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~1100 Gaming Pc (advice)

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October 13, 2010 4:23:59 AM

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: (free shipping with prime),,

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Comments: I don't plan to overclock, and I really don't expect to upgrade before this current gen of technology is obsolete.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

More about : 1100 gaming advice

a b 4 Gaming
October 13, 2010 4:57:11 AM

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...
October 13, 2010 5:06:24 PM

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?
a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2010 4:14:10 AM

^ 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...