Solved: first (budget)gaming machine and could use some help

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metallicsob

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Hi guys, I am soon going to start deciding, purcasing and building a pc!​

I have about 900-1100 bucks and i want a gamer system​

all of this is just first glance type of decision making and i wanted to know if anyone has recommendations, problems with hardware, or advice to give a novice builder =]​

what i have "decided" so far is that i want it based from Nvidia video cards, possibly this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...6&cm_re=sparkle_9800gt-_-14-187-056-_-Product, SLI if $ is good and if i want to run SLI i will probably wait and do it later​


possibly with this Micro ATX LGA 1156 mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131404




i already have a few SATA HDDs and opticals/peripherals and a USB 2.0 PCI express card hub-thing​

anything i am not right about or need to change? compatibilty issues i don't know about or any thoughts on better opportunities for the money?​

it all comes out to be about $850..
this is a big investment for me and i want to know if i am doing it correctly before i even think about hitting the big metaphorical "purchase" button
so please get to me as soon as possible and thanks :)
oh and i want to be able to run games like modern warfare, fallout 3, oblivion, borderlands, and other stuff similar to all of that- i would like to be able to run crysis but will not be surprised if i can't...
im not really sure what the benchmarks for a setup like this would be so i figured i'd start asking around,​

ALSO,
i can go a little higher with the cash at this point, but i wanted to ask first to see if it would be a good idea and what i should buy and not buy for what i want out of a new system
thanks again :D
 
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9800 GTX+ was outdated half a year ago. Radeon HD 4850 offers at least the same performance for less... (though, now almost extinct, at least from newegg, because the DirectX11 supporting Radeon HD 5k series are out)
Change mobo to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128405 you lose nothing in features, and gain a lot in quality. As well as saving some money.
3x2 GB of RAM is useless with a LGA1156 motherboard, get 2x2 GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231193
With either of the boards you couldn't SLI because 1) they only support CrossfireX, 2) Because their secondary PCI-E 16x slot's speed is only 4x, you won't benefit jack **** from the other card when put in such a slot.
If you want real graphics performance: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150438
If you want the DirectX11 support: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161310 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150442 for the performance included.
If you absolutely want to go Nvidia (please tell your reasoning?), this is the revised version of 9800 GTX+, consuming less power and it's cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150357 Costs less too... Anything over the level of GTS250 is totally idiotic, with the price/performance nVidia makes you pay, as well as not having DX11... The 4890 I linked does also not have DX11, but wins in performance per price hands down compared to any nVidia card, pretty much any other Ati card too...
With the slight savings (except on the graphics card, if you go 5850 :rolleyes:), get a higher quality power supply. Corsair 650TX is something I can seriously recommend... I've used the OCZ SXS 600 myself too, it was a good unit, but for such a high-end rig as what you're building, settle for no less than the best quality and efficiency power supply...
 
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Sorry for the petty and small reply from me, but the Sapphire 5850 is a brilliant card, and it is £100 less ($161) than the 5870 and is something like 15% less powerful when it is OC'ed correctly.
 
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Sorry for the petty and small reply from me, but the Sapphire 5850 is a brilliant card, and it is £100 less ($161) than the 5870 and is something like 15% less powerful when it is OC'ed correctly.
Good post, but to a very dead thread :) The thing making the 5870 pretty much worth what it costs is that it doubles as a very high-end HDMI sound card. Capable of decoding a 25 MB/s TrueHD Bluray codec sound stream. Such sound cards on their own cost at least 125$ or so.
 
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Good post, but to a very dead thread :) The thing making the 5870 pretty much worth what it costs is that it doubles as a very high-end HDMI sound card. Capable of decoding a 25 MB/s TrueHD Bluray codec sound stream. Such sound cards on their own cost at least 125$ or so.
I havn't tested the HDMI sound on the 5850. Does the 5870 have better HDMI sound capabilities? Not that I'd use it mind, just nice to know more about these great cards. :)
 
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I think the 5870 and 5970 are the only ones capable of the full-quality 8-channel Blu-Ray sound. 5850 does have pretty good sound over HDMI but not that capable.
 
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The discussion has gone dead almost a month ago, whatever metallicsob has done since will probably remain a mystery to all of us, just discussing this with no real goal at the moment.
 
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If the OP doesn't mark it solved then it isn't solved. Let's let the thread die and get closed.
 

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sorry bout not marking this thread as solved, i have long since decided to wait and save more money and make sure everything is as it should be before building,
thanks guys for all the help
 
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