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First build(budget $1300)..looking for some advice

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November 5, 2010 9:00:40 PM

Hi guys. :)  This is my first time to build my own desktop.
I am still considering that I should get GTX470 or HD 6870. Do you guys have any suggestion?
I will use this computer for few years.
thank you all for spending time on reading my post and giving advice.

Approximate Purchase Date: thanksgiving

Budget Range: around $1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (I mostly play COD), Video playback (1080p), Programming

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, monitor, dvd-burner

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: AMAZON, but I made the list in NEWEGG

Country of Origin: US

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


CPU: $294.99 i7 950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: $219.99 ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: $249.99 SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or $269.99 EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: $119.99 CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $109.99 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: $89.99 Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER: $69.99 COOLER MASTER V6 GT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: $139.99 NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: around $1310

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November 5, 2010 11:30:56 PM

If your going just for gaming x58 does look cool, but p55 will give you the same performance at a lower price.

HAF 922 - Cheaper than the case you picked with nice airflow, but case is kind of a person preference, just make sure its big enough for good air circulation..etc
Spinpoint f3 1tb - faster than the caviar black
2 x 6870 2 6870s? why not
Corsair 650w psu - its enough, 750w would be a waste with 2 6870s
4gb g.skill ram @ 1600
p7p55d-e pro mobo
Hyper 212+ cpu cooler - $30 for high performance cooling.
i5-750

$1214 after rebates. which leaves you with an extra $100 in your pocket to do what you please. I see you didnt include an os, so if you need one windows 7 oem edition is $99.
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November 5, 2010 11:47:15 PM

Agree with above. Or you can wait a little for the new AMD 6950/6970 cards scheduled this month.
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November 5, 2010 11:48:40 PM

thx for replying.
I will buy spinpoint f3 1tb and hyper 212+ cooler now. :) 
650w seems good enough. now I save a little bit.
I think I will buy i7 950. however, I haven't decided yet. lol
do u think i should get 2 x 6870 or just 1 gtx470.
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November 5, 2010 11:55:25 PM

The 6870s will perform better in crossfire than 470 sli and have less power/heat.
mosox is right too, if you can wait for the 69xx series that would be better.
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November 6, 2010 1:22:15 AM

^ Their coming out with Radeon 69xx? Is it this month?
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November 6, 2010 4:34:56 PM

supposed to be by the end of the month yes.
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November 12, 2010 11:57:04 PM

Best answer selected by lmao7.
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