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Old 06-24-2010, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help deciding New Build! i7, 5870, etc!

Hey everyone,

It's been a while since I have posted anything in these forums. But i'm in need of a new computer (as you can see from my sig what I am currently running) and could use some advice. After looking through several posts, I will be listing computer parts I have chosen based on what others have mentioned

For my budget, I was planning on spending anywhere from $1200-$1500. I'm even willing to go a little more, if necessary. (it seems the build I have chosen is a little more than my budget) I will be mainly using it for gaming. SC2, Diablo 3, Mass Effect, Dragon Origins, Shogun 2, Civilization 5, Rage, Crysis 2, etc. Then there will be other uses such as browsing, watching HD stream, and perhaps blu ray, if I don't feel like watching from my ps3. I am also hoping that this rig will last me 3 years or more down the line as my current one has. I'm not looking to be playing games in the future maxed out (i understand that technology changes all the time), but at least be able to achieve decent playable fps before I need to buy a new one.

I know the parts I will be listing will definitely make a beastly machine, but should I be spending this much money if all i'm looking for is gaming and decent longevity of about 3+ years?

Anyways, here goes!

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X (I want a big case with great AIRFLOW! I've had problems with overheating before)
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU: Can anyone tell me the difference between these two? On the specs page they look exactly the same, except a slight price difference and an offer for a free game. I've usually been a fan of Sapphire. Should I look for a 5870 made by them? Any thoughts on XFX? I've never used them before.
XFX Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
Newegg.com - XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Newegg.com - XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

PSU: I might plan down the road on crossfire with the 5870s. Is 750w good enough? or should I bump to 850x?
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

CPU: Plan to OC to hopefully 4.0 ghz
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920

SSD: Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB
Newegg.com - Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK

Optical: Still debating on this. Whether to use my previous DVD-R or go with Blu-Ray.
LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo
Newegg.com - LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - Blu-Ray Drives

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Can anyone give me the a short summary on difference between 32 bit and 64 bit?)

HSF: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm
Newegg.com - Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

I already have several HDD for storage, monitor, mouse and keyboard.

This totals up to $1762 before taxes and shipping.

Let me know what you guys think. Is this too much for what I want out of a new comp? Can I drop the price lower and still get what I want from it? Also, is there anything else I may need?

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Help deciding New Build! i7, 5870, etc!

The 2nd 5870 you have listed (587X-ZNFC) isn't listed as a current product number on the XFX site so I'm assuming it's a discontinued model.

The 32-bit version of Windows has a 4GB Memory Limit, you definitely want to go 64-bit.

The 750 watt PS should be good for Crossfire, but more never hurts if you can afford it.

I have a Blu-Ray drive and I almost never use it for Blu-Ray's.
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Default Re: Help deciding New Build! i7, 5870, etc!

I just did this build for someone who basically wants the same think as you want, just change the case to a HAF X and get a power supply, I would go with a 800Watt. and change the CPU cooler to what ever you want

Case + powersupply: $185
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CPU + mobo: $505
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GPU + RAM: $530
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HDD: $50
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

optic drive: $20
Newegg.com - LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

CPU Heat sink: $50
Newegg.com - ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
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Don't get that Zalman Cooler, it's not worth the money. Stick to the Noctua or go with a TRUE or the Prolimatech.
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