~1100 Gaming Pc (advice)

Approximate Purchase Date: Between now and Black Friday

Budget Range: Around $1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Deep Fritz 12 (chess engine), Gaming(Fallout3, eventually Diablo3)

Parts Not Required: Monitor, 2.1 Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com (free shipping with prime), microcenter.com, newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1650x1080

Additional Comments: I don't plan to overclock, and I really don't expect to upgrade before this current gen of technology is obsolete. I will probably upgrade to a nicer monitor at some point, but that might be it. Also I'm a newbie to building.


For the processor I was thinking i-7 870 for $230

GPU Radeon5850 for $~300
(I don't know which version to get, would appreciate input)

Mobo - Gigabyte GA-P55M - UD2 Ultra Durable 3 Motherboard $105

HD 1- Intel 80 GB X25M Mainstream SATA II Solid-State Drive $194
HD 2- Western Digital Caviar Black 500 gb Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 32 MB Cach $60

PSU- Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650-Watt TX Series 80 Plus Certified Power $90

Case- Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case External 3 X 5.25; Internal 6 X 3.5 2*Usb2.0 $60

Memory - CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $88


A few questions.

Is the current selection for Mobo's mATX size going to complicate anything?

Do I need a sound card, or is onboard sound good enough? (I don't record or have expensive speakers)

I'm not planning on OC'ing, should I get a cpu cooler or extra fans anyway, for longevity?

Should I buy anything at the moment (like the microcenter processor steals) or just wait for the possible sales (radeon 5850?); or both.

And obviously; please let me know what's a mistake or something that you would do differently.

Here is a comparison on CPU for chess engines http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts/2009-desktop-cpu-charts-update-1/Fritz-11,1406.html
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  1. 1. No issues going with a mATX board. But you get a board with better features for less...
    10% off w/ promo code MBTEN7, limited offer

    2. No, the onboard sound would suffice.

    3. The stock cooler for stock setttings would suffice...Longevity ? I have an old PC as a download rig with an AMD CPU, running slightly overclocked on a stock HSF for about 7-8 years now...
    If the place where you live is very hot, then an aftermarket cooler would be good...

    4. If you are not in a hurry, then wait for better deals and the sales should start in a few weeks I guess, also ATI is going to launch newer cards by this month...

    Check this RAM + Case combo
    But waiting for sometime might be a good idea...
  2. Thanks for the response! That board looks like what I"m looking for, so I'm going to switch that in and the matx board out.

    I've been looking at a lot of the similar threads to mine and haven't seen anyone build with an i7-870 ???
    I realize building with a 1156 socket mobo is probably the opposite of future proofing, but is there any other reason not to shell out a few extra bucks for this over the i5-760?
  3. ^ That is because it generally doesnt offer much improvement over the i5 in gaming, but for other CPU intensive tasks, and CAD stuffs, it would prove useful though...
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