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June 6, 2010 1:53:49 AM

Greets all,

I have a problem, first week of july I will either be overhauling my current system or building brand new with about $1200-$1400 budget if I have to. Right a way I think newer would be better but I want to post my ideas here because I could be wrong. I want to save money but I also want to handle the new gen of MMO/RTS games.

My play style. I am deeply into MMORPG's and RTS games. Ive tired doing some research, some helpful some confusing. When I search this topic most the replies I find are the FPS crowd saying MMO' dont need much as they are not FPS based. I am hoping here at TH forums I can find some other MMO payers input. Technically yes they are not FPS based but they require a TON of rendering and ability to handle TONS of particals. that being said I can see the video card bieng most important, then ram, then CPU, lastly HDD. fan noise is not really a issue for me as either I have good insualted headphones on, or for movies the audio is always loud :p .

Only other thing I with to use this rig for is HTPC capibility, nice smooth bluyray playback on a 40-60" LCD.

Here are the things I think I know MMO's need haha

Lots of Ram
Huge/fast video card
decent CPU, dosent need to be top end
high speed HD helps

Things I dont know about

Cpu Bus speeds
motherboard memory, bus speeds
Ram mhz, and timings
effect of overclocking on somthing you could play on 10 hrs strait.


The MMO's I play are World of Warcraft, Aion, Age of Conan, soon Starcraft 2. I play them all at 1680x1050 on my 22" widescreen lcd

I can play WoW rather decent quality, although even at lowest settings I cant do 25man raids as I go to like 2 fps. outside of raiding I do enjoy multiboxing with two 22" LCD Monitors both at 1680x1050. 2 accts are rough, 4 is brutally low fps

Both Aion and AoC I have at lowest settings, it playable but still low fps and jerky for simple questing and stuff but dungeons and raids are out of the questions. AoC is the best graphics I have ever seen todate but it seems to need a monster computer or somthing.


Ok here is the first option "The Upgrade"

Parts reused:
M2N7-Sli (AM2 board)
Antec 900 case
650w PS
Optical Drive
3 HDD's total 1TB
Mouse/keyboard/Monitor
4gb DDR2 ( 2gb @ 266mhz, 2gb @333mhz

Parts replaced:
(AMD Athlon 64 3500+) replaced with (AMD Athlon X2 7550 Dual Core)
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=39938#Custom...

(Geforce 8800GTS) Replaced with (XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition 765MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.5GHZ)
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=46788&vpn=HD...

Parts Added:

Nice CPU cooler say $75 range
Intel X25-M 80GB 34NM Postville 2.5IN SSD
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=41732&vpn=SS...

The AM2 line is ofcourse discontinued mostly but some stuff is still available to buy. System upgrade cost roughly $770

The NEW build, kinda:

Parts reused:

Antec 900 case
650w PS
Mouse/kebord
22" Monitor
Optical drive

Parts to be bought:

Intel X25-M 80GB 34NM Postville 2.5IN SSD
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=41732&vpn=SS...

XFX Radeon HD 5850 Black Edition 765MHZ 1GB GDDR5
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=46788&vpn=HD...


ASUS P7P55D Pro LGA1156 P55 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 PCI SLI CrossFireX 6SATA GBLAN 1394 Motherboard
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=43120

Western Digital WD10EARS Caviar Green 1TB SATA 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM ( to replace my 3 smaller HDD's )

Corsair XMS3 CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Core i5 Dual Channel Memory Kit
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42530

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 LGA775/1156/1366 AM2/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ 2XNH-P12 120MM Fans
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42819

Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.66GHZ 8MB Cache Retail Box
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=42499

Total cost with out any warranty yet... $1,425.89. Twice the price of upgrade, but It probably blows the crap out of the "upgrade". Also I am considering Nvidia card instead of the ATI but dont know which would be better for MMO's and Blueray video playback. Its funny after laying all this out from what I have and what I could upgrade too I am realizing how gimp my current computer is lol, it is 4 years old after all I geuss. lol just thinking now... putting that $400 vid card in my old comp would be like putting new drag car tires on a stock 1972 Ford Pinto ? But I am still open to opinion.




