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New Build $2,200 - $2,400

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August 17, 2010 2:14:58 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) 2,200 - 2,400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming / Multi-media applications. Beginner overclocker

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Case/Monitor/Keyboard/Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preference willing to order from multiple sites.


PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Open to best configuration for performance.



I just recently saved enough money I think to build my new computer in anticipation for all the new games coming out like FF14. I want this system to really be powerful in all ways and not have any bottle necks and am able to over clock it easily. My Budget is 2,200 to 2,400 but I have a Cool Master CM690 Case already that should be fine I hope and also no need for a monitor or peripherals. The full budget can be spent on the tower itself. I am always use to building 1,000 dollar budget comps because of cash flow but this time I go all out.
One Problem though, I do not know what’s better bang for bucks these days because I haven’t been keeping up with all the technologies. I also do not know what over clocks better or easier. Well and the age old question every time I build a comp – ATI or Nvidia. -/sigh

Please Help Point Me in the Right Direction kind and gentle people!

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August 17, 2010 3:04:47 PM

The 5970 isnt an awful good value:

Consider a pair of GTX470s.
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August 17, 2010 3:27:38 PM

@ Timop

I linked him to a 5970 not a 5870.

@ Rekos

Actually, now that I think of it, save a few bucks on the PSU. The Antec TruePower New TP-750 should be good enough.
August 17, 2010 3:28:40 PM

calguyhunk said:
@ Timop

I linked him to a 5970 not a 5870.

@ Rekos

Actually, now that I think of it, save a few bucks on the PSU. The Antec TruePower New TP-750 should be good enough.

Whoops typo, but my point is a pair of GTX470s for $600 out performs the HD5970 by quite a margin.
August 17, 2010 3:39:30 PM

You should change your mind on the CM 690 case. It's a fine budget case but you can afford something nicer.

Cooler Master ATCS

Lian Li PC-B70

Corsair 800D

There is, actually an interesting question when it comes to CPU here, but it's not AMD or Intel. It's Intel or Intel.

Most would say to get an i7-930 on the LGA 1366 platform. Maybe that's best.

Also however, you could get the i-7 875k on the LGA 1156 platform. This is a very fast and UNLOCKED quad core CPU that would be easier to overclock.... but the platform is a bit of a dead end. Whatever Intel plans for the platform, the lack of PCI-E lanes is a big issue due to SATA 3 and USB 3 using them as well as GPUs.

So we'll stick with the more robust 1366 platform I guess, although that other CPU is inviting for the beginner with money.

i7-930 and Gigabyte UD5 board

Mushkin 6GB 1600 CL7

Corsair AX850

2x Gigabyte GTX 460
They run cool and quiet and it's all you need for a single monitor

G.Skill Pheonix Pro 120GB SSD

WD 1TB drive

Prolimatech Megahalems

2 fans

Win 7
August 17, 2010 4:06:14 PM

A SLI setup will give you more power now, but in the long run its better to get a 5970 and crossfire later. its a cheaper upgrade than replacing a couple 460s or 470s, especially after the 6000 line starts coming out at the end of the year. ALSO you wont notice a huge difference between a couple 460s and a 5970, the FF games supposedly favor radeon.