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Replacing parts in a gaming rig

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Anonymous
August 20, 2010 9:28:59 PM

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

BUDGET RANGE: 600-700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Thermaltake Purepower W0129RU 600 W ATX12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply, would like to reuse the PSU. Other peripherals already taken care of. Case, HDD, DVD drive will also be resued

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
no pref on website, have had good luck with newegg though

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Would like an ATI video card

OVERCLOCKING: probably not

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe if the price is right

MONITOR RESOLUTION: current is 1680x1050 on my right monitor and 1920x1080 on the left one.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: After all that I am pretty much in the market for a new mobo, ram, processor, and video card. I would like to get the best stuff I can without being completely broke afterwards. Thanks for the help.
August 20, 2010 9:31:52 PM

-> i5 760 processor

-> 4gb Gskill Ripjaws 1600mhz memory

-> MSI P55-GD55 motherboard (or something else if you want to SLI / Crossfire later)

-> GTX 460 video card

That's my pick of gear for you, I know it's not an ATI card, but 460s are looking pretty sweet right now...
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Anonymous
August 20, 2010 11:07:44 PM

Anyone have a solution with a Mobo that supports Xfire?
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August 20, 2010 11:08:40 PM

Or go as low as an AMD Athlon II x3 CPU and AM3 motherboard. It is fast enough to not bottleneck a single 460, especially if you overclock it a bit. It will be alot cheaper and nearly as fast as the i5, except in a few games like BFBC2 and GTA4. ITs also easy to swap the CPU for a Phenom II x4 or even x6 in the future if you do decide to SLI or find a game that needs the extra cores.


Gigabyte 890XA-UD3 ($120)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
you can go up in price a bit more if you want dual x16. For 460s it will only be a few percent different.
Athlon II x3 440 ($75)/445 ($80) or Phenom II x4 955 ($155)/965 ($165)

If you are going to use ATI graphics cards then I would recommend going 5830 or 5770.
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Anonymous
August 20, 2010 11:30:28 PM

I was thinking about using the 5770. And at some point maybe after the holidays adding a second one.

I am really out of touch with my AMD products. I will have to go do some digging about how those CPUs compare with the i5 760
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Anonymous
August 20, 2010 11:41:10 PM

Here is what I was thinking so far:

MOBO

CPU

Video Card

RAM


Feedback would be great. The total for all of that came out to like 595ish
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August 21, 2010 12:01:34 AM

If you intend to run two graphics cards, you need a motherboard that has two PCIEx16 slots running at least x8/x8.


The problem I see with your build is that its not balanced. The i5 760 is tied at the top for gaming performance, but you are pairing it with a low-mid range graphics card. Its not cost effective to pair anything less than a 470/4870 in that powerful CPU. You would get better gaming performance by saving ~$150 on the mobo/cpu and buying a more powerful graphics card.
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August 21, 2010 12:57:05 AM

760 gives some room to grow though! If you plan on going crossfire, that's where it will pay off to have a nice processor. This thing will beat the Phenom II 965 performance in games. I'd still really suggest going the 460 route rather than the 5770 route... but that's just me.
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