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[New System Build] Gaming System Sub ~1000

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November 20, 2009 6:03:14 AM

So I'm looking at putting together a brand new system and ordering within the week hopefully. I have no desire to run Xfire / SLI currently, but I am looking to O/C the CPU up to the 3.8-4.0ghz range. I'm also not a huge fan of the color 'bling' on case fans, nor is noise a huge concern, I prefer the pure performance from a case. Right now, I'm torn between an AMD 955BE system and an i5-750 system. Despite going on the cheap, I'd like to put a rig together for close to 800-900 USD, but I'm still pushing into the 1k range with both builds. I'm shooting for a HD5770 card as well, but I am wondering if I would be better off with a 4770 or 4870 instead for the time being.

With regard to parts, I've always been a huge fan of Lian-Li cases, I've always used the Lian-Li PC-61 case, however the Xigmatek 1293 has to be installed after sliding the mobo in due to size. I prefer Asus / Asrock for mainboards, my experience with MSI has been poor, and GB boards in the past were less than stellar. My video card experience has always been nVidia and between BFG or XFX, however ATI seems to be on top right now. I have no real preference on parts otherwise. If I can get critiques or suggestions for better performance and/or best build that would be outstanding, I'd like to cheapen both builds up some without sacrificing too much in the way of performance. With that said, here's the list of the two builds I'm torn between.

CPU: AMD Phenom II 955BE 3.2ghz
MOBO: ASUS Crosshair III Formula -- Like to cheapen this up, havent found a solid candidate
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two
Video: XFX HD5770 1gb DDR5
PSU: Corsair 750W ATX12v
RAM: G.Skill 4gb (2x2) DDr3 1600 / PC12800
HDD: WD Caviar Black 500gb-640gb ~$65
DVD: Sony Optiarc ~$30

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 2.66ghz
Mobo1: Asus Maximus III Formula
Mobo2: Asus P7D55D
Mobo3: Asrock P55 Extreme
Case: See Above Build
Video: See Above Build
PSU: See Above Build
RAM: G.Skill 4gb (2x2) DDR3 1600 / PC 12800
HDD: See Above
DVD: See Above

I'll also be using Windows 7, which I have currently. I'm not fond of the Antec case, but it seems to be highly recommended for use with larger HSFs. Speaking of, I plan to rig a Xiggy 1293 Dark Knight for either build. So biggest thing is video, if I can downgrade without a huge performance hit, and best mobo/ram/case to run with, and of course the AMD/Intel debate. I expected the AMD build to be significantly cheaper than the intel build, but they ended up being the same pricepoint, so I havent decided which way I want to go.

Thanks in advance!
November 20, 2009 7:18:15 AM

You don't need a CPU faster than a Phenom II x3 720 BE, which can be overclocked to 3.5 GHz with a Stock Cooler and Arctic Silver 5 for $120.

Asrock or Gigabyte Motherboard = $80

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 model CT2KIT25664BA1339 = $75 (wait a while, read reviews, best bang for buck)

Case you can get a good one for $45

PSU you can get a good one for your needs at $60

Add in your hard drive and optical drive = $100

Total = $480

That leaves you with $500 for a video card if you want. I'd rather invest in a $200 video card and a $300 gaming monitor. You can later Xfire or SLI for cheap in 6 months with the same video card.
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November 21, 2009 3:49:50 AM

Right on guys! So after perusing a couple stickies I missed, I think I would be best suited going the AMD route vice the i5-750 route. I'm not terribly fond of straying fromt he Lian-Li cases, but the CM HAF looks solid, and it's wide enough for an aftermarket HSF, which is kinda important. I'm debating now between the video card. My understanding is that the HD4770 is essentially a tad faster than the HD5770, but the latter has hardware support fo DX11, and can be xfired later down the road for pretty solid performance. pricewise, it's only an extra $15 or so for an XFX 5770 vice the 4770. However I stumbled through WorstBuy today and they happened to have an HD4890 on sale for $179 (XFX brand), and I happen to have a $50 Rewardzone card i have no use for.. I could snag that 4890 for $130 pre-tax.. which sounds like a steal to me. Thoughts?

CPU/RAm Combo: AMD 955BE & G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB (2x2) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
MOBO: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
PSU: Corsair 750W ATX12v
HDD: WD Caviar Black 500gb-640gb ~$65
DVD: Sony Optiarc ~$30
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922

Video:
XFX HD5770 1gb DDR5 - ~$175
XFX HD4890 1gb DDR5 ~$130 (after bestbuy rewardzone points used)
Contemplated a HD4770, but Newegg isnt listing any models with 1GB, thy're only listing 512mb. I think the worstbuy deal for the 4890 is probably the best bet, but...

Oh! and I need a HSF yet, I'm floundering between the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+, the Xiggy 1283 models, or the CM V8 brick. Downside is the extension rbackets are out of stock, or int he 212+'s case, the entire HSF is out of stock on newegg.

Before I pull the trigger, does it all look good? Any last minute tweaks or suggestions? Comes out to ~750 without the HDD or HSF factored in, and picking up the 4890 at worstbuy instead.
November 21, 2009 4:19:39 AM

^ If you check the CPU + Mobo + RAM that I have listed, for just $5 more, you get a better CPU, RAM and the same mobo...
The 965s are kinda hand-picked high yield silicon chips...So they would be better than the 955...and also the total just comes to $5 more, so I see no point in not getting it...

And as for the GPU, the HD 5770 is more powerful than the 4770...its only slower to the HD 4870 in some apps...
But that HD 4890 for that price is a solid deal...So buy that now and maybe in a year change to DirectX 11...

As for the CPU cooler, any of these...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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