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Hello folks I'm new to the forums so apologies if this is posted in the wrong forum or incorrect format. I believe I'm in the right place though feel free to move it if I'm wrong.

I'm looking to build my own gaming PC for the first time ever! I have to admit I'm a bit overwhelmed in shopping for parts. Thats why I came here to talk to the pro's :)

 

I'm on a budget of roughly $1200 I could go up to a max of about $1300 but would like to stay under that if possible. My goal is to have a gaming rig that will tear up any game I throw at it. I want to run Crysis at full settings and my computer to laugh at me and say "Is that all you got?". I'm told this is possible within my budget and I hope that is correct cause thats what I really want. Hopefully you guys can help me make the right decisions to achieve that goal. I've posted on several other forums and talked to a few different friends and come up with a basic build. I'll post it below for you guys to review. If you see anything you'd do differently or if you think my whole idea is trash and I should scrap it and start over I would love to hear your honest opinion. If you do think the whole thing needs to be redone I'd appreciate it if you give me some ideas as to where to start with a new build.

 

Heres what I have so far. Remember honest opinions if you'd change anything let me know I'm 100% open to suggestions.

 

 

Cooler Master RC-690 Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811119137

 

Corsair 650w PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817139005

 

Asus ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131405

 

Intel i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115214

 

XFX HD5870 1GB GPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150443

 

Corsair 4gb Memory (2x 2gb)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820104141

 

Western Digital 1TB HD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136284

 

Total Price comes out to $1204

 

 

My idea is that down the road if I decide I need more power I can easily pick up another HD5870 and crossfire then add some more memory and be good to go for a while. My thinking is this will improve the longevity of my build. For now I believe the HD5870 will smoke any game I toss at it (or so I'm told) but down the road its inevitable that I'll need more power for newer games. I actually just noticed in a review for the video card on newegg there is a guy stating this video card doesn't work well with Windows XP. Is there any verification of that? I have an extra legit copy of Windows XP that I've had laying around for a year or so that I was planning on finally using on this new PC. Hopefully he doesn't know what hes talking about or ATI updated their drivers to work with XP cause I really don't like Vista very much. Windows 7 can't come fast enough.

 

If there is anything that looks like a bad choice please let me know I won't be offended I just want to make sure I get this right considering I'm spending what I consider a pretty good amount of money on a computer. However if you have an idea that will significantly increase my performance by going slightly above my preferred budget feel free to mention it and I might be willing to hold off save a bit more money and go with that idea.

 

Again I appreciate your time and thanks in advance for any advice you have :)

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Welcome to OCC!!

 

I'm not a pro, but I will answer some of the basic questions...

 

XP should not be a problem.. Though Win 7 is recommended.. I cannot be sure.. let the pros answer this

 

A decent build, but I don't find the new i7 worth the deal..!! I'd suggest go i2 920 + X58 mobo. In case you don't want to spend the extra $100 for a premium mobo, there are really good ones available for the price of your mobo, i7 920 retails at $10 less than your choice... Or you could go i5.. i7 860 has only hyperthreading enabled, which is missing in i5..

 

I think this RAM will be better and cheaper. However if you go triple channel for i7 920 you will have to shell out 50 bucks more.

 

Rest seems good though I suggest you search for more mobos, this seems quite costly. Though ASUS boards are really good, the newer ones seem particularly pricey!

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Welcome to OCC!!

 

I'm not a pro, but I will answer some of the basic questions...

 

XP should not be a problem.. Though Win 7 is recommended.. I cannot be sure.. let the pros answer this

 

A decent build, but I don't find the new i7 worth the deal..!! I'd suggest go i2 920 + X58 mobo. In case you don't want to spend the extra $100 for a premium mobo, there are really good ones available for the price of your mobo, i7 920 retails at $10 less than your choice... Or you could go i5.. i7 860 has only hyperthreading enabled, which is missing in i5..

 

I think this RAM will be better and cheaper. However if you go triple channel for i7 920 you will have to shell out 50 bucks more.

 

Rest seems good though I suggest you search for more mobos, this seems quite costly. Though ASUS boards are really good, the newer ones seem particularly pricey!

 

 

Thanks I appreciate the response :)

 

I don't mind the price of the i7-860 processor as its only $10 more than the 920. I'd rather pay a little extra for something thats gonna last me longer. A little overkill never hurt anyone :) I wouldn't be opposed to spending a little less on a Mobo if it won't really effect my performance much. As long as it supports the rest of my parts and supports Crossfire cause theres a good chance in the future I'll be adding another video card on to this. Just skimming through Newegg my mobo doesn't seem to be ridiculously overpriced compared to others that support i7-860 and crossfire but I may be missing something.

 

Which brings up another question. Will that 650w PSU be enough juice to handle my system with a single card? Will it be enough to handle 2x HD5870's in Crossfire? For another $10 I can go up to a 750w Antec PSU if that'll make the difference.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817371022

 

 

Also just as a side note: I'm running on a single 22 inch monitor at the moment. I'm considering picking up a 2nd 22 inch monitor in the near future. I'm not sure if that changes anything hardware wise. I assume this hardware is perfectly capable of running dual monitors. How much will a dual monitor setup effect my performance in gaming if at all? Sorry for the millions of questions. I just want to make sure I get this 100% right cause this is quite a bit of $$$ to spend on a computer with my income haha

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May be this would answer your power supply query, I'd say go for Corsair 750W after all it's just 10 bucks more, though I think 650 would just suffice for 5870CF !

