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July 14, 2010 9:04:46 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Any day now

BUDGET RANGE: As cheap as possible

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Adobe After Effects

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, os

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i5 750, Ati Hd 5870,

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not anytime soon, but you never know.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Depends on mobo and CPU compatibilty I guess. (I don't know much about Crossfire.)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I just want some help seeing what the cheapest route is with an i5 750 and hd 5870. I want chose the 5870 because I want to try gaming on my 47 inch lcd. So I figured the 5870 would give me decent fps. Another reason I am posting here is because I don't know jack about motherboards. So I don't want to waste money on incompatible hardware.
July 14, 2010 9:14:17 PM

Assuming you want quality parts, with the upgrade potential with Crossfire (which depends entirely on the board and PSU), here's the cheapest I'd go with the i5 and 5870:

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $360
RAM/PSU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and Corsair 850W $190 after rebate
GPU: HD 5870 $385 after rebate (with free game)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case: HAF 922 $90
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $19

Total: $1,119

Also, size of the screen doesn't affect performance, only resolution.
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July 14, 2010 9:26:12 PM

I like your build, $1100 is a realistic figure for me. I originally wanted to go with an Amd x4 965 be, but Everyone said I would be better off getting a i5 750. So that's why I came here for pricing options.
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July 14, 2010 9:40:10 PM

You wouldn't necessarily be better off with the i5. It's just a little more powerful than the X4s. That said, you'd have an upgrade path for the CPU with the X4, and you'd save around $100. If you're interested, check out the X4 955 (the same as the 965 except without a factory overclock) and a Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4.
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