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September 9, 2010 5:59:57 AM

Hi I would like some suggestion for a gaming rig under $1100 , this is my first time building a rig so any sort of advice will help!
I will mostly use this comp for media , surfing and most important to play starcraft 2
So far i have this as a build .
Asus P7P55 LX w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, PCI-E, CrossFireX
Intel Core™ i5 Processor 760 2.66GHz w/ 8MB Cache
Patriot Extreme Performance Viper II Sector 5 Series DDR3 4GB (2 x 2GB) PC3-10666 Low Latency Dual Channel Kit
Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue 7200rpm SATA II w/ 32MB Cache
Samsung SH-S223B 22x SpeedPlus™ DVD-Writer, SATA, Black, OEM
HIS Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort
Silverstone Strider Essential 500W Power Supply
Cooler Master Elite 310 Case w/ Window
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (64-bit) DVD - OEM

is there anything i could change? any help would be appreciated!

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September 9, 2010 6:12:29 AM

^ What is your screen's resolution ? What kind of games ?
Why not the Phenom X4 955 ?? With the money saved there you could get a more powerful GPU...
September 9, 2010 6:25:18 AM

X4 955 + ASUS 890GX

RAM - Mushkin Silverline

Or any other good case - Antec 300/ 300 Illusion/ CM 690/ HAF 922...

Antec EA 650W - Can easily handle 2x HD 5770s in Crossfire

Sapphire HD 5770

Samsung F3 1TB



Total - ~$911 not including shipping or taxes...Also if you check other CA websites like,, memoryexpress,, you would find either lower prices or no additional charges...
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September 9, 2010 6:30:53 AM

My current screen has a resolution of 1440 x 900 ( which sorta sucks) , Im most likely just playing starcraft 2 ( hoping this rig is capable of ultra ...) and LoL .
and about the phenom , my friend told me intel is alot better =S
September 9, 2010 6:40:48 AM

What if i wanted to crossfire later on in time? which one is better i5 or phenom?
September 9, 2010 6:52:09 AM

I actually helped a friend do an i5 build around your budget last week.

The build isn't exactly what he got because he used a bunch of combos and some of those didn't have any. It also doesn't include an OS because he already has that. You could go for a better PSU like a Corsair 650TX or maybe add a boot drive SSD like OCZ Vertex 2 60GB.

I'm sure if you gave us an estimated date of purchase then somebody on these forums could help you build something really nice with combos.