Need advice on 1st gaming pc

BUDGET RANGE: 2000 tops the lower the better


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, keyboard, mouse


PARTS PREFERENCES: Up for anything

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Hey guys I'm new here, been lurking around the forums for the past week reading around to see what parts people are recommending and came up with a list of parts that look pretty nice for my needs. This will be my first pc building experience as my whole family has dells and what can i say i thought i could upgrade mine but boy i was wrong.

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz -$194.99
MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro -$179.99
RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 -$104.99
HSF: XIGMATEK Dark Knight -$44.96
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB -$74.99
PSU: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W -$129.99 with Rebate
GPU: HIS Turbo H587FNT1GDG Radeon HD 5870 -$385.99 with Rebate
DVD: ???
OS: Win 7 Home or Pro
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two -$99.95 with Rebate
Monitor: SAMSUNG XL2370-1

I think that's about it. And as far as upgrading later on do you guys think i should just stay with i5 or go with i7? I'd appreciate any help.

Thank you
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  1. Those are all good parts. The case needs to be changed.

    Very impressive that you listed the actual part number of the PSU. Clearly you have done your research.

    If the monitor is available locally it's always better that way... especially if they will work with you on dead pixels. I bought my LG through Circuit City (Tiger Direct) because I couldn't find it locally and they have an excellent return policy (or did.)

    The Antec 300 case is too tight for 5870(s). If you want to keep it cheap and simple go with Cooler Master or NZXT.... or surprisingly Lian Li.

    CM 690 II

    NZXT Tempest EVO

    Lian Li PC-K56
  2. Aloha Dan,

    That's a nice build you have there. I would suggest you just spend the extra $90 for the i7-860 if you're going with the 1156. It's significantly faster and worth the extra $ IMO.

    As far as the G Skill ECO RAM, I hardly think you will be able to tell the difference in speed between that and the G Skill Ripjaw series for $100. I would spend that extra $100 on a better graphics card. *cough* new Nvidia Fermi cards *cough* Nah I'm just kidding =p I know that's more of a personal decision.

    Also, if you ever plan on doing some crossfire of SLI, you might want to get a 750W PSU. I know that the Corsair CMPSU-750TX runs for about $89 after a mail in rebate.

    For the case, FYI, you might find the Antec Three Hundred a little cramped. You might consider getting a full ATX case.

    Good luck with the build!
  3. Proximon said:
    If the monitor is available locally it's always better that way... especially if they will work with you on dead pixels.

    Agreed. Especially with how much more they charge for shipping if you include monitor.
  4. Thank you for such quick replies Proximon and w0lfATTACK.

    Updated my original post with cpu and few other changes, let me know what u guys think now.
    And as far as the case goes that was my dumb mistake i did not changed it.
    I was looking at the Antec nine hundred two, looks very nice for $100.
    Proximon thank you on the lcd advice ill have to give tigerdirect a call in my area.
    w0lfATTACK as far as the ram its only 5 bucks more for the one i picked :P
    And thank you for recommending the i7.
    I don't think there is any reason for me to bump the cpu any higher than the 860?
    Any recommendations on some cheap dvd burner?
    Oh and should i stick with win 7 home or go pro? Any huge advantage?
    I mean besides the xp and backup?

    Thank you again,
  5. I don't really think there's any need to go with the i7-860, as hyperthreading doesn't provide any boost in fact, with any modern processor, you're not going to see a ton of difference at reasonable resolutions.

    Here's a head-to-head comparison of the i5-750 and i7-860 from Anandtech. The i7-860 scores a little bit better on a couple of the games (a couple of fps), but certainly not $100 better.

    If you're under-budget and considering spending more, I'd say that you're likely to get more value by either switching to a 1366 build, or spending that money on an SSD.
  6. I was going with i5 at first as there would be no advantage with ht for gaming.
    Back to i5 ;) Thx coldsleep for steering me on the right path.
    And the more i save the better ;)

    Thank you
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