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May 22, 2010 5:05:11 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as I can BUDGET RANGE: $1200 before rebates (maybe lenient $100)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Bad Company 2, possibly future DX11 games), Web Surfing, Programming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need everything. For the OS, I get Windows 7 Professional for $65

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon. I have a Fry's and Microcenter near me. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: California, US

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type No real preference, NVIDIA GPU may be nice, but I know they have a high power draw and run really hot.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (if recommended) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Whatever the res of the monitor you recommend to me is.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: No real needs, just know I pay sales tax on Newegg.

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May 22, 2010 7:27:50 PM

I'll just add I need a monitor too.
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May 23, 2010 2:33:52 AM

Bumping this up.

Looking at the i3 530 for the OC capabilities with a Hyper 212.
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May 23, 2010 3:15:55 AM

For that budget, and needing everything, you're probably looking at an AMD build. I found some benchmarks on the i3 at CPUWorld the other day that did not impress me at all; it was beaten on some tests even by some of the 45W AMD CPUs.
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May 23, 2010 4:14:22 PM

Bumping this. Any help?

Remember I can go up $100, but I need everything, including wireless capabilities.
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May 23, 2010 9:21:52 PM

Put something together that you think would be good post it and we'll comment no-one is reacting here because they are to lazy to post an entire build(including me).

So just put something together you could fit in that combo looks kind a good and we'll comment.
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May 23, 2010 9:36:43 PM

Somebody_007 said:
Put something together that you think would be good post it and we'll comment no-one is reacting here because they are to lazy to post an entire build(including me).

So just put something together you could fit in that combo looks kind a good and we'll comment.


Alright.

http://www.frys.com/product/6022838?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

i5 750 + EVGA P55 FTW $300 (I think there is a $50 rebate)

Coolermaster HAF 922

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

$90

EVGA GTX 470

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

$350

ASUS PCI-E Wireless Card

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

$27

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB

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

$55

Asus DVDRW

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

$26

Ripjaws 1600 Mhz

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

$110

That comes to $958, although I keep thinking I forgot something for the base of the system. That leaves me with a need for a monitor, $65 Windows 7 Professional (educational discount; I think you can get the full version), and a keyboard/mouse.
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May 23, 2010 9:54:13 PM

I could probably push it to $1300 or $1400. If I do, does it help any?

In my past, I've never had a good experience with an ATI board. With NVIDIA, I've had nothing but absolute success.
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May 23, 2010 10:01:07 PM

I myself prefer nvidia too and also own a 470gtx. If you can push the budget that far I'd take what you suggested. (research on the wireless card because most cheap ones are pretty slow). I'd change the case to the thermaltake element G(also own ot and am very content color changing fans may seem stupid but trust me it rocks) with the psu which will handle 2 470's, is very good and modular.

For monitor people take an asus such as this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I'm tired and don't want to look further but one without built in speakers is better as they are cheaper and the speakers suck anyways.

For keyboard and mouse here are a couple of suggestions:

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

OR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... + http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 23, 2010 10:01:30 PM

oohh and maybe check if the mobo is good I just assumed since its evga
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May 23, 2010 10:18:17 PM

Jonnyguru didn't like that PSU with the case, so I dunno on that.

The EVGA P55 FTW is seemingly high rated. It doesn't have USB 3 and SATA 3 but those aren't necessary for me.

Reviews I'm reading are all good for the ASUS card. It would take up my second PCIE slot. I would have enough room for all of it, right?
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May 24, 2010 12:03:33 AM

So is everything compatible with the Corsair PSU? Will I have issues with PCI-E slots or possibly connectors from the PSU?
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May 24, 2010 2:47:04 AM

Any other opinions?
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May 24, 2010 10:20:20 AM

Yeah evga ussually makes quality boards. The mobo has 3 slots so you can have two 470's and the card.

No you won't have issues with either psu I reccomended.

I would take the thermaltake with the psu since it saves money, has more power, is modular and all review of the case or the psu are good. Can you post a link to where they say its bad?
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May 24, 2010 2:54:57 PM

yes it is. It is actually a very good psu. You'll notice the only real downside they mentioned is the price. But if you take it with the case its much cheaper than any comparable psu. if you read any other review it will tell you the same(be it a little less prejudiced) it's a very good psu at a high price. But in your case its a very good psu at a ridiculously low price.
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May 25, 2010 12:00:33 AM

Alright, it looks good.

Any other opinions on my build? Possible PSU issues? (such as not having enough connectors)
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May 25, 2010 2:23:21 AM

Please? Any help?

I'm sorry if I'm being pushy, it's just I'm on a bit of a tight schedule and I want to make sure this is all good.
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May 25, 2010 5:51:47 AM

Psu's ussually come with far too many connectors so I can't really think of anything that could go wrong.

You could still buy an extra fan for your case for better cooling and a better hsf since you said you want to OC but since you're already over budget I think its better to buy that later.

For the rest you're good to go
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May 26, 2010 3:59:35 AM

Bleh, I can't actually stretch my budget that extra $200.

Looks like I'm switching to AMD/ATI. Shouldn't hamper my minor development items, right? I just do for fun programming.

I have no clue where to start. Any suggestions at parts to look at? The 955 is good for gaming, I think.
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May 26, 2010 5:16:02 AM

There are two major things that are critical to a good system, imo.

The MB and case.

Ideally, if you have a good hi quality MB and a case with a slight positive airflow, you're system will run good.

Over power your rig with as much raw power in the PS as you can get. This helps a lot too. That way, your PS is basically kicking back much of the time. :) 

I've been building rigs for awhile now and watching many many people spending a lot of money of piles of junk. It's best to buy solid. If you build it, wait until you can build it right.

I'd go i5 760, EVGA classified 200 MB, and corsair 800D case. At least a 1000 watt PS, use modular units for that.

I just built a system running basically the above with a PNY quadro 1800FX budget adobe card. Just that was $500. But I have to say, its solid. Booted right up, went nice and smooth.

You will have a nice rig that will last 3-4 years. :kaola: 
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May 26, 2010 11:26:43 AM

LOLO I think you should just ignore that post. Since what it bassically says is don't get a pc under 2500. Which is something which well hardly anyone including me will agree with.
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May 26, 2010 1:23:01 PM

CoolerMaster Haf 922 - $90
Corsair 750TX PSU - $90
AMD Phenom II X4 955 - $160
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ - $40
Gigabyte/Asus MOBO - $140
XFX Radeon HD5850 - $300
4GB G.Skill Ripjaw 1600 CL 7/8 - $110
Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $55
$20 DVD Burner - $20

Total: ~ $1000

Get a nice 24" 1920x1080 Monitor, Asus/Samsung/Acer
and a mouse and keyboard and your OS and you sitting at about $1300.
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May 26, 2010 1:36:12 PM

That looks like a good build, my main concern being with the graphics card.

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

The XFX 5850 seemingly is having quite a few DOA issues. Or perhaps this is common with all cards, just due to the fact there are not many reviews the DOA cards are more prominent?
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May 26, 2010 1:41:54 PM

thats a solid build he mentioned it ain't cheap but cutting back more will really drain performance.
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May 26, 2010 1:52:32 PM

I just picked a brand of GPU, they are all pretty much the same. XFX however offers the double lifetime warranty, which is comforting. Saphire and HIS and Palit are all other solid choices. To be honest, go with the one that looks coolest =P

As far as cost, its right there in your budget, the build is very trimmed, I wouldn't recommend cutting back much, though you can likely find some sales/combos on that stuff, I just went from the usual newegg price that I could remember.
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