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New Build, Entire Setup 1k, Left 4 dead, Eveonline

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November 18, 2009 9:36:01 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, Left for dead 2, Eve Online, Excel

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Would like to get the whole enchilada. Everything including O.S. Needed.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New Egg

PARTS PREFERENCES:I'm an intel fan, but have no problems with amd, i've used them since the old k63 processors.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but doubtful at this price range

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Would prefer a 20"+ monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (Need windows, Quiet is a plus and as few flashy LED lights as possible, my 15 month old finds them to mesmerizing to pass up touching.


So the quick and dirty, was looking for a complete build in the 1000 dollar range. Needs to play eve and left for dead2 at decent play rates, and that about does it, everything else i play is old, civ, master of orion, xcom etc.

So thanks in advance for your help.
November 18, 2009 10:10:51 PM

This build sacrifices a lot for the i5 setup, although it seems to me that you're a more balanced user. That being said, we can get somewhat better graphics performance by going for a cheaper processor and a beefier GPU. Also, I did not include an aftermarket Heat Sink in this build. Tack on an extra $50 if you're concerned about heat and/or noise. This PSU leaves quite a bit of head-room, so we could whittle it down (but with such a nice MIR, it's great buy). The case is open for debate, but still a decent buy for the price. You could save about $30-$40 on the monitor by going for a smaller 19" display (which will still look great!) Also, be aware that this Mobo cannot accommodate multiple GPUs, but at your budget I don't think that's really an option.

Once again, biggest thing is that we can squeeze out more graphic performance by going for something other than the i5, though for a balanced PC that will run everything you're looking at, this setup will work:

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 - $104.99
CPU: i5-750 - $199.99
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $94.99
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) - $169.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB - $54.99
Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R - $33.99

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP - $49.99
PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W - $64.99 (-$25 MIR)
Monitor: HannsĀ·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" - $149.99

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $104.99
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Total: $1,028.90 ($1,003.90 after rebates)
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November 18, 2009 10:20:21 PM

sonic-boom said:
Well with a 5770 it would probably be best to spend the extra $20 for a full 1080 monitor.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


^+1 for a good point; although at these screen sizes the picture quality difference is debatable and I was already over-budget.
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November 18, 2009 10:32:56 PM

Thanks for the input so far, how about a phenom II x4 system, would it be in the same ball park as the i5? And for basic gaming, spreadsheet work, etc is the i5 overkill?

Thanks
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November 18, 2009 11:47:09 PM

Going with Phenom II x4 with comparable performance (955 ot 965) is at almost same price or slightly cheaper by about $20 or so. Given your budget, Core i5 seems to make more sense.
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