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$1300 Gaming Computer, Ordering TONIGHT

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June 21, 2010 11:24:35 PM

Plan on ordering tonight..I posted this yesterday but didn't get many responses (probably because it was a Sunday and Father's Day) and people seem to not respond once there are a few responses so I figured I'd post it once more before I order...

Okay..so after a couple weeks of posting on here and changing my build 98432 times, here is what I hope to be my final build (or close to it anyway). If you haven't seen any of my previous posts, my main goal is to be able to play WoW and maybe some other games (Diablo 3, etc.) on max settings/full fps.

Please comment on what you think of this build, if you think I should change something for better quality and/or value at a certain price, however, PLEASE do not post fully new builds as that has seemed to derail my previous posts because people then begin commenting off of those (unless you think it is a ridiculously better build than what I have for around the same price).

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

Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU/Mobo Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive/Case Combo:http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case:Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU/Cooler Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything I know about computer parts is what I've learned from doing research over the past week on here and from suggested parts/advice from different people, so it's hard for me to judge/compare parts but I think I've put together a decent system. Before this week (and still don't know much), I had no idea what overclocking was, SLI/xfire was, etc...just to let you know where I stand.

Things I feel I may need to change about this build:
1) I feel like I should maybe go with a different MoBo so that I could potentially crossfire 5870's in the future if I wanted to? I don't think mine is really able to (or at least effectively, someone told me 16/4 isn't good for it or something) but I do not want to spend much more on the Mobo if possible.

2) Would there be any reason to go with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... versus the monitor I have in my build above? Seems like it's basically the same but slightly, slightly bigger and about $40-50 more after the mail in rebate.

3) Tax Question: I live in NJ, am I correct in reading that NJ is one of only 3 states (with Cali and Tenn. I believe) that charge tax on orders off newegg? If this is the case, I may get it sent to a friend's in PA which will save me about $100. Also, is this sales tax only in those 3 states, or is this an additional tax on top of sales tax everywhere? Kinda confused about that

4) In terms of a cooler/CPU combo...which would you recommend? The one in my build above OR http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

5) And finalllllly...is there any reason anyone can think of that something in this build will hold me back from having an awesome gaming experience, especially in playing WoW on max settings/full fps with basically no lag/freezing up in 25 man raids.

Thank you for taking the time to read my long post, comment on it and all of your help so far, I appreciate it a TON.
June 22, 2010 12:32:26 AM

One more question...

Just saw: http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-Socket-Six-Core-Proces...

on someone else's build...that looks to be the same CPU except 6 core instead of quad-core for the same exact price? Is that a typo or an upgrade model or something? If it's not a typo, would there be any reason not to go with that?

Thanks again, and please help with my questions and evaluating my build above!
June 22, 2010 12:56:15 AM

One thing I have to say is that the tax issue is the main reason that I don't order from newegg. I have put together a system on tigerdirect, where there won't be any tax.

CD - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
$20

Motherboard - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
$120

CPU - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
$180

Monitor - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
$169.99 (GREAT 25" monitor for the price)

PSU - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
$70

RAM - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
$100

Hard Drive - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
$60

Case - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
$90

Graphics - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
$410

CPU Cooler - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
$50

TOTAL - 1270

That should be extreme overkill for WoW, and will last you for at least 3 years, if not longer.

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June 22, 2010 1:03:09 AM

I can answer your tax question, sadly.

They just charge sales tax, as if you were to go to the store and buy them there. Newegg has to charge tax because they have shipping depots in those states.
June 22, 2010 1:05:06 AM

Mushman said:
One more question...

Just saw: http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-Socket-Six-Core-Proces...

on someone else's build...that looks to be the same CPU except 6 core instead of quad-core for the same exact price? Is that a typo or an upgrade model or something? If it's not a typo, would there be any reason not to go with that?

Thanks again, and please help with my questions and evaluating my build above!

It is a HUGE typo by Amazon... There is no X4 955 Six-Core Processor... :( 
June 22, 2010 3:11:56 AM

Personally, I'd go with a Core i5 750 simply because it runs laps around the Phenom II quads for $20 more. Not to mention it overclocks like a beast. Here's an accompanying motherboard, and the whole package costs $20 more for a pretty hefty performance bump.

I'd also recommend going with the Hyper 212 Plus instead of the V8, it saves you $23 and it has excellent bang for the buck. It will take that i5 750 to 4GHz without breaking a sweat.

Hope this helps!
June 22, 2010 4:24:01 AM

It'd wind up being more than $20 more because of the combo deals I have and such. I'd like to order everything from newegg because I plan on doing one of the financing options although that cooler you linked is half the price on the website you linked compared to newegg.

What do other people think on intel i5 750 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) vs AMD Phenom 2 955 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) ?? AMD has pretty damn good reviews as well so you saying that intel runs laps around it seems kinda odd to me?
June 22, 2010 5:33:48 AM

This review on Anandtech shows what I'm talking about, but if your combo deals save you enough, then I suppose you can stick with that. If it was just the $20 price bump on the CPU alone, it would be completely and totally worth it.
June 22, 2010 2:09:43 PM

I don't really understand all that technical talk to be honest, blue3flannel lol. Seems like people are mostly saying that the Intel is slightly better all the way around, however, I won't see much of a difference if any while gaming?
June 22, 2010 3:37:45 PM

Not really. You can go with either, but the AM3 boards are cheaper right now.
June 22, 2010 4:35:07 PM

blu3flannel said:
This review on Anandtech shows what I'm talking about, but if your combo deals save you enough, then I suppose you can stick with that. If it was just the $20 price bump on the CPU alone, it would be completely and totally worth it.


Actually, that review doesn't show the i5-750 lapping the AMD X4s in gaming. Which is what this build is focused on.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2832/16

FarCry2 benchmark, yes. Everything else, the AMD X4s are either within a few fps, or they're both so far over 60 fps, it's never going to matter.

965 heads-up vs. i5-750...the i5 comes out ahead on a good percentage of the benchmarks, but doesn't really differentiate itself at gaming. Not to mention, most users aren't going to notice the difference in day-to-day computer usage.

Mushman, your build is good. Just go ahead and buy it already (he says for like the 4th time). :p 

If you want a CrossFire capable motherboard, the UD4 (I think?) linked in one of your previous threads is like $15 more, or the same price after MIR, I believe.
June 22, 2010 10:56:13 PM

If you overclock both of them the i5 would best the 965, but if you're not overclocking I suppose the 965 is a better deal...
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