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August 2, 2009 11:58:00 PM

Recommended Builds by Usage
Last Updated on May 21, 2011
  • Reviewed and updated builds as required

    Last Updated on March 26, 2011
  • Updated builds for newer components and replacing the Sandy Bridge motherboards for Rev3.0 versions

    This thread is to provide a few "pre-built" options for those looking to build or upgrade based on usage, not including monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers or OS. I have defined the usage guidelines using information provided to me by sKora in his Index of "If sKora had..." topics thread under the "sKora's system design guide beta v0.1" section... Thanks sKora for providing me this information.

  • Bargain - Just a box that turns on and runs programs. This is older 2nd and 3rd gen tech and is built as a one and done. Very few parts can or should be carried over to a future build after a bargain build has exhausted its useful life.
  • Budget - Maximize the price/performance ratio and have some upgrade path. Budget builders have high enough standards to spend extra on quality parts that offer resonable returns. Its current tech after but usually baby brother versions of the high end options. They also will consider upgrade paths and options for future builds with what is bought now.
  • Gamer - With Price/Performance in mind, its more about getting great performance and quality and willing to pay some premium for it. Gamers use current tech with high end components, but not elite. The upgrade path is limited here as the initial build generally is near the top of the tech tree. Gamers aren't usually immediate adopters of next gen tech, but willing to do a full platform upgrade when warranted instead of just a component or too.
  • Enthusiast - Whats price? Performance at most any level. These are the ones buying multi GPU systems and the most powerful CPUs. Highest quality and the most current tech. Upgrades will happen until something else bright and shiney comes along that can't be stuck in their current system, then its a new build again. This will be the thinnest section from me and would need help from those that actually build/use these systems.
  • HTPC - This PC is designed to be used as Home Theater PC for the end user. It is not designed to be a gaming machine but requires some level of graphics power to play movies on a "Big Screen" TV.
  • Non-Gamer - This PC is designed for running office programs, internet, music... etc. Basically, a Dell PC... :D  It is similar to my "Bargain" build but requires less video graphics power.
  • WorkStation - This PC is designed for running workstation applications designed towards the professional applications and systems.

    As with all new builds, I highly recommend doing your research before doing any build to determine what your needs are.

    I have provided what I find to be useful sites and areas to look for those answers.
  • Google - If you cannot find it there... than you probably won't find it anywhere... :D 
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC - This is my thread on how to build a PC step-by-step.
  • *How To Ask For New Build Advice* - This is the best thread to review how to ask for advice and is a required format to get the best answers.
  • PERFORM THESE STEPS before posting about boot/no video problems! - This thread provides very good details on trouble shooting when you have boot issues after your build.
  • *Guide to Choosing Parts* - This thread provides a very good guide in choosing parts and provides many important links and ideas.
  • Homebuilt PC Buying Guide - This thread provides a good guide in choosing parts for a new build.
  • Core 2 Overclocking Guide - This thread provides a very good guide to overclocking on the LGA 775.
  • LGA 1156 Core i5 and Core i7 Overclocking guide - This thread provides a very good guide to overclocking on the LGA 1156 CPU's.
  • CPU and Heatsink Lapping Guides - This thread provides information on lapping CPU's and Heatsinks to help improve the the thermal transfer between them.
  • CPU Buyer's Guide 2.0 - This thread provides good information on the end's & out's on what CPU to buy and related information.
  • The PSU Ranked List and Guide - This is a newer thread that has been created to provide a nice guideline for ranked PSU's by AMP's and Tier Levels.
  • Useful SSD Articles - This a good thread to research on Solid State Drives and what you need to understand about them.
  • Power Requirements and Specs for Popular Graphics Cards Guide - This is a new thread providing recommended power supply direction based on the graphics card you plan on purchasing.
  • Best Of Tom’s Hardware: Beginner’s Guide To Motherboard Selection - This is a great Tom's Hardware article on what to think about and look for when choosing a motherboard.
  • FrostyTech - Best Heat Sinks & PC Cooling - The website provides good reviews and rankings on all things heatsinks.
  • eXtreme Power Supply Calcuator Lite V2.5 - This site is a very useful site when you are trying to figure out what your power requirements are for your new build, so you get an idea on what PSU waltage you will need.
  • AnandTech: - I find this site has very good links to multiple reviews from many different sites you'll see referenced and pretty up-to-date on news.
  • techPowerUp! - I find this site has very good links to multiple reviews from many different sites you'll see referenced and pretty up-to-date on news.
  • JonnyGuru - The website provides good reivews and rankings on power supplies.
  • Mouse Ergonomics Guide from Razer - This is a good guide in providing an understanding the different grip styles for a mouse. (Thanks for the info.... jonsy2k)

