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New gaming rig ($800-1000)

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August 20, 2010 12:19:44 PM

Hello everyone,

I'm putting together a new gaming rig. I would like to play the latest and upcoming games in full glory in a resolution of 1280x1024.



BUDGET RANGE: $800-1000 (I'd rather keep close to $800)


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case (Coolermaster HAF932), CPU Cooler (Hyper N520), soundcard (Creative X-Fi Fatality), monitor, mouse & keyboard



PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm open to anything

OVERCLOCKING: Once I notice stock speed doesn't cut it anymore

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes or no. This is where I need some advice



Intel Core i5 760

I think this one will surely cover my needs. Seems quite futureproof too.

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3


Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4

I have some doubts here. I'm not thinking of SLI right now, but should I keep the option open for the future? If I do, I would have to buy a more expensive mobo and a more expensive PSU (and an extra GPU, ofcourse). Yet that does augment the price quite a bit.

G.Skill RipJaw 4GB (2x2GB)


G.Skill RipJaw 4GB (2x2GB)

This may seem strange, but I don't know which one I should choose. The first one has faster latency timings (8-8-8-24 <-> 9-9-9-24), but the second one has more Mhz (1333Mhz <-> 1600Mhz).
Also, a 32bit OS system doesn't use all of the 4GB RAM. I'm on Windows XP 32bit, is it stupid to buy 4GB?

VTX ATI Radeon HD5770 1024mb GDDR5

This one must cover my needs quite easily, even if I want to upgrade my monitor to a 1650x1050.

Antec Truepower New Modular 750w


OCZ StealthXStream 2 600W

If I choose for SLI (which I probably won't, but I'm waiting on your advice), I think I won't have enough with 600W. If I stick to one GPU, the cheaper one should cover it smoothly, no?

Also, my OS is Windows XP. Is it worth another $120 to buy Windows 7? I doubt it will increase performance and DirectX11 doesn't seem that special to me.

Thank you!

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August 21, 2010 8:05:25 AM

Anyone? I'm thinking of buying this today or tomorrow, because has some deals running on products I'm buying that end this week.

PS. I'm wondering. I'm buying this from a UK site and I live in Belgium. I know plugs differ in main Europe from the UK, would that be a problem for my PSU?
August 21, 2010 9:48:59 AM

Waw. I was wondering how much $ I would benefit from shopping in a US store. So I went to and ordered the same products there (except for my G.Skill Ripjaw, I ordered OCZ Gold DDR3 4GB PC10666 1333MHz instead) and came out at ±700$ instead of ±800$. Yay for the weak dollar!
But I'm still wondering about my PSU, is the power plug compatible for Europe? I don't want to buy a NEMA cord when I need a CEE 7 one (can't seem to find the information).

(btw, sorry for bumping this post again, I'm just keeping you guys up-to-date)
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August 25, 2010 9:13:34 AM

I'm not sure about any part compatibility issues, but if you're buying from the US, then get the stuff from Newegg and use a service such as

If you're looking for a great gaming experience, consider buying a new monitor with a Full HD resolution. You can get a good quality one for less than $200 US and as low as $150 or so. Everything looks WAY better when there's 4 times as many pixels :)  Unfortunately, you'd also need to up the graphics a bit too, to something like a GTX 460/470 or 5850/5870.

For purely gaming, you'll get similar performance from a Phenom 955 and an equivalent AMD mobo, but this'll save you a bit of money too. For a good Intel 1156 with SLI/CF in mind, get an Asus P7P55D-E PRO. The Gigabyte motherboards can't support USB3/SATA3 when using SLI or CF due to the limited number of PCIe lanes, but Asus has a workaround on some of their motherboards.
August 25, 2010 10:28:58 AM

Thanks for the reply!

I've bought the UD4 mobo along with a GTX460 768mb and am thinking of buying a new monitor. I don't know which one though, I'm thinking of a 22" with a native resolution of 1680x1050, because with 1920x1080, I won't be able to play everything full detail no?
My budget for a new monitor goes to $200, any suggestions?
August 26, 2010 6:21:09 AM

In terms of playing at the different resolution, it depends what game it is. There won't be a massive FPS difference in most games and if you find that a game isn't running well at 1920x1080, then you could just switch the resolution to 1680x1050 anyway.
August 26, 2010 7:21:15 AM

Yeah, but I've read that playing a game at a non-native resolution makes the game look quite ugly (except if the monitor has 1:1 scaling). Anyway, I think I'll give 1920x1080 a try if FPS doesn't differ that much. Thanks!!