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My new ~$1800 i7 build

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So this week I plan on buying everything for a new build. The intention is to have a top of the line gaming rig that will be able to play everything for the next year at least with max settings (+ all the eye candy) on my 30" 1920x1080 display. I'd like to be able to play battlefield bad company 2 at over 60fps with everything on as an example. I know that it's poor to make comparisons based on a game that isn't even released yet but that should hopefully at least provide some semblance of what I'm trying to do.

I think my threshold of pain here is about $1800. If there's something that I can do that will save on the total cost yet deliver the above results I am open to it. Likewise if adding $100-$200 will make a remarkable difference I could be open to that also. I've done some research and I've come up with a build, but I'm unsure about some of the things and think that I can get better performance and/or get better components for the same cost instead.

Here's what I have at the moment and so far it comes to $1748:


I know that I can likely switch some of these things around to save some money or put it into better components. I could probably drop 2 5850's for 1 5870 (pick up another down the line when prices drop again) and get a less expensive PSU. Then maybe take the money saved and get another hard drive for raid?

Or would keeping the 5850's serve me better in the long run?

Or would getting say a 32gig SSD for the OS and a 750 WD Caviar Black for data/games be better?

My current build is basically a q6600/680i lt/6gig ddr2/1x 8800gts and has lasted me pretty well for the past 1.5 years but i don't believe I can upgrade it to the performance I'm after without doing something drastic to it.

Thanks
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Your current build is still pretty good. You have a quad, enough ram, decent vid card. The question you should be asking is what do you do with your current rig: game or render, CPU dependent etc.

Now, $1800 is a lot of money to drop on a brand new rig (with tax/shipping were looking at 2k+). You can buy a HD 5870, q9550 and OC to 4.0 and have a really good rig. I believe q9550 has same multiplier as q9650. But you will spend $400 on the GPU and $260 on the CPU. Roughly $750 (around $830 with tax/shipping with the cooler), and save the extra $1200.

So do you really need that i7...

IMO save the money, buy the q9550, HD 5870, wait till fermi comes out and wait for a price drop to SLI the HD5870. At the end, you can save $800. Perhaps you need a new PSU, well you have all that extra cash.
Edited by t0ni - 1/25/10 at 3:11am
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I would recommend getting a better quality PSU. Maybe something from Corsair, PC Power and cooling, Antec, Sea Sonic.
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According to the XFX cpu compatibility list the highest processor my current (680i sli lt) mobo can handle is a q6700. Correct me if I am wrong, because I am an admitted novice when it comes to the in and out of components, but isn't that basically the same thing as I already have? Wouldn't that also mean I wouldn't be able to get the most out of the 5870 as well?

That would mean if I wanted to go any higher I would have to replace the mobo. Which begs the question, why not just start over with something that will be able to have recycled components in my next build after this proposed one.
Edited by Ataraxy - 1/25/10 at 3:16am
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Ditch the western digital 1TB and get a Samsung F3 1TB much faster, only two 512GB platters
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-185-_-Product
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