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1700$ Gaming system

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August 27, 2010 7:01:45 AM


BUDGET RANGE: Up to $1700 lets try for less



PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:,, Best buy and Circuit city are local I can most likely get everything except the GPU and RAM locally.


PARTS PREFERENCES: No brand preferences; just want a solid build.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Single GPU. Single moniter.

MONITOR RESOLUTION:The moniter I have had is 1440x900 and I want to upgrade to either a 1680x1050 or 1600x900.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: What is the upside to a SSD boot drive with SATA III? In comparison to just a single HD. And I want an 80-PLUS Gold certified PSU.The previous "custom built" pc I bought via newegg is an Ibuypower with a 16 dollar psu. This was 2 years ago didn't know what I was getting myself into :p 

Case : I have it narrowed to three but I am beginning to think I should get the one with a PSU mounted on top so it's further away from the HD and it would seem more heat efficient than a bottom mount. Case 1; COOLER MASTER COSMOS (179.99$) Case 2; Xigmatek Utgard Window CPC-T90DB-U02 (69.99$) Case 3 ; Thermaltake Armor+MX VH8000BWS (129.99$)

Motherboard: MSI 870A-G54 (99.99$)

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition (165.99$)

Heatsink:Scythe SCKTN-3000 92mm (28.69$)

Fans: Any suggestions what fans I should get? Don't want my comp to sound like a jet engine but I want to add more than stock airflow.

RAM: A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

GPU: SAPPHIRE TOXIC 100282TXSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB (319.99$)


Hard Drive:Western Digital Caviar Black 1tb 64m cache (89.99$)

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R (25.99$)

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM. $100

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August 27, 2010 7:20:18 AM

^ Good selection of parts...
Some suggestions...
If going with a single card config, then try and get the fastest one there...Also this HIS HD 5870 would only cost ~$30 more and you would save even more with this combo if it still be available then...

CASE + PSU - IMO the PSU on the bottom is better also I doubt it would hinder with HDD cooling...
CM Advanced 690 + CM Real Power 600W

RAM - Same speed and timings from a better manufacturer
Mushkin 4GB DDR3

Mobo - Why not with eSATA ?

Also if you are OK with the price premium the SSDs command, then they do offer significant boost in boot times and app load times...
August 27, 2010 7:26:21 AM

The reason I chose the 5850 over the 5870 was just because looking at benchmarks on games like Crysis it gives about 10-15~ fps increase so I didn't think it was worth the 5870 for SW:ToR but hey might as well upgrade anyway. The combo deals I didn't check because you can never count on how long those are going to last but hopefully those two are still around when I begin my build. What's the difference with eSATA? That and im not too big of a fan of Gigabyte mobos. But i'm open minded.
August 27, 2010 7:37:29 AM

^ eSATA generally benefits external storage...If both the external storage device and the mobo are connected via eSATA(should be present on both), then the data transfer would be very fast...

As for the combos, even though combos wont stay long, but you can certainly expect a price cut from ATI in a month...