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$1000 gaming PC, old gaming comp is 5 years old

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March 29, 2010 11:29:54 PM

PPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP, cause my Dad's comp broke and I'm plan on selling him my old comp for $300.

BUDGET RANGE: $800 - $1200 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, casual photoshoping

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drives cause I have a Western Digital 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 250gb sata drive and a Maxtor 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 500gb ide drive and a SSD I bought when it was on sale for a boot drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or amazon.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

Case : Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance $100 Same price at newegg but amazon has free shipping on it.

CPU and Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 and AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition combo $224, $209 with MIR

Ram : Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $114.99

Power Supply : CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W $119, $109 after MIR I'm pretty set on modular cables, thats why I selected this one.

CPU Fan : Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus $30

Video card : either a 5850 or 5870... I really can't decide.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm pulling my hair out trying to decide where performance and cost meet.
March 29, 2010 11:52:33 PM

Get a 5870.
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March 30, 2010 12:07:13 AM

Thats not a hard drive you have, its an SSD. Its 60GB and will be a great boot drive, but you need something larger to store your bulk data/images/most games.

Samsung F3 500GB or Seagate 7200.12 500GB HDD for $55 would be great.

The Hyper 212 just went up in price. Look at the sunbeam Core Contact Freezer or Scythe Mugen 2 as alternates.

A 5850 will serve you very well. Its around 80% of the performance of a 5870 at 75% of the price. A 5850 will max out many games at 1920x1080, depends on which you play.
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March 30, 2010 2:43:42 AM

Sorry forgot to specify that since my old computer currently has 3 hard drives in it, I will be taking out a Western Digital 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 250gb sata drive and a Maxtor 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 500gb ide drive to put on my new build.

That is the SSD I bought, I still call them hard drives by habit. I am planning on using the SDD drive as my boot drive.

To specify types of games I play mostly FPS like Bad Company 2 and TF2. Also want this machine to be powerful enough to play Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 when they come out.
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March 31, 2010 3:32:16 AM

About to pull the trigger


Only thing I'm really unsure on is the GPU, it's on sale tonight and I can't find one review on that model...
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March 31, 2010 3:54:14 AM

Goern said:
Sorry forgot to specify that since my old computer currently has 3 hard drives in it, I will be taking out a Western Digital 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 250gb sata drive and a Maxtor 7200 RPM 16MB Cache 500gb ide drive to put on my new build.

That is the SSD I bought, I still call them hard drives by habit. I am planning on using the SDD drive as my boot drive.

To specify types of games I play mostly FPS like Bad Company 2 and TF2. Also want this machine to be powerful enough to play Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 when they come out.


Well, my x4 945@3.8 with a 4870 destroys BC2. With that set up you'll have 4xAA with everything else maxed with HBAO on, and I doubt that system will have a problem with blizzard's new games.
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March 31, 2010 11:54:53 PM

$420 does seems like a good price for a Sapphire Vapor-X.
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April 1, 2010 3:56:36 AM

Check out the HAF 922 @ Newegg. Its the best case out for ~$85. That's a great moboso leave that. Do you plan to unlock 4th core on the 720? If so, grab the 555 BE instead. Its a 3.2 that unlocks very well, I've done 2 with no issues and overclocked them both to 3.7 stable.
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April 3, 2010 7:16:43 PM

Don't get the 965, it's just an overclocked 955.

Switch that out and your good to go =)
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April 6, 2010 3:36:41 AM



Final build . I change the case from the CM690 II advance because I read some review and did some research that the front ports are sometimes not soldered correctly and when you touch the outside of the case it shorts out the motherboard and restarts the comp. I don't wanna even deal with that issue, so I went with the HAF922. I changed the Ram because of the combo and is 7-7-7-24 timing. Decided not to go with modular because the back area behind the motherboard on this case, you can hide the cables and with the combo I save almost $50 over buying the modular one.

Edit: Went back with the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ram. There seem to be a consensus that OCZ is horrible with their ram.
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