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1500 dollar budget - no monitors needed. Best gaming pc build please

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December 10, 2010 8:15:06 PM

Hey guys, I'm building a new pc and need some advice as it has been a long time and I am not up-to-date on all the new hardware. I do live a few hours from a MicroCenter so the parts can come from there or Newegg preferably.

I do realize the the 1156 socket is going out of production but this does not bother me as if/when I need to upgrade I will be doing a whole new build. This said I was looking at the Intel Core i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor BX80605I7875K as the processor for over-clocking fun. This is the build I came up with :


Cart Item List:
Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Item #:N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy
$9.99

Intel Core i7-875K 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819116368
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$349.99
$319.99

Scythe SCRT-1000 120mm Sleeve New High-End Top-Flow CPU Cooler
Item #:N82E16835185155
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$49.99

AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811517004
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate
$129.99
$109.99

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820145222
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$99.99

2x
XFX Radeon HD 5870 HD-587X-ZNFC Video Card
Item #:N82E16814150476
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$599.98
$579.98

BIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813138162
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$134.99
$114.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 320GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822152244
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$42.99

ENERMAX SGALAXY EGX1000EWL 1000W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817194019
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$159.99
$129.99
Grand Total: $1,457.90

Please can you guys help? Thanks
December 10, 2010 8:16:11 PM

Btw, I am using the disk drive from my old computer. Thanks
December 10, 2010 8:41:52 PM

RightHandMan said:
Hey guys, I'm building a new pc and need some advice as it has been a long time and I am not up-to-date on all the new hardware. I do live a few hours from a MicroCenter so the parts can come from there or Newegg preferably.

I do realize the the 1156 socket is going out of production but this does not bother me as if/when I need to upgrade I will be doing a whole new build. This said I was looking at the Intel Core i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor BX80605I7875K as the processor for over-clocking fun. This is the build I came up with :


Cart Item List:
Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Item #:N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy
$9.99

Intel Core i7-875K 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819116368
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$349.99
$319.99

Scythe SCRT-1000 120mm Sleeve New High-End Top-Flow CPU Cooler
Item #:N82E16835185155
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$49.99

AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811517004
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate
$129.99
$109.99

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820145222
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$99.99

2x
XFX Radeon HD 5870 HD-587X-ZNFC Video Card
Item #:N82E16814150476
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$599.98
$579.98

BIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813138162
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$134.99
$114.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 320GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822152244
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$42.99

ENERMAX SGALAXY EGX1000EWL 1000W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817194019
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$159.99
$129.99
Grand Total: $1,457.90

Please can you guys help? Thanks


Looks Fine, just toss in the extra 50 bucks get a 7200 RPM 1TB
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December 10, 2010 8:58:34 PM

Do I need that big of a power supply?

Is there a better cpu cooler for the same price or cheaper?

Should I go with G-Skill Ripjaws 8gigs?
December 10, 2010 9:17:29 PM

Well it doesn't need to be THAT big, but its good to have cause your running nice CPU, and powerful GPU's so if now 1000 run like 850 or 750 i'd say.

Whether your running the 8GB depends on what you wanna do with the computer other than gaming. Cause gaming doesnt really need much more like im building an HD video production computer so i need the 8GB, cause ill obviously still game on it.
December 10, 2010 9:51:45 PM

noooo do not get 5870 crossfire it actually performs the same as 2x 6870's because of worse scaling. 2 6870's also cost $250 each so you save $100.

Also, if you live near a microcenter they sell brand new i7 950s for $199 so you should look into that. you can get a decent 1366 mobo for $200-250.
December 11, 2010 1:43:52 AM

I see a few problems with the build.

You may as well go 1336 in my opinion.

