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~$1500 gaming build

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July 22, 2010 7:20:02 PM

Hey guys, interested in doing a new build since it's been a while, the primary use will be media storage/playback, as well as casual gaming, though I'd like it to be able to handle most games out there on decent settings.


Hard Drive: (Samsung spinpoint 1tb)

Video Card: (Sapphire Radeon 5850)

PSU: (750W Corsair)

Memory: (3x2gb ddr1600)


CPU: (i930)

Any feedback you can supply would be greatly appreciated, however the budget of $1500 is pretty final.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 22, 2010 7:36:10 PM

A better build would be this:

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $365
RAM/PSU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and Corsair 850W $190 after rebate
GPU: HD 5970 $680
HDD: Samung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case: HAF 922 $90
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $18

Total: $1,418

Of course, that's a top of the line gaming machine. You could easily get by with something at roughly half of the cost, like this:

CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $285 after rebate (with free game)
RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
GPU/PSU: HD 5850 and XFX 650W $335 after rebate
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $73

Total: $873

If you absolutely must stick with the i7-930 (which you have no reason to need), take the above build (the $873 one) and make these changes:

CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $484
RAM: Corsair XMS3 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $155 after rebate

There is absolutely no reason to be paying so much for the board and the RAM.
July 24, 2010 5:27:50 AM

MadAdmiral's advice is good. You shouldn't need X58 at this level of use.

All the best with the build :)