I would really appreciate any input, thanks :) 

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June 6, 2010 2:07:40 AM

What brand is that PSU from? Instead of going with Intel for the new one why dont you go AMD and save money.
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June 6, 2010 3:25:48 AM

a ssd is only going to reduce load times. IF being first off the boat to Northrend is important, than it is totally worth it. Otherwise, I haven't seen anything worth the price yet. Others however feel they are totally worth it. UP to you. I think you should consider the i5-655. WoW likes faster processors. And an unlocked multiplier+32nm cores=super fast OC. A 5770 would get the job done on one monitor. I can't comment on multiboxing, other than its super retarded when i get hit by 4 mages (sally, sallyq, sallyw, and sallye) using that life bomb thing. Or 5 shamans (supershaman, supershamanq, supershamanw, supershamane, supershamanr) dropping totems and hitting me with 5 lava bursts. Spell reflect only does so much. Oh, and WoW, at this current juncture, doesn't work with crossfire/sli. Just something to think about when looking at motherboards.
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June 6, 2010 4:05:43 AM

Yes you need a GPU, but the CPU often matters more in MMO and certainly RTS games. (can have a lot of little units running around shooting. They need their fire calculated.) Seeing as you don't do "twitch" shooting you don't need the high FPS either. 30FPS would suck for FPS, but can be acceptable for RTS games.

I don't think much of your upgrade, and your new build seems like to much as well. I think I agree with scooby, why not an AMD build? Grab a good X3 CPU, 4GBs of ram, and a 5770/5850. Reuse what you can from your current build and you should be ok. I bet you could do it for less then $1k.
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June 6, 2010 5:37:35 AM

ok here is what i think....with your budget i would go for a new rig as most of your parts are coming to an end soon and your system needs to be replaced

so i would look for a new build

Phenom X4 955 CPU
Mobo (Asus or gigabyte)
Ram 4g is more then enough with your build (Gskill or corsair)
PSU depends on the brand but newer PSU runs more efficently and more reliable (Corsair or Seasonic)
5850 is a good pick (more future proof)
SDD i personally think is worth it not just in gaming but in load speed

look at some combos...looks like you use ncix but also look at newegg (i don't know where you live so either .com or .ca)

hope this helps :) 
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June 6, 2010 11:53:37 AM

Many good points. Yes I think I will drop the SSD untill I got some spare cash. I have built 4 rigs in past ten years all AMD. But in my recent research I fond the i5 to be the best bang for the buck and has good OC ability. Amd's comparable CPU cost fair bit more. Or is there an advantage amd has for mmo I don't know of.
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June 6, 2010 12:21:17 PM

I wiped up something off a store called Best Direct it's Canadian and it's also part of NCIX parent company (http://www.bestdirect.ca/):

Antec Earthwatts 650W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 EPS12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $82.73


AMD Athlon II X3 440 Triple Core Processor AM3 3.0GHZ 1.5MB L2 Cache 95W 45NM Retail Box
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $84.72


A-DATA Gaming Series AX3U1600GB2G9-2G 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $107.11


ASRock 890GX EXTREME3 AM3 DDR3 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E4 1PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 USB3 Video 8CH Audio Mainboard
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $141.90


XFX Radeon HD 5770 850MHZ 1GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video CARD-
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $173.32


LG 16X DVD-ROM Optical Drive SATA Black OEM
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $15.16


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty*
In Stock
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Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM
In Stock
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Subtotal $682.31

Free shipping!

