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Building a gaming PC for the first time


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Tacc

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Hello folks. I'm in the process of shopping for parts to build my first gaming PC. I've posted on several different forums and talked to some friends and I have a basic build put together. My budget is a max of $1300. My goal is to have a PC that will run any game on the market at max settings without lag. I've always had a prebuilt PC that was a bit outdated and I've never been able to run my favorite games at max settings before. I'm told its within my budget of 1300 to build a PC that will easily tear up any game I throw at it. I'm going to borrow Crysis and crank all the settings up once I get this thing put together to test stuff out. I'm hoping with you guys help I can achieve this goal.

My build so far looks like this:


Cooler Master RC-690 Case
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119137


Antec TruePower 750W PSU
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371022


Asus ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131405


Intel i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115214


XFX HD5870 1GB GPU
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150443


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820104141


Western Digital 1TB HD
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136284


Grand Total: $1209.89



So I'm completely open to suggestions. If you guys have any suggestions I'm all ears. If you can significantly improve the performance of this rig for under $100 more than I'd be glad to hear it. My main question is this: Do you think the above system will be able to run every game out there right now at max settings without lag? Thats my ultimate goal and if this setup won't be able to do it then even though I don't want to I'll wait a bit longer and save up until I can afford one that can.


I greatly appreciate your time and any help you can provide. Thanks guys :)
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Hi mate, what monitor and resolution are you wanting to run the games at?

Cheers
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Ahh sorry I forgot to mention that. I'm currently running a single 22 inch monitor at 1680x1050. I'm considering picking up a 2nd 22 inch monitor to run a dual monitor setup assuming my hardware can handle it. I'd love to have a 2nd monitor if I can do so without killing my performance. It would be great to be able to watch movies or browse the web on a 2nd monitor without having to tab out of whatever I'm doing on the main screen. But If a 2nd display is out of the question for my hardware I could probably live without it.

Although a friend just linked me this video
http://www.hardocp.c...chnology_review
Some guy using the new Eyefinity technology and a HD5870 video card is able to run almost every game at max settings on 3 monitors. Crysis and Farcry he had to turn settings down just a little bit.


Basically If I can get away with dual 22's at 1680x1050 that would rock and I don't see why I wouldn't be able to considering that video. Unless its not my GPU bottlenecking me? I don't know what else it would be. But If I need to stick to a single 22 to have good performance I will deal with it. Assuming you don't think I can handle dual displays what component do you think I would need to upgrade to be able to handle that setup? Memory possibly?

Edited by Tacc, 29 September 2009 - 06:23 PM.

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I think it would be able to handle two monitors without a problem. The system looks pretty good to me overall, it should run nice and quick for you. It's a reasonably high-end system.

Just don't forget to include a DVD drive and an OS. :)
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A CPU cooler if you are going to overclock too.

If you want an X58 chipset this is good: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128375
Or this: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813186171
You would have to get an i7 920 though...
Stick with your choices unless you want to spend more for a x58 mobo and 920.

The PSU you chose should work fine if you want another 5870 to Xfire.
This is a good PSU too: http://www.newegg.co.....k=corsair 750
You should have enough room for that 5870.

BTW, NVIDIA is coming out with their stuff to compete with ATI's 5800 series. This might take a couple of months though.
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