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Old 09-17-2009, 10:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Simply looking for some suggestions as to what you guys think i should throw in a gaming computer. Looking to spend probably $1200 just on the tower. Thanks! Looking forward to your responses.
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CPU - i7 920
GFX - wait for the new cards to come out
MOBO - Asus and EVGA seem to have the best boards out atm

the rest should be your standard set of parts, 6gb ddr3 1600Mhz ram, PSU with enough power to support your current rig + any upgrades you might do in the next year or so, etc.
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If you go with the i5 750 you will still get great performance, plus you can use dual channel RAM instead of tri-channel (two sticks instead of three).

I looked at a parts list of the i5 750, a Gigabyte ATX board, 4GB of G.Skill DDR3, a 500GB WD Black primary drive, a 1TB WD Black data drive, a Corsair PSU, and a XFX 4890 and came us with $1005. that's without a case or OS.
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Processor Intel Core i7-860 $289.99

Motherboard Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P $169.99

Memory Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 $73.99

Graphics XFX Radeon HD 4890 $199.99

Storage Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB $74.99

Samsung SH-S223B $30.99

Lite-On iHOS104-08 Blu-ray reader $70.75

Audio Asus Xonar DX $89.99

Power supply Corsair TX650W $99.99

Enclosure Antec P183 $144.95

Total $1,245.62


stolen from TR's fall 2009 system guide - The Tech Report - Page 6

depending on your preferences, you could lose the blue ray player and audio card to make room for another hard drive for storage and an HSF.
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Drop the sound card and Blu-Ray. If you're not going to run two GFX cards, go for this board:
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
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If you're going to be running 2 high end graphics cards and you have more than just a modest budget, you should go for the bloomfield over the lynnfield. It has better PCI Express performance which will help you more in the current and long run than the benefits of the p55 platform.
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Do you think i really need an i7? I heard the Quad core is even a bit overkill. Also, best place to order newegg?

Oh, also i need a wireless card card.

Optical - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

HD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA
3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Monitor - ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

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

Memory - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail

GFX - ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 Dark Knight 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported ... - Retail

MOBO - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Your thoughts on my modest setup? Sorry i didnt know how to link it all cool like everyone else

Oh, i also need a wireless card... does performance in those vary a whole lot?

BELKIN F5D9050 USB 2.0 Wireless G Plus MIMO Network Adapter - Retail

This looked like it had some decent reviews...
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the 955 is a quad core.

those are some good picks, but if you go with those instead, youll need dual channel ram.
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Desktop Memory
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Oh yeah, i know that one is a Quad but people kept talking about that i7 earlier. How can i tell if its dual channel? I kinda want to get 6 gb

Oh i'm dumb it simply says it... is triple not compatible w/ my motherboard?
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Old 09-19-2009, 03:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Optical - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM

Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

HD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA
3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Monitor - ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

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

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail

GFX - ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 Dark Knight 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported ... - Retail

MOBO - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Wireless - D-Link DWA-552 32-bit PCI Xtreme Desktop Adapter - Retail

Ok a few minor changes, i've never done this and just want a few "ok's" from everyone to make sure thats all going to fix in my case, its all compatible. Please let me know what you think! Thanks
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