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Parts Suggestions - Partially built 1500$ Gaming Machine

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September 30, 2010 12:24:31 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 days.


Budget Range: 700$ - for additional parts, spent 700$ already.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Videos, Internet.


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Motherboard(Sabertooth x58), Case(Standard ATX), Processor(i7 950 3.06Ghz w/8mb Cache), Ram(Kingston HyperX 6GB PC3-12800 Triple Channel DDR3 (3x2gb) w/intel XMP).


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com/memoryexpress.ca/ncix.com


Country of Origin: Canada


Parts Preferences: Open.


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024


Additional Comments: Preferred HD output so I could use my 42" RCA LCD 1080i+p 60hz television in HD.


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Parts I've been considering!


XFX Radeon HD 5870 HD587XZNFC 850MHZ 1Gb GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card
Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Solid State Hybrid SATA Drive 2.5IN
XFX 750W Black Edition Single Rail Modular ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Silver


September 30, 2010 6:27:10 AM

Your links aren't formatted right.

That is an excellent power supply. It would be powerful enough for two HD 5870s in crossfire.

I don't know whether a hybrid drive is a good idea. Laptop hard drives have always been less reliable in my experience. The performance of a hybrid drive certainly isn't equal to a SSD.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/seagate_momentu...

You wouldn't have to pay that much more for a SSD boot drive and a larger desktop drive, either.

Corsair Force CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$134.99 shipped after a $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

or

Corsair Force Series 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD Sandforce *3 Year MFR Wrty*
$134.99 after a $20 rebate
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=53423&vpn=CSSD-F60GB2...


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$71.23 shipped with promo code CEMCYXNX29
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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October 1, 2010 5:57:26 AM

Got a Cooler Master 850w Silent M Pro, the seagate momentus xt Hybrid Drive and I went a bit cheaper and got the HiS Radeon HD 5850.
However, I got home and the PSU is too big for my old Standard ATX case from 2003. It's a top mount PSU and there are two bracket's that keep it from screwing in properly, the case also had a fan on top that I would have to fully remove if that PSU had fit.

Looks like I'm going case shopping tomorrow. I'll post my final build once it's constructed and working.
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