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Need help with a good system in the 1100-1200$ Price Range!

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December 23, 2009 5:21:40 PM

Hello I plan to build my own computer rig after christmas, I am wondering if the parts I picked are *decent* I got around 1100-1200$ to spend. I'm wondering if I am able to overclock it a little bit

* I only want to overclock it a little bit and my budget is final. Not above 1200$*

* I will leave out CPU because i will buy a ( LGA775 Intel Quad Core 2.33 8mb ) very cheap from a friend.

* I want a SLI / Crossfire Motherboards.


So these are the parts I picked out so far:

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(Motherboard) 1 x XFX 780i nForce-SLI, 1333Mhz, Tripple SLI @ 2.0 x16 x16 1x8 PCI-E

(Graphic card) 1 x MSI Geforce GTX 260 898MB PhysX CUDA, Twin frozen OC @ 655mhz, 400mhz, 2.1ghz, 2.0, DVIx2, PCI-E ( Core 216 )

(CPU) 1 x Intel Core 2 Quad 6600 @ 2.33Ghz, 1066Mmhz, L2 8MB Cache

(Memory) 1 x Corsair Twin2X PC 6400, CL5, 4GB Kit, 800 @ Mhz

(Hard drive) 1 x WesternDigital 500GB 32mb, L2 Cache

(PSU) 1 x Silver Power SP600A2C, 600W, 80-plus, 2x6-pin, 1x8-pin

(Chassi) 1 x NZXT Lexa S, Midi Tower (ATX), inc. 4 Fans + Modulator, No PSU (Gamer edition)

(Screen) 1x " 24 " BENQ LCD HD, 1.2ms, DVI/VGA/HDMI

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Wich one of these components is or will most likely cause a bottleneck?

Any suggestions on what could be changed?
And any Idea what my OC value's will be?

:bounce: 
December 23, 2009 5:37:33 PM

1. DO NOT build a PC on the LGA775 platform now. It's dead.

2. GTX260 is not a good choice for price vs performance.

3. Where are you buying this from?

4. The PSU is cr@p.

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My recomendations:

AMD X4 AM3 CPU

Good AM3 motherboard

Corsair 650TX or better/similar QUALITY PSU from Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic, PC Power or OCZ.

2*2GB DDR3

ATI 5770 or better

Antec 900 or HAF 922 case

500GB Samsung F3
December 23, 2009 5:39:57 PM

How much is it for all that? The reason I'm trying to build on a 775 Socket is because I will buy a Core 2 Quad 2.33ghz for about cheap 40$ from a friend.

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December 23, 2009 5:40:16 PM

You shoud not be building on the 775 socket. It's completely dead. Intel's getting ready to move to it's 3rd socket since then (1156, 1366, then whatever i9s will use after the first couple).

How about we start over and build it all with the $1200? You can get a great computer with that. I don't know about monitors, so I'll build to a $1000-1050 budget...

CPU: i5-750 $200 ($150 if you're near a Microcenter)

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P $185. This is a newer board that has USB 3.0 and SATA 6 GB/s ports, so it's very good for future proofing. It's also reasonably priced, and has fixed the problems with overclocking on the Foxconn sockets.

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 $100

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700W $80, before $25 rebate

Case: Antec 300 Illusion $55

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55. This is the best HDD out right now, as well as one of the cheapest.

Optical: LG 22x SATA DVD burner $28

GPU: Radeon HD 5850 $310

Total: $988 after rebates, before shipping, taxes, combos. Assuming $200 i5.

If you're near a Microcenter and/or find a cheaper monitor, spend $100 extra for the HD 5870 ($410). It's a tight fit in the 300 Illusion, so you might want to get a little bigger case, but it should be alright...

There's an excellent build without using hand me downs...
December 23, 2009 5:49:40 PM

Here's a decent i5 build for $1100 before rebates.

DVD drive: Sony Optiarc 24x DVD/CD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$55

Hard Drive: 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$85

Monitor: Acer P235Hbmid 23" 1920 x 1080
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$170

Video Card: XFX HD Radeon 4890
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This card is generally faster than the gtx 260 and is the same price or, in this case, cheaper (has a 20 dollar mail in rebate making it...
-$170

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650 W
reputable brand to replace the one you had listed
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$80

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3 1866
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$95

These are rated at 9-9-9-24 at 1866 MHz and 1.6 Volts. I'm betting you could run these at 1.64 or 1.65 and 1600 with tighter timings.

Not really sure what the DRAM voltage rules are for LGA 1156

Motherboard: Asus P755D EVO LGA 1156
supports 2 PCIe x8 x8 lanes for crossfire.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$195

CPU: Intel Core i5 750 2.66 GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$200

totals about $1100 before shipping and rebates.

EDIT: Go with his ^ board. USB 3.0 and SATA 6 will give the build more longevity.
December 23, 2009 6:13:23 PM

Melding the two builds together...

EDIT: That's really confusing, so here it is piece by piece.

CPU: i5-750 $200 ($150 from Microcenter)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P $185
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1866 MHz $95
GPU: HD 5850 $310
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $85 (500 GB is sold out on Newegg)
PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700W $55 after rebate
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $55
Optical: LG 22x DVD Burner $28
Monitor: Acer P235Hbmid 23" 1920 x 1080 $170

Total of $1,153 $1,183 after rebates.
December 23, 2009 6:19:28 PM

That was some good collaboration. The only reason I picked the bigger spinpoint F3 was because the 500 GB was out of stock at newegg. Definitely go for the 500 GB one if you can get it when you want it.
December 23, 2009 6:29:58 PM

Or you can switch it for a Seagate 7200.12 for the same price. Both drives use 500 GB platters (unlike the WDs), so they are both really fast and quiet. The Samsung has slightly better specs though.

Or you could buy the 1 TB with the build above and still stay under budget. I edited it to include the 1 TB drive.
December 23, 2009 8:14:50 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Melding the two builds together...

EDIT: That's really confusing, so here it is piece by piece.

CPU: i5-750 $200 ($150 from Microcenter)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P $185
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1866 MHz $95
GPU: HD 5850 $310
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $85 (500 GB is sold out on Newegg)
PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700W $55 after rebate
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $55
Optical: LG 22x DVD Burner $28
Monitor: Acer P235Hbmid 23" 1920 x 1080 $170

Total of $1,153 $1,183 after rebates.

+1. Well done. Imo, I still think unless OP plan to upgrade to i7 (4C/8T), OP may want to consider an AMD AM3 build for ~$800-900 without LCD.
December 23, 2009 10:25:59 PM

I think that is the best build you could possible get for that budget. If you jump up to an i7, you have to drastically cut the video card, and will hurt the overall performance. If you drop down to an AMD build, you can up the GPU, but the biggest noticeable gain would've been to add to the CPU.

So this build is in the optimum spot. Any cut you could make to one component to improve another component will only hurt the overall build.
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