    All builds take a OS, Speakers, Monitors, Keyboards & a Mouse. I have not included those in the builds in my lists below in the other post, but I have listed a few I would recommend to add to any of my builds. This will add cost above and beyond what I have listed as budgets. Most builds I have helped OP's with over the last few months, normally have these components already, but I did want to give options for those that don't.

    Operating System: Updated to include the three major OS still in use by Users (Thanks for the feedback... 4ryan6 & psycho sykes)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 32-bit for System Builders - OEM
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
  • Ubuntu

    Monitor:
  • Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
  • ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR) Built-in Speakers
  • ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
  • ASUS VE278Q Black 27" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 ASCR 10,000,000:1
  • Dell UltraSharp U3011 30-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor

    Keyboard:
  • Logitech K120 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
  • Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 - Retail
  • Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard
  • RAZER Lycosa Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail
  • Logitech G19 Black USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail

    Mouse:
  • Microsoft D66-00066 Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB or PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse - OEM
  • RAZER DeathAdder Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor
  • GIGABYTE GM-M8000X Rubber Black 7 Buttons USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse (Recommended by obsidian86)
  • Cooler Master Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse SGM-6000-KLLW1-GP, 8 Button, 5600 DPI, w/ OLED Display (Recommended by obsidian86)
  • Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse (Recommended by dirtdiver)
  • RAZER Mamba Black 7 Buttons USB Laser Gaming Mouse - Dual Mode Wired/Wireless Functionality - Retail

    Speakers / Headset:
  • Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - OEM
  • Logitech Z506 75 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers
  • Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker - Retail
  • M-Audio Studiophile BX5a Deluxe 70-watt Bi-amplified Studio Reference Monitors (Recommended by Zinosys)
  • Logitech H360 USB Connector Supra-aural Headset
  • Creative Fatal1ty Professional Series Gaming Headset MKII

    Routers: (Recommended by just a nickname)
  • TRENDnet TEW-639GR IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab, IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE802.11n 2 Wireless Router - Retail
  • D-Link DIR-655 IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE802.11n Draft 2 Xtreme N Gigabit Wireless Router - Retail
  • D-Link DGL-4100 10/100/1000Mbps GamerLounge Broadband Gigabit Gaming Router - Retail

    Extras:
  • 1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F - Retail - This is normally needed on full size cases to help with the cable management.
  • ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5" to 3.5" SSD & SATA Hard Drive Converter - Black - Retail - This will be required when you purchase a SSD to convert it to a 3.5" drive for your case.
  • SpeedFan - Very useful tool to download to monitor temps and control fan speeds.
  • CPUID's CPU-Z - Very useful tool to download to monitor system information and speeds.
  • CPUID's Hardware Monitor - - Very useful tool to download to monitor temps, fan speeds and voltage.
  • Real Temp - CPU Temperature Monitoring - Very useful tool to download to monitor your CPU temps.
  • CoreTemp - Very useful tool to download to monitor your CPU temps.
  • Prime95 - Most used downloaded software to stress your system to make sure it is stable throughout each process (overclocking... etc.)
  • MemTest86+ - Most used downloaded software to test your memory to make sure it is not defective.
  • Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage (Vista / Win7) or 3DMark06 (XP) - Most used downloaded benchmark software to be compared against to see how your system ranks with similar parts.

