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Quiet, power-friendly build for $1000-$1350? (Gaming pc)

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May 5, 2010 11:02:13 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before August BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1350 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (mostly various MMORPGs and shooters)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Anything that is trustworthy and has a good warranty

OVERCLOCKING: Doesn't matter to me

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Unsure, will be replacing monitor in time

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Must be air cooled, quiet and power efficient. I don't want it to be flashy, prefer that it looks plain. Willing to go slightly over $1350 if necessary.

Prefer that it has a good, somewhat pricey case that is quiet and not very big, as well as i5 or i7, don't care which versions of the two, just as long as it can support my computer.
a b 4 Gaming
May 5, 2010 11:36:40 PM

ok, this is amd, but hows this build?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

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

fnal price is 1269.91$. the case is expensive, quiet, and HIGH quality, just like you want. the video card is extremely powerful, and the cpu is good for gaming, and very fast. also, in a few years, you can just put in a bulldozer (or other new cpu) unlike the intel sockets. all of the other parts are good and high quality, and you still have some money left over for a small ssd, more ram, cpu cooler, and a few other things...hope this helped :) 
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May 5, 2010 11:44:04 PM


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$24.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$74.99


GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
$139.99


DIAMOND 5970PE52G Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Dual GPU Onboard CrossFire Video Card w/ Eyefinity
$699.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
$109.99


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX
$159.99


Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$114.98

Subtotal: $1,324.92
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a b 4 Gaming
May 5, 2010 11:46:38 PM

he does NOT need a 5970 i think...
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May 6, 2010 12:00:16 AM

ares1214 said:
he does NOT need a 5970 i think...



Yeah but its below budget so why not? Haha.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 6, 2010 12:06:18 AM

it just doesnt meet what he wants and needs...if this was a flat out fps gaming, then sure, but a 5870 is more than what he needs.
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May 6, 2010 12:25:55 AM

ares1214 said:
it just doesnt meet what he wants and needs...if this was a flat out fps gaming, then sure, but a 5870 is more than what he needs.


I agree a 5870 is all he needs.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 6, 2010 12:28:28 AM

yep, and he wanted more high quality parts, so take that extra $, and put it into that...thats about what i did lol...any thoughts on my build?
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May 6, 2010 12:28:47 AM

Got an i5 750 build for ya.

CPU: i5 750
Mobo + HSF: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro + CM Hyper 212+
RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws 2X2GB CL 7
GPU: XFX 5870
PSU: Corsair 750TX
ODD: Sony CD/DVD Burner
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Case: Antec 300

Total w/ shipping - $1,213.03. After MIR - $1,203.03.

If you need an OS. Here's Windows 7 OEM. Just add another $99.99

The i5-750, I read, is slightly better than the Phenom 955, so I figured, why not?

PSU should be able to handle the a second 5870 later down the road if you decided to crossfire and some overclocking on your CPU. Threw in the HSF if you decided to overclock your CPU.

Also went with XFX for the GPU as it has one of the best warranties. Double lifetime, so if you decided to sell your GPU that person could also have the lifetime warranty.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 6, 2010 12:43:01 AM

only problem is that the antec 300 is a flashy, pretty loud, and fairly cheap case. its good, but it doesnt really fit what he wanted.
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May 6, 2010 12:50:46 AM

Are we looking at the same Antec 300? It's about as plain jane as a buttered toast... white bread. But for the OP, either build is a good recommendation. If you went with the 5970 build then you can dominate any and every game until the rig outdates itself. But get the cas7 g.skill ripjaws per 143miah's recommendation.

Same with the 5870 build. You honestly can't go wrong with either.

If it were me... i5-750 with the 5970... make it work :) .
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May 6, 2010 1:02:33 AM

$230 Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
OK, looks flashy in the picture but LED's have OFF switches....big roomy case w/ lots of cooling plus optional cooling additions and easy upgrade to multiple GFX cards. I use the same case (LED's on for the blingy teenagers and LED's OFF the for the AutoCAD geeks)

$155 ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$200 Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$129 OCZ 2 x 2GB DDR3-1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Not the cheapest CAS but low profile and 7-7-7-24 bit faster than modules which are $10 cheaper.

$85 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$35 Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$25 Any DVD writer

$350 Asus ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 GTX 470 (Fermi) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
.....or
$320 ASUS EAH5850 DIRECTCU/2DIS/1GD5 HD 5850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1209-$1239

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a b 4 Gaming
May 6, 2010 1:12:18 AM

^ thats good, needs an os and all, however, 1156 is about the worse thing right now as far as future proof. idk if thats important to the OP, but thats a big factor...especially when the 965 x4 isnt even much slower than the 750, especially in gaming.
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