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July 19, 2010 3:32:19 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month

BUDGET RANGE: Around $1100 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, school work, AUTOCAD

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: Whatever is the best deal, Windows 7

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440 by 900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Run Crysis on max with very playable framerate.

I was thinking about doing a 5870 build but that stretched my budget a tiny bit. But if it gave the best performance I would definantly be fine with it. I think I was working with a Phenom x4 955 and an XFX 5870. The rest was unknown. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thank you!

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July 19, 2010 3:36:42 PM

How does a 5870 stretch the budget? I've got build priced with the X4 and 5870 starting at $1,000...

I should point out that even that much power isn't required to play Crysis at your resolution. You'd get by with a 5770. Also, depending on how much you use AutoCAD, I'd look at some nVidia cards, specifically the GTX 460.

Anyway, here's the best gaming build for $1,100, but I'm still working on one that's a lot different to account for the AutoCAD work:

CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $285 after rebate (with free game)
GPU/PSU: HD 5870 and XFX 750W $430 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $73
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100

Total: $1,068, leaving room for a keyboard and mouse.

Here's the alternate build:

CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $474
RAM: Corsair XMS3 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $155 after rebate
GPU/OS: GTX 460 1 GB and Windows 7 $325
HDD/PSU: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB and Corsair 650W $135 after rebate
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $73

Total: $1,162. I think that's about as low as I can get it. You could drop the GTX 460 to the 768 MB model (with Windows) and save another $35. That would still give you enough power for gaming.
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July 19, 2010 3:39:03 PM

That looks great. And AutoCAD isnt very important, just a little side hobby. Also, it stretched the budget a bit since I always forgot to put in the OS so it put me over the edge a bit. Also, that i9 and motherboard deal isn't available anymore, what is another good motherboard that would fit all my needs?
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July 19, 2010 3:47:02 PM

Bump: Added the second build and changed the first one.
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July 19, 2010 4:11:02 PM

Will I need a cooler? Or will the case fans be good enough? Also, are you sure that that case is large enough to fit everything?
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July 19, 2010 4:19:53 PM

You need a CPU cooler, but the CPU will come with a stock cooler that's sufficient if you don't try to push the CPU higher. If you want to overclock, a couple of good coolers are the Sycthe SCMG-2100 ($35) and the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus (should be $30, don't get it from Newegg, it's price is inflated right now).

You certainly don't need to replace the case fans.

The case is large enough to fit everything.
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July 20, 2010 1:41:39 PM

The problem with that board is that you won't be able to Crossfire. The second PCIe slot is running at 4x, which makes it useless.
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July 20, 2010 2:51:53 PM

Ok. Ill stick with the first board. I think Im ordering my parts today! Thank you so much!
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July 20, 2010 2:52:09 PM

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