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GAMING PC- 1000-2000$

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March 15, 2010 5:00:59 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2-3 months BUDGET RANGE: 1000$-2000$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: PURE HARDCORE GAMING

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I do not need a mouse, i have the Razor Death Adder

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com and/or Tigerdirect.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like the AMD athlon II 965 BE 3.4ghz.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If it would be better then one card then yes.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 i was thinking this monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I dont need anything that looks cool or quiet. But i was maximum power. I know its a large range, but i wanted to leave alot of suggestions open. Im not interested in the new 6 core coming out or fermi.

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March 15, 2010 5:10:45 PM

AMD on that budget? That's not getting you the best gaming you can get. You should also come back the week your ready to buy. A lot will have changed in three months. Heck, a lot's going to change in a week...

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU: HD 5970 $700
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
PSU: OCZ Z Series 850W 80+ Gold $170 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $90
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $23
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $29

Total: $1,572. That leaves $300 for that monitor, $105 for the OS, and some extra for anything else.
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March 15, 2010 5:14:02 PM

True, your right i should wait, but im just planning bit in advance.

You think the i5 750 would out preform the athlon 965?

I like how you put in the 5970, i didnt even think i could build a system in my budget with that in it.
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March 15, 2010 5:38:11 PM

Well, for starters, there is no such thing as the Athlon X4 965. It's the Phenom II X4 965. And yes. To be honest, you should either go with the X4 955 or the i5-750. Considering you get the best video card on the market when you spend around $1,300-1,400, you should then beef up the CPU.

Something else to note is that you really could scale back the mobo and PSU. The 5970 is not likely to ever need to be Crossfired. By the time it's not powerful enough to game, there will be a lot of new tech out there that makes adding a second one a bad idea. So I would actually recommend the following changes to the build above:

Mobo: Gigabtye GA-P55A-UD3 $135
PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $100 after rebate

Total: $1,447
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