    I listed the information provided in Proximon's *Guide to Choosing Parts* on building a PC, since it is very good information and felt it was important to post in my thread, as well.
  • Here is a GOOD step-by-step. Really good. If you encounter anything in any other links that contradict this, THIS is the right one. Sadly, no pics: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/How_To_Assemble_A_Desktop_...
  • Here is a tutorial with pictures that shows how to put together a cheap PC. All parts are cheap and you should NOT use the PSU they use: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/build_a_500_p...
  • This you tube video has some good points, and is done with fairly modern equipment, all new. The case he is using is a micro-ATX case from Antec: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdsUuWlhOvo
  • Proximon's method for applying thermal paste to Heatpipe Direct Touch (HDT) coolers such as the Xigmatek or Sunbeam CCTF: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252942-29-some-notes-...
  • This is a good ariticle about "Building a PC: Step by Step Guide" using current parts by DriverHeaven... http://www.driverheaven.net/articles.php?articleid=132&...
  • This is a good Tom's Hardware article about how to put a PC together. I would recommend reading through this one, as well: http://www.tomshardware.com/review_print.php?p1=1382

    Thanks for taking the time to read through my post and making this a stickie. My goal is to update this once or twice a month as new technology comes out and prices change.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 2, 2009 11:59:25 PM

    Recommended Builds by Usage - Post Two

    Okay... on to the recommended builds... These builds will be from Newegg, since I find it the easiest to put a build together and most are fimilar with the site. I recommend you review different sites to determine where you are able to get the best cost or combo deals! I tried to put builds together that I would recommend to members of this forum when help is requested and keep it as cheap as possible within what I felt was an acceptable price for each usage.

    Bargain: $519.91 Updated GPU
  • CPU: Intel Pentium G6950 Clarkdale 2.8GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616G6950
  • MOBO: ASUS P7H55-M LX LGA 1156 Intel H55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
  • HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 CMPSU-430CX 430W ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply
  • GPU: XFX HD-667X-ZHF3 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
  • Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
  • Thermal Compound: Comes with heatsink.
    This build will allow you to play games at mid. to max. settings at a monitor resolution of 1440x900 or less.

    Bargain: $490.91 Updated CPU
  • CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
  • MOBO: MSI 785GTM-E45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
  • RAM: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail
  • HSF: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ... - Retail
  • GPU: XFX HD-667X-ZHF3 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
  • DVD: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
  • Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
  • Thermal Compound: Comes with heatsink.
    This build will allow you to play games at mid. to max. settings at a monitor resolution of 1440x900 or less.

    Budget: $741.91
  • CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
  • MOBO: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
  • HSF: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ...
  • GPU: XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  • DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
  • Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN3 CM690 II Basic Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Thermal Compound: Comes with heatsink.
    This build will allow you to play games at mid. to max. settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1080 or less

    Budget: $777.89
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52300
  • MOBO: ASUS P8H67-M LX (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM
  • HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
  • HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
  • GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
  • Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic Computer Case
  • Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    This build will allow you to play games at mid. to max. settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1080 or less

    Gamer: $946.88 Updated MOBO & GPU
  • CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX - Retail
  • MOBO: ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
  • HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail
  • HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
  • GPU: XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  • DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
  • Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
  • Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    This build will allow you to play games at mid. to max. settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1200

    Gamer: $1,080.90 Updated MOBO, GPU & PSU
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
  • MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM
  • HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
  • HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • PSU: XFX P1-750B-NLG9 Black Edition 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • GPU: ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
  • Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
  • Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    This build will allow you to play games at mid. to max. settings at a monitor resolution of 1900x1200

    Enthusiast: $1,317.89 Update MOBO, GPU, PSU & Case
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
  • MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM
  • HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
  • HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  • GPU: ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
  • Case: CCOOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    This build will allow you to play games at max settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1200 or higher...

    Enthusiast: $1,206.89
  • CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor Model HDT90ZFBGRBOX
  • MOBO: AASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
  • HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail
  • HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive]
  • PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
  • GPU: XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
  • DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
  • Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
  • Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    This build will allow you to play games at max settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1200 or higher...
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 3, 2009 12:00:12 AM

    Recommended Builds by Usage - Post Three

    Okay... on to more recommended builds...

    Enthusiast - Extreme: $2,997.85 Updated CPU, MOBO, RAM & SSD
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
  • MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-8GBXH
  • HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler, plus two Noctua NF-S12B FLX 120mm, 3 Speed Setting, Beveled Blade Tips Design, SSO Bearing Fan for Push - Pull setup
  • SSD: OCZ RevoDrive X2 OCZSSDPX-1RVDX0160 PCI-E 160GB PCI-Express x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • HDD: SAMUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
  • GPU: 2x EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
  • PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active ...
  • DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
  • Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
  • Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    This build will allow you to play games at max settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1200 or higher...

