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March 3, 2010 12:10:44 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next few days

BUDGET RANGE:800 - 1000 if possible before rebates but I have a little wiggle room if it's worth it

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and a little bit of everything but mostly just gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, OS, just need the hardware and the case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Whatever is cheapest, US

PARTS PREFERENCES: whatever works

OVERCLOCKING: I have a friend who if need be will do it for me

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: price versus performance, whatever gets me the most bang for the buck

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Will probably be using a 1920 X 1080, or a 1080p HD tv so basically same difference

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Was planning on being able to spend $2,000 but that fell through. I can handle not playing all games on max, but I do play games like Crysis so the better the gaming PC the happier I am. Would prefer a better single graphics card with the ability to upgrade to SLI or Crossfire when I get the money in april or so.

I know there's a bunch of topics like this but I have no preference for anything, whereas most topics wanted certain parts all I want is the best gaming PC 1k can buy.

thanks

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March 3, 2010 1:41:34 AM

Ya I've been doing the research on it and the looking up, I have a few builds in mind, but I figure people here will trump me on knowledge of what to buy.

Been mostly making builds on newegg and tiger but I just wanted to see what other people could do with 1000 bucks

my biggest thing is whether to go with a i7 or i5 or if it's ok to go with an AMD
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March 3, 2010 1:52:50 AM

gaming, ya I know 1000 isn't much but i've been able to build some decent systems and if AMD is just as good for gaming as intel I could even get more out of it.
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March 3, 2010 2:06:35 AM

High end, crysis, battlefield bad company 2, mostly FPS's with an occasional strategy game which is where the CPU comes more into play. and not really, I mean if it can handle crysis it can handle word documents, internet browsing and some none blu ray movie watching
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March 3, 2010 2:19:30 AM

If that is in US dollar from newegg with a 1000 budget you can get the I5-750 (about 200) with the msi p55-gd55 for around 125, including 4gig of patriot ddr3 1333 at 100$, the PS from rosewill 750w 2x80mm ball bearing for 90$, a mid case from Raidmax smilidon for about 75$ with a HIS ATI 5850 (at 270$) and a WD caviar black 640gig HD around 55$. If you add a 25$ dvd burner from sony and a rosewill multicard ready for another 11$ you will be near your 1000$ budget gaming machine. Enjoy !
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March 3, 2010 2:48:49 AM

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Radeon HD 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(could be changed if you have a preference or someone else has a better idea)

Processor/Motherboard combo:
Option 1.
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X and AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Option 2.
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X and AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Option 3.
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 120-LF-E650-TR LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5850 (instead of the 5870)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Prices:
Option 1: $1,032.87
Option 2: $1,014.87
Option 3: $1,049.87

Case can be chosen for your particular likes, make sure a 5870 can fit in it though.
Ram also can be changed to bring down the price below $1000 very easily.
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March 3, 2010 4:46:36 PM

thanks, I'm checking out both suggested builds.

Would two 5770's maybe be better than the single 4850/4870 since they're cheaper?
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March 3, 2010 7:29:53 PM

duk3 said:
LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Radeon HD 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(could be changed if you have a preference or someone else has a better idea)

Processor/Motherboard combo:
Option 1.
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X and AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Option 2.
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X and AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Option 3.
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 120-LF-E650-TR LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5850 (instead of the 5870)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Prices:
Option 1: $1,032.87
Option 2: $1,014.87
Option 3: $1,049.87

Case can be chosen for your particular likes, make sure a 5870 can fit in it though.
Ram also can be changed to bring down the price below $1000 very easily.

+1 on the option 1 and 2 build, wouldn't go with option 3 as the 5870 is much better ;) .
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March 4, 2010 1:54:46 AM

Yep.
That was mainly if he had a deep fear of AMD as some people seem to have :p 
Oh and btw, change the PSU to the

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With this PSU, prices drop to
Option 1: $994.91
Option 2: $1,012.91
Option 3: $$1,024.91
(I think I switched the prices for option 1 and option 2 the 1st time, sorry :p  )

And be aware that with xfire 5770s, you are taking away a great upgrade path for another, much cheaper, 5870 in a few months/years.
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March 4, 2010 2:10:25 AM

CPU+Motherboard Combo $160: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Biostar motherboards make unlocking cores even easier, but if you want a quad you could change this a little.

HDD $89: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM $114: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD burner $25: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Heatsink $60: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

I don't think you can argue with the price of thermalright heatsinks on zipzoomfly

CPU fan 22$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU 5870 $394: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Final Cost: $1043

I seriously doubt you can do much better than that. If you didn't plan on overclocking you could use the stock heatsink I suppose, but where's the fun in buying a cpu with an unlocked multiplier and not playing with it =). Also the 5870 is the fastest single gpu solution right now, so to fit that in for just over 1000 bucks makes that build amazing. That card will also make you more happy than I think you know, since you have the possible upgrade path later on that you don't need any time soon. Sure you would have to buy a new motherboard and psu but with Sata 6 motherboards becoming more available I don't think this is a bad idea.

