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February 9, 2010 1:27:16 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Two to four weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: $1,000-$1,200 before rebates ( Could go a little higher to accommodate for price of OS)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, movies, internet usage, work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or whatever would be cheaper COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm leaning towards the i5/i7 processors, not sure about AMD, I wouldn't mind. Just want to make sure I get a quad core. For the GPU I do want to go for the HD 5850 and plan to crossfire some time in the future to extend the life/improve the system.

OVER CLOCKING: I would like to OC, but have yet to do so before.

Crossfire/SLI: Only want a single GPU at the moment, but in the future plan to

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like the rig to be upgradeable and be able to handle the DX11 games coming out. I don't have a decent monitor at the moment, any recommendations would be nice, but will be bought at later time. Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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February 9, 2010 2:03:24 AM

Well, the computer in my signature is a pretty solid gaming one (and the parts I would suggest to you) so you could start by looking into them first. Also, as for monitors, Asus makes pretty nice ones for good prices. However, you may want to buy one from a physical store so you can return it if you get a dead pixel (which will limit your choices).
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February 9, 2010 2:05:58 AM
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February 9, 2010 2:21:03 AM

EXT64 said:
Well, the computer in my signature is a pretty solid gaming one (and the parts I would suggest to you) so you could start by looking into them first. Also, as for monitors, Asus makes pretty nice ones for good prices. However, you may want to buy one from a physical store so you can return it if you get a dead pixel (which will limit your choices).


Looks like we have about the same build :)  I have a 750W corsair and a WD black 640 HDD and case is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and used my xiggy Dark Knight off my other 775 build

How you like it ?



To the poster Ares build looks good


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February 9, 2010 2:23:40 AM

why thank you :)  i feel so left out now with my 955 :(  jk :lol:  do you all think he would be better off with a i5 750, but adding in an ssd or maybe a better vid card, like a 5870.
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February 9, 2010 2:25:21 AM

I like it quite a bit. Very quiet, very cool, and plenty fast enough for my moderate gaming needs. And I agree ares put up some excellent suggestions (and raised even more questions into what exactly the OP wants his new PC to do).
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February 9, 2010 2:28:42 AM

yeah, now that it says ur primary usage as gaming, it might be wise to use a i5 750 instead with a 5870. it also depends on what games you play, cuz if you play something thats more turn based or theres lots of loading, like empire total war or WoW, then it might be better to keep the 5850 and get a ssd instead...
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February 9, 2010 3:00:59 AM

Wow, lot's of replies quick, very awesome. Well I play a lot of different games, but mainly shooters and rpgs, some RTS. Loading times have never been too much of an issue, more concerned with my fps once in game.
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February 9, 2010 11:36:51 AM

oh, well then you are going to want a i5 750 and a 5870, if you chose the i5 that is...do you care a lot about future proofness?
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February 9, 2010 11:46:22 AM

I also see you want to crossfire eventually. For the 5850 I believe the 8x/8x limitation of 1156 is not large, however it is still something to consider. However, if you want crossfire and USB3/SATA3, then 1366 is the way to go.
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February 9, 2010 11:54:54 AM

right, the best future proofing would be to get i7 920, asus p6x58d, 5850/5870...and the performance decrease of x16 to x8 is only 3%
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February 9, 2010 7:21:29 PM

That is a very good board. I have the non-A (no USB3/SATA3 and a few other things) version of it and I would recommend it.
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February 9, 2010 7:24:10 PM

it is a very good board, i recommend it, but if you can in the 1156 mobos especially, i would try to find an asus mobo with S6U3, they have a better implementation of it...
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February 9, 2010 7:50:28 PM

yeah, that would be a good one, unfortunately no good combos :( 
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February 9, 2010 8:21:51 PM

That is pretty much its equivalent (except Asus). I will say though if you actually plan to use USB3/SATA3 (hard to know at this point) Asus uses a much better approach in my opinion.
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February 9, 2010 8:28:07 PM

to be honest, i would almost say forget all the U3S6 nonsense, get a good mobo, and add a card reader when theres more than.... o i dont know, like 1 sata 6 drive, and more than 0 usb 3 devices. and yes, its not your opinion, asus uses a better implementation of U3S6 in their mobobs
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February 9, 2010 8:51:00 PM

I agree, that's why I got the non-A version even though the A version was out. I'd still recommend the non-A version (assuming it was cheaper), but i don't think it is stocked anymore.
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February 9, 2010 8:51:59 PM

Just get the Win7 in the combo with it.

Mobo and Win7

15 bucks is better then nothing. That is if you want the USB3.0 and 6 Sata
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February 9, 2010 11:08:51 PM

The Gigabyte and Asus are both good mobos, I might be wrong but on the gigabyte mobo if you do xfire down the road you wont get USB 3.0, Both mobo have the Lotes Socket that will be good if your going to OC much past 3.6 gigs as it holds the CPU tighter in place making a better connection.

I love my gigabyte P55-UD4P

But i think the asus would be the better buy
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February 10, 2010 12:36:24 AM

Very nice, thank you all for helping me. I'm going to go with the Asus board, i5 and 5870, but stick with the rest of what ares linked. Can't wait to order the parts and get this puppy built. :)  Thanks again.
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February 10, 2010 1:48:10 AM

well you see, my build was i7, so triple channel memory...if you want, i could set up one based around those parts so that theres no incompatibilities.
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February 10, 2010 2:00:09 AM
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February 10, 2010 2:06:28 AM

here is a

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 $288.99
Mobo: Asrock X58 Extreme $159.99
RAM: OCZ 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 8 $159.99 ($20 MIR)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $54.98
Optical: Samsung DVD LIghtscribe SATA $25.99
GPU: HD 5870 $399.99
Case: HAF 922 $109.98 ($20 MIR)
PSU: OCZ 700 W Modular PSU 80+ Certified $89.99 ($30 MIR)
OS: Windows 7 $105

TOTAL- $1395.89 without shipping +tax (newegg)

AFTER REBATES- $1325.89
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February 10, 2010 2:09:47 AM

Best answer selected by awz.
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February 10, 2010 2:11:38 AM

Awesome, thanks ares. I was starting to wonder if I might have to worry about incompatibilities, but you posted before I could post another reply.
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February 10, 2010 2:13:18 AM

lol well then im happy i helped! :D 
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February 10, 2010 2:13:32 AM

Did I miss the res of the monitor that is being used?

if it is not 19XX then maybe the OP should stick to a 5770 card to save a few bucks then Cross fire later when they GPU is not good enough.
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February 10, 2010 9:15:30 PM

I was thinking about building a PC on about a 1000$ budget. I mainly need it to play new online games like Star Trek Online or the new Star Wars: the Old Republic (not released yet). I also need a system that can handle music production programs and audio well. A fast system with a good graphics card and audio. Any suggestions? I also need a monitor. I'm still using an old box Dell monitor. I'm not too worried about future proofing or anything. Storage I'd say around 500gb-1tb.
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February 10, 2010 9:28:46 PM

livedefflo said:
I was thinking about building a PC on about a 1000$ budget. I mainly need it to play new online games like Star Trek Online or the new Star Wars: the Old Republic (not released yet). I also need a system that can handle music production programs and audio well. A fast system with a good graphics card and audio. Any suggestions? I also need a monitor. I'm still using an old box Dell monitor. I'm not too worried about future proofing or anything. Storage I'd say around 500gb-1tb.



Make your own post you will get more help as this one is marked as solved not many will follow it
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February 11, 2010 2:57:18 AM

Yes, and also try to follow the layout up in the sticky.
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