    Non-Gamer: $403.93 Updated HDD
  • CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
  • MOBO: ASUS M4A88T-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TW3X2G1333C9A G
  • HSF: None Required
  • HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • PSU: Antec Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ... - Retail
  • GPU: None Required - This system will use on the onboard video, since graphic power is not a priority.
  • DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
  • Case: COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Thermal Compound: What ever comes with the stock cooler
    This build will allow you to play games like On-line Poker or lowend Graphics power games. You should be able to play Sims with this PC. Don't plan on running any graphic intensive games with this PC, without upgrades

    HTPC: $787.91 Updated MOBO & DVD (Thanks for the feedback... Psycho Sykes and obsidian86)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52300
  • MOBO: ASRock H67M (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
  • HSF: Not required
  • GPU: Not required
  • HDD (OS): SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • HDD (Storage): SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ***
  • PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ... - Retail
  • DVD: SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support (Retail)
  • Case: SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel LC13B-E ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail
  • Thermal Compound: Not Required
  • Accessories: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1850 (updated version of 1800) MCE Kit 1128 PCI-Express x1 Interface
    This build will allow you to play music and movies on a 1080 HD TV and light 720P->1080P gaming & DX11 compatabilty...
    *** = Option Item: Can be removed to cut cost, if needed, and still maintain an acceptable HTPC performance

    WorkStation: $1,479.92 (Thanks for the feedback... jaquith)
  • CPU: Intel Xeon E5620 Westmere 2.4GHz LGA 1366 80W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80614E5620
  • MOBO: SUPERMICRO MBD-X8SAX-O LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Xeon Server Motherboard
  • RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333 Server Memory Model KVR1333D3E9SK3/6G
  • HSF: None Required
  • HDD: Western Digital RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
  • GPU: PNY VCQFX1800-PCIE-PB Quadro FX 1800 768MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
  • DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer
  • Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Thermal Compound: What ever comes with the stock cooler
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    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 3, 2009 4:23:16 PM

    My Current Personal Builds:

    My PC

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
  • MOBO: EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
  • RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
  • HSF: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
  • OS/App HDD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail
  • Games HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
  • Storage HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
  • GPU: 2x EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  • DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
  • BD-ROM: Sony Optiarc Black 2X BD-ROM SATA Model BR-5100S - OEM
  • Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
  • Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
  • Montior: SOYO Pearl MT-NI-DYLM24E6 Monitor 24" 1900x1200


    My Dad's PC - (Originally My Daughter's PC)

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550 - Retail
  • MOBO: MSI P7N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail (Recertified through RMA)[/#2100]
  • RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK - Retail
  • HSF: Thermaltake V1 Max-Performance CPU Cooler with Massive 110mm Blue LED Full-Range Variable Speed Fan CL-P0401 - Retail
  • HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
  • PSU: ABS Tagan ITZ Series ITZ900-V2 900W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail [#ff2100](Recertified through RMA)[/#2100]
  • GPU: [#ff0004]2x
  • EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI ... - Retail
  • DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
  • Case: Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
  • Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
  • Montior: ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built in Speakers 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR20000:1) w/ SPDIF out - Retail

    My Daughters' PC...

  • CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
  • MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
  • HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
  • HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • PSU: Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
  • GPU: XFX HD-465X-YAF2 Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
  • DVD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
  • Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
  • Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
  • Montior: Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 7, 2009 2:37:59 AM

    Quote:
    Great job, it looks like a very solid build for the price. This definitely needs to be stickied so i dont have to go searching through the forums each time i need to find it to save us all some effort.



    Quote:
    If someone has to buy all those parts, chances are they don't have a legal OS to put on there either. Might want to at least put a note in how much it will cost starting with nothing. Check your PMs, i'm sending you out something I typed up a few weeks ago.


    Quote:
    skora... I've updated to include the "extras" (OS, Monitor, Keyboards, Mouse or Speakers), as you requested. I added them as a separate recommendations because most builds I've helped with on Tom's Hardware, the OP already has these items or it is not include in their cost to build.

    If anyone has any feedback I would be greatly appreciate it. I think I might work on a similar setup for the Core i7 builds...


    I have updated this thread and direction of it to go with "pre-builts" based on usage versus looking at it by socket (775, AM3 or 1366). I've found it to be more useful to look at things the way I've updated it.

