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August 18, 2010 8:40:28 PM


$159.99
  • GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    $159.99
  • G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI

    $209.99
  • GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    $179 Combo
  • CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
  • LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98

    CPU i7-930 gift.

    Total build: $709 + chip

    Any better deals or compatibility issues? Thanks in advance!
    August 18, 2010 8:55:23 PM

    I was about to write that if you're gonna use an ATI 5770, that X58 is kinda point less when P55 will be just as fine until I read that you got an i7 930 as a gift.

    The only thing I don't like is your hard drive. Seagate drives aren't that great. Why not get 2 Samsung F3 500 GB and put them in a raid-0?

    For your boot drive, you don't want a big drive, but a dense one like the F3 500 is good. Get a separate drive to store your data.

    Here's my current setup on one of my rigs:
    80GB Intel X-25M SSD: Boot
    300GB Raptor: Games
    Raid-1 WD 1TB Black: Storage
    1 TB WD My Book Mirror: Backup

    I also have a storage server that serves as another backup
    which houses 5 Samsung F3 (Raid-5) and 2 WD Green for media sharing.

    Never store anything that is of value to you on your boot drive.
    Always store on another drive and have it backed up to an external drive
    that is not always plugged in. Electrical shocks can and will cause drive failures.


    Also, are you going to get an aftermarket heat sink? Prolimatech Megahelems is the best I've seen so far.
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    August 18, 2010 9:01:54 PM

    The Seagate 7200.12 is fine, and performs pretty much the same as a Samsung Spinpoint F3. Don't break the combo to get a different hard drive. Seagate did have problems with their 7200.11 generation, but that's old news.

    OP, what resolution will you be gaming at? The 5770 should be fine for most/all games at 1680x1050, but it may have to have details lowered at 1920x1080 (and up).
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    August 19, 2010 4:25:43 AM

    coldsleep said:
    The Seagate 7200.12 is fine, and performs pretty much the same as a Samsung Spinpoint F3. Don't break the combo to get a different hard drive. Seagate did have problems with their 7200.11 generation, but that's old news.

    OP, what resolution will you be gaming at? The 5770 should be fine for most/all games at 1680x1050, but it may have to have details lowered at 1920x1080 (and up).

    I'm running 1280 x 1024 right now. Trying to save some cash if possible, but if you reccomend the 460 then I suppose I can kick down another $40 if its that much better.
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    August 19, 2010 2:32:11 PM

    I wouldn't recommend the 460 for that resolution. If you don't plan to upgrade your monitor any time soon, then you'll be fine with a 5770 or even a lesser card.

    If you're planning on upgrading the monitor sooner or later, then you might consider a 460, and then after you upgrade, you could add another 460 for SLI.

    The best option is probably just to go with a 5770 for now, and if/when you upgrade your monitor, either get another and CrossFire, or more likely, just buy a newer graphics card.
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    August 19, 2010 2:42:58 PM

    5770 is more than enough for your resolution. But, if you are planning on getting a 1920 x 1080 resolution anytime soon, I would recommend finding the extra $60 for the GTX 460 (1gb) or if that is unreachable then the extra $30-$40 for a GTX 460 768mb. Simply because in SLI they are amazing which will be a great help in future

    But, as cold says, if you are not changing the monitor anytime soon, the 5770 is plenty powerful enough
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