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Need advice on building first gaming pc budget around $1500

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January 30, 2011 1:33:00 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next 2 weeks


Budget Range: around $1500 at the most, ideally less.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies


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


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: Asus/ASRock/Gigabyte for mobo/Corsair for PSU, Cooler Master/Antec for Case


Overclocking: Maybe in the future


SLI or Crossfire: Yes, Crossfire Radeon HD 6850 x2


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: I really have no clue what mobo, case, psu, hdd to get, so need advice please, thanks:

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These are the components I want:

I will be using two Radeon HD 6850s in Crossfire

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity x2 in Crossfire

Ram: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K


These are the components I need help with:


Mobo: ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Is 750w enough for Crossfire Radeon HD 6850s?

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Blue RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

I heard lots of good stuff about Cooler Master 932, but also Antec, so not sure. Dirt filters, worth getting a case with them or not? Something like the CM 690 ii.

Heatsink: Heard CM Hyper 212 is good, but really have no clue about this.

HDD: Would like to get two 1TB drives, maybe do raid 0 for better performance, but have no idea how or if it's even worth it. Definitely will not be getting any SSDs as they are way too expensive right now.

If I'm missing any other parts I haven't already listed at the top that are necessary, please let me know. This is my first time building a computer, thanks.







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January 30, 2011 2:16:35 AM

Asus MoBo hands down .... Now that the newegg combo is gone, I really like the Sabertooth and it's mil spec parts / 5 year warranty.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-sabertooth-p67-tuf-r...

This GFX board has faster clock and is $20 cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Think about CAS 7 ... price a bit high as brand new but shoulkd come down in week or so
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hyper 212 was the cats pajamas 18 months ago, but the new boy on the block is the Scythe Mugen 2

Case / PSU :

-If ya thinking HAF-932, I'd say upgrade to the HAF-X w/ the XFX Black Edition 850 PSU.
-Personally I prefer the Antec DF-85 w/the Antec CP-850 PSU (usually about $40-50 cheaper than the above combo.

Both PSU's get 10.0 performance rating on johnnyguru, tho the CP is quieter. I have built with 1200, 932, HAF-X and DF-85 and though I prefer working in the NAtec's it's hard to call any of them a bad choice. The 1200 and 932 tho are a bit outdated considering the additional features in the new versions. If ya wanna go mid tower, the DF-35 or HAF-922 with XFX Black Edition. You cud get away with a good 750 watter but most good 750's cost more than the Black and the XFX 750 is only $10 cheaper. And yes, dust filters rock .... ever try cleaning dust out of nearly 1 KG CPU cooler ?

HD - The Spinpoint F3 1 TB is $55 .... grab it

Here's a similar build about to be underway ..... its new owner hemmed and hawed on component selection and as a result case went up $20, MoBo / CPU combo went up $30, and SSD went up $30 so its $80 more than when originally put together. Comes to $1588 but w/ the Asus 6850 I linked to being $90 cheaper than the 560, you should come to $1498 w/ that substitution.

Case - $160 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - Later - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $120 - Antec CP850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $220 - ASUS Sabertooth http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $330 - Intel Core i5-2600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $6 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $155 - (2 x 4GB) Mushkin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $250 - Asus GTX 560 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - - Same
HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $230 - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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