    If anyone has any feedback I would be greatly appreciate it. :D 

    Edit: Deleted to above quoted posts to provide more room for growth within this thread...
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 7, 2009 2:51:48 AM

    LOL, I just noticed at the top you reference my design guide that I never published.

    For the mouse section, one thing I've looked for and have never found is a palm vs finger mouse guide. I am a finger mover (palm planted on desk) and really don't like my OCZ behemoth because its a palm based mouse. But cuz my wife won't let me spend money on computer parts and buy groceries instead, i'm stuck with it. Maybe someone knows of a guide out there or has enough experience with mice to contribute to the cause.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 7, 2009 3:11:48 AM

    If I find anything on the mouse info... I will sure to add it to my thread.

    I liked how you posted your thread & Proximon's, so I benchmarked it for mine, as well... :)  [:thegreatgrapeape]
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 7, 2009 9:53:47 PM

    I did a OS included bargin build. Might take a look at the CPU/HSF combo and the Ram/Mobo combos. Might serve you well.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

    Also, the 4670 can be had for $55 amir too.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    For the bargin build, if the buyer isn't going to OC, then the E5200 isn't the right build for them. For the same price, you can get a faster stock AMD CPU.

    Keep up the good work, I did use this when specing out the linked build. Thanks.
    August 7, 2009 10:26:14 PM

    Good post. Please change "bargin" to "bargain" or you'll have me spelling it that way :) 
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 7, 2009 10:47:46 PM

    Quote:
    Good post. Please change "bargin" to "bargain" or you'll have me spelling it that way :) 
    Done... thanks for pointing out my error... Spelling has never been my strong suit!!


    Quote:
    For the bargin build, if the buyer isn't going to OC, then the E5200 isn't the right build for them. For the same price, you can get a faster stock AMD CPU.

    Keep up the good work, I did use this when specing out the linked build. Thanks.
    I've updated my bargain build to be an AM3 dual core build. It is a little more than my E5200 build but I agree with your statement and does give a little bit more of an upgrade path and not an EOL CPU socket...

    Also, I added a "Gamer" Core i7 920 build.... why should the AM3 have all the fun!! :D 

    Thanks to the both of you for your comments and suggestions!!
    a c 113 B Homebuilt system
    August 9, 2009 11:55:10 PM

    This is very nicely done. I'll have to find space in the guide to link this.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 10, 2009 12:36:07 AM

    Thanks... Proximon!!! Coming from you and seeing how much everyone refers to your Guide, it means a lot to me. I would greatly appreciate a link on your sticky... :D  , plus it will keep me motivated a little more to keep it current.
    Anonymous
    August 10, 2009 12:51:00 AM

    Great post. I can definitely see this becoming a sticky. One error I did find was your 'Goggle' section part. I know you said grammar wasn't your strong point but now you are one step closer to becoming a sticky!

    Quote:
    * Goggle - If you can find it there... than you probably won't find it anywhere... :D 
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 10, 2009 1:10:43 AM

    Very nice!!!
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 10, 2009 4:56:50 PM

    Anonymous said:
    Great post. I can definitely see this becoming a sticky. One error I did find was your 'Goggle' section part. I know you said grammar wasn't your strong point but now you are one step closer to becoming a sticky!

    Quote:
    * Goggle - If you can find it there... than you probably won't find it anywhere... :D 

    My Google spelling has been corrected and I've added a section for my personal builds for those who want to review what I've actually "playing" around with.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 10, 2009 5:09:53 PM

    The builds look pretty good, but could still use some refinement. The WD3200AAJS HD in the "bargain" build is an older, slow model. You can get the faster WD3200AAKS for the same price.

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $49.99

    The integrated RAM controller on the AMD chips takes advantage of faster speed RAM, unlike Intel Core 2 chips. For an extra $3 you could upgrade to DDR2 1066 RAM on the "bargain" and "budget" builds.

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail $54.99

    I don't think the Freezer 7 Pro is compatible with AMD chips. You can get the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 for just a few dollars more.

    XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $36.61
    August 10, 2009 5:31:04 PM

    ^ I'd swap the xigmatek for the Cogage TS, it's better than the TRUE and about the same price as the Xigmatek.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 10, 2009 5:33:19 PM

    I guess that just depends on personal preference. I was just pointing out that the cooler in the build was not compatible.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 10, 2009 6:51:15 PM

    Thanks for the recommendations... I make the changes when I get an extra minute here at work.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 10, 2009 8:56:30 PM

    shortstuff_mt said:
    The builds look pretty good, but could still use some refinement. The WD3200AAJS HD in the "bargain" build is an older, slow model. You can get the faster WD3200AAKS for the same price.

