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New build retooled,what do you think?

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August 12, 2010 11:33:20 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 2 weeks, maybe sooner.

BUDGET RANGE: 1500USD Max

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (FFXIV is supposed to be a graphics hog!)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, DVDR-D/L

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Virginia, USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer AMD/ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Future upgrade

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want a futureproof system that will last 3+ years.

Here's what I have so far:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

Case (w/OS): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

P/S: http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

With this, I have a couple questions.

1) Is this CPU cooler sufficient for overclocking?

2) Based on the compnents selected, what kind of performance can I expect from a machine such as this?

Thanks, I appreciate any suggestions. If all of you gurus can save me a few bucks without hurting performance or reducing longevity of the system, go for it!

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August 12, 2010 12:50:19 PM

1) Well if you will not be overclocking above 3.6GHz, then that cooler would be fine, else get a bigger one...

2) Well for your screen's resolution, IMO the HD 5850 would better suit...It can max out most of the games @1080p, so 1680X1050 wont be an issue and also you can add 1 more later on...

Some suggestions...
Why not get the i5 760? At stock speeds, they are faster than the 965, so once overclocked, they would offer even better performance...And also if you check the latest article from TOMs, the GTX 470 is a good buy...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-rad...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo + RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And as for the case, get this combo...
Lian-Li K62 + XFX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
You can go SLI with the above mobo and PSU and also SLI scales well...

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

HDD - Same

OS - Same

Total - ~$1170 | $1120 Including rebates...

And I am no Intel/ Nvidia fan, but suggesting only the ones that are better suited for your requirements and budget...

But if you want to stick with AMD/ ATI, then here are some options to reduce the price without hurting performance...
X4 955 + Graphics card - The CCC allows for overclocking the card without any issues...So if the card has a good cooler and if the case is well ventilated, then you can overclock the card yourself...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo + Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And the case + PSU that I had listed are pretty good...
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August 12, 2010 2:06:18 PM

1000000000000% agree with changing the motherboard because it would be better to use a six core on that mobo ;)  and if you are OC heavily
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August 13, 2010 3:13:47 PM

I really appreciate the help guys. Im about 99% sure of what I want to get. This is what I plan on buying next week sometime. Of course, all suggestions will be taken as it has been a while since ive built a PC. I plan on O/C'ing a bit and will add a 2nd 5850 in the future. Thanks again guys.

CPU/PS Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

MOBO/OS Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CASE/DVD Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

Monitor (I've decided to go HD): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A couple question:
What do you think the longevity of a system such as this is?

Do you think the cooler selected will let me O/C to 4.0 GHz?

Is this case sufficient to allow for a second Video Card in the future and is the cooler going to be a problem for installation?

Thanks again!

Oh, the HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Final Cost, including shipping and taking mail in rebates into consideration: $1201.43

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August 16, 2010 4:48:28 AM

I would suggest a different PSU...It doesnt seem like a good one -
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/03/03/ocz_modxstrea...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
The above PSU can easily handle 2x HD 5850s...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo - Why stick with the old 790FX ?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And that Cooler wont suffice if overclocking to 4GHz...get the Scythe that I linked...you will have better chances reaching 4GHz...
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