 

Is there any particular feature you are looking for in ASUS p7p55D PRO, there are mobos available for $20 less or for similar prices (ASUS, EVGA, MSI, Gigabyte, ASRock, Foxconn) it's not much of a difference, but I'd recommend some research.. I did miss the part that the Crossfire on the cheaper mobos was at x4 rather than x8!!

 

Dual monitors do affect graphics performance but your config seems good enough for dual 22"s. BTW you can setup them up to use ATI Eyefinity!!

 

And I had suggested i7 920 because it gives you room for upgrading (upcoming 6 cores, 32nm, 8cores - rumours have it that way, though they may and should come for the 1136 socket too), is a better platform and uses Triple channel memory. 860 on the other hand has a significantly low power consumption and a slightly better performance. i5 is similar to i7 860 w/o hyperthreading and I believe it has a better value for money!! (You can save a 100 bucks!!)

 

EDIT: Just noticed www.microcenter.com has some great deals if its close to your place!!

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Hello folks I'm new to the forums so apologies if this is posted in the wrong forum or incorrect format. I believe I'm in the right place though feel free to move it if I'm wrong.

I'm looking to build my own gaming PC for the first time ever! I have to admit I'm a bit overwhelmed in shopping for parts. Thats why I came here to talk to the pro's :)

 

I'm on a budget of roughly $1200 I could go up to a max of about $1300 but would like to stay under that if possible. My goal is to have a gaming rig that will tear up any game I throw at it. I want to run Crysis at full settings and my computer to laugh at me and say "Is that all you got?". I'm told this is possible within my budget and I hope that is correct cause thats what I really want. Hopefully you guys can help me make the right decisions to achieve that goal. I've posted on several other forums and talked to a few different friends and come up with a basic build. I'll post it below for you guys to review. If you see anything you'd do differently or if you think my whole idea is trash and I should scrap it and start over I would love to hear your honest opinion. If you do think the whole thing needs to be redone I'd appreciate it if you give me some ideas as to where to start with a new build.

 

Heres what I have so far. Remember honest opinions if you'd change anything let me know I'm 100% open to suggestions.

 

 

Cooler Master RC-690 Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811119137

 

Corsair 650w PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817139005

 

Asus ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131405

 

Intel i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115214

 

XFX HD5870 1GB GPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150443

 

Corsair 4gb Memory (2x 2gb)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820104141

 

Western Digital 1TB HD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822136284

 

Total Price comes out to $1204

 

 

My idea is that down the road if I decide I need more power I can easily pick up another HD5870 and crossfire then add some more memory and be good to go for a while. My thinking is this will improve the longevity of my build. For now I believe the HD5870 will smoke any game I toss at it (or so I'm told) but down the road its inevitable that I'll need more power for newer games. I actually just noticed in a review for the video card on newegg there is a guy stating this video card doesn't work well with Windows XP. Is there any verification of that? I have an extra legit copy of Windows XP that I've had laying around for a year or so that I was planning on finally using on this new PC. Hopefully he doesn't know what hes talking about or ATI updated their drivers to work with XP cause I really don't like Vista very much. Windows 7 can't come fast enough.

 

If there is anything that looks like a bad choice please let me know I won't be offended I just want to make sure I get this right considering I'm spending what I consider a pretty good amount of money on a computer. However if you have an idea that will significantly increase my performance by going slightly above my preferred budget feel free to mention it and I might be willing to hold off save a bit more money and go with that idea.

 

Again I appreciate your time and thanks in advance for any advice you have :)

vista or wait for 7 right now you can get a oem copy of vista 64 home premium for like 100-120 bucks.. and it comes with a windows 7 upgrade cupon... you need a 64 bit os if you want a 1gb video card and 4 gigs of ram cause xp only can use like 3.5 gigs of ram at a time... youll be doing yourself a favorite to get vista 64 or wait for windows 7 x64.. also from personal experience on my computer i have had xp and vista 64 home premium on it and vista blew it away in speed.. with the hardware your getting your computer will run faster with vista than with xp, also if your wanting to run crossfire with two 5870s id play it safe and get the 750 watt power supply you mentioned or even a little bigger

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750 psu is all you need , you are not going to liquid cooling or 3 graphics so 750 w is more than you need even when adding another card

 

as for the board how about msi p55-gd65 it is cheaper and easier in overclocking , just push the oc genie button and you are good to go

 

do that when you get a decent cpu cooler

like http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/co...hyper_212_plus/ 30 $

 

and if you do not want to get nvidia card i say gigabyte p55-ud3r

 

or if you love asus

then

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131410

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131404

 

and you can get a cpu cooler with the money you saved

what say you ....?

 

 

good luck with your build ..:) ohh i forgot ehm ehm

 

WELCOME TO OCC....................:)

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750 psu is all you need , you are not going to liquid cooling or 3 graphics so 750 w is more than you need even when adding another card

 

as for the board how about msi p55-gd65 it is cheaper and easier in overclocking , just push the oc genie button and you are good to go

 

do that when you get a decent cpu cooler

like http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/co...hyper_212_plus/ 30 $

 

and if you do not want to get nvidia card i say gigabyte p55-ud3r

 

or if you love asus

then

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131410

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813131404

 

and you can get a cpu cooler with the money you saved

what say you ....?

 

 

good luck with your build ..:) ohh i forgot ehm ehm

 

WELCOME TO OCC....................:)

 

You are missing the same point I did.. There run Crossfire @ x4 not x8, bottlenecking 5870s!! (both the Gigabyte and ASUSs)

As for the CPU cooler I'd suggest (maybe the 10th time in this forum) Sunbeam Core Contact, cheap and most effective, probably only TRUE does better but retails way higher...

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