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June 2, 2010 11:19:41 AM

Hello guys, I have spent the better part of a few days on this build, carefully weighing up reviews, performance stats when compared with other equivalent components, and pricing. This is essentially a bang for your buck gaming system. It's primary function is ultra high quality gaming @ resolutions around 1280x720 (Yes, I know thats low, but I do lots of recording for games for YouTubes 720p hi-res).

Besides, I think this baby will handle games at higher resolutions, not so much the very latest resource vampires, but the majority should manage quite well I think.

Here is the build:

Case: $119.99
NZXT Lexa
Newegg

Motherboard: $189.99
ASUS Maximus III Gene
Newegg

CPU: $199.99
Intel® Core™ i5-750 Processor (8M Cache, 2.66 GHz)
Newegg

RAM: $109.99
G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Newegg

GPU x2 in SLI @ 8x PCI-E lanes each: $144.99 each or $289.98
Geforce GTS 250 1GB DDR3 PCI-E 2.0
Newegg

PSU: $139.99
XFX 750w Black edition
Newegg

Total System Price: $1049.93 or £715.73 in my case.

If you can do better, please let me know and post the specs you would use, I'm sure this build could be refined!

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June 2, 2010 12:01:33 PM

Azurium said:
Hello guys, I have spent the better part of a few days on this build, carefully weighing up reviews, performance stats when compared with other equivalent components, and pricing. This is essentially a bang for your buck gaming system. It's primary function is ultra high quality gaming @ resolutions around 1280x720 (Yes, I know thats low, but I do lots of recording for games for YouTubes 720p hi-res).

Besides, I think this baby will handle games at higher resolutions, not so much the very latest resource vampires, but the majority should manage quite well I think.

Here is the build:

Case: $119.99
NZXT Lexa
Newegg

Motherboard: $189.99
ASUS Maximus III Gene
Newegg

CPU: $199.99
Intel® Core™ i5-750 Processor (8M Cache, 2.66 GHz)
Newegg

RAM: $109.99
G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Newegg

GPU x2 in SLI @ 8x PCI-E lanes each: $144.99 each or $289.98
Geforce GTS 250 1GB DDR3 PCI-E 2.0
Newegg

PSU: $139.99
XFX 750w Black edition
Newegg

Total System Price: $1049.93 or £715.73 in my case.

If you can do better, please let me know and post the specs you would use, I'm sure this build could be refined!


Take a look at my build here http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/287339-31-1000-gaming...
About $175 (~£120) cheaper
June 2, 2010 12:09:38 PM

I really should include that the i5-750 processor can reach 3.2GHz without voltage increase via OC. And can go to 4GHz with a voltage increase and still remain stable.

Here are your specs Calad, just for my own easier reading for comparison.

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/Comb [...] mbo.406670 $149.98

GRAND TOTAL $890

EDIT: Your making me go through and compare all this stuff now, damn you lol *shakes fist*

One thing I will comment on thought is the 5850 had come up in my GPU research, however the GTS 250 surpasses it in most aspects, others only in an SLI configuration, and at the prices I was looking at there was only a $10 difference, so it made sense to go with the GTS 250s.
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June 2, 2010 12:48:10 PM

Can I just ask why you haven't included the PSU cost in your build? I am assuming it came with the case?
June 2, 2010 1:00:39 PM

Have you thought about going with a single GTX 465 vs 2x GTS 250s?
The price is just about the same.

I know it doesnt seem like a powerful system should also be somewhat energy efficient but your 2x GTS 250 and OC'd i5 750 system is actually going to be drawing less than 450w DC under load. Under 425W with a GTX 465, under 350W for a HD 5850.
June 2, 2010 1:15:15 PM

The GTX 465 seems more power hungry to be honest, under a max load the GTS 250s each pull 128 leading to 256w total, the 465 takes a whopping 416w, almost twice as much!

Weren't you the one I had the discussion about the GTX 465 with over in the graphics forum? I believe when I compared them, the GTS 250s in SLI came out on top.
June 2, 2010 1:18:02 PM

416 would be a total system load - not just the video card.
That GTS 250 SLI article I linked pegged the GTS power reqmt at 80W.
I think you saw me in the CPU section talking about 650W PSU - not in the graphics forum.
June 2, 2010 1:34:06 PM

Only issue is, newegg doesn't ship to the UK, therein lies my issue when it comes to price. I'd love to buy the parts individually and have them shipped over here.

Are there any japan or china based retailers that would ship to the UK? The prices would go down even further if I could find one.
June 2, 2010 1:41:31 PM

I just used Ebuyer.com to compare prices on GTX 465 and GTS 250. The total cost is quite a bit different I see.
GTS 250 SLI would be faster at the lower resolution you like. But I think the GTX 465 would be a better overall choice in the higher resolution monitors. Neither choice is bad, but one is definitely less expensive.
Although I think that XFX 750w Black is an awesomely good PSU I don't think I'd pay that price premium when I could use it to bridge the gap in price on GPUs. Just my thought.
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