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Look good for a gaming rig?*UPDATED*
03-25-2011, 03:54 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-14-2011, 10:45 AM by markulous.)
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Look good for a gaming rig?*UPDATED*
I need a completely new rig. My E6600 Core 2 Duo and 9800 GTX+ isn't cutting it anymore. I can still play any game that comes out, but generally on low if they are graphically intensive.

I'm looking to run Dragon Age 2, Homefront, and Dead Island on max settings. And a few other games on the horizon like Batman: Arkham City.

Will this setup do the trick? Anything else I need? Are their any price drops I should be aware of? As of right now the only thing I'm going to use from my old system is the monitors, BR/DVD drive, and speakers.

CPU: i5 760
Mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
RAM: G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333MHz
Video: x2 Radeon 6850 in CF
HD: Samsung F3 1TB SATA II 3.0Gb/s for storage OCZ Vertex 2 Sandforce 2.5″ 60GB SATA II SSD for windows.
Power: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
Case: NZXT Phantom
Cooling: Zalman CNPS10X Performa CPU Cooler and an extra fan: COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200mm Red LED Case Fan
Sound: Either onboard sound or I'll transfer my Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro 7.1
OS: Windows 7 Pro OEM

Total price is about $1450 before any kind of rebate. I just moved and getting this is largely depended on which job I get. I'm hired on somewhere now but it's not very much money, but if I get this other job I should be in great shape.

*UPDATE*
Just in case anyone is looking at this build, it works great. I used CPU-Z, GPU-Z, and Speedfan for heat and voltage monitoring. While I used the Catalyst software that AMD has to enable crossfire, I used MSI Afterburner to run the overclock. And of course I just used the BIOS to run the CPU OC(which is super easy). Although the BIOS didn't seem very accurate when it came to heat monitoring, so Speedfan works way better.

As far as performance, it's awesome. So far I've run Dragon Age 2 and Just Cause 2 on max and there's been absolutely no lag and no heat problems. Hoping it will run Dead Island, Batman: Arkham City, and BF3 on near max when they come out.
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03-25-2011, 04:29 PM,
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RE: Look good for a gaming rig?
Curious as to the reason you would go with the i5-760 over the i5-2500 or 2500K Sandy Bridge? The SB is a better chip, from what I know, and you aren't paying more.

Comparison - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/191?vs=288

The LGA 1155 boards can still be a touch tough to find, but they aren't impossible.
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03-25-2011, 06:05 PM,
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RE: Look good for a gaming rig?
(03-25-2011, 04:29 PM)Bigpapa42 Wrote: Curious as to the reason you would go with the i5-760 over the i5-2500 or 2500K Sandy Bridge? The SB is a better chip, from what I know, and you aren't paying more.

Comparison - http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/191?vs=288

The LGA 1155 boards can still be a touch tough to find, but they aren't impossible.

I just wasn't sure if the sandy bridge issue was resolved or not. Will the 2500k work on that asus mobo?
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03-25-2011, 06:12 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-25-2011, 06:13 PM by Bigpapa42.)
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RE: Look good for a gaming rig?
(03-25-2011, 06:05 PM)markulous Wrote: I just wasn't sure if the sandy bridge issue was resolved or not. Will the 2500k work on that asus mobo?

Yup. It was never a problem with the chip, but an issue with the chipset on the corresponding motherboards. The LGA 1155 boards have been back on the market for almost two weeks now, though availability is still a bit spotty.

As for compatible, no, the board you listed is an LGA 1156 socket. You need LGA 1155 for the Sandy Bridge. There quite a few ASUS options on Newegg that are near a similar price-point.
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03-25-2011, 09:36 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-25-2011, 09:41 PM by markulous.)
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RE: Look good for a gaming rig?
(03-25-2011, 06:12 PM)Bigpapa42 Wrote:
(03-25-2011, 06:05 PM)markulous Wrote: I just wasn't sure if the sandy bridge issue was resolved or not. Will the 2500k work on that asus mobo?

