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a b B Homebuilt system
August 10, 2010 1:45:42 AM

Hey all,

I'm in the market for a new gaming PC and I've been doing some research. I've picked out some components, and am looking for some opinions on the set up. My goal is to have a fairly solid, future ready gaming PC, between $1000-$1200.

Here is what I have so far.

XCLIO Windtunnel Computer Case
Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready
hec X-Power Pro 650 650W Power Supply
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 Desktop Memory
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
ECS X58B-A2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

I'm looking for compatibility between the components I've chosen, and any price corners I can cut.

Thanks in advance, Chris

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August 10, 2010 2:00:55 AM

1. That power supply isn't a name brand, and therefore will not be very stable, you absolutely can't skimp on PSUs, that is literally the heart of your computer

go with this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
great brand and 80 plus gold so it will pull less power from your wall than the one you have

2. go with 6 gigs of RAM, nothing can saturate 8 gigs in the consumer market, and nothing will for a couple years

this is a better set

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

3. go with a phenom II x6

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

saved 100 dollars right there

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

better HDD

5. ECS is a bad brand not reliable and you need an AMD board now anyway

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

total comes to $1,075
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 10, 2010 2:03:55 AM

Well, you could bump the CPU down to an AMD Phenom II x4 955. Then bump the graphics up to a 5870 or 5970. Still probably come out cheaper and with better performance.

If it wasn't gaming you were after and were really after multi-core rendering or other similar things only then I'd say to stick with the more expensive intel platform.

Oh, and if that'll be your only hard drive you want something faster. Like the Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB, instead of a green, slow, model.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 11, 2010 12:38:48 PM

I wanna put something clear here.
3x2GB RAM on AMD X6 is not optimal, and 2x4GB on i7 930
is also not optimal.
Please find out how dual or three channel RAM for those systems.
For X6 and i7/i5 1156 please use 2x2, 2x4, 4x2, 4x4GB RAM and for i7 1366 please use 3x2, 3x4, 6x2, or 6x4GB RAM.

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August 11, 2010 6:14:41 PM

As gaming is your priority, go for i5 760 with msi p55 gd65 motherboard. You wont notice much difference from a i7 930 build. Go for 2x2 gb ram setup as its more than enough for gaming. Use corsair 750tx psu as its cheap and very efficient. I suggest you go for a factory overclocked to 800 mhz gtx 460 1gb as it gives better lower frame rates in games and costs less than 5850. Get a faster hdd like western digital caviar black.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 12, 2010 6:51:42 AM

About the GTX460... yup...somehow the price is going down fast!...2 weeks ago..I saw it on my fav store, it was about the same price as HD5850 but today it is about €40-€50 cheaper.
GTX460 is now really actractive, since the price is about the same price as HD5830's.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 12, 2010 1:04:13 PM

Its all pretty much been covered.
In summary:
i5 760 with msi p55 gd65 or asus p7p55d e pro mobo
4gb RAM (ideally 1600mhz, G Skill/Corsair etc)
750W Corsair PSU (Assuming you may want to SLI/Crossfire in future)
7200rpm HDD - ideally Samsung Spinpoint F3

If planning on eventually going 2 card set up I would go GTX 460 (1gb) it is cheaper than the 5850 and in two card set up it performs as well/better due to superior scaling with SLI over Crossfire.

Alternative is to go with AMD:
Phenom II 955 with an 890fx mobo (asus/gigabyte)
The rest is the same except GPU - go 5850 because you cannot SLI on AMD
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 12, 2010 2:00:33 PM

but 1nce the new drivers are out 2 5850s will be better than 2 460s, but i do agree the 460 is a very good card for price vs performance but if u have the cash get the 5850
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 12, 2010 2:40:47 PM

Possibly, though given how long the 5xxx series has been around I don't expect much performance increases from drivers now, and I may be talking out of my ass here as admittedly in the past I never focused on 2 card set ups so am not an expert, but I believe historically SLI has generally always scaled better than Crossfire
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