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New build i5 gaming pc $900

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September 14, 2010 2:16:57 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: next weekend


Budget Range: $900 before rebates (I hate online rebate forms), cheaper is better. But I'm adding os and a keyboard to this build, so total around $1000.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, web browsing


Parts Not Required: Monitor, mouse


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, frys or ncix is ok if priced well (they can't usually beat newegg for price), I have a micro center 30 mins from me.


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: none


Overclocking: probably not, only slightly if at all (eg taking the i5 760 up 3.0ghz, not shooting for anything crazy like 4.0ghz)


SLI or Crossfire: No. If a mobo is the same price and supports it for the future, great, but not my priority.


Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050. 22in lcd that's as high as it goes.


Additional Comments: I'm posting all the parts but I already purchased the psu bundled with windows 7 64 bit cus of a nice sale, so can't swap that out. I'll post the parts and then the combo prices.


Already purchased - PSU:
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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OS:
windows 7 oem 64 bit
Combo: $150


Ram:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
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Case:
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Combo: $142


Mobo:
ASUS P7P55 LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
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DVD drvie:
ASUS Black 22X CD/DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Combo: $110

CPU:
Core i5 760
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$170

Harddrive:
SSDNow V-Series SNVP325-S2B/64G 64GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$140 ($110 AR which I don't mind sending in since I'm buying at the store)

Second harddrive:
Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$45

Keyboard (wanted a backlit one, plus mine is a super old ps2):
Saitek PZ30AUR 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Eclipse Red Backlit Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$35

GPU:
GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum NE5X460HF1102 1024MB GDDR5
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$218

OR

GeForce GTX 460 Sonic NE5X460SF1102 1024B GDDR5'
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$199

OR

GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$260

Total: $1010 - $991 - $1052 depending on the GPU.

Another option is to use my current x1900xt card and wait a couple months for the ati 6000 series. It's doubtful I'd buy a 6000, unless there's some around $220 with better performance than a gtx 460, but the new series should drop the 5000 price a few bucks. It's not a great card, but can handle my current games at med-low settings.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My other questions are is the sonic pailt worth the extra $20 for the out of the box overclock or is it easy enough to oc the standard one? Also the 5850 I listed is oc'd and cheaper than the others, just wondering if it's the right 5850 to go for or if anyone wants to suggest a better one.

Thanking you in advance for advice.

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September 14, 2010 2:57:01 AM

The HD5830 is an option you don't have that is better than the GTX460 at the same price point.

At 1680x1050 I get excellent performance from my HD5770 and i5 661 on all the current games I have.
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September 14, 2010 3:10:46 AM

Already had a long thread about 5830 vs the gtx 460 a couple weeks back and many would disagree with you lol. I'm leaning towards the palit sonic platinum just cus of it's out of the box oc, I think it'll handle a 5830 pretty easily.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

I know a 5770 is more than enough for my resolution for now, and who knows how the new gtx 450 performs? But I would rather spend $50 more now and keep the card a little longer in the long run, maybe get 6 months more out of it.
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September 14, 2010 3:11:43 AM

Can anyone say if these parts will fit together well? How's my mobo selection? I tried to keep it cheap without going bargain brand and staying away from micros.
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September 14, 2010 5:17:56 AM

^ Some suggestions -
Mobo - Why not a one with USB3.0 ?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR the one with SATA 6GB/s and USB3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one even does Crossfire but no SLI though...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD + OS - I would rather suggest you pay a few $$ more and get a better SSD
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB + OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU + HDD -
OCZ Fatality 550 + Samsung F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Or OCZ 600W + Samsung F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And as for the graphics card, the 67x0 series would be available by October and IMO they would be priced sub $200...Am sure they would offer better performance than the 5770 as they are reported to have a 256-bit memory bus compared to the 128 of the 5770, so that should give a good boost...
So its worth a wait IMO, also if you go with that MSI board, you would also have Crossfire option...
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