You could replace that 5770 with a 5850.
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June 6, 2010 10:30:43 PM

Ok I see I was mistaken on the price of AMD. That or the price just dropped again. I know 99% of mmo's only use 1 core of a CPU that being said, would a 6 core hinder proformance aine the game only needs 1 core? I have no idea how multiple core CPU's work. I thought I read somewhere that dual cores run mmo's better then Quads. But I could be mistaken. Any care to educate me on how multiple cores relate to mmo preformance I would greatly appreciate it.
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June 6, 2010 10:37:39 PM

What happens is when a program uses more than one core the load is divided on the cores it's programmed to use.
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June 6, 2010 10:44:19 PM

Didn't the op say they had 1400 to work with? wats with all these cheap ass builds? heres what you want.

cpu: amd 955 or the i5 750
gpu: for gods sake you have 1400 get the 5870
mobo: a well know brand with new tech.
ram: at least 4 gig
hard drives: if the drives are ide get new SATA ones. Ide will bottle neck
cd/dvd drive: watevers cheapest
Monitor: New 1080x1020 monitor.
case:p ersonally i like haf 922 but the antec 900 is the equivelent
psu: some good one like corsair use a well know brand

i will post you a good build once i search new egg
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June 6, 2010 10:46:58 PM

Were trying to save him money.
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June 6, 2010 10:54:42 PM

Ok if you want to spend the whole 1400$ heres the build from Best Direct;


XFX Radeon HD 5850 HD585XZNFV 725MHZ 1GB GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI DP DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card W/ Avp Game
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $324.94


Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $22.00


G.SKILL F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $170.48


Corsair Professional HX750W 750W ATX 12V 62A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $150.87
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Coolermaster Haf 922 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 5X5.25 5X3.5INT Front Audio USB eSATA No PSU
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $92.40


Gigabyte X58A-UD3R ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 4PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 Sound GLAN CrossFireX SLI Motherboard

1 per customer. In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $219.79


Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.8GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 130W 45NM Retail Box

10 per customer. In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $298.49


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

1 per customer. In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $93.79


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty*
In Stock
usually ships in 1-2 business days $55.38

Subtotal $1,428.13
Free shipping!

This will kick every MMO/RTS butt.
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June 6, 2010 11:03:05 PM

I liked Userremoved's "wipe up" build up there. And yes, there is absolutely no reason to spend more money just because it's there. Look for benefits for the money though. If you don't mind spending a little more, for your games you'll benefit from a faster CPU (e.g. 955BE) and perhaps the SSD. I had to remove my SSD due to space problems, and it really hurt to go back to a 7200.12; I need to reformat the SSD with Win7 Home Premium instead of Ultimate, that should do it...
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June 6, 2010 11:03:05 PM

Onus said:
I liked Userremoved's "wipe up" build up there. And yes, there is absolutely no reason to spend more money just because it's there. Look for benefits for the money though. If you don't mind spending a little more, for your games you'll benefit from a faster CPU (e.g. 955BE) and perhaps the SSD. I had to remove my SSD due to space problems, and it really hurt to go back to a 7200.12; I need to reformat the SSD with Win7 Home Premium instead of Ultimate, that should do it...

thank you for pointing that out MMOS and RTSs dont need a super computer.
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June 6, 2010 11:04:38 PM

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this here will kick ass in anything, any new game. The psu is good enough for xfire in the future. You have enough money to throw in a ssd if you want.You could save some money by reusing case but down't reuse psu.It is only rated for a certain amount of hours power usage, then it will burn out. so good luck and have fun building this absolute monster. If you need windows 7 its cheaper from colleges.
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June 6, 2010 11:06:05 PM

ps threw in an a monitor so the 5870 is brought to its full potential.
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June 6, 2010 11:09:17 PM

^He already has a monitor that build is overkill he wants to save money hes in Canda and Newegg.ca prices are bloated and why would you use the 890GX over the 890FX (because you have a 5870).
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June 6, 2010 11:43:50 PM

A PSU does not automatically burn out after so many hours, although its life will be shortened by abuse (e.g. frequent high temps, loads kept at or near maximum capacity, bad spikes/variances on the input). Even capacitor aging is insignificant if temps stay low and load is kept reasonable.
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June 7, 2010 12:32:58 AM

i say go with a AMD 955 BE build as you don't need core i7 for gaming...don't think is worth the money and 5870 would be nice if that fits in your budget
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June 7, 2010 12:43:31 AM

