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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.
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
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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