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How's this for a $750-$850 Gaming Rig

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August 28, 2010 4:26:08 AM

CPU: Core i5 760
GPU: Radeon 5770 1gb
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P
PSU: Corsair 800w (more?)
Memory: (x2) Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) CT25664BA1339 (won Best of Tom's Hardware 2009.)
HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6gb/s

And that's it, if I'm missing anything.
I'm pretty sure the power supply should be fine for now. I plan to eventually get that ThermalRight MUX-120 for the i5, so I can overclock it once better processors come out. Then I might also get an Nvidia 9800 GTS for PhysX dedication with the new drivers, or the hack if it is fixed (or basically broken) again. This makes me think I might need a bigger power supply, but I'm pretty sure this should do fine.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I already have a case, 1920x1200 monitor, dvd drive and everything. I just mean how good is a computer with those things for $750.

And yes I spent about a week looking at a bunch of Tom's hardware reviews to choose the components.

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August 28, 2010 5:04:38 AM

1920x1200 is really pushing the limit for a 5770 honestly I have one and I start turning on the AA and it just can't cut it. ( I bought my card in Feb or late Jan)
And I am quite disappoint mind you i'm using xp and I can not move to better drivers.

I would dial back on the PSU and up on the graphics card. 460 1GB is the lowest I would go for your resolution And unless you plan to SLI or xfire 600watt Quality PSU should be fine

the hard drive well thats up to you but seems like the Samsung F3'd are the way to go as far as price performance goes
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August 28, 2010 5:28:50 AM

Thanks for replying! Are you sure that the 5770 will have trouble handling it? I can always lower any detail and the resolution. If I go to the next 16:10 resolution down, the AA will pretty much handle itself. I've been able to push my stock x1550 from Visiontek to run Cod4 on 1920x1200, so I figured anything in the 5000 series could too. I don't have too many new games also. Mainly Steam games and The Orange Box, and Cod4. I do have Generals and The First Decade, and I know those can run top quality on 1920x1200 on the x1550, but those are old. I followed the basis of the cheapest parts that could play my games at OK quality, and this was the first ATI card to appear in "Best graphics cards for your money August 2010" I think it was called, to say plays games great in 1920x1200 without reduced graphics next to it. But they might have overclocked it or something.

Well I planned to overclock and eventually add a bunch in to it like extra cooling and like I said a PhysX card. I just wanted to be on the safe side with power, so I don't have to buy a higher one or worry about running out.

I have Windows 7 64-bit installed.

EDIT: I've got a bunch of stuff to sell that, if it keeps true to average eBay and Amazon prices, should shave the price down to around $200 or less, which I think is an awesome price for this kind of computer. It may not be as good as the most expensive computers in the world, but it's definitely going to be a much better deal than when I built my $1000 Pentium D 3.2ghz, Radeon x1550, Asus p5nsli (it shorted out, which is why I'm looking into this new one), 550w, 40gb PATA computer on my birthday.
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August 28, 2010 5:41:38 AM

hey if you don't mind turning things down a bit then it will do just fine.
me I really am not really a fan of that and I'm stuck doing it
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August 28, 2010 6:18:39 AM

Well thanks for the input. I'm totally fine with lower quality. I just don't really have that much money to spend. The only reason I'm going for anything near $800 is because I can knock it down to $200 with old parts and other things around my house. I mean right on a Toshiba Satellite A85-S107, with 512mb memory, a screen that broke and needs to be propped up, a missing m on the keyboard, and the power cord soldered into the back. I suck as much life as possible out of my stuff. I finally got a new Xbox 360 after trying to live with the Open Tray error for a year, before it finally wouldn't read anything.

I got to sleep, so I'll get on tomorrow and see what others say. :sleep: 
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August 28, 2010 1:43:30 PM

yeah you wont need any more than a quality 650W psu, and even that can handle sli 460's. if u crop that off your budget you have more to play with on graphics which is what i would also do, a single 5850 would be more than enough at that resolution
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August 28, 2010 2:57:25 PM

CPU-Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.8GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box -$186.91
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=54753&promoid=1053&...

