~$1500 gaming build

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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  1. 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.
  2. MadAdmiral's advice is good. You shouldn't need X58 at this level of use.

    All the best with the build :)
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