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Looking for advice on new Gaming Rig 1500$

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December 11, 2010 2:34:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: (Looking to buy in next 2-3 Weeks)

Budget Range: (Trying to keep it around 1500 a little over or under is fine) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Gaming mostly, graphic design and art , surfing and hulu watching )

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Live right next to microcenter, newegg.com, and had not heard about this last one before ncix.com )

Country of Origin: (US, near Atl)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Would like to try a Intel with nvdia, last build back in 2006 was amd with ATI)

Overclocking: No at the start, later on Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Monitor Resolution: ( 1600x1200, 1680x1050, )

Core i7-950 3.06GHz Boxed Processor 199.99$

Asus Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 199.99$

Cooler Master
HAF932 High Air Flow Full Tower
139.99$

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998776 209.99$

Cooler Master HAF932 High Air Flow Full Tower 139.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM 9.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler 29.99

ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 209.99 Buying 2 of these

Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM 59.99

Samsung 22x DVD±RW Burner with Dual/Double Layer Support OEM 17.99$

Im at 1465.00 or so before tax . Any help would be appreciated and like if you question the memory or powersource please give any feedback you like. Thanks all.

Additional Comments: (SSD for win 7, a second HDD, and prob a blue ray player/burner maybe later in year when I can afford it)

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December 11, 2010 9:49:35 PM

Purchase date is so near to new CPU's release date, so just wait a tad more and buy new CPU's from Intel releasing 9th Jan.

POINTS ABOUT UR SELECTIONS:
::12GB of RAM is a waste, i have 12 myself so i know first hand. 6GB more then fine for that build and if new CPU's which r dual channel, then 8GB.
::ASUS sabertooth, the other 2 aren't much better but big price difference.
::Get GTX 570 or upcoming AMD 69xx series card. In new builds always go for single GPU so u can add another later and not be stuck.
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December 11, 2010 11:03:53 PM

In canada you can find a 5850 for 170$ + taxes. So my advice will be 2 of those or 2 GTX460 by MSI.

I don't see why you will need something stronger than that for 1080p and they are dirt cheap.

Unlike the other comment, I recommend you to buy your SLI or CF config on the first day with cheaper cards.
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December 12, 2010 1:57:48 AM

mianmars said:
Purchase date is so near to new CPU's release date, so just wait a tad more and buy new CPU's from Intel releasing 9th Jan.

POINTS ABOUT UR SELECTIONS:
::12GB of RAM is a waste, i have 12 myself so i know first hand. 6GB more then fine for that build and if new CPU's which r dual channel, then 8GB.
::ASUS sabertooth, the other 2 aren't much better but big price difference.
::Get GTX 570 or upcoming AMD 69xx series card. In new builds always go for single GPU so u can add another later and not be stuck.

why would he need one of those cards at his resolution? a 460 is more than enough.
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December 12, 2010 2:01:25 AM

Thanks for the advice on the motherboard , I went ahead and removed the other 2 and adjusted price. Still looking at that gtx 570 and the hd 6870 atm to see where I should go there. I would need a little bit bigger PS if I choose the GTX 570 to make sure theres head room for SLI later on. Also looks like the gtx 570 usues alot more power than the 6870. Think im leaning towards 1 HD 6870 to start and go crossfire later down the road.

Also hoping to grab a higher reso monitor later when I SLI/CF down the road

When not gaming really like to mess around with Blender, Adobe collection, and such thinking the 12G memory would be handy there over 3 x2G sticks for just a hundred more.
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December 12, 2010 2:39:21 PM

irishnerd said:
Thanks for the advice on the motherboard , I went ahead and removed the other 2 and adjusted price. Still looking at that gtx 570 and the hd 6870 atm to see where I should go there. I would need a little bit bigger PS if I choose the GTX 570 to make sure theres head room for SLI later on. Also looks like the gtx 570 usues alot more power than the 6870. Think im leaning towards 1 HD 6870 to start and go crossfire later down the road.

Also hoping to grab a higher reso monitor later when I SLI/CF down the road

When not gaming really like to mess around with Blender, Adobe collection, and such thinking the 12G memory would be handy there over 3 x2G sticks for just a hundred more.


RAM doesnt become a problem until you stop having enough of it.
and with adobe products you could take the $100 you have and put it into a better GPU (like a 570)
and its not much more fore a 750 watt PSU anyway unless you wanted it modular.
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