Advice on new build $1200-$1300 today


BUDGET RANGE: $1200-$1300

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, websurfing, winrar, digital camera photos, website building.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tigerdirect, and new places


PARTS PREFERENCES: I usually use feedback Newegg to judge products


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200, but might upgrade later

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: It would be nice if I didn’t have to worry about upgrading to keep up in the next 3 or 4 years to keep up with games,

I made a quick build here…let me know what you think:

Core i5 750 Processor - $170

ASUS P7P55D-E - $148.00 after rebate

Newegg Combo deal:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
Both for $190 after rebate

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 75.00

Rosewill Smart One ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $40

LITE-ON Black 24X - $24.00

So far, $647.00
Also, is the case choice ok? It looks great, but I don't know.

For GPU:

Something good & cheap that will hold me over until next year to see some of these prices drop on GPU's
A good GPU that will play Crisis, L4D, etc. on high settings.

I was thinking about dual cards this time since I've read how well dual cards do better than a single card

How about:

Dual SAPPHIRE 100297L Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity Technology for $360

Lastly, was considering going for i7-930 processor, but that would kick up the price to about $163 more (before the GPU options), which I think might be worth it.

I can get:

The i7-930 for $200

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R for $191.00

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 for $170


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA - 75.00

Rosewill Smart One ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $40

LITE-ON Black 24X - 24.00

Total : $810 before GPU selection

Any help here or suggestions, comments, or free pizza are all welcome.

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  1. if you looking to have a crossfire setup and want to stick with the i5 750, which i recommend since you dont need the i7 920 for the thins you listed, you'll need to change your motherboard since the P7P55D-E doesnt have a second slot for a second graphics card

    a good cf mobo for the 1156 chispet would be the P7P55D-E pro which is $20 more

    though honestly i would just go for a single card setup and go for a hd5870 or if you can squeeze it in a gtx480 since it is the fastest single card available

    if you want to crossfire then go with the P7P55D-E pro and crossfire 2 hd5850 or 2 gtx 470 for another $80 but for the 470's you'll need a case with better airflow like the coolermaster haf922 or storm sniper or the antec 300, which btw i would get over the rosewill case you picked

    if you plan on sticking with that monitor resolution then a single hd5850 will suffice you, even if you upgrade to a resolution of 1920 x 1080

    something you might wanna think about is if you plan on overclocking at all, get an aftermarket cooler like the hyper 212 or scythe mugen II rev b.
  2. Just wondering why you chose the coolmaster instead of the Rosewell on sale on Newegg? It looked like a good deal and a nice case.

    Also, isn't it better to have dual cards for better performance or will a single card do the same? Heck is sounds easier :-)

    How about that XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 card on sale at Newegg for $269? Is that any good?
  3. well, the coolermaster cases have much higher air flow in them. they keep the computer much cooler than the rosewill

    technically, 2 cards are better than one you will get higher fps with 2 cards, however the resolution you have right now you'll get 60+ fps on most games with a single hd5850 or gtx470

    not only that some games have issues with the dual card scaling and it will be more expensive for you (more expensive motherboard + extra card)

    unless you plan on getting a much much bigger screen, and im talking about 24' plus with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and all the goodies turned on or multiple monitors then stick with a single card

    a single hd5850 or gtx470 can handle resolutions up to 1920x1080 with great gameplay

    the card you picked out is pretty good, comes with a lifetime warranty, doesnt come with voltage regulation though if you want to seriously overclock the card, though you can heavily overclock any 5850 to up its performance to near hd5870 performance

    if you want a card with voltage regulation look at the asus hd5850 directcu
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