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March 17, 2010 11:15:11 PM

Hello there,

I am trying to build the best gaming rig for my money right now and looking to spend no more than $1600 but will consider spending more given the information. I have followed the format in the sticky and at the bottom I have put together a hardware llist of what I am currently considering.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Month

BUDGET RANGE: $1500-$1700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
- Monitor
- Keyboard
- Mouse
- Speakers

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

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A I've only heard that AMD is a better choice for my budget thus far.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but most likely not. Yet, I'm open to suggestions.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Samsung SyncMaster 22" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor
- 21.5" Widescreen Active Matrix TFT LCD Display
- Resolution 1920 x 1080
- Contrast ratio 15000:1(DC)
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ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to have Windows 7, a wireless network card or equivalent, and hopefully a quiet PC

This is what I have picked out:

CASE: PSI Cyborg Gaming Tower with red cold cathode neon lighting

PROCESSOR: AMD Phenomâ„¢ II X4 965 Black Edition Quad-Core CPU (liquid cooling with 120mm radiator)

MEMORY: 8 GB [2 GB X4] DDR3-1600 Memory

GRAPHICS CARD: ATI Radeon HD 5850 - 1GB XFX XXX Edition

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS M4A79T Deluxe

POWER SUPPLY: 700 Watt

PRIMARY HARD DRIVE: 500 GB Hard Drive-- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s

SOUND CARD: Sound Blaster Audigy SE

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

MONITOR: Samsung SyncMaster 22" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor
* 21.5" Widescreen Active Matrix TFT LCD Display
* Resolution 1920 x 1080
* Contrast ratio 15000:1(DC)

Total Price of this build: $1537 without rebates

Your input will be greatly appreciated.
March 17, 2010 11:31:17 PM

With that budget i could go for a core i7 build!

MOTHERBOARD GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 209.99

COOLER COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 34.99

RAM G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 164.99

HARD DRIVE Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 54.99

POWER SUPPLY CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 79.99

VIDEO CARD SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 174.99

DVD DRIVE LG Black DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM 22.99

CASE Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail 69.6

PROCCESSOR Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor 294.99


total 1107.52

think about it
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March 17, 2010 11:42:12 PM

xurwin said:
With that budget i could go for a core i7 build!

MOTHERBOARD GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 209.99

COOLER COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 34.99

RAM G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 164.99

HARD DRIVE Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 54.99

POWER SUPPLY CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 79.99

VIDEO CARD SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 174.99

DVD DRIVE LG Black DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM 22.99

CASE Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail 69.6

PROCCESSOR Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor 294.99


total 1107.52

think about it



Thank you very much for the suggestions. While researching I found that the AMD Phenom II would be better suited for my needs. Do you disagree? On a different note I've seen MANY builds using only 6 GB of RAM. Is there a reason for this? I'm still new to building my own rigs. Any additional information will be appreciated!
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March 17, 2010 11:46:08 PM

I saw that you suggested the Radeon HD 5770. Is this a better choice than the 5850? I'm curious to hear your opinion on the cards comparisons.
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March 17, 2010 11:49:37 PM

lxscottiexl said:
I saw that you suggested the Radeon HD 5770. Is this a better choice than the 5850? I'm curious to hear your opinion on the cards comparisons.


well the 5850 is really more good than radeom 5770. but for the price. but the radeon 5770 can play some games at max. if just picked it for its decent price . buti f you have the budget just go with the 5850
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March 17, 2010 11:51:40 PM

lxscottiexl said:
Thank you very much for the suggestions. While researching I found that the AMD Phenom II would be better suited for my needs. Do you disagree? On a different note I've seen MANY builds using only 6 GB of RAM. Is there a reason for this? I'm still new to building my own rigs. Any additional information will be appreciated!


in your title. u wanted a long life. (future proff)
soo i disagree with the amd phenom II. because the x58 mobo. can handle the 6 core with intel would be relasing this year. .

