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$1300 Gaming PC

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November 6, 2010 5:52:08 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next two weeks

Budget Range: ($1000-$1300) Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Some Video Editing (Just stuff like COD, CSS,), surfing internet

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: id like to add another Vapor X 5870 sometime later on

Monitor Resolution: 26" HDTV 1080p

Additional Comments:

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Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

Mobo/OS Combo:ASUS Crosshair IV Formula

GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB

DVD: PLEXTOR 24X DVD/CD

Grand Total: $1,176.45

More about : 1300 gaming

November 6, 2010 7:25:21 PM

The case is your choice but I would suggest the cm 690 2 advanced.
For the cpu,a phenom 2 x6 1055t or an i5 750 would be better since both are great clockers and perform phenomenally with an oc to 3.8-4.0ghz.
The mobo is overpriced but supports trifire at x16/x8/x8 so it is ok.
For the gpu you should get 2 6850s instead.Although you will lose future upgradeability in the form of a third gpu by the time it is required 2 5870s will be inadequate anyway.
The psu is ok and should support the 2 6850s easily.
For the ram I don't think 8gb are needed for a gaming system but since it fits the budget and they're nicely priced they're a neat option.
For the hdd I suggest you choose a larger hdd as 500gb usually aren't enough if you store everything on them.At least for me;p

PS.If your budget is 1300$ you should consider a good cooler too like the corsair a70.
That's all from me;p
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November 7, 2010 1:17:14 AM

gtx 470 is cheaper than the 5870 and performs about the same
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November 7, 2010 3:53:25 AM

cangle said:
gtx 470 is cheaper than the 5870 and performs about the same


except the gtx 470 has more power used and worse cooling.
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November 7, 2010 1:04:55 PM

Crazy expensive mobo. For that money on combined CPU+mobo you should be moving to an i5-760 based build or dropping to a cheaper AMD mobo.

The 5870 makes no sense now that the 6870 is out. The 5870 is ~38% more expensive (after MIR!), but only 8% faster. When you put them in crossfire, the 6870 scales much better than the 5XXX series and beats dual 5870s.

The OCZ PSU sucks (check the Hardocp/JohnnyGuru reviews, it failed violently at ~650 watts, and had unstable output). Here's a high-end PSU 750 watt, but it is more expensive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Easily the best in class for 750 watts besides the Seasonic (therefore Corsair) gold series for ~180$.


You don't really need more than a 650 watt for 6870 crossfire, but it's hard to find really solid 650 watts that are priced well.

Here's a faster, 1TB hard drive for the same price AR. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 7, 2010 1:08:34 PM

I would change out the PSU for sure....

Check out buying the Corsair 750 ... same price and it's a better psu.
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