Hello all! I am looking to build a computer in the $1200 price range. I don’t need anything top of the line but I would like something I can game with right now and that I can upgrade within 1-2 years to be able to play the newer games.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next couple weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1200. The current build that is listed below is around $1100. I could be convinced to go more or less depending on the reason.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, gaming, and gaming. Watching movies, surfing the net…
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, windows 7
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New egg… If you know of cheaper, I’m all ears.
PARTS PREFERENCES: This is what I have so far. Let me know what you guys think and let me know if I can improve anything.
they are both 1200$, but this is a little better, and it has the correct parts. this has a 5850, which makes it very, very good for gaming, the 5770 is more consumer (but it can still game...) the rest is either close or better, and it has 2 psus becasue the 600 watt TT is free, and who doesnt want a free 600 watt TT
Gaming you don't need a i7-860, hyperthreading doesn't help gaming. Save your $80 and go with a i5-750.
Also, you want a better GPU.
MOBO wise, the gigabyte board is not true USB 3.0/SATA 6.0. Also, it runs 1 GPU with a x8 PCIE lane and USB/SATA or 2 PCIE x8 lanes.
IE can't have USB 3.0/SATA6.0 and xfire, and can't use full x16 lanes with 1 gpu.
Better off with original mobo.
The Hyper 212 Plus is MUCH cheaper and MUCH better performance than a V8 (overpriced piece of junk IMO)
Well the eco series uses less power, but it's a few buck more and cost's more to ship. However, both are 7-7-7-21 DDR3 1333.
If he plans to OC, the OC potential of the ECO series is not well documented. On the other hand Ripjaws are famous for their OC ability. The won the F1OC SuperPi OC competition a few months ago. Also, they use 1.5v with isn't an issue (Some RAm run at 1.65 or higher and may cause issues).
OC potential has nothing to do with the voltage it runs at, plenty of RAM from Corsair and Mushkin run at 1.65 V or higher and still OC extremely well.
My point is the ripjaws are same speed and timings, ~$8 cheaper and are proven to be great at OC. The eco series is new and may not OC well, i don't know, I haven't seen any reviews on it's OC potential yet.
I'd rather go with cheaper and known to work, rather than new and unknown.
i would way rather go with better, and tiny bit cheaper, its like 955 vs i5 750, the 750 costs a bit more, but is a better buy, now of course we are arguing about something that matters very very little, but ive used the eco, friend got it to 1750ish MHz with same timings and i think 1.6 volts, so i recommend that.