MOBO-Gigabyte P55A-UD4P ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E RAID GBLAN CrossFireX SLI USB3.0 SATA3 Motherboard -$158.87
http://www.ncixus.com/products/index.php?sku=46488&vpn=...

If USB 3.0 and SATA 3 aren't a deal breaker
NCIX Gaming Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 760 Quad Core CPU & MSI P55-G55 CrossFire DDR3 Motherboard- $261.67
http://www.ncixus.com/products/index.php?sku=55331&vpn=...

PSU-either one of these both are modular@$100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

GPU-GeForce GTX 460 1GB-@$240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

RAM-1600Mhz CL7@$100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

HDD-Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB -$90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 28, 2010 6:24:51 PM

Are you sold on intel? An amd phenon II x4 955 performs very close to the i5 760 and overclocks very well and is $50 less. Then you could easily afford a gtx 460 (they're about $50 more than an hd5770).
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August 28, 2010 7:35:49 PM

Yeah, I pretty much like to stick with Intel and ATI, which are sort of opposed to each other because of AMD owning ATI. I'm not new too computer building, but I've only really taken apart or constructed two computers, so a bit inexperienced. I've been thinking of getting a CrossFire or SLI setup, but doesn't the P55 chipset, or the LGA Socket 1156 only have 16 lanes, and it splits them into two 8x lanes, which should decrease performance? Also, would the Nvidia cards mentioned do PhysX well if not redirected to a second card?

EDIT: Besides the 3 year warranty as apposed to the Corsiar's 7, the Antec 750w looks like a great deal.
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August 28, 2010 8:28:36 PM

All right, here's the new list, for around $865, with replaced items from Davcon.

The i5 760
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?sku=54753&promoid=1053&...

Gigabyte P55A-UD4P
http://www.ncixus.com/products/index.php?sku=46488&vpn=...

WD Caviar Black 7200 RPM 1TB SATA 6gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws 1600Mhz (The heat sinks look awesome and helpful.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 650W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 460 1GB (Saw some reviews of it, and it does do better than 5770, and the Gigabyte one with dual fans is freakin' sweet.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still wondering if the GeForce GTX 460 1GB would be bogged down by PhysX on high settings. I can just turn it off if so, because I don't really care about it, it just looks awesome for the little bits it affects.

Thanks for the responses, now and future, so I don't have to keep saying it.

EDIT: Btw, any good cheap case fans? Or do you really need to get top-dollar case fans? I already have two neon one's which were pretty cheap, but I don't know their performance value.
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August 28, 2010 11:45:00 PM

spentshells said:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Switch to this PSU the one you linked to is only $99 if you buy an antec case

otherwise it's $139


Too good to be true, huh? I changed it. I've been looking at some videos, and people with a cheaper setup than this have been playing Modern Warfare 2 on Max settings and Crysis with that particle effects mod. They might not have 1920x1200 though, but that GeForce does look promising.
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August 29, 2010 12:54:54 AM

Blue a10 said:
Yeah, I pretty much like to stick with Intel and ATI, which are sort of opposed to each other because of AMD owning ATI. I'm not new too computer building, but I've only really taken apart or constructed two computers, so a bit inexperienced. I've been thinking of getting a CrossFire or SLI setup, but doesn't the P55 chipset, or the LGA Socket 1156 only have 16 lanes, and it splits them into two 8x lanes, which should decrease performance? Also, would the Nvidia cards mentioned do PhysX well if not redirected to a second card?

EDIT: Besides the 3 year warranty as apposed to the Corsiar's 7, the Antec 750w looks like a great deal.


The 1156's x8/x8 is only a 2-3% decrease in performance compared to 1366.It would be difficult to notice.PhysX is generally done by a secondary lesser card then your main gpu.
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