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Around $600-700 Budget Build

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December 21, 2009 8:25:51 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: After Christmas

BUDGET RANGE: around $600-700 with rebates & such

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, video editing (Sony Vegas), & possibly some type of digital art software on down the road (Though I'm not too picky on how fast things take to render & such).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (VGA), speakers (though on down the road I'd like to get a good headset for less than $100, any suggestions?), Windows XP (hopefully will get Windows 7 at a discount from my sister since she's a student), 240GB hard drive (SATA), & DVD drive/burner (PATA).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm no fanboy to any such company but I heard about the i5 being $150 at Microcenter & I'm within driving distance, though the motherboards are a lot more expensive than AMD ones. If someone could suggest me an i5 build with the majority of my chosen specs being the same it would be most appreciated.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($112.99)

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($79.99 after MIR)

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($69.99 after MIR)

CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($54.95)

PSU/GPU COMBO: Here's where I'm stuck, it's between...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... ($224.98 after MIR)

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($34.99 after MIR)
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($164.99)

I don't think I'd really need a 700W PSU but it is only $20 more than the other idea, perhaps the 700W would be the better route if I plan to go with an i5.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (by the time I do upgrade though I most likely will be upgrading the video card too)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want this build to be able to play everything I throw at it with at least 40fps on fairly high stteings (give or take AA). Current games I plan to play on this include Crysis/Warhead, FEAR/FEAR 2, Far Cry/Far Cry 2, Oblivion (w/ graphical mods), Source games, & some older games too (ie Neverwinter Nights, Jedi Academy, etc.). I do like to run some productivity software but I don't need it to be extremely fast at rendering/ burning media. I basically want something that will be able to do whatever I throw at it for at least 2 years. As I said, I'd be interested in the i5 build that is if there's a pretty good mobo for around $100 because I don't need to go crossfire/SLI in the future. I've never oc'd (this is my first custom build) but I may do it in the future, it isn't a priority tho.

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December 22, 2009 4:28:18 AM

i would recommend the ud2 .... great for non-sli/cf with an i5 . i have this up and running no problems so far with a 5850 ... a also have corsair 550vx , is more than enough ...
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December 22, 2009 4:43:01 AM

Solid build, might want to consider a smaller PSU, as 700W is more than overkill with no Xfire. Stick with AMD, the extra money you will spend on Intel is not worth the marginal performance gain you will see in games, especially without Xfire. If your only real concern is gaming, stick with that AMD chip, it's damn good for the price.
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December 22, 2009 2:36:33 PM

1st duke of marlborough said:
Solid build, might want to consider a smaller PSU, as 700W is more than overkill with no Xfire. Stick with AMD, the extra money you will spend on Intel is not worth the marginal performance gain you will see in games, especially without Xfire. If your only real concern is gaming, stick with that AMD chip, it's damn good for the price.

Thats what Ive been thinking too because the overall platform price will be lower with going the AMD route.

Also, I would like to know if you have any other suggestions for an AMD mobo b/c the one I have chosen doesn't have integrated graphics & Id prefer having it for troubleshooting purposes. Not only that, but are there any headsets you guys would recommend that have windows 7 drivers too (for less than $100)?
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December 22, 2009 3:25:19 PM

Ok, here's a new idea but I'm not sure how much of a performance gain I'd get with this compared to the other idea...

CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($54.95)

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($179.99)

Its a bit more expensive than the other packages of this card but it has a DVI to D-SUB adapter (which I need) & a lifetime limited warranty (sinceI dont plan on oc'ing my GPU)

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($34.99 after MIR)

Only a 500W this time, but I with this new build maybe I need a little more with the change in CPUs?

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($79.99 after MIR)

It is 1.65V which will work w/ the new mobo in this build (it only supports those over 1.6V).

CPU/MOBO COMBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... ($216.99 after MIR)

Will I really notice a substantial performance gain with the L3 cache & increased clock speed? Or is it not worth the price since I'm not crossfiring?

Shipping: (free)

Total: ($566.91 after MIR)

What do you think?
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