Rally a 955 and 5870 is sooooo overkill for MMOs and RTSs.
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June 7, 2010 1:17:48 AM

I agree about the GPU, but there may be some value in the faster CPU; or maybe get an Athon II X4.
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June 7, 2010 1:33:17 AM

Or the X3 720.
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June 7, 2010 2:45:54 AM

Ok so, how many cores it has does not effect gaming. I was under the assumtion that say a 4 core 3ghz CPU had it cores split evenly so that my games would run of one core at 750mhz....this is not true right? Lol.

Also what With CPU and MB's is there a cache and bus speed I Need to look for?
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June 7, 2010 10:05:41 AM

Not counting the effect of Intel's Turbo-boost, essentially each core of a CPU runs at the stated GHz speed; there's no "total GHz" for the CPU that is divided among the cores. Because of background tasks and other programs that are typically running, adding cores tends to help, with the benefit declining as cores are added. Two are vastly superior to one, three notably better than two, and four perhaps only a little better than three. There are some articles on Tom's with some benchmarks.
Bus speed typically describes how quickly the CPU communicates with system memory, and to a lesser extent other components (there are different "bus speeds" inside a computer, e.g. the PCI bus typically should remain at 100MHz). A good tutorial article on overclocking will cover topics like that pretty well. Even if you don't intend to overclock, or very little, such an article would probably be very informative. There are stickies in the forums on topics like this. Some would say that learning how your computer works can be half the fun of this hobby; I'd rather play ON my PC than play WITH it, but if you really get into the technical details, there are others here who can give you more specific information. They will have expected you to do some basic research first though, so do not expect to be spoon-fed.
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June 7, 2010 11:02:10 AM

Ok I think I got the kist of it. Thanks a ton all. I will start ordering part in three weeks with the inforemation you have all provided me.

Thanks again
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June 7, 2010 11:05:22 AM

^Which build did you chose?
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June 7, 2010 11:07:28 AM

fine don't listen to me. but who knows. In 2-3 years from now mmo and rts might not be the only game you play. you might want to play a fps or something graphic intensive unlike wow.But if you are absolutely sure you want mmo and rts only
go with Userremoved wipe off build or get a laptop. I played wow with 60 fps(on preset settings) on a ok laptop.soooo........

i threw in the 5870 because of this "Only other thing I with to use this rig for is HTPC capibility, nice smooth bluyray playback on a 40-60" LCD. " a 5770 or 5850 won't work on that big of a lcd tv, especially if your going to game on it(mabey depending on your res)
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June 7, 2010 11:13:02 AM

samdsox said:
fine don't listen to me. but who knows. In 2-3 years from now mmo and rts might not be the only game you play. you might want to play a fps or something graphic intensive unlike wow.But if you are absolutely sure you want mmo and rts only
go with Userremoved wipe off build or get a laptop. I played wow with 60 fps(on preset settings) on a ok laptop.soooo........

i threw in the 5870 because of this "Only other thing I with to use this rig for is HTPC capibility, nice smooth bluyray playback on a 40-60" LCD. " a 5770 or 5850 won't work on that big of a lcd tv, especially if your going to game on it(mabey depending on your res)

You dont read do you? He wants to save as much money as he can and anyways in 2-3 years this computer will be outdated with or without a bloody i7. MMOs and RTSs can run budget components fine these components are quality. UNDERSTAND? Also this build can play Crysis on max so I dont see why that would be a problem and he can always upgrade the card later. Also the 5770 is fine for displaying blu-ray and the 5850 is a beast. The darn 5870 is overkill. Stop saying stuff that's not true.
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June 7, 2010 11:58:27 PM

I'm just at work ATM. Will post my shopping list tonight when I get home. Right now thouh I can say this will be my 5 th AMD rig.
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June 8, 2010 1:33:09 AM

