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$1000 5870 build complete!

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July 20, 2010 8:25:27 PM

Hi Guys,

I am planning on buying my first pc this Friday or at the beginning of next week. Below is the rig I have put together. If there is anything I can add which is better for the same price please tell me! Please note I do not need a hard drive and I will upgrade the ram in the future. Also is everything compatible?

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Wireless adapter: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keyboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Arctic silver: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case & Psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
GPU & processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Total: $993 with shipping

Anything that I am missing?
Any suggestions?

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
July 20, 2010 8:50:04 PM
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That's a pretty terrible build. First, almost everything is low quality. Second, you've got triple channel RAM for a dual channel board. Third, thermal paste is completely unnecessary if you don't plan on a massive overclock. Fourth, the 2 GB version of the 5870 isn't worth the extra money over the 1 GB. Save yourself a good $100.

Here's much, much better one for less:

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
Case: HAF 922 $90. Also look at the Coolermaster 690 ($70 shipped) and the Antec 300 Illusion ($65 shipped).

Total: $975 with shipping ($940 after rebates)
July 20, 2010 8:53:06 PM

The difference between your one and mine is the 2gb 5870 which I have
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
July 20, 2010 8:56:13 PM

And doesnt do anything.
July 20, 2010 9:01:24 PM

Doesnt the 2gb of vram help at higher resolutions such as at 1920x1080 or if I do eyefinity?
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
July 20, 2010 9:05:32 PM

A single 1 GB 5870 is more than powerful enough to play every game at 1080p with max details. You won't be doing Eyefinity with a single 5870 anyway, regardless of how much memory it has. You'll need two of them to get enough power. So, you could pay $130 (counting combos for both versions) more for the 2 GB version, but you wouldn't actually gain anything tangible from it. You certainly shouldn't sacrifice the rest of the build to afford it.
July 20, 2010 9:09:02 PM

Ok fair enough I will go with your build. Thanks for the help
July 20, 2010 9:24:14 PM

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