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~$1000 gaming PC, rate the build and help me finish it off!

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June 2, 2010 10:34:28 AM

This will be my first build from scratch, so help me make it memorable!

BUDGET: $900-1000

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime within the next month, the sooner the better.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming(RTS, some FPS/MMO), interwebz, poker, movies, music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, probably OS as well

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect

PARTS PREFERENCES:I have some combo's/pieces listed already, id like to stick with the 955BE C3 and the HD5850.

OVERCLOCKING: Probably some

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not currently, but in the future it will be looked at

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1680x1050, but may get a bigger one with higher native resolution eventually

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Silence is golden! I want my PC to be as quiet as possible, i will be sleeping in the same room as it.

Here's what i have so far(Now updated with suggestions!:

Motherboard ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99

CPU AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99

PSU CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

HDD SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (89.99+69.99- $40combo&MIR) $119.98

GPU ASUS EAH5850 DIRECTCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $319.99

Memory G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
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Case Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $149.98

DVD Drive SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black EIDE/ATAPI Model SH-S222A - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $22.99

GRAND TOTAL $922

Now my thoughts:
-I will probably be overclocking the CPU

-The GPU is flexible, but i have heard it is probably the best one to get as far as 5850 goes (possible OC and crossfire considered). Not to mention it is very quiet and runs cool. Sadly it is out of stock on newegg so i may have to buy on tigerdirect.

-650w PSU because i may go crossfire and i read in the PSU forum that 650 is good enough with some overhead to run 2 of these. Not to mention rebates and combo is pretty good value it seems.

-Anyone know about this case, mabye some personal experience with it? Like i have said i want silence and supposedly according to reviews it is pretty quiet. Are there better ones you all could suggest?

-I assume the HDD is fine, is there anyone you would recommend over it? I dont think i need to splurge on a raptor

-Unsure on what mobo i should be working with. Probably one that will be forward compatible with a hexacore should i decide to go that route down the road. Hopefully i can find one that has a combo deal with some memory.


Edit- So it seems i have some wiggle room im about $110 under budget. I am happy with the makeup right now but is there anything out there that you guys would recommend improving or adding to? I wouldnt mind the SSD or seperate OS hdd but theres probably other things id rather before i spend the money on that.
June 2, 2010 10:41:05 AM

No, these are combos. I will go and find the individual prices.
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June 2, 2010 10:41:48 AM

I think for the case, $214 is a bit high, but actually all your prices seem high, are you outside the US?
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June 2, 2010 10:42:21 AM

Oh ok your URLs arent clicky and Im feeling too lazy to cut and paste, sorry :/  Oh now they are lemmie take a look, 1 sec
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June 2, 2010 10:44:16 AM

Yeah sorry about that the formatting was kinda funky so i had to redo it.
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June 2, 2010 10:44:51 AM

One thing about the hard drive. Me personally I shy away from 1 big drive. I prefer to have a smaller OS drive and then a big media drive. Thats personal preference because I know I rarely delete anything and the fuller the hard drive is the slower the system will be if the OS is on a single drive with everything installed with it
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June 2, 2010 10:45:24 AM

So do you need input on motherboard and RAM still?
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June 2, 2010 10:49:41 AM

Yeah i would like some more experienced input on the mobo, RAM isnt exactly diffucult but input would be appreciated there as well. What would you recommend doing about the HD? I was looking into a SSD but they seemed to be really pricey and a bit out of my budget range. I am also quite the packrat when it comes to my HDD (my current one only has like 5gigs remaining :D  )

Also will probably need a CPU heatsink i would think.
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June 2, 2010 10:51:40 AM

I would recommend either 2 things.

An intel X25-V 40 GB SSD( I use it with Win7 64, Firefox, Adobe Reader, Flash, Java etc <Internet basics>) and a 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB as a media drive. The X25-V is 114.00

or get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB for 55 bucks as an OS, and the 1 TB as a media drive.

I'll link some motherboards in a sec to pick from.
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June 2, 2010 11:01:34 AM

The CM 690II basic is an updated version and a very nice case although Antecs have quieter fans when on low setting which is all you'll need imo

I have an Antec 902 with 5 fans and a CM 690II with 3 fans /ANTEC is quieter

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

All your other components like the cpu,hdd,5850,i agree with %100.