Not to muddy the waters, but take another look at Intel. As much as I wanted to choose AMD for a build I'm currently planning, I have ultimately decided that Intel will make more sense for me. On the same gaming performance tier as the Athlon II X3 is the Core-i3, which actually does a little better in other benchmarks; another tier higher is the i5, which is notably better elsewhere. They add another $50-$80 to the price of the CPU, but the mobo may end up being cheaper. I'll be quick to point out that my constraints were no doubt different than yours (e.g. small size, one GPU), and I'm not just interested in gaming, although I do play the same types of games. I also agree with the Tom's assessment that an AMD Athlon II X3 is indeed sufficient for single-GPU gaming, and it is entirely possible that my NEXT one will use a X3 (or X4). The point is, check relevant benchmarks, and consider total cost, not just the CPU. Also, if you might ever want Crossfire, then i3/i5 are NOT the way to go, and you'll want a X4, probably a Phenom II. For the money, I still like that "wipe-up" build; it is indeed suitable for future Crossfire. Just be sure you're happy with your research. Although I do generally disagree with samdsox, his point of considering other uses (games or otherwise) is valid. It's possible to waste money buying too much, but it's also possible to waste money by coming up short; the former may just mean some penny-pinching, the latter may mean a lot of frustration and spending even more money to "fix" it. If you go AMD, think you'll be able to cover that with a Crossfire board and a X4 rather than a X3.
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June 8, 2010 1:37:20 AM

^Well the i3s are still only dual cores.
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June 8, 2010 1:50:09 AM

Yes, with hyperthreading. It took me a while to get my head around that (since my Q9450 is so fast), but I could not deny what multiple benchmarks from multiple sources were all showing.
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June 8, 2010 6:20:36 AM

Ok here it is, this is what I will be going with. subject to fine tuning and if better items are on sale.



AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box
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Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H 890GX AM3 ATX DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 HDMI GBLAN CrossFireX Motherboard
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.
In Stock 51021 $149.86

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.
In Stock 42745 $129.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty*
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.
In Stock 37232 $85.99

Liteon IHOS104 4X BLU-RAY Reader BD-ROM Drive SATA Black OEM
Usually ships in 4-8 business days.
In Stock 45545 $71.16

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.
In Stock 41337 $29.36

XFX Radeon HD 5870 HD587XZNFV 1GB GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI DP DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card W/ A *IR-$20*
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In Stock 52825 $419.99



YOUR TOTAL $1,101.53

I will be Reusing my:
700w PS
22"Monitor
Mouse/keyboard
Antec 900 Gamer case

Yes I could have just gotten a Blueray player/dvd burner for $30 more. but my DVD burner is only few months old anyway, an I have lots of room in my Antec 900 case.
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June 8, 2010 9:30:53 AM

You never told us what PSU you have. It may be fine, or it may be the weak link. You said it is 700W? Hmmm, doesn't sound like Antec, Corsair, or Seasonic. OCZ perhaps? That would be okay, as long as it doesn't have a little red voltage switch on it. If it does, at best it's an older, inefficient design. At worst, it is overrated, and isn't up to reliably providing even 500W of good clean power and will eventually damage your other parts. For your chosen games, at 1680x1050 (typical resolution of a 22" monitor), you can easily cut back the GPU to a HD5850 or even a HD5770. That will save enough money for a nice PSU.
Otherwise, it looks nice.
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June 8, 2010 10:36:23 AM

Why the 5850?
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June 8, 2010 10:27:33 PM

Well, if he ever gets a 1920x1080 monitor, it might be a little better; as it is it saves enough from the HD5870 to replace the PSU if necessary.
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June 8, 2010 10:33:04 PM

I'm guessing that PSU is the ModXstream 700?
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June 8, 2010 10:44:17 PM

I can't remember what size it is exactly it a 650-800w psu and it was a $160 when I bought it 2-3 years ago. I won't know for sure untill I rip the guts out of the computer it's in when I get all my new stuff. I does have 4 6 pin connectors becAuse when I bought it I was gonna run two big cards in SLI.

