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a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2010 8:38:56 PM

I want to buy a PC mainly for gaming.
I have come up with this build:
Thermaltake ToughPower Power Express 650W Power Supply
Memory: Corsair DOMINATOR DDR3 3072MB (3 x 1024) 1600MHz CL8
Antec NSK4000B II
Motherboard: MSI X58M
Processor: Intel Core i7 930 BOX
Graphic card: Diamond Radeon HD 5870 1024MB DDR5 Dual Slot
I will be playing the latest games on a 32'' HDTV at full HD resolution. How would this PC perform?
Thank you in advance.

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August 31, 2010 8:47:41 PM

Please state your budget and fill out this form - New Build Advice

The one thing I can spot Immediately is that you can get slightly better RAM & better brands for PSU & GPU.

As I said, fill out the aforementioned form.
a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2010 8:57:02 PM


BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1200 Euros

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm from Romania so no US online stores send items here. (I'm buying from


PARTS PREFERENCES: no real preferences



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a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2010 9:17:36 PM

Link not worky.

You can also get the cheaper 1156 platform for your necessities. I5 760.
August 31, 2010 9:32:17 PM

I'm gonna give you Newegg links for a complete understanding of what you'll need. Search these items on

1000 euro = 1200 dollars. Since prices are gonna be higher in Europe than in the US, I'm gonna try to keep this under $1000.

CPU : $210 Intel Core i5-760

Mobo : $180 ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

RAM : $98 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

HDD : $55 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB

GPU : $240 EVGA 01G-P3-1373-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB

OR - $280 Radeon HD 5850

ODD : $20 LG SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe Support


HSF : $29 Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus

Case : $40 Rosewill CHALLENGER Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case

AMD alternative ---

CPU : $165 AMD Phenom II X4 965

Mobo : $140 ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3

You will save some money with the AMD build, but the Intel build is gonna be much stronger overall. Your call :) 
August 31, 2010 9:42:14 PM

The thing is, in the USA, you can get a 1000 Euro (= 1250 dollar) i7 930 gaming build. But with computer hardware being so much more expensive elsewhere, Euro 1000 will only get you $1000 worth of stuff in Europe. So a 930 means a cheaper GPU.

Basically, 1000 Euro doesn't go as far in Europe, as it does in the USA.
August 31, 2010 9:51:10 PM

Why would you get a 930 when a 760 can be had for at 80$ less?
a b 4 Gaming
September 1, 2010 2:37:52 PM

I forgot to mention something. I want to go for a micro atx board and a mini tower case.
@sp12: isn't the 930 more powerful than a 760? so if i can afford it why shouldn't i go for it?
September 1, 2010 2:46:25 PM

Do you want a uATX board for the 930 or the 760?

Not only is the 930 itself gonna be more expensive, but the mobos are also gonna be very expensive thereby increasing your costs tremendously.
a b 4 Gaming
September 1, 2010 2:55:05 PM

Well, in my country the price difference isnt that big. It is about 120$ more (for 930 including the mobo). I want a uATX board for the 930. Heard that the MSIx58m is pretty decent.
a b 4 Gaming
September 1, 2010 3:21:45 PM

the rampage gene is about 150$ more than the MSI in my country. the evga is about 135$ more. are they worth the price?
And why did u recommend me the GTX 260? isn't the HD 5870 better? (I can afford the 5870)
September 1, 2010 3:53:54 PM

1. The MSI is very good. Go with it.

2. I did not recommend the 260. I recommended the GTX 460 Fermi
a b 4 Gaming
September 1, 2010 5:16:28 PM

isn't the 930 more powerful than a 760? so if i can afford it why shouldn't i go for it?

For gaming and the usual stuff they are almost on par so why get the more expensive one? Also the 1156 platform is much cooler and more suitable for a mATX case.
a b 4 Gaming
September 1, 2010 5:18:02 PM

ah, sry. my mistake.
even though, isn't the hd 5870 better? It's about 50$ more expensive than the GTX 460 fermi.
September 2, 2010 4:29:23 AM

Depends on the resolution, the game and what settings you wanna play at.
At higher resolutions and settings, the HD5870 is better but if you're on 1680x1050 or lower then the 460 is more than enough, it should even handle games like Metro 2033 at High and DX10 at that res for example. Also, the GTX 4xx cards scale very well in SLI.

Radeon HD 5870 vs GTX 460 1GB

P.S - At your resolution (1920 X 1080), the 5870 is well worth it. So go with it if you can afford it.