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Mid Level Gaming Rig $1200-$1400 (Radeon 5870 GPU already acquired!)

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July 5, 2010 8:53:11 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month BUDGET RANGE: $1200-$1400 SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photoshop, Hi-def Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Videocard (Radeon 5870) Monitor (Samsung 2433BW)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Hong Kong

PARTS PREFERENCES: Gigabye or Asus motherboard with a Coolermaster CM 690 II with a modular power supply

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Should I go with AMD since gaming will be my rig's main purpose? If I go with Intel, should I go with x58 or p55? I already have a Radeon 5870 so the $1200-$1400 is for all the other critical components.
July 5, 2010 10:06:36 AM

For that amount of budget i would buy a nice i7 PC :) 

Here:

CPU: Intel Core i7-930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MB: ASUS P6T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case & PSU: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER GX Series RS750-ACAAE3-US 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All: 960$

If you want you may throw in another 5870 or 5850 :) 

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July 5, 2010 11:57:20 AM

Thanks unknown_13. Any other recommendations for the motherboard or power supply?

Over here in Hong Kong, vendors do not have the ability to carry the same amount of stock as newegg.com in the US.

So just in case I cannot get the Coolermaster GX Series 750w, any other recommendations for modular psus?
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July 5, 2010 12:01:48 PM

gabrielleung said:
Thanks unknown_13. Any other recommendations for the motherboard or power supply?

Over here in Hong Kong, vendors do not have the ability to carry the same amount of stock as newegg.com in the US.

So just in case I cannot get the Coolermaster GX Series 750w, any other recommendations for modular psus?


Well if u don't plan putting on another 5870/5850, this'll do the job:

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 5, 2010 1:58:58 PM

Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced is a great case choice.

Since you're considering Crossfire/SLI some good modular PSUs to consider: Antec TruePower New TP-750 / Antec EarthWatts EA750 / CORSAIR 750HX / XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W

A couple CPU/Motherboard/RAM combo's I like:
i7 930, GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R, Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB DDR3 1600 Model 998805
i7 860, ASUS P7P55D PRO, G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600 Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
Phenom II X6 1090T, ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 890FX, Mushkin Enhanced Redline 4GB DDR3 1600 Model 996746

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July 5, 2010 2:08:01 PM

1 TB HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ or Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS
Optical Drive: LG 10X Blu-ray ROM DVD-Burner combo drive model UH10LS20
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July 21, 2010 8:55:09 AM

Best answer selected by gabrielleung.
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