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Building Gaming PC - Need Help on Graphics Card Selection

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June 22, 2010 6:40:41 AM

How's it going guys?

This is my first time building a PC and I would like to make it suitable for gaming for the next few years. I already expect to spend 800 or more on the entire thing, but I'd like to cut corners where possible while maintaining efficiency.

From browsing this site, it looks like the Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
seems to give the most bang for the buck, but I'm not the best when it comes to understanding the details of parts. So, I was wondering if you guys would be willing to give me a bit of advice.

Here are the specs I plan to have:

i7-930 CPU
1 TB HDD
6 GB DDR3 RAM
Radeon HD 5770
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Antec 650 Watt PSU (I've been leaning toward the Antec case too since it seems they are more reliable over the Raidmax brand I was looking at).
AOC 22'' monitor. 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz (Already owned).
Windows 7 64 mb

I would like to play games (i.e. Tropico, MW2, BF:BC2, SFIV, etc) in pristine quality, and would like to avoid upgrading any part for several years. What card would best suit this set-up? If you notice anything else that should be swapped, feel free to suggest.

Thanks in advance guys.
June 22, 2010 6:49:14 AM

what does the graphic card cost?
(maybe you write the other prices,too?)
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June 22, 2010 6:54:37 AM

gaming wise you'd be better off investing less in the cpu and more in the graphics. a 5770 is pretty good, but it'll struggle a bit at your resolution, especially when games get more demanding.
i'd recommend switching the i7 for an i5 and the 5770 for a 5850
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June 22, 2010 6:59:57 AM

Radeon 5770: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i7-930 was 200.
Seagate Hard-drive was 60
Corsair 6 GB DDR3 is 230 (yikes).
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If I went with the 5850, would I have to worry about upgrading anytime soon? I just checked a price range for it and it's hovering around 300. Wow. Is there anything cheaper that could get the job done?
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June 22, 2010 8:54:00 AM

I assume you live near a microcenter where the i7-930 is $200 where it is a great deal. Why not go with a g skill or mushkin kit for memory

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I can almost assure you that these will be better than the corsairs or maybe think about picking up some cas 7 or 8 kits that are quite a bit cheaper.

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June 22, 2010 10:59:28 AM

Go for a P55 system with i5 750 and get the 5850
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June 22, 2010 12:55:18 PM

i agree with tamz
i have an i5-750 with 5770 vapor-x
and when i game the cpu always stays below 30% usage
so a i7-930 would be a total waste
x58 platforms are also more expensive
and you dont benefit much if you dont do crossfire to make use of the more PCIe lanes
so go back to i5 and p55 and use the bucks for a 5850
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June 22, 2010 1:08:41 PM

hey and you dont need 650watts of PSU
so this is my final advise:
i5-750
p55 mb - if you dont stick to asus, try msi, they're good too with lower pricing
5850
1Tb hdd - go for hitachi deskstar 7k1000.c or samsung spinpoint f3
500w antec basiq
you'll have to do 2+1 + 2+1gb for ram because of dual channel of p55
and i don't think you need really good rams if you're not thinking about overclocking
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June 22, 2010 11:32:12 PM

If I went with the 5850, would I have to worry about upgrading anytime soon? I just checked a price range for it and it's hovering around 300. Wow. Is there anything cheaper that could get the job done?[/quotemsg]

maybe you should buy a good middle class card for about 100-120$first
and safe your money for a high end card.

then you can use them in crossfire (if they are compatible)! :na: 
the mainboard is nice, i´ll think about buying it, too :D 
and you may have a look for this PSU:
http://www.amazon.com/Diablotek-650-Watt-Power-Supply-P...

or another one on this newegg- page
with a better price performance ratio:
view the list
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
and some nice ones(read the rewiews, the good and the bad ones.)
(this would be cool with your case, too)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 23, 2010 10:36:36 AM

i dont think you will need much upgrade from a 5850
and also, getting a mid range card and crossfiring it with a card that is double its power is possible but its not going to achieve good results
so i would NOT recommend buying a 5770 now and adding an 5850 to upgrade.
if you want something cheaper now, go for 5830 and then crossfire it with another 5830 as an upgrade later. 5830 is pretter cheap, only $60 more than 5770.
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