20 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Will you be overclocking ?? And for a Dual HD 5870/ GTX 480 setup, the i7 9xx(X58) would better suit...


Yes i will be overclocking.

I believe you can get around the same gaming performance out of the i5-750 as the i7-920/930 but please correct me if i am wrong.
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July 1, 2010 6:52:04 AM

^ It depends on the card that you would be using...
Say you have a Dual graphics card setup like HD 5770/ HD 5830, then the x8x8 bandwidth of the P55 boards and the power of the i5 750 would suffice...

But when you talk about the high-powered cards like the HD 5850 and above, then certainly the x8x8 bandwidth and comparatively the lower power of the i5 will hold them back...

Fill this and paste it here...
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
then we can give better suggestions...
July 1, 2010 6:56:53 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-3 Weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Web browsing, simple applications

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Don't need a mouse, but in the market for a keyboard and monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (ordering the full system from digitalstorm is a possibility)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Asus and Corsair also seem reliable.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably, although not right away.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200, is there a significant difference?
July 1, 2010 7:06:12 AM

Budget range ??
July 1, 2010 7:12:19 AM

gkay09 said:
Budget range ??


My bad, let's say i want to keep it under $2000. $2500 is absolute maximum including monitor and speakers.
July 1, 2010 7:16:24 AM
July 1, 2010 7:17:30 AM

The above build with 2x HD 5850s comes to around ~$1615 not including monitor, peripherals and OS...
July 1, 2010 7:26:17 AM





Seems like a very solid build. I would really like to get away with the i5-750 if i can, though. If it is overclocked to say 3.6 could the i5-750 handle CFX-5870s?

Also, would the 750w PSU be enough even with OC CPU and 2x 5870s (perhaps OC'd)?
July 1, 2010 7:31:33 AM

^ That 750W will suffice for an overclocked CPU + 2x HD 5870s...
But not for 2x GTX 480s though...

And as for the CPU, if money is not much of a constraint, then certainly the i7 over the i5 for such a build...but its your call though...
And the major bottleneck is not the speed, but the PCIe bandwidth(x8x8 compared to x16x16 of the X58)
July 1, 2010 7:28:07 PM

gkay09 said:
^ That 750W will suffice for an overclocked CPU + 2x HD 5870s...
But not for 2x GTX 480s though...

And as for the CPU, if money is not much of a constraint, then certainly the i7 over the i5 for such a build...but its your call though...
And the major bottleneck is not the speed, but the PCIe bandwidth(x8x8 compared to x16x16 of the X58)



I have been told the difference between x8/x8 and x16/x16 amounts to roughly 3% performance. I don't think that justifies the extra $150-200 it takes to upgrade to i7, x58, and put in more fans to cool the system.
July 2, 2010 4:06:19 AM

^ Well did you personally see those benchmarks??
Maybe this recent article from TOMs would clear some doubts...And check out the case that they have used...The HAF 922 would provide better airflow than that case with stock fans...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-cpu-gpu,2...
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