1500$ Build

Hello all, this is a 1500$ build i will be making for a friend. its primary purpose is gaming, however not hardcore gaming, more tactical and rpg gaming, but still needing a good gpu. it needs everything, so monitor, dvd burner, and os included. heres what i have:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.432367

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.432133

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437524.13-130-274

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.431395

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227528

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254051

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

final price after mir is 1415.90$. the mobo is the only thing you arent allowed to change, and id prefer it stay amd. thats it, best build gets a best answer and a cookie! :)
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  1. I really don't think I'd change much. You might be able to work a 5870 in there, but it would take alot of arranging.
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.435057

    955 and 5870 combo, will put you overbuget by. 514-424=90. 1415.90+90=1505.90

    $5.90.

    So yeah, I'd get the 955/5870 combo deal and seal it all up!
  3. yeah, i was thinking of that with the 90$ left over, but he really doesnt need it. a 5850 should be just right, and if he gets into the new crysis, he can just xfire it, considering last time i checked, the 5850 scales better than the 5870.
  4. By that logic just Xfire 5770s because it's better than 1 5850 right?

    The budget is the budget, planning a build around the fact that it can add a 2nd moderate card in the future, rather than using the remaining 90 dollars to upgrade the single GPU is... questionable.
  5. but hes not going to need a 5870, even a 5850 might be overkill. im just saying that in the even that he does, you can always just xfire it.
  6. Well I see the budget and I see 90 dollars. Unless you can say what that 90 dollars should be spent on instead that will increase his gaming experience, then by all means.

    Also don't forget that you build the computer for the future not the here and now. I'd rather spend 90 dollars now to save me from spending 300 dollars in a year just to Xfire 5850s
  7. I think xfire'n and sli'n cards to keep pace with software is hilarious. When would you not want to just get ONE of the latest gpus.

    Its a brilliant way to sell $600+ on vid cards however.

    Its like having two weak twin turbos on a car that would do better with just one huge single turbo.
  8. yes, i realize that buying 1 5870 would be better, but what happens if thats not good enough? its not out of the question that if 1 5850 isnt good enough, 1 5870 might not be good enough. of course ill oc it for him, so he will likely get 5870 performance out of it anyway.
  9. Your argument is "what if the 5870 isn't good enough" and your answer is buy a 5850 instead? Sorry, I think I'm done here.
  10. my argument is if the 1 5850 isnt good enough, which it is, then it is likely the 1 5870 might not be good enough, if say he picks up metro 2033 or crysis. if neither is good enough, id rather pay 300$ for another 5850, than 400$ for a 5870, when the 5850 scales better than the 5870 anyway. i understand why i would put the 5870 in, and it does fit in the budget, but he DOES NOT need a 5870 now.
  11. cmcghee358 said:
    Your argument is "what if the 5870 isn't good enough" and your answer is buy a 5850 instead? Sorry, I think I'm done here.


    you obviously misread the statement and then went out of your way to verbalize your fail. Ares is the man and knows whats up.

    Go hate elsewhere.
  12. ares1214 said:
    my argument is if the 1 5850 isnt good enough, which it is, then it is likely the 1 5870 might not be good enough, if say he picks up metro 2033 or crysis. if neither is good enough, id rather pay 300$ for another 5850, than 400$ for a 5870, when the 5850 scales better than the 5870 anyway. i understand why i would put the 5870 in, and it does fit in the budget, but he DOES NOT need a 5870 now.


    My point is for gaming, what else can you spend the 90 dollars on to increase performance?
  13. not much, maybe 8 gigs of ram, bigger ssd, 6 core cpu (not great for gaming), get a better cooler, maybe water cooling (90 isnt enough for legit water cooling), or get a 5870. ill ask him what he wants, thanks for your help, and sorry if i seemed close minded.
  14. Everything you suggested doesn't improve gaming performance. When you tell me it will only be used for gaming, if you're picking 8 GB of RAM, or a 6 core CPU I know you're not thinking clearly. You already have a solid Quad Core CPU and 4 GB of RAM, the only thing left to do with 90 dollars is GPU.

    Seems all you're doing now is arguing to argue.
  15. i know those wont improve gaming, but they will improve the system. and just because its a gaming build, does not mean its exclusively for gaming. so you say this combo is best?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.435996
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