6gb is fine for corei7 builds. yeah its fine. 6gb are ok. 8gb could be overkill.
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March 18, 2010 1:00:35 AM

lxscottiexl said:
Thank you very much for the suggestions. While researching I found that the AMD Phenom II would be better suited for my needs. Do you disagree? On a different note I've seen MANY builds using only 6 GB of RAM. Is there a reason for this? I'm still new to building my own rigs. Any additional information will be appreciated!


The reason will be that X58 chip-set or socket 1366 has triple channel, so it goes 3, 6, 12
AMD only has Dual Channel and it goes 2,4,8

4 or 6 are the recommended anything over that is an over kill, meaning no game so far will make use of it.

AMD is fine, if thats the route you want to take, and no there is no upgrade problems with AMD as others mention before, 890xx socket has support for AMD hexacores as well.

this is what I recommend:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
$165.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There is no point on getting the 965, the 955 can be have for cheaper and be overclocked to same level.

Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard - Retail
Xtreme Design w/ Hardware Core Unlocker & SATA 6Gb, USB 3.0
$149.99
$7.87 Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
Hyper 212 Plus wins a 10/10 review from Maximum PC
$34.99
$7.56 Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
$114.99
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
$419.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
As far as future proofing a rig, well there is no perfect way to do it, but having a card that will last you up to 2 years if taken care of, is a certainly a helping hand, on your budget you shouldn't even consider a 5770, the computer is for gaming, there for i7 isn't needed you better of putting the money where it matters.

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. Lian-Li PC-K62: $99.99
2. OCZ Technology OCZ700SXS: $79.99
Combo Discount: -$20.00
Combo Price: $159.98
$30.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $129.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DVD: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
$22.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As you can see there is no sound card included, it isn't needed, as long as you are not a musician that wants to play games in the studio while no one is looking, todays motherboards include good enough sound quality for gaming.
You also wanted a wireless card, I haven't include one because if you planning to play any games online wireless is not going to be good enough, if is for some other kind of use, you still can pick up a decent pci card for like $25 bucks that adds to the build, again you didn't gave enough info as why you need one.


Grand Total:* $1,123.91

Edit: Sorry forgot to include windows 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
so that will be $105 more

New Grand Total:* $1,228.90
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March 18, 2010 1:21:23 AM

Ah ha snakej is right on. stick with the new 890GX mobo for future proof-ability

A few changes I would make though. $1.2k



Now if you REALLY wanted to get into gaming I would suggest this.

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

That new total would be $1.5k

Best video card out today, however it's not necessary.
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March 18, 2010 1:32:23 AM

ok, my next question is would anyone recommend a different windows OS? Also, what core i7 recommendations do you have? AMD isn't something I require as far as this build goes.
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March 18, 2010 1:38:23 AM

Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit should be fine.

Also, the i5-750 is a great processor, you might want to consider it.
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March 18, 2010 1:40:01 AM

no windows 7 is the best OS period.

"Also, what core i7 recommendations do you have? AMD isn't something I require as far as this build goes."

i7 930 is the only one you can look at is $289.99, but then you need a motherboard thats like $209.99 for a good one
and than triple channel, 6gb thats another $170

but than you wouldnt have a 5870, and let me tell you in gaming i7 or AMD PII 955 there is no different

but as far as 5770 and 5870 is like day and night.
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March 18, 2010 1:44:43 AM

Trueno07 said:
Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit should be fine.

Also, the i5-750 is a great processor, you might want to consider it.


yes i5 750 beats the 965 in some games and some applications but the socket is inferior.
1556 socket cant do crossfire with high end cards, dual cards will result at x8 x8
where as the AM3 chipset will do x16 x16
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March 18, 2010 2:02:10 AM

Thank you everyone for your responses!
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March 18, 2010 2:02:51 AM

Best answer selected by lxscottiexl.
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March 18, 2010 2:04:11 AM

Yeah madadmirals first build suggestion is great. However that socket won't be around for the new processors.
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