As for the 5870, I am looking to the future as I am sure it would last me a long time. And the motherboad I chose so I can upgrade to a 6core down the road.
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June 8, 2010 10:48:33 PM

You have a decent enough budget to go for an Intel build... if you live near a MicroCenter or Fry's electronics they have the i7-930 for $199.99. An i7-930 build would provide more room for an upgrade path, and may perform a bit better than the AMD build at the same price.
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June 8, 2010 10:52:33 PM

^He already decided on the CPU.
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June 8, 2010 10:53:06 PM

For that amount of money, hopefully it was a good one. Future resistance is the only reason to get a HD5870, and if you can do Crossfire on your mobo, I still think you don't need to spend that much money now on a GPU. I thought I'd mentioned it above, but I see I did not; I play the same types of games, and they're all pegged at 60fps on a 1920x1080 monitor using a single HD5770.
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June 8, 2010 10:55:00 PM

I threw out my own Intel comments for consideration, but I think the end result will be perfectly satisfactory, whether the final build uses Intel or AMD.
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June 8, 2010 10:56:56 PM

I'm gonna stick with amd for now. I just took a look at a new monitor, if I can budget wise after all the warrenty and tax stuff, I will get a Samsung P2570 24.6IN Widescreen LCD Monitor 1920X1080 2MS 16:9 70000:1DC HDMI DVI-I

$269 cdn from ncix
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June 8, 2010 11:27:19 PM

baumer2k said:
I'm gonna stick with amd for now.


My Apologies, I missed that earlier.

TBH the difference between the Intel and AMD is not extremely noticable for casual gaming, especially at this price range.

Best bet: go with what you are comfortable with! :) 

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June 8, 2010 11:46:32 PM

Okay, at that resolution a single HD5770 would still work well (as it has been for me on similar games), but a HD5850 or even HD5870 would be more future-resistant.
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June 9, 2010 6:03:19 AM

Ive reviewed all that is above and have made a couple additions. Yes I will replace the PSU after all. I am sure its a good one, well enough for my needs, but when I think how many hours it has been threw under many many MMO marathons lol I think I shall replace it. Im gonna bite the bullet and Git R Dun all at once, it will cost bit more but at the end I think I have somthing that will last me well for another 4 years. I am going to transfer all my existing parts to an older case I have, and use it as a back up.

Here is the build revised.


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box
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Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H 890GX AM3 ATX DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 HDMI GBLAN CrossFireX Motherboard
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In Stock 51021 $149.86 $149.86

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit
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In Stock 42745 $129.99 $129.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty*
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In Stock 37232 $85.99 $85.99

Liteon IHOS104 4X BLU-RAY Reader BD-ROM Drive SATA Black OEM
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In Stock 45545 $71.16 $71.16

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM
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In Stock 41337 $29.36 $29.36

XFX Radeon HD 5870 HD587XZNFV 1GB GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI DP DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card W/ A *IR-$20*
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In Stock 52825 $419.99 $419.99

Samsung P2370H 23IN 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 70000:1 2MS DVI HDMI
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In Stock 49709 $239.99 $239.99

Add NCIX EXTENDED SERVICE PLAN What's this?

Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan
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In Stock 26415 $114.99 $114.99


Razer Naga MMO Gaming Mouse 17 Button 5600DPI 3.5G Laser Sensor USB
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In Stock 44140 $89.99 $89.99

LED USB Keyboard Black
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In Stock 46912 $24.00 $24.00

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
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YOUR TOTAL $1,693.68


$300 more then I had entended to budget... well geuss that went out the window. Im gonna be broke for a while after this lol.
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June 9, 2010 8:38:31 AM

nice! glad that all worked out.

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June 9, 2010 9:40:06 AM

Well, interesting. It looks like the time for second-guessing may be done. Looks like a fun build.

PS. Having a backup PC is not a bad idea at all.
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