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OK, so I'm building a new PC for gaming and stuff. I'm not completely stupid at this but there are many things I still don't know about building a PC, so I hope you'll help me there.

 

Motherboard: As I understand I7 is the TOP CPU right now, so it has to be one of the Intel x58 motherboards and since I'm getting Radeon HD5870, I don't need SLI but CrossfireX.It would be cool if I could overclock it but for me out-of-the-box performance is more important.

 

CPU: Probably I7 920 because I can't afford those top performance I7 CPU's.

 

Cooler: I don't need one right now since I wont overclock right away.

 

RAM: Don't have a clue, allot of people sayde to go with Corsair 3x2Gb 1600 but I'm not sure.

 

HDD: Probably 500GB, 600Gb or 750Gb, I have no need for 1 or 2 Tb of space.

 

DVD-ROM: I think I'll just pop the one I have now.

 

GPU: Radeon HD5870, what else.

 

Case: I heard that 5870 is pretty big, so I need a case that that can fit this beast.

 

PSU: I wont be overclocking and getting two HD5870 right away but I want to be ready for it.

 

Any help would be appreciated and sorry for my enlglish.

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I'd skip i7 920 and get i5 750 instead, it's the same speed clock by clock just minus the Hyper Threading, you don't need 8 core to play games 4 core is an overkill already. you will save a lot of money instead of spending it into less productive performance in game , unless you wanna do cpu intensive task. and later if you really need the speed just oc the hell out of it ;) the i5 reach 4Ghz on air cooling quite easy

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I don't really know why I'm building such an expensive pc but it definitely isn't just for gaming...

 

It's for aimless tinkering :P .

Yeah, I know it's stupid but what can I do. I'm like every other member here who says he is building a rig for gaming but really it's just to have this wonderfull tech.

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I'm running 2 5870s, an i7 920 overclocked over 4Ghz, 12GB of DDR3 1600 RAM, a WD Black 1TB HDD, and a single DVDRW drive on a PC Power & Cooling 750 watt power supply. Just to give you an idea where to look wattage wise in a power supply.

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Around 550-600 W would suffice.. Corsair is really good, some other brands are Antec, Coolermaster, OCZ, XFX...

 

As for a case Coolermasters are really good and so are a number of other brands.. Browse online pick a nice case and check if the Video card fits in..

My personal favorite is HAF 922 which will take this card easily..

 

As for the memory pick up a good DDR3 1333/1600MHz+ with good timings CL6 preferably.. Corsairs are good but costly, try OCZ, Patriot, GSkill and Mushkin (Mushkins are probably the best ones around).

 

For the mobo look around the forums!!

 

A couple of newegg links:

 

Corsair 650W

HAF 922

Mushkin 3x2GB RAM DDR3-1333 CL6

G Skill DDR3 1600 CL6

 

BTW Since you are purchasing a 5870, a huge monitor wouldn't be a bad idea... save on the Proccy if you have to..

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As for a Case i would go with Cooler Master HAF 922 or 932, keeps everything nice an cool and looks good. For a PSU i would go with a corsair 850HX. u will want to run something else than the stock cooler that they give u for ur cpu.

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wow, impressive!!

I thought I needed 1kW to run this stuff!?

 

EDIT:

But what manufacturer should I trust??

 

No. Rourkchris said he has a PC&P 750(I have it too) and this thing is awesome. Mine could run 2 HD2900Pros(And those pull a lot of energy) and still with extra energy left :)

 

1K+ Is only for quad Crossfire/Sli I think.

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Motherboard: I still don't know what to get. There's MSI Eclipse, p6t deluxe v2, etc...

Can you guys recommend me a great Mobo that performs great with I7 920, Radeon HD5870 alone and Crossfire'd.

 

CPU: I found two I7 920 CPU's. One is BX80601920SLBCH(Which is 40$ less) and BX80601920, what's the difference??

 

RAM: Ok so CL is timing. I found a couple with CL7 and CL6 with 1333MHZ but there was Corsair CL9 1600MHZ only 12$ more.

 

HDD: Could you recommend a manufacturer??

 

Case: I found two cases which I kind'a like. One Thermaltake Element S Big Side Cooler(VK60001W2Z), two Cooler Master HAF Tower(RC-932-KKN1-GP). I personaly like Thermal, looks slick, but I'm interested in performence. So Thermal or Cooler M.

Oh, and how can I finde out about if my GPU fits in there??

 

PSU: CORSAIR TX SERIE PSU 750W 140MM FAN ATX, hows this??

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I missed the 2X 5870 part and suggested the PSU for a single GPU config!!

 

The 750W Corsair looks good!! Enough for the build!!

 

Case: CMs usually have documentation for the VGA card size.. I'll try to find if element s takes the 5870, its a good case though I would argue that 922 is roomier!

Here are my findings: The HDD racks can be removed to accommodate longer cards

The 3870X2 is appx 10.4" and the 5870 about 10.7" (should not be an issue)

 

HDD: I prefer WD. But there are some really good ones from Seagate, Samsung and Hitachi (some of the Hitachis are a little noisy) too

 

RAM and CPU: Pls link me link me to the page!!

 

Mobo: Too many choices.. what features besides Crossfire? Want dual lan ports or stuff like that? Extreme Overclockability? What budget?

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The cheaper of the 2 i7 920s is $40 cheaper because it's a CO stepping. If the side of the box says S-Spec SLBCH it's CO. If it says S-SPec SLBEJ it's a DO stepping. DO stepping is generally a better overclocker than a CO stepping-but not always. I'd opt for DO stepping everytime given a choice personally. Each CPU is a gamble as to it's overclockability. Too many variables from system to system and chip to chip.

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