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $49.99

    The integrated RAM controller on the AMD chips takes advantage of faster speed RAM, unlike Intel Core 2 chips. For an extra $3 you could upgrade to DDR2 1066 RAM on the "bargain" and "budget" builds.

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail $54.99

    I don't think the Freezer 7 Pro is compatible with AMD chips. You can get the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 for just a few dollars more.

    XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $36.61

    Thanks for the feedback... I've updated the HDD and RAM as you suggested. Also, I switched out the HSF for the Sunbeam CR-CCTF92-4 92mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2, which is actually better and saves me money since I can use the thermal compound that comes with it.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 10, 2009 8:58:25 PM

    Helloworld_98 said:
    ^ I'd swap the xigmatek for the Cogage TS, it's better than the TRUE and about the same price as the Xigmatek.

    I've heard great things about the Cogage TS but where can you pick one up? I couldn't find it on Newegg, which is where I've tried to keep all my parts from, mainly for easy of use on my part.
    a c 113 B Homebuilt system
    August 11, 2009 12:41:08 AM

    I'm a bit bandwidth impaired and on the laptop right now, as I'm vacationing in Whistler B.C., but once I get back home I'll get this linked.
    :) 
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 11, 2009 1:24:25 AM

    Proximon said:
    I'm a bit bandwidth impaired and on the laptop right now, as I'm vacationing in Whistler B.C., but once I get back home I'll get this linked.
    :) 

    Not a problem... Enjoy your vacation in B.C. and don't forget to where your sunscreen... :p 
    August 11, 2009 2:21:45 PM

    Whistler is a great place to vacation. Try swimming in one of the glacier-fed lakes if you need to cool down a bit :) 

    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 11, 2009 2:23:23 PM

    Updated to include the picture of my daughter's PC and a link to sKora's Index of "If sKora had..." topics thread
    a c 113 B Homebuilt system
    August 11, 2009 3:18:31 PM

    rakoth said:
    Whistler is a great place to vacation. Try swimming in one of the glacier-fed lakes if you need to cool down a bit :) 


    Sadly, that has not been an issue. 12C this morning and it rained all day yesterday :p 

    If anyone has missed it, check the raid comparison on the front page. Another strong argument for Intel on serious workstation builds.
    August 11, 2009 3:46:16 PM

    I could be wrong usually am but shouldn't the ram be lower voltage? I am in the process of picking parts for my wife. I am going X3 with a mb with integrated graphis (no gaming) I was told to shoot for 1.8v on ddr2 with low timings
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 11, 2009 4:04:04 PM

    You are correct on low timings being better...

    The 1.8V is JEDEC specifications for RAM but doesn't mean the RAM has to run at 1.8V. The only processor with a strict can't exceed voltage on the RAM is the Core i7's. When you install your RAM into your motherboard using DDR2, it will mostly defaut to 1.8v, which is the "standard".
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 11, 2009 4:17:42 PM

    The only thing that you'll probably have to do with RAM rated at a higher voltage is manually set the RAM speed/timings/voltage in the BIOS to get it to run at its rated settings. That's not really a big deal since it's a good idea to do that anyway.
    a c 113 B Homebuilt system
    August 11, 2009 11:00:55 PM

    LGA 775 boards can have issues with high voltage RAM because they default to 1.8V, which is too low to run some RAM at all. AMD does not seem to have this issue as much, at least on newer processors/chipsets.
    August 11, 2009 11:02:03 PM

    x3 720 Build substitution for PS & MOBO?

