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Old 08-24-2010, 08:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all I am building a gaming PC with a budget of $1500 not including the monitor and keyboard that stuff I already have. Anyways I would like something that is crossfire ready and as high end as I can get for $1500 bucks as well as something I can upgrade the next few years as needed. Thank you in advance on any advice that is given. Also I am fairly familiar with building PC's but not an expert
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Hard drive - Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Motherboard - Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Graphics card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150490

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.458430

PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371024

Ram - Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

CPU - Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX

Heatsink - Newegg.com - ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler

SSD Drive for OS - Newegg.com - Corsair Force CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Total : $1,345.90


Under budget, but I think this PC would be perfect for the OP's need. That heatsink is fine if you're not going to overclock, I appreciate thatsome money could be saved. The PSU is 850W as he wants to crossfire in the future, by adding another 5870. It took me 5 minutes, Criticism is welcome .
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Heres a build I put together quick:

DVD Burner - LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB

Ram - 6gb 3x2 Mushkin DDR3 1333

Motherboard - Asus Rampage III

CPU - Intel Core i7 930

Cooler - Cooler Master V8

PSU/Video Card Combo Deal - XFX 5870 1Gb and XFX 750W 80 Plus Silver Modular Power Supply
Case/OS Combo - NZXT Zero 2 Full Tower Case and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Total $1523.90
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Woops I forgot to add a dvd drive, he can easily find one of them, The OP hasn't replied in a while though. Up to him which he chooses although I think my build is the best :P
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And you didn`t add a OS for that nice SSD you found him.
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My build cost around $1400 and works very well, with a cooler it is closer to 1500 (which I added after I built mine).

-Intel Core i7 930

-Gigabyte X58A-UD3R LGA1366 Motherboard

-OCZ Gold 6GB DDR3 1600MHz

-Diamond RadeonHD 5870, Reference design

-WD Caviar Black 640GB 64MB Cache SATA3 HDD

-Antec Nine Hundred Mid-Tower Case

-Antec EA650 650W Power Supply (you can choose a higher one, I got a good deal on mine and that's why I got it)

-LG DVD Burner with Lightscribe, SATA

-Corsair H50 CPU cooler with 2 Rosewill White LED fans

I would go with this build over the AMD build above, the i7 outperforms the AMD X6 chips in most gaming related tasks where 6 cores isn't really necessary. The i7 also supports triple-channel DDR3 RAM and overclocks pretty well. With a good cooler you'll hit 4GHz almost guaranteed. I picked the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R after comparing many different boards. It has more USB and SATA ports than any of the competing boards I found, has 2 eSATA ports on the back panel, has a durable design, and overclocks well. It also supports IDE and Floppy drives if you need them while still staying on top with USB3.0 and SATA3.0 (6gb/s) support. It is also very reasonably priced at $209. The above recommendation for the ASUS Rampage III Extreme (nearly $400!) doesn't seem that good, the Rampage has 1 extra USB port on the back in exchange for coaxial audio, PS/2 mouse, 1 FireWire, and 1 eSATA. It also lacks IDE and FDD support and doesn't have very many SATA ports. It is mainly sold as an overclocking board but you can max out the i7 on the X58A-UD3R in almost every case short of liquid nitrogen cooling. The only advantage of the Rampage is that it has 4 PCIe x16 ports lined up for dual-slot coolers to make quad SLI or CrossFireX possible (still depending on GPU support).
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Yeah I don`t recommend that Rampage board anymore just for the fact that they disabled the deal they had on it. I do agree with Calc though about that Gigabyte board being a good deal!
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