Some say if you plan to crossfire 5850's get a 750w psu.

If you overclock the cpu you'll need an aftermarket cpu cooler.
Scythe Mugen 2 is very good and comes with a quiet pwm fan.
CM Hyper 212+ is a good value but fan is not nearly as quiet.
ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa is also good and has a quiet fan.

Mobo either Asus and Gigabyte will do fine.

Ram either Gskills or Corsair won't be an issue.

Looks like a nice rig!
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June 2, 2010 11:14:53 AM

Everything I read is the 5850 has a TDP of only 151W so I think a 650W PSU should be fine.
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June 2, 2010 11:26:10 AM

I agree with you cmcghee358 that's why i worded it some say.
As long as he sticks to the Corsair he'll be fine.
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June 2, 2010 11:34:34 AM

Alright well i am updating the build now with some of your suggestions. Please let me know what you think. Are there any pieces i am missing? Maybe something that would help with convenience.


So it seems i have some wiggle room im about $110 under budget. I am happy with the makeup right now but is there anything out there that you guys would recommend improving or adding to? I wouldnt mind the SSD or seperate OS hdd but theres probably other things id rather before i spend the money on that.
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June 2, 2010 11:50:58 AM

Order 2 more arms, it makes it so you can put it together in 15 mins
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June 2, 2010 12:29:57 PM

Bumps for a bit more feedback before i head to checkout!
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June 2, 2010 12:46:51 PM

Send us an updated list please and we'll comment.
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June 2, 2010 12:51:46 PM

If you still have $110 I highly recommend a SSD boot drive. My 40 GB works well and has 13GB left. Cost me 105.00 on sale. CUrrently 114.99 on newegg.com

X25-V
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June 2, 2010 12:53:13 PM

Have you included the PSU price within your cost? Because I worked out your $890 as not including it, it doesn't look to come with the case...

Also none of the new egg links work...
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June 2, 2010 12:55:57 PM

His PSU is in a combo
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June 2, 2010 12:58:01 PM

I see what you've done a very nice build indeed just don't see a hsu.
cmcghee358 SSD suggestion is nice .
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June 2, 2010 12:58:28 PM

For the case itself?
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June 2, 2010 8:05:18 PM

Bumps. Any more? :D 
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June 2, 2010 10:09:09 PM

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June 2, 2010 10:22:45 PM

Haven't you ordered that yet LOL!
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June 2, 2010 10:39:42 PM

No i went to bed hoping id get a bit more feedback for reassurance! Prob gonna go for it now though. Is this heatsink good enough? It's 20 dollars cheaper than those you suggested but it seems to be getting good reviews.

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 2, 2010 11:46:22 PM

It's push pin mounting which i don't like i have a buddy that bought one months ago but still hasn't installed it. So i can't comment on real world performance.
It's an improvement over stock if you don't plan on overclocking.
If you want to see cooler temps and do any type of overclocking i strongly suggest you get the CM Hyper 212+.
I can't believe some of the prices i've been seeing for HSF'S in the States they're cheaper in Canada.
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June 2, 2010 11:57:44 PM

Sweet, they have it for $20 at the microcenter near my house. Thanks for the headsup duk!
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June 3, 2010 12:39:49 AM

Best answer selected by calad.
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June 3, 2010 12:40:52 AM

Thanks for all the help everyone, all set to go! I wish i could select both of you guys you have all been a great help.
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June 3, 2010 1:16:20 AM

Also on a side note, I currently have
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler resting on my desk in front of me as I type this. It is complete and utter junk for a quad core. The plate the presses against the CPU is too small for at least AMD quad cores and has worse temps than my stock cooler. Complete waste of money.
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June 4, 2010 9:50:49 PM

My whole computer shipped to me in a day except the HDD! Stupid shipping center in NJ was out of stock so they decided to ship one from california :( 
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June 4, 2010 10:45:13 PM

Wow fast shipping! kinda sucks about the hdd though i hate when you order and it says in stock.
Happened to me a few times recently.
Let us know how the build goes once its up and running!
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