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$1200 Gaming PC. Need advice on composition and case.

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April 24, 2010 9:26:18 PM

Hello, this will be my second build. It's been about 8 years since last one due to purchasing a mac :) .
Approx purchase date: Within a month or two.
Budget: $1200 give or take.
System usage: Online Gaming.
Parts not needed: KB, mouse, speakers, monitor.
Preferred sites: Newegg and Tiger Direct.
Overclocking: Possibility but not sure.
Crossfire: Yes.
Comments: This I what I have selected so far..
Mobo: Asus Crosshair III Formula.
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4ghz Deneb BE 125w.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw Series 4gb DDR3 1333 10666.
Graphics Card: XFX HD5770 Juniper XT 1gb GDDR5 128bit.
HD: WD Cav Black 7200rpm SATA 3.0gb/s.
DD: Lite On DVD/CD Burner.
Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU 750w 12v CF Ready.
^^ all these items are from newegg and come out to a little less that $1000.
I still need CPU fan and thermal compound..suggestions?

Now, I'm not sure if the psupply is compatible with products selected.
I'm stumped on a good case to get that's quiet and well ventilated.
Any better brands would you guys suggest outside CPU & MOBO?
Is it neccessary to get black edition if I don't o.c?

Thanks in advance, hope I was as clear and on point on how to post a thread of this type as thi is my first :) 
April 24, 2010 10:51:03 PM

April 25, 2010 12:29:42 AM

its a good build. the PSU is more than enough, you could probably run 3 of those cards on it.

as for a case, i recommend the lancool k62 or Haf 922. both awesome cases, my personal fav's.

as for a cooler, you don't need one if you don;t overclock. but i would recommend picking up a cheap one anyway. a cooler CPU will live longer. and you then have the option to overclock.
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April 25, 2010 12:50:15 AM

My recommendations
AMD 955 3.2 gigz, and change the clock multiplier

G.skill ripjaws ddr3 1600, cas7

Haf22 Cooler Master

CM Hyper 212 PLus HSF

As for lube pick whichever you like but I recently used this and it works well,, artic MX-2

PSU is fine, its a corsair and its 80 plus rated.

Why not get a 5850?

Don't get oyur WD, get a Samsung spinpoint F3 1tb. "It's cheaper and faster."

April 25, 2010 12:56:13 AM

Are you sure you would not prefer an i5 750 over the AMD Phenom II X4 965 and if you don't plan to overclock you can use the stock fan and if it is affordable get a 5850 depending on the resolution of your monitor but a 5770 is fantastic card though (have used them)
April 25, 2010 12:57:28 AM

What do you mean by 'online gaming', because what I think of as online gaming your planned system seems like overkill.

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April 25, 2010 1:31:27 AM

Hey Reyesx! Welcome to THW!

So it seems you need a gaming computer for $1200 and you already have an OS. This should be painless.

With this amount of money, you better do it right Reyesx. I'm going to get you about 3 brands with amazingly good stuff. Bear with me. I'll explain each part too.

DVD Burner: ASUS 24X ($27) (2x Award Winner)
Case: CoolerMaster Elite 310 ($50)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 @ 3.4 GHz ($160) (4x Award Winner)
Hard Drive: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint ($75) (1x Award Winner)
RAM Memory: Corsair 4GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz ($115)
Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD USB 3.0 // SATA 3.0 ($150)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W Modular ($150)
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5850 ($327.55)

Thermal Compound: Artic Silver 5 ($13)
CPU Heatsink: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 ($42.55)

See where I'm going? I'm trying to get you just Corsair(RAM, Power Supply), ASUS (Motherboard, Video Card, DVD Burner), and CoolerMaster (Case, Heatsink) if I can help it. These brands are arguably the best in their respective fields; period. If anything happens in the future, the company will see you have several products and help you when upgrading or buying newer stuff.

DVD Burner: Amazing. My only choice from now on.
Case: Amazing. A CoolerMaster case for $50
CPU: Amazing. Best price-performance for gaming. Great for overclocking.
Hard Drive: Amazing. The best hard drive money can get. Fast, cheap, and 1TB of storage.
RAM Memory: Amazing. Corsair makes the best RAM. Don't listen to the kiddies who complain about CAS Latency. They know nothing about it. You will see no difference in going from CAS 9 to CAS 7 as a regular user.
Motherboard: Amazing. An ASUS Motherboard with SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0 to future proof you.
Power Supply: Amazing. Corsair makes the best Power Supplies. This one is 80+ SILVER CERTIFIED (meaning very efficient) and completely MODULAR (meaning you only add the wires you need; makes for a VERY CLEAN INSIDE; more airflow; etc)
Video Card: Amazing. The Radeon HD 5850 is the best price-performance card out there. This bad boy will last you an awfully long time.
CPU Heatsink: Amazing. This is THE best Heatsink every mad in my opinion. It's better than many water cooling options.

Final Price (w/ Shipping + Taxes): $1,185.83
Final Price (w/ REBATES!!!!!!!!!!!): $1,175.83

This leaves you a little breathing room. If you want some extra security, NewEgg offers +2 Year Warranties on almost every item in your cart. If you choose any, pick the Video Card and the Mobo/CPU combination. These are the most important parts in the computer.

Anything else Reyesx? Want to swap out certain things? Let me know and leave a reply =]
April 25, 2010 6:20:00 PM

Thanks for the replies! one of my buddies can get a i7 930 for bout $175!!! which is quite cheap. Thats making me think twice before grabbing the amd. If i do switch im thinkin bout the Gigabyte UD3R : Everything else will be

DVD Burner: ASUS 24X
Case: Antec 900
Hard Drive: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint
RAM Memory: Corsair 4GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz or G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W it necessary to get that many watts?
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 5850 or 5770 big price diff.
Thermal Compound: Artic Silver 5
CPU Heatsink: CoolerMaster Hyper 212

What do you guys think between the two builds?

BTW Asus customer support seems like crap from what I read and I rather have better customer support than anything else really.
April 26, 2010 12:32:49 AM

Yeah, get the Core i7 930 with that motherboard. I wish I could get an i7 that cheap :( 

Those builds are perfectly fine. If you get the 5770 and wait for future price drops, you can slip in another at maybe $100 and get 5850+ performance.

As for the power supply, 750W for a 5850 is recommended. A 650W Corsair one would be fine. You'll see on NewEgg to go from 650 to 750 to 850 costs like $10 per jump. Also note that the MODULAR Power Supplies just make your case look really neat. You can save like $30 if you want and get a regular Corsair one <3

Tell us how the build goes ReyesX :D  Don't forget to pick the best answer!
April 28, 2010 8:28:45 PM

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April 29, 2010 1:11:56 AM

So I just nabbed a corsair 650w for $90 will be $70 after m.i.r. Good deal at newegg today. Tomorrow I might grab the antec 1200 at local microcenter! :D