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$1200 budget build - needs feedback - (Update 2)

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August 13, 2010 9:21:05 PM

Hey guys, I've been working on this build for quite some time and things keep changing - so, here's what I've come up with for my PC build. I do not want to overclock.

A few notes before continuing.

Budget: $1200

Primary Uses: Gaming, Video Editing, Music Editing, Videos

Part Preferences: None, I have no bias. Whatever is the best bang for my buck.

Parts I don't need: Disc Drive, Monitor, Keyboards, speakers. I have those taken care of.

Resolution: My resolution will be 1920 x 1080

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Preferred Retailer: Newegg (I am getting my CPU from a different retailer that has a big deal on the 870)

TIME SYSTEM WILL BE PURCHASED: October 4th.

-------------------PARTS---------------------

MOBO: ASUS P7PPD LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $134.99

CPU: Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHZ 8mb L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core CPU - $259.99

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $104.99

GPU: XFX HD-5870-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x 16 - $399.99 w/ 8 s&h

Case: Cooler Master Haf-922 - $89.99 w/ 9.99 shipping.

PSU: Antec Truepower TP-550 Powersupply - $87.99 + 1.99

HDD: Samsung Spintpoint 1tb - $60

Total: 1167.99

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August 13, 2010 11:01:50 PM

Not sure if I can do this but I've seen it done - Bump?
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August 13, 2010 11:34:33 PM

Well you really might want to consider going with GTX460's SLI setup. For $400, two of those will smoke a 5870.

Also, may want to check out OCZ power supplys on newegg... they're all on sale with rebates to about 50% off retail. I have the OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W I bought recently and built a new rig with. People on here seem to bash OCZ power supplies, but It was only $60 after rebate, and i comboed it with a free DVD burner for $60. It's running my 955 OC and 460SLI's oc'd just fine
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August 14, 2010 12:05:18 AM

I have the same system requirements as you. I don't want onboard Sata III or USB 3.0.

I came up with this sub $1,000 system

Asus P7P55D Deluxe (or Asus P7P55D-E Pro, if you need onboard Sata III/USB 3.0)
Intel i5-760
OCZ Gold 4Gb (1600 dual channel)
GeForce GTX 460 (I like Asus, Gigabyte or the MSI OC)
Cooler Master Storm Sniper case
Thermaltake Toughpower XT 675
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
just about any optical r/w

Then add the E-MU 1212M PCIe Digital Audio System. With the digital recording requirement, the Storm Sniper is a nice case for remote/mobile setup.


Checkout these benchmarks... you don't need i7, dual-gpu or x58 to shred games like Crysis.

p55 test1
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August 14, 2010 6:53:53 AM

lowriderflow said:
Well you really might want to consider going with GTX460's SLI setup. For $400, two of those will smoke a 5870.

Also, may want to check out OCZ power supplys on newegg... they're all on sale with rebates to about 50% off retail. I have the OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W I bought recently and built a new rig with. People on here seem to bash OCZ power supplies, but It was only $60 after rebate, and i comboed it with a free DVD burner for $60. It's running my 955 OC and 460SLI's oc'd just fine


My only issue with SLI is that I've never done it before and the power consumption would be greater and generate more heat. How difficult is it to SLI?
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August 21, 2010 4:42:49 AM

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