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$1400-ish Gaming PC

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April 7, 2010 11:35:15 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon
BUDGET RANGE: $1100-1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, normal everyday stuff
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: N/A
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use a 955 BE AMD CPU, an MSI HAWK, HAF 932, 4 gb ddr3 1600, self-cantained liquid cooling for the cpu, and the MSi 790FX-GD70 unless I should wait for the 890FX, and a corsair 750HX. (All of these can change if i can get better performance on an AMD system for a similar price.)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
CROSSFIRE: Later

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080p

OTHER COMMENTS: please let me know what amd system around $1400 including mouse, keyboard, and monitor will kick some serious butt and be viable and expandable in coming years.

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April 8, 2010 12:14:30 AM

loving these replies!! :p 
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April 8, 2010 12:19:15 AM

Well it wont meet youre specifications but will be in the budget and this is what im building soon next month.

Processor - I know u said AMD but if you got Microcenter somwere around u can get i7-920 for 220$ with tax

Motherboard - ASRock X58 Extreme 3 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 - 200$ + 8$ shipping
or
Foxconn FlamingBlade no Sata3 or USB 3 - 180$ free shipping newegg

Graphics - DIAMOND 5870PE51G Radeon HD 5870 - 390$ free shipping http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

Monitor - ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms - 180$ + 11$ shipping newegg

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W Crossfire ready - 120$ free shipping newegg

Memory - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - 170$ free shipping newegg

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb - 75$ Free shipping

Optical Drive - ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM - 22$ + 2$ shipping

Heatsink - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 for Overclocking on Air unless youre looking for Water then do research - 35$ + 8$ shipping

for memory and graphics card you can get this combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... which will put 5870 at 390$ same price i found on the other website.
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April 8, 2010 12:39:40 AM

How is that in budget newbpwng?

That comes to $1372 and it doesn't have a processor. Add a processor and your looking at $1600-700 or so. Out of budget.

Here's a good $1.4k build. At this price point, intel is the best performance.




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April 8, 2010 12:53:29 AM

Ya it does it comes at 1413$ with processor. Somebody needs to go back to school and learn math. I didn't put a case in there but thats more like a personal taste then anything else. You can pickup cooler master mid tower cases for 80-100$. In the end my build comes out at 1510$ and outperforms whitefangs by 20%
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April 8, 2010 1:02:59 AM

I see your prices are after rebates.... So I guess I should base my build after rebates too?

And if he isn't at a microcenter, then add another $100 to your budget....

So it would come to about $1500 with a case, over budget... if he had that budget, then...

$1487 Take away $100 if he is at a microcenter. $1387

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April 8, 2010 1:16:22 AM

Ok, well um, staying in budget and including HSF, Keyboard and Mouse recommendations...


Optical
Light On $21.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
HAF 922 $89.98 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
Asus 23" 1920x1080 $199.99 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard
Saitek Eclipse $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse
MX518 $39.99 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF/Floppy Drive
Hyper 212 Plus and random floppy $33.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HSF alone is $35, the combo means they're paying you money to take the floppy... don't ask

PSU/HD
OCZ modxstream 700w and Spinpoint F3 $124.98 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM/GPU
G Skill RIpjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 and 5870 $514.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MOBO/CPU/Free Game
GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4, Phenom II x4 955 and free MW2 $299.98 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total is $1,375.87 before shipping and a whopping $80 in MIR

edit: forgot a few links
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April 8, 2010 1:20:35 AM

In gaming, the PII x4 performs the same as a i7-920 even using a 5970 thanks to GPU bottlenecking in games. Productivity, rendering, editing is a different story, but for pure gaming and basic everyday stuff, no real performance advantage to the intel build.

http://www.legionhardware.com/articles_pages/cpu_scalin...
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