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September 12, 2010 5:04:19 PM

Hello, I’m looking to build a pair of new computers, one for me and one for my wife. We typically play MMOs, looking forward to FFXIV, would love it at max settings. Im running a 24" monitor, (1280x1024, looks good to me lol). I haven’t built a computer before, but I’ve done my homework and put together the following.

What I’m hoping for is criticism/feedback as to making sure its all compatible, that I haven’t missed anything, like better deals for the $, and overall views.

MOTHERBOARD: Asus P7P55 Deluxe Motherboard $160
http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/...26CatId%3D4720

CPU: INTEL i5 760 - $210 (am i already outdated with this?)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...220&CatId=4729

RAM: Corsair XM53 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 $170
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...a9Ds1YE8BYjtTQ

VIDEO CARD: Diamond Radeon HD 5850 1GB $320
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...TBR3yWoxbpNHvg

POWER SUPPLY: Corsair 850TX 850W (Future proof it a bit, i hope)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...SID=egkk7xhorr

CASE: Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Black Mid-Tower Case - 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays, 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays, 2 200mm Fans, 1 120mm Fan - $100
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...y=REVIEWS#tabs

Planning to use our previous CD ROMs and Hard Drives. Also going to look into overclocking and see if liquid cooling may be necessary/advised.

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September 12, 2010 5:32:42 PM



MOTHERBOARD: Asus P7P55 Deluxe Motherboard $160 good
http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/...26CatId%3D4720

CPU: INTEL i5 760 - $210 (am i already outdated with this?) you fine with this
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...220&CatId=4729

RAM: Corsair XM53 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 $170 only 4gb really needed for gaming
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...a9Ds1YE8BYjtTQ

VIDEO CARD: Diamond Radeon HD 5850 1GB $320 good
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...TBR3yWoxbpNHvg

POWER SUPPLY: Corsair 850TX 850W (Future proof it a bit, i hope) overkill look into the xfx 750 modular and cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...SID=egkk7xhorr

CASE: Cooler Master HAF 922M ATX Black Mid-Tower Case - 5 External 5.25" Drive Bays, 5 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays, 2 200mm Fans, 1 120mm Fan - $100
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...y=REVIEWS#tabs good case look into the haf 912 that just came out


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September 12, 2010 5:56:32 PM

for gaming the cpu its not that important... better go with an amd build:

cpu: phenom ii x4 955

mobo: any 870 chipset will be good, stay with asus and gigabyte

ram: g.skill 4gb ddr3 1600mhz cl7

gpu: 5870, if u can get it from xfx they make good quality prodicts

psu: xfx 850w black edition, with that u are able to use another 5870 in the future without problem and other things u want to add

case: its ur choise, just try to get one with good cooling and good quality build
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September 12, 2010 6:03:15 PM

I third an XFX black edition from Newegg.
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September 14, 2010 10:29:18 PM

Per suggestions, i've made the following changes:

RAM: 4gb DDR3 @1600 clock ($6 more for an increase in speed)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER SUPPLY: XFX Black Edition, 850W (Still want the extra power)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

How big of a deal is the difference between 5850 and 5870/5970? My reading shows not that much practical difference, but a HUGE increase in price.

I'm also concerned as to opinions on the noise and heat. I'd be upset if it sounded like an airplane engine or simply burned out.
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September 14, 2010 10:31:00 PM

i think the 5870 is the one to go...
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September 14, 2010 10:42:26 PM

At 1280x1024, the 5850 is as big as I would go. Actually, I might just stick with a 5770 if you're going to continue to use that monitor. Alternatively, since you have an SLI-capable motherboard, you might also look at the GTX 460.

If you are considering a monitor upgrade to 1920x1080, you might look into a 5870, but the 5850 will probably be more than adequate for a while.

The XFX 850W PSU is pretty darn silent, I have one myself. Unsure about the 5850, but it shouldn't be too taxed at 1280x1024, and it's generally considered a fairly quiet video card. Other than that, getting a well-ventilated case (like an HAF) is the best thing you can do to keep the computer quiet. More ventilation = less heat = fans have to work less.

You might consider the Asus P7P55D-E Pro, as it has USB 3.0 support, which isn't mainstream yet, but should be within a year or two.

As far as processors, both AMD and Intel are releasing new processors next year. So theoretically, any processor/mobo combination you get is going to be dead in the near future. Of course, that means something completely different for hardware, as opposed to software. Either an i5 or an AMD Phenom II X4 will be fine to game on for the next 2-3 years. If you can afford to wait, you might consider it, but if you need it now, there's no reason to hold off.
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September 22, 2010 9:54:57 PM

Best answer selected by Tenken667.
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