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Old 10-13-2009, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to build my first computer but really don't know where to start. I want to be able to run the latest games like Crysis and other shooters. My price range is pretty flexible. I'm willing to spend anywhere from $800-1300.

I don't think I'll be able to afford the i7 or gtx 295 with this price range but I was thinking about the Radeon HD 5850. I was thinking about crossfiring two eventually. So it would be nice if I could be able to upgrade it down the road. For the processor I really have no idea. What do you guys think about the i5 and Phenom II? Which version would you recommend?

Other than that I really have no idea on the other parts. Just trying to get the best performance for the price. Suggestions?
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With that price range you could easily afford an i7 920, it'd be a good investment. Where can you buy from? NewEgg?
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What do you already have? Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers?
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I would probably get my parts from newegg. I already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, so don't factor that into the price.
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newEgg is out of the XFX 5850's (restock 10/19), but the 5770's look nice.
Newegg.com - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

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mwave.com: XFX HD-585A-ZNFC radeon hd 5850 1gb pci-e 2.0 hdcp ready crossfirex ready hdmi port (retail)
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Do you think I should go for a 5850 or some other graphics card?
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+1 on this
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Will an ati gpu work with the motherboard in nubbleet's post? Will it support crossfire?
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