Socket 1156 mobo's do not run in triple channel. So your 3 X 2GB setup doesn't make sense. You may as well go 4 X 2GB for a total of 8GB if you stick with 1156

You may as well get a cheaper CPU and simply OC it. I really dislike Intel naming
high end 1156's i7's. The truth is the CPU you've chosen is really no different than the much cheaper i5-750. Other than the upped clock speed and unlocked multiplier. This does not guarantee you a significantly higher OC. Since OC results vary you will no doubt find people with a OCed i5-750 actually outperforming you in some cases.

The mother board... Invest more into it and go for a Asus or Gigabyte. I wouldn't settle for what you have chosen even if it was offered for free.


I agree with FLanighan going with the 6870's in CF just makes more sense for the price and performance.

You can find larger and faster harddrives for around the same price. Also 320GB isn't much nowadays.



December 11, 2010 2:42:55 PM

Alright, so I took some advice and here is the new, revised build:


Cart Item List:
Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Item #:N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy
$9.99

2x
XFX Radeon HD 6870 HD-687A-ZNFC Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #:N82E16814150506
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$499.98
$479.98

AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811517004
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate
$129.99
$109.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817139009
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$159.99
$129.99

ASUS Rampage III Formula ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813131666
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$299.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$54.99

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Item #:N82E16835118019
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$7.00 Instant
$59.99
$52.99

Grand Total: $1,137.92



This is also getting the 199.00 i7-950 processor from Microcenter making the total a smooth 1350 after shipping and whatnot.

About the Harddrive, to be completely honest, I don't need more than 500gigs, I have a 320 and I haven't used half of it. This might change once I build up my music and movies again, since I lost my external hd on a trip to canada. If I need more then I will buy another and do RAID 0.

Is the power supply enough or should I go slightly bigger to 900-950 range?

Since this build is cheaper I do have some more spare change to throw around but I can pick up my 3rd monitor and not worry about anything else.

Thoughts and suggestions?
December 11, 2010 2:48:54 PM

Wait a few days for the HD 6950/6970 to be released Monday.
December 11, 2010 3:28:03 PM

Your revision build is much more acceptable though I do have some suggestions.

I did notice you failed to list any ram in the new build. Am I to assume your just using your previously listed builds?

The motherboard is great but a bit pricey. I advise you don't get it unless you plan
on adding a third 6870 in the near future. If not I would suggest http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The PSU you selected should be fine. In fact you did well choosing it. The best advice you can ever receive when it comes to making a build is to not skimp on the PSU.

Interestingly enough you are now making a very similar build to what I plan on building myself. You also ended up helping me as well a Microcenter is about 1 1/2 hour drive from me may as well go for the drive and save $100 for the i7 950.
December 11, 2010 3:51:38 PM

You are right, I completely forgot the ram whoops, Was either going with the previous ram or with 2x4g g-skill ripsaw.

To be completely honest, I dont understand the whole triple channel thing, mind explaining?

Appreciate it.
December 11, 2010 4:47:27 PM

is 4gb of ram enough for gaming ? or would 6gb be better and why? i see all types of setups with 4 and 6 gb and cant get a really straight answer
December 11, 2010 6:17:54 PM

RightHandMan said:
You are right, I completely forgot the ram whoops, Was either going with the previous ram or with 2x4g g-skill ripsaw.

To be completely honest, I dont understand the whole triple channel thing, mind explaining?

Appreciate it.


The way DDR3 was meant to be used and sadly is only used as such in 1336 is in triple channel. Basically think of it like this triple channel allows
three sticks of ram to work in unison they will share and split the burden of their job amongst themselves. This also makes for faster speeds as well.
For example if you had a single 6GB ram stick it would not perform as fast as 3 X 2GB. If your going 1336 you may as well go for at-least a 3 X 2GB

As for kcosta's question it really matters. 4GB of ram for gaming itself is fine for now. Unless you tend to multitask and play a games while
doing tasks that generally is heavy in ram use like video encoding. Due to 32bit OS's still being used by consumers/gamers developers aren't in a rush to make requirement higher than 2GB for PC games.
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