Yup. It was never a problem with the chip, but an issue with the chipset on the corresponding motherboards. The LGA 1155 boards have been back on the market for almost two weeks now, though availability is still a bit spotty.

As for compatible, no, the board you listed is an LGA 1156 socket. You need LGA 1155 for the Sandy Bridge. There quite a few ASUS options on Newegg that are near a similar price-point.

I looked on Newegg for any Asus Mobos that support 16x(or at least 8x for the second one) for both video cards in CF, but the only one I saw was the P8P67 and it was sold out. I might just have to wait anyway.

Other than that I'm guessing I should be all set for a couple of years. It's not top of the line, but I think it should perform pretty well.
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03-26-2011, 01:09 AM,
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RE: Look good for a gaming rig?
(03-25-2011, 09:36 PM)markulous Wrote:
(03-25-2011, 06:12 PM)Bigpapa42 Wrote:
(03-25-2011, 06:05 PM)markulous Wrote: I just wasn't sure if the sandy bridge issue was resolved or not. Will the 2500k work on that asus mobo?

Yup. It was never a problem with the chip, but an issue with the chipset on the corresponding motherboards. The LGA 1155 boards have been back on the market for almost two weeks now, though availability is still a bit spotty.

As for compatible, no, the board you listed is an LGA 1156 socket. You need LGA 1155 for the Sandy Bridge. There quite a few ASUS options on Newegg that are near a similar price-point.

I looked on Newegg for any Asus Mobos that support 16x(or at least 8x for the second one) for both video cards in CF, but the only one I saw was the P8P67 and it was sold out. I might just have to wait anyway.

Other than that I'm guessing I should be all set for a couple of years. It's not top of the line, but I think it should perform pretty well.


If you want x8/x8, there is an MSI board aailable for $139 that'll do the trick.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6813130582


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03-26-2011, 08:57 AM,
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RE: Look good for a gaming rig?
(03-26-2011, 01:09 AM)ScrewySqrl Wrote:
(03-25-2011, 09:36 PM)markulous Wrote:
(03-25-2011, 06:12 PM)Bigpapa42 Wrote:
(03-25-2011, 06:05 PM)markulous Wrote: I just wasn't sure if the sandy bridge issue was resolved or not. Will the 2500k work on that asus mobo?

Yup. It was never a problem with the chip, but an issue with the chipset on the corresponding motherboards. The LGA 1155 boards have been back on the market for almost two weeks now, though availability is still a bit spotty.

As for compatible, no, the board you listed is an LGA 1156 socket. You need LGA 1155 for the Sandy Bridge. There quite a few ASUS options on Newegg that are near a similar price-point.

I looked on Newegg for any Asus Mobos that support 16x(or at least 8x for the second one) for both video cards in CF, but the only one I saw was the P8P67 and it was sold out. I might just have to wait anyway.

Other than that I'm guessing I should be all set for a couple of years. It's not top of the line, but I think it should perform pretty well.


If you want x8/x8, there is an MSI board aailable for $139 that'll do the trick.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6813130582

That board looks like it has everything I need. Is MSI a good brand?
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03-26-2011, 11:43 AM,
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RE: Look good for a gaming rig?
Just as good as ASUS, Gigabyte and others.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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03-26-2011, 08:25 PM,
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RE: Look good for a gaming rig?
On that Gigabyte 6850 people are saying that it doesn't have 2 DVI ports for dual monitor setup. Is PowerColor a good brand? It had good reviews on NewEgg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...-_-Product

Also do these things normally come with CF cables or do I have to buy one?
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03-27-2011, 02:34 PM,
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RE: Look good for a gaming rig?
I can confirm that the Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 does come with two DVI ports, based on the fact that I owned the card before Wink Just looks at the pictures, you'll see the two DVI ports.

PowerColor is alright. I've seen worse and I've seen better brands too.

The Crossfire cable usually comes with the video card, although some brands don't include one, to reduce costs I suppose. You can also buy it separately: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6814999002
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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