    Combo PSU Motherboard $109 AMIR

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817341016


    MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813130228
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
    August 12, 2009 12:51:01 AM

    Regarding the mouse hand positioning thing, I believe Razer published a fairly comprehensive guide to it that was a fairly helpful and interesting read.

    http://www2.razerzone.com/MouseGuide/html/palmgrip.php

    This is the link i believe and its definitely worth a read.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 12, 2009 1:23:17 AM

    Jonsy2k, If I could vote yours as best answer, I would. That is awesome and exactly what I was looking for.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 12, 2009 1:27:34 AM

    Just noticed something else in the Bargain build, and not sure if its going to effect performance or not. The 740 chipset on the mobo only supports 1000 HT (2000 MT/s) but the CPU is 2000 HT and 4000 MT/s.
    August 12, 2009 1:29:03 AM

    skora said:
    Jonsy2k, If I could vote yours as best answer, I would. That is awesome and exactly what I was looking for.



    haha thanks a lot, it looks like years of random useless emails from Razer paid off(I still love their products of course, just a bit overpriced initially).
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 12, 2009 4:26:37 PM

    skora said:
    Jonsy2k, If I could vote yours as best answer, I would. That is awesome and exactly what I was looking for.

    It was a good answer, which is why I add a link to the information in the top part of the thread. The person that gets my vote for best answer will go to the Moderator who makes this thread a sticky!!! :kaola:  [:thegreatgrapeape]
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 12, 2009 4:29:00 PM

    Good luck with that. The mods have said that they're limiting the number of stickies to 3 in each section.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 12, 2009 4:53:37 PM

    shortstuff_mt said:
    Good luck with that. The mods have said that they're limiting the number of stickies to 3 in each section.

    Maybe, I'll get lucky since the Overclocking section has 6 stickies where the Homebuilt section only has three... :D  [:jaydeejohn:4]
    August 12, 2009 6:09:50 PM

    So the total cost of the first gamer build is around $1500 with monitor, mouse etc?

    Oh, would the budget or bargain builds be able to run games such as COH for example on maximum graphics with good performance? The computer i have now has the worst possible performance with the lowest graphics setting possible.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 12, 2009 6:16:59 PM

    Depends on your resolution, at 1680x1050 or below yes, at 1920x1200 it might strain a bit to maintain playable frame rates. If you play at 1920x1200 all you have to do is swap in a 4890 for the 4870 and it should be good, maybe not ultra high but atleast high.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 12, 2009 11:30:35 PM

    skora said:
    Just noticed something else in the Bargain build, and not sure if its going to effect performance or not. The 740 chipset on the mobo only supports 1000 HT (2000 MT/s) but the CPU is 2000 HT and 4000 MT/s.

    The x2 545 is support by that MOBO... http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/CPUSuppo...

    The MOBO just down clocks the HT to the supported level without effecting CPU's speed, well that is what Gigabyte's website says.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 12, 2009 11:39:22 PM

    Yeah, because all AMD chips are based off of the same HT 200MHz base clock and the multiplier comes off of that. The slower HT will just limit its bandwidth to the northbridge and other slots so your CPU bottleneck will be more significant.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 12, 2009 11:50:19 PM

    tecmo34 said:
    The x2 545 is support by that MOBO... http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/CPUSuppo...

    The MOBO just down clocks the HT to the supported level without effecting CPU's speed, well that is what Gigabyte's website says.


    So the HT is the speed the CPU can talk with the rest of the system components.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HyperTransport
    Being HT 1.0, is why the board only has an x16 instead of 2.0 x16? And is the Ram controller seperate from the HT or are they related? I haven't had an AMD chip since my K6-266mhz many moons ago.

    CONGRATS Tecmo34 on making Regular!!!
    August 15, 2009 1:31:17 AM

    Oh, i forgot to ask in my post reply, can i order these parts in australia?
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 15, 2009 1:33:20 AM

    Maybe, you will have to find an e-tailer that ships to Australia, your prices will be quite different but his builds are good for the purposes they are for. You should be able to find similar parts but you likely wont be able to keep them in the same budget range.
    a c 113 B Homebuilt system
    August 15, 2009 5:31:52 AM

    And you can check the second link in my sig for a big list of e-tailers, including Aus.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 16, 2009 10:59:52 PM

    I have updated my AM3 Gamer build to the new x4 965BE and switched out the RAM. The OCZ AMD Platinum 1600 RAM is never in stock at Newegg, so I decided to remove it from my build list.

    To me the extra $55.95 going with the 965BE is worth the extra bit of cost for a "Gamer" build.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    August 20, 2009 3:45:51 AM

    the 92mm CCF you list in the budget and bargain builds is currently deactivated on newegg so you may want to swap it out for either the 120mm CCF or a different HSF all together.
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