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Gaming PC $1600 - 1800

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July 6, 2010 9:35:09 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: A few days
BUDGET RANGE: $1600 - 1800 I could possibly go higher. /After Rebates.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching HD video, web browsing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: input devices, monitor, sound card, mobo, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: amazon, newegg, tigerdirect
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel and possibly Nvidia over ATI but I'm not certain with recent cards
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 28" 1920 x 1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hi, I'm looking for advice for the parts I selected so far on my next build. This will be my 5th build but I haven't really kept up to speed on the latest parts over the last few years. So far the only part that I've ordered is the mobo that I have listed below since it had a sale price on newegg looked good. I would appreciate opinions on what I selected so far. Thanks.

Mobo (already purchased): $242 ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: $290 Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930 2.80GHz 8 MB LGA1366
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-2-80GHz-LGA1366-B...

PSU: $130 Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850-Watt TX Series 80 Plus
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-850TX-850-Watt-Cert...

Case: $204 Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower Case
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Full-Tower-Arrival/...

GPU: $500 EVGA GeForce GTX480 Superclocked 1536 MB DDR5
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Superclocked-PCI-Express-Gra...

Memory: $150 G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink: $30 Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

HDD: $140 2x Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB HD103SJ
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...

DVD: $23 Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 6, 2010 9:44:27 AM

^ Are you sure you will not be adding 1 more card in SLI later on ?? And no SSD for such a budget ??
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July 6, 2010 9:53:44 AM

thanks, I'll probably add an SSD in a few months. I doubt that I'll do SLI but I guess there is a small chance that I'll add a 2nd gpu later on
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July 6, 2010 6:31:00 PM

seems like a pretty good build to me but honestly I would do away with the graphics card for 500$. I'd go with an ATI 5850 or 5870 or 2x 5770s at best which can all be had for less than 400$ or if you are really an nvidia guy i'd go with the gtx 470 (still only 330$). Saves you a lot of money for little performance drop. I'd put that money into an ssd.
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July 6, 2010 9:03:20 PM

An ssd provided faster loading times however i would only store applications on it directly.
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July 7, 2010 1:50:42 AM

ok thanks, I'm going to see if I can fit a 128gb SSD into my budget and I'm checking out reviews for the 5870.
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July 7, 2010 2:10:15 AM

I went ahead and ordered a 128gb WD SSD off of newegg for $220.

I haven't had an ATI card since the 9800pro. What's the best manufacturer for the HD 5870?
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July 7, 2010 4:24:03 AM

^ For the graphics card, XFX, Sapphire, HIS, Visiontek, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI...
And Powercolor and Diamond cards tends to be flaky...

And if you dont care much about PhysX and dont use CUDA extensively, then the ATI cards are a better buy...
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