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December 30, 2010 4:40:30 PM

I'm planning on using this computer for some gaming, maybe wow, photo/video editing, media, and internet. Trying to keep price in mind, this is what i've come up with so far. What are your opinions/suggestions, specifically about psu and gpu? I plan on having a i7-950 but will be getting that separately, everything else through newegg. Thanks in advance for the help :D 


Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129066
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$69.99


ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...
Item #: N82E16814121363
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$149.99
$129.99


Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817371015
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$99.99
$69.99


G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
Item #: N82E16820231225
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$84.99


LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
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ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136533
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$289.98
$259.98
Subtotal: $714.93

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Grand Total: $694.92

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December 30, 2010 5:16:04 PM

Looks like a CPU/GPU mismatch to me. I think you'd want a more powerful GPU if you're going with an i7, or a better suited CPU to the 5770. I don't know that there's a point in buying such an old GPU, especially at that price, unless of course it's just the first step to a Crossfire setup.
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December 30, 2010 5:33:19 PM

Psychodabble said:
Looks like a CPU/GPU mismatch to me. I think you'd want a more powerful GPU if you're going with an i7, or a better suited CPU to the 5770. I don't know that there's a point in buying such an old GPU, especially at that price, unless of course it's just the first step to a Crossfire setup.


yea, the gpu is something i wasnt quite sure about. i don't want to really get into the $200 range, but still want a decent card for gaming and photo/video editing. Any suggestions?
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December 30, 2010 5:42:24 PM

Agreed w/ Psycho guy above about GPU mismatch. Also w/ video editing in the mix, you'll want CUDA

Suggest a 470 GTX for $209:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This RAM has same specs and is $20 cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But these are CAS 7 and only $5 more than your GSkill's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Another $10 will get ya CAS 6

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If ya think you will ever add a 2nd GFX card, might wanna up the PSU to an 850 watter. If so would recommend:

Mid Tower - HAF 922 w/ XFX Black Edition
$99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$129 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Full Tower - DF-85 w/ CP-850
$180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Dang, was $140 in November)
$108 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BTW, you're buying DDR3-1600 I can only assume because you want a 50% overclock. If not DDR3-1066 will suffice. A 25% OC requires DDR3-1333.

If OC'ing (and the 950 begs for it) you'll want an aftermarket CPU cooler. Pick on from here:

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

I'd recommend the Scythe 2100 ($40) the above's 2nd place finisher w/ Shin Etsu TIM but check to see if it fits in ya case if sticking w/ the 300.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 30, 2010 5:54:51 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Agreed w/ Psycho guy above about GPU mismatch. Also w/ video editing in the mix, you'll want CUDA

Suggest a 470 GTX for $209:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This RAM has same specs and is $20 cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But these are CAS 7 and only $5 more than your GSkill's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Another $10 will get ya CAS 6

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If ya thing you will ever add a 2nd GFX card, might wanna up the PSU to an 850 watter. If so would recommend:

Mid Tower - HAF 922 w/ XFX Black Edition
$99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$129 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Full Tower - DF-85 w/ CP-850
$180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (Dang, was $140 in November)
$108 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Thanks for the suggestions. Actually the g.skill has $20 off promo so it's the same price as the corsair. I was hoping stay within the current price which is why i was going for a cheaper case and gpu. I guess i'll need to try to swap a few things around or look for more combo deals :na: 
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