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$900 gaming build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this weekend

BUDGET RANGE: 1000 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming,surfing internet,music,movie,
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard/monitor/mouse/case/hard drive/disk drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: iv always been a amd fanboy but im finally switching to the darkside and i really like asus

OVERCLOCKING: maby if i could figure out how 2

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: just want it to be fast. run games at mid-max settings(wow,sc2,c&c,eq,cod..)

so after weeks and weeks of trying 2 decide what parts 2 choose i think if finally narrowed it down.. keep in mind i want this pc 2 last me for about 3-4years( i will get a better graphics card probably a Radeon HD 5850 around xmas) but ya what do ya think?


Motherboard-$210: ASUS Rampage II GENE LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX

CPU-$290: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core

Memory-$100: OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Graphics Card-$170: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5

Power Supply-$110: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified

Total w shipping: $881.94
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  1. ^ For games IMO the i7 9xx is not required and that too for a single graphic card solution...

    My pick -
    AMD Based
    X4 955 + HD 5870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.435996

    Gigabyte 870A + GSKillz 4GB DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.443520

    Antec EA 650W - Actually you wont need even 650W for a single card setup, but with the promo code, this is a good deal...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

    Total - ~$730

    Intel build -
    i5 760 + Gigabyte P55A-UD3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.453262

    XFX 650W + XFX HD 5870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.448427

    Corsair 4GB DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260

    Total - ~$870...
  2. i was reading that 1156 chipset is going 2 be obsolete very soon and 1366 is the new i dunno if that right or not my computer knowledge is very limited... and even tho the 17 isnt reguired wouldnt it still make everything else faster like downloading music/movie or photoshop and things such as that
  3. ^ As a matter of fact, even the LGA 1366 will be replaced next year...
    http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2010/04/12/new-socket-to-replace-lga1366-due-in-2011/1

    And as for the performance, the i5 is as good in gaming and is also decent in other tasks...
    In Photoshop, you would notice the difference, but not in music/ movies downloading...Also these chips have very good overclocking ability...
  4. Some good builds suggested by gkay09.

    Your setup is very lite on GPU compared to the CPU for a gaming PC, also, you need a 3x memory kit to take advantage of the triple channel memory offered by the LGA1366.

    If you are concerned about longevity and future CPU upgrades (without having to buy a new motherboard and the new technologies this would give you), the AMD setup would probably be the way to go for you.
  5. iv narrowed it down 2 these 2 mobos and these 2 cpus....o and also i think after xmas im going 2 get 2 graphics cards so thats why i got the 750w power supply

    and one more thing would it improve my computer speed if i got a 120gb SDD and just kept all my music/movie on a external hard drive because i usualy only use about 80gb of my 250gb hard drive and if i put my music/movies on a external id only use like 40gb--- and price is not a big concern of mine i have about $1500 saved up and i wanted 2 have enough left over 2 get a iphone but i guess that can wait if it has 2


    MOTHERBOARD Choice 1- ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s-$185


    Choice 2- ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s-$150


    CPU

    Choice 1-AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 AM3 125W Quadcore-$180


    Choice 2- AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 CacheAM3 125W Sixcore-$200


    this is the SDD i was thinking of getting.... OCZ Agility Series OCZSSD2-1AGT120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal-$260


    and after xmas im going 2 get two of these. or whatever is the best for the price range at the time..$290 SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5
  6. Mobo - ASUS 890GX

    CPU - X4 955 - Reason
    - When overclocking, you can reach the levels of the 965 without any issues...
    - 6-Core especially the 1055T doesnt perform good in gaming.

    SSD - Dont go for that one, get this instead -
    Vertex 2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227551

    But rather spending that much on a bigger SSD now, get a 60GB one and when prices come down, add 1 more in RAID 0...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227542
  7. Best answer
    ^ Why did you choose that PSU ??
    And as for rest of the parts,
    here is one with combos...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.430439

    RAM - IMO lower speed with tighter CAS is better...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    PSU + Graphics card -
    XFX 650W + XFX HD 5850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.449243

    Total - ~$765 without the SSD...
  8. And go RAID with only OCZ SSDs, as only their firmware supports Garbage collection in RAID...
  9. kk im a go with yr exact setup but the motherboard says Memory Standard DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1333/1066 and the memory u linked is ddr3 1600.. will it still work? i know a lil bit about computers but deff not alot...

    and ya im still debating on the SSD,,,,, is the performance signifitantly noticable? and r u saying i should get 1 now and 1 later when the price drops and run them in RAID 0.. and ya ill get the ocz ones
  10. ^ Yes DDR3 1600MHz will work - Well actually it means you can set any speeds upto DDR3 2000MHz...

    SSD - In boot times, app load times, it is significantly visible...But not in in-game performance...
  11. Best answer selected by jackjoson1205.
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