~$1250 Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: about 1000-1500. I'll need to be convinced of good benefit to move toward max of range

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, some photo editing, even less video editing

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (although I will probably purchase a cheap second one), speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've bought a couple things from newegg without trouble, but open to suggestion

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: none come to mind

Overclocking: Maybe (I have no experience doing so)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (I would be nervous about extra heat)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Would like a quiet PC. Don't care about LEDs or fancy looking case, want function over form. I'm least familiar with how to research mobo and case, so reasons behind recommendations there are particularly useful.

My friend built a system several months ago, so I was planning on using that as a baseline, looking for any upgrades that have come out since then. I had thought I might go with 8GB of RAM instead of 6GB if that makes sense:

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card no longer active
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930 no longer active
Crucial Ballistix 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BL3KIT25664BN1337
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
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  1. no solid state drive but that isnt really worth it for gaming ... this is a very gaming orientated build

    scaling of 6870 is amazing . well the 5870 is stronger then the 6870 together two 6870 beat two 5870


  2. So here's what I have so far in terms of a stretch system for me. As you can see I'm above my original budget a bit. My question is: what is a good power supply for this (aside from not knowing how to calculate how much wattage I need, I don't know how to figure out if it has the right cables etc).

    And then further, what might be stupid about the build? :)

    For the RAM, I wanted at least 8 GB for the sometime photoshop/premiere work I do, but since it's best to go in triplets, that meant jumping to 12.

    Hoping to order this ASAP, since I've had to put it off for longer than I wanted.

  3. For an lga 1366 build ram needs to move up in sets (sticks) of 3.
    you either want 3 sticks, or 6 sticks.
    3x2GB= 6 I'd suggest 6 depending on how much photo editing you do I suppose
    3x4GB= 12
    3x8GB= 24
    6x2GB = 12GB
    6x4GB= 24GB

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003&Tpk=xfx%20750 Modular, Silver Certified.

    For this to be a gaming comp your very weak on the GPU..

    Might want to think about getting an AMD X6 1075T = Savings on mobo and RAM because you can get 8GB.

    I'd try to AT LEAST get a radeon 6870 in your build.

    Also that SSD has slow writes but fast reads.
    I'd get this one $200 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233125
  4. Thanks for the advice.

    Does it matter that I'm not taking advantage of SATA III with your suggested SSD?

    Did you notice that I have 2x6850? Is that really so weak? I got the impression from this article that it should be quite performant, even if not bleeding edge.
  5. No. Doesn't matter, most people buy for future proofing at this point because it won't be long till all the SSDs are up there.

    oooh 2, nvm its all good then :D
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