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[New Build] New $1200 Gaming PC--Requesting Feedback

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July 12, 2010 1:35:14 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week
BUDGET RANGE: ~$1200 (ideally with shipping/tax (TN) but not required)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, programming, watching movies, surfing the internet, productivity, etc.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com, zipzoomfly.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI GPU, Intel i7 CPU,
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (not a priority)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes but not right now.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I like large cases, I currently own a Thermaltake Armor+ and I was looking into the Thermaltake Spedo. I really enjoy having a motherboard tray.

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
Model #: F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
Item #: N82E16820231335
$169.99

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:RC-690-KKN1-GP
Item #:N82E16811119137
$84.99 -$15.00 Instant $69.99

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #: GA-X58A-UD3R
Item #:N82E16813128423
$209.99 $209.99

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular
Model #: P1-750B-CAG9
Item #:N82E16817207003
$159.99 -$40.00 Instant $119.99


XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
Model #: HD-585X-ZNFC
Item #:N82E16814150494
$289.9

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
Item #: N82E16819115225
$289.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #: DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
$18.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Model #: AS5-3.5G
Item #:N82E16835100007
$9.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact"
Model #: RR-B10-212P-G1
$28.99

Before combo discounts: $1,328.91
After combo discounts: ~$1,258
Tax and shipping not included.

I'd like to mainly know things like:
+ Can I swap parts for an equal price and get better performance?
+ Can I spend less on certain aspects and get equal performance?
+ What do you think about the case I have selected?
+ Finally, any other feedback you can give is much appreciated!
July 12, 2010 1:48:43 AM

What is the purpose of this build? If it's gaming you'll get greater performance with an i5 or AMD build. Having an i7 with a 5770 for gaming is terribly lopsided. But you also left out your resolution so /shrug I don't know.
July 12, 2010 1:52:07 AM

^+1... edit Update your original post with the template provided in this thread... How To Ask For New Build Advice

1) Drop the PSU down to the Corsair CMPSU-650TX, which is more than enough powerful for dual 5770's. With your case choice or what I've recommended down below, you can get away with not having a modular PSU and still have good cable management.

2) Though I love the ATCS 840, it is a little overkill for your system. I would recommend the Cooler Master HAF 922 or Cooler Master CM690 II Advance. These two are still great cases. The Antec 902 is another good alternative.

3) Go with the Intel Core I7-930, which is the replacment for the i7-920.

4) Pick up the CM Hyper 212 from Amazon.com for almost half price :) 
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July 12, 2010 2:02:01 AM

First of all: Damn you guys are quick! Thanks for the rapid feedback.

cmcghee358 said:
What is the purpose of this build? If it's gaming you'll get greater performance with an i5 or AMD build. Having an i7 with a 5770 for gaming is terribly lopsided. But you also left out your resolution so /shrug I don't know.


The purpose of the build is gaming. My resolution is 1920x1080. Why would an i5/AMD give better performance (not disagreeing, honestly curious).

tecmo34 said:
^+1... edit Update your original post with the template provided in this thread... How To Ask For New Build Advice

1) Drop the PSU down to the Corsair CMPSU-650TX, which is more than enough powerful for dual 5770's. With your case choice or what I've recommended down below, you can get away with not having a modular PSU and still have good cable management.

2) Though I love the ATCS 840, it is a little overkill for your system. I would recommend the Cooler Master HAF 922 or Cooler Master CM690 II Advance. These two are still great cases. The Antec 902 is another good alternative.

3) Go with the Intel Core I7-930, which is the replacment for the i7-920.

4) Pick up the CM Hyper 212 from Amazon.com for almost half price :) 


I actually went wayy overkill with my last PSU and got the 1KW Corsair PSU so I'll probably take that one out of my current build and sell it with the 650. I'll swap the chip to the 930 pending the above reply. Do the cases you recommended have motherboard trays? I think I looked at a few of those during my initial search and that was one of the things I was looking for. I was also looking at the Thermaltake Spedo and I currently have an Armor+ that I love but I am selling with my current build. Also, thanks for the tip on the CPU cooler!
July 12, 2010 2:05:12 AM

The XFX 750W unit is cheaper than the HX750, provides great performance with slightly more available power, and right now has some pretty good combos with XFX HD5xxx cards. For $80 more than your current setup you can get an XFX 5850 with it, or you can save $30 and keep the 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

For 484 you can get your motherboard and an i7 930, saving you $21 and getting you a faster CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The hyper 212+ isnt a good deal on newegg anymore, not for $50, get it from amazon for $29 like it used to be on newegg
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

