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Seeking Advice on $1500 Gaming PC Build

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July 29, 2010 7:07:54 AM

This is my first build and its for hardcore gaming.

BUDGET RANGE: Approximately $1500

SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe later down the road

CPU/Mobo: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM/PSU: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
CORSAIR 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU:XFX Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF:Scythe Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand Total: $1,508.41
July 29, 2010 7:22:00 AM

^ Good choice of components...
But I dont see why you would need that mobo ??
Going Crossfire on that board with HD 5970 is not advisable as each chip will run at a crippled x4 speed...
So get this board instead
i5 760(Newer chip) + ASUS P7P55D-E LX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
July 29, 2010 7:26:09 AM

Gkay, the P7P55D-E LX's PCI-E x16 lane slot at x8 if you use SATA III/USB 3.0 I believe - the P7P55D-E Pro remains at x16 even if you use a SATA III or USB 3.0 device, just as long as you do not add another PCI-E card in the second slot.
July 29, 2010 7:34:50 AM

^ Yes you are right...dint notice that...
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