:edit:

I wanted to change the Case and Power Supply

Case $80: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU $109: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Final Cost after change: $1033

I couldn't go with trusting that OCZ power supply considering the price of the 750TX now. The difference in quality between them and OCZ isn't as close as people would like you to believe, and this way you don't need to get a new power supply with a new motherboard to do crossfire later.
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March 4, 2010 8:30:26 PM

Thanks for all of the replies, now being I was I've been Nvidia and Intel all my life I'm one of those AMD skeptics, the benchmarks for the Radeons won me over but do the AMD processor perform up to snuff in gaming, from most of the reviews I've read core i5's and i7's blow them away but not many give a good comparison for gaming.
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March 4, 2010 8:36:31 PM

Csmith522 said:
Thanks for all of the replies, now being I was I've been Nvidia and Intel all my life I'm one of those AMD skeptics, the benchmarks for the Radeons won me over but do the AMD processor perform up to snuff in gaming, from most of the reviews I've read core i5's and i7's blow them away but not many give a good comparison for gaming.


In general, the CPU doesn't matter a whole lot for gaming...any modern CPU will do. Almost all games right now are GPU-bound. The best strategy for keeping your computer upgradeable is buy the biggest single card you can afford right now, SLI/Crossfire it later or simply buy a newer big card.

The best bargain CPU you can buy right now is an AMD Phenom II X3. Quad-cores rarely touch the 4th core during gaming, but the 3rd core sees use by handling other tasks while gaming. At higher price points, the i5 is the best gaming CPU, but the motherboards also tend to be a little more expensive as well. An i7 sometimes performs worse than an i5 in gaming, but they make sense if you plan on doing anything else processor intensive, or you plan on SLI/Crossfiring 2 huge cards.
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March 4, 2010 11:19:50 PM

i5 and i7 win in encoding, ect but they are fairly even in games.
If you can get a 5850 vs a 5870, the 5870 will win even though the 5850 might be paired with a faster processor.
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March 5, 2010 1:05:45 AM

Csmith522:
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I mean if it can handle crysis it can handle word documents, internet browsing and some none blu ray movie watching


If it can handle crysis, it can handle anything lol.
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Anyway here is the build i'd for 1080p gaming at a 1k budget ;) 

CPU:i5 750
RAM:G.Skill 4GB 2x2
MOBO:Gigabyte UD3
GPU:ATI 5770
CASE:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
HSF:Cooler Master Hyper 212+
TP:AS5
PSU:Coolermaster silent pro 750watt
SSD:Intel x25-v
HDD:SS F3 1TB

You can ofcourse remove the SSD to save 129.99 and put that into your GPU budget to get a 5850 or something for increased gaming but you will lose the awsomeness of an SSD drive :)  Both should come up to around 1k, maybe a little over depending on the specific part types.
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March 5, 2010 1:26:21 AM

Ya I like that alot better Macabre, only problem is I don't see the combo, you only linked the mobo

and I like it blackhawk probably would stretch for a 5870 though

Not sure which build I'm gonna go with yet luckily I have about 4 days to think it over
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March 5, 2010 2:07:52 AM

Go with AMD/ATI 5870.
Better performance, especially on a larger resolution.
If you aren't doing a lot of CPU intensive tasks like PS, video editing and ect, the cheaper CPU and better (much better) graphics card will pay off.
Even better, if you get an 890gx motherboard, you will be able to upgrade your processor to a six-core or just a better processor in a year or whenever you want.
The 1156 is going away faster than AM3.
This makes upgradeability better.
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March 5, 2010 11:01:21 PM

Quote:
I would actually go for the i5 750 personaly.


he wouldn't be able to get a 5870, kind of a waste.
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March 6, 2010 1:07:11 AM

Some people have a weird thing called a budget. ;) 
This means that if they get an i5-750 and a 5870, they will have spent more money than they have to spend on a computer.
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March 6, 2010 2:40:49 AM

True.
However, you can get a better performing system for the same amount of money (especially for his use: mostly just gaming) and this should be the objective of one of these threads.
If he wanted to do some cpu- heavy apps than I agree, the 750 or 860 or 920 is great.
However, as gaming is his objective, than this should be a build for gaming.
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March 6, 2010 3:02:12 AM

well this is what I think:
Option 3: $1,024.91 + $145

CPU & Mobo: 1. Intel BX80605I5750: $199.99
2. ASUS P7P55D PRO: $169.99
Combo Discount: -$20.00
Combo Price: $349.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
$34.99
$7.56 Std. Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Original Price: $114.99
You Save: $5.00
$109.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
Original Price: $419.99
You Save: $40.00
$379.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Original Price: $59.99
You Save: $5.00
$54.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case & PSU: 1. Antec Nine Hundred Two: $109.95
2. Antec TP-750: $109.95
Combo Discount: -$25.00
Combo Price: $194.90
$20.00 Mail-In Rebate
Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $174.90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
$19.99
$1.99 Std. Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand Total: $1,163.85


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March 6, 2010 3:49:54 AM

That looks like a good option to me.
If you can get 200$ more, I would do that for sure.
I might switch to the HAF 922 and the cosair CMPSU-750TX for more future GPU size compatibility.
Also, for 5$ more this CL7 ram looks nice to me. If you want corsair, no big deal.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 9, 2010 11:35:03 PM

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

ASUS P7P55-M LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W
)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...


Grand total $1011

I was planning on going with the AMD setup until I saw that combo deal, any one see anything they don't like about this setup?

thanks
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March 10, 2010 2:19:33 AM

Go for a Seagate 7200.12 1 TB drive instead, they're a good deal better than the7200.11s.
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March 10, 2010 2:22:21 AM

well thats an Mico ATX form factor motherboard, it cuts your upgrade path, by eliminating crossfire and other nice features, the hardrive give you lots of space but sacrificing speed, and the memory is kind of expensive, you can get cas 7 for around the same price, if you dont have the money simple, go AMD, if want intel is gonna cost you some extra money.
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