Edit: Damn, im typing slow these days
July 12, 2010 2:12:32 AM

hunter315 said:
The XFX 750W unit is cheaper than the HX750, provides great performance with slightly more available power, and right now has some pretty good combos with XFX HD5xxx cards. For $80 more than your current setup you can get an XFX 5850 with it, or you can save $30 and keep the 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

For 484 you can get your motherboard and an i7 930, saving you $21 and getting you a faster CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The hyper 212+ isnt a good deal on newegg anymore, not for $50, get it from amazon for $29 like it used to be on newegg
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

Edit: Damn, im typing slow these days


Thanks for the reply. I'll definitely check into the XFX PSU/GPU combos and thanks for the headsup on the combo!
July 12, 2010 2:20:59 AM

The reason an i5/AMD build is generally better is because you spend less on the CPU/motherboard/RAM and more on the GPU.

In your example an i7-920 paired with a 5770 is going to be much slower at gaming than an i5-750 with a 5850 or 5870.

If you can swing an i7-930 with a 5850 or preferably a 5870 then by all means. But imo for the 1200 price point, an i5 or AMD build would allow you the flexibility for a powerful graphics card, thereby outperforming your proposed i7 build.
July 12, 2010 2:23:57 AM

Why we would recommend an Intel i5-750 or an AMD Phenom II X4 955 is because for the close to $200 savings or so, you can upgrade your GPU to a ATI 5850 and have better gaming performance. In gaming, your GPU plays a bigger part at your resolution than does the CPU and the i7-930, i5-750 and X4 955 are all pretty equal in gaming FPS. edit: Or what cmcghee58 said :) 

None of the cases I recommended have motherboard trays but are OUTSTANDING case never the less. As I stated, I love the Cooler Master ATCS 840, so if that is what you want... GET IT :D  . You are the one that has to look and work with the case everyday, so get what you like/want. I was just making a few recommendations to help cut cost without lossing any performance.
July 12, 2010 2:32:36 AM

cmcghee358 said:
The reason an i5/AMD build is generally better is because you spend less on the CPU/motherboard/RAM and more on the GPU.

In your example an i7-920 paired with a 5770 is going to be much slower at gaming than an i5-750 with a 5850 or 5870.

If you can swing an i7-930 with a 5850 or preferably a 5870 then by all means. But imo for the 1200 price point, an i5 or AMD build would allow you the flexibility for a powerful graphics card, thereby outperforming your proposed i7 build.


Alright cool. I'll definitely check into an i5. I think I may be able to swing the 5850 with an i7. Do you think it's a better deal to get the 5870?

tecmo34 said:
Why we would recommend an Intel i5-750 or an AMD Phenom II X4 955 is because for the close to $200 savings or so, you can upgrade your GPU to a ATI 5850 and have better gaming performance. In gaming, your GPU plays a bigger part at your resolution than does the CPU and the i7-930, i5-750 and X4 955 are all pretty equal in gaming FPS. edit: Or what cmcghee58 said :) 

None of the cases I recommended have motherboard trays but are OUTSTANDING case never the less. As I stated, I love the Cooler Master ATCS 840, so if that is what you want... GET IT :D  . You are the one that has to look and work with the case everyday, so get what you like/want. I was just making a few recommendations to help cut cost without lossing any performance.


I'll keep checking into cases. Headed to bed now but I'll be checking the thread out tomorrow.

Thanks again for the feedback, you guys are great! :) 

July 12, 2010 2:42:43 AM

fiend said:
Alright cool. I'll definitely check into an i5. I think I may be able to swing the 5850 with an i7. Do you think it's a better deal to get the 5870?

If you can budget the 5870 with the i7-930, it is your best option without going to either the 5970 or GTX 480. Otherwise, your best option is the i5-750 with the ATI 5850 (best all the around bang for the buck.. IMO )
July 12, 2010 2:45:04 AM

The i5's are pretty fast I think you'll be happy with it.

As for cases I really like the Antec p193. I have the p180 and they're fantastic cases.
July 13, 2010 12:37:03 AM

Alright I made some edits. Added the Cooler Master 690, swapped the GPU for the 5850, got an XFX PSU for the combo deal and moved to an i7 930.

Any suggestions on the memory? I had Corsair Dominator but that was a little to expensive. Also, I am thinking about getting a 1TB HDD. Any suggestions on that also?
July 13, 2010 12:52:43 AM

My Recommendations
  • RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600 Cas7
  • HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    July 13, 2010 10:15:38 PM

    tecmo34 said:
    My Recommendations
  • RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600 Cas7
  • HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB


  • Awesome! Thanks! I had been looking at that HDD already so that's what I'll do. Already swapped the RAM above. Thanks again for everyone's help.
    !