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$1600ish final build list...thoughts?

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June 22, 2010 3:11:43 AM

After some research on here and on newegg, I came up with this build:

LIAN LI PC-60FN Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case : $129.99

MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard +
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor : $354.98

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply +
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive : $186.98

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX50G 2.5" 50GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) : $189.00

EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card : $329.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory : $239.99

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM : $29.99

KeyTronic KT800P2 Black PS/2 Standard Keyboard : $14.99

RAZER Imperator Black USB Wired Laser Ergonomic Gaming Mouse : $79.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm : $59.99

EVERCOOL SB-F1 PCI Slot Case Cooler : $8.49

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM : $9.99


AMD TOTAL : $1,629.97.


I've got a monitor at home I'm going to use until the end of the summer, and purchase a new display then.

1) Am I okay keeping the GPU I have, or is it smarter to go with two cheaper cards in crossfire/sli?

2) Should I stick with the AMD setup or switch to a core i7? If I made the switch, here's the new mobo/cpu/ram:

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ : $159.99

ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard +
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor : $489.99


INTEL TOTAL $1681.98


Thoughts?
June 22, 2010 3:47:46 AM

well we don't know what your building it for, but of course a $1600 custom build is going to be pretty awesome. ..thats my thought.

I'm also trying to decide between the processor brands. the i7-930 costs as much as a 6 core amd, but its apparently a fairly half assed 6 core especially when compared to intel's.

your power supply may be excessive if your just getting the one card.

my build is looking quite similar just with 2x ati 5830 graphics cards.

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June 22, 2010 4:03:59 AM

Why did you decide to go with the dual cards as opposed to a single card?

And I'm building this to get back into playing FPSes...especially CoD and BC2.
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June 22, 2010 4:08:41 AM

your single nvidia costs $330

2x radeon 5830's costs $410

Ati's have a number of advantages as well. I don't get down on the physx btw





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June 22, 2010 4:46:38 AM

You don't need 8GB of RAM for video gaming. A nice 4GB set will do.

Also, unless you want to improve your boot time and game loads by a few seconds, then at the moment, SSDs are really expensive.

You could also drop down to an AMD PII 955 since it looks like you're obviously overclocking. Saves roughly 30 dollars.

Also, you can find the Hyper 212+ for 30 dollars on Amazon.

If you do those changes, you could probably even afford a 5970 and wouldn't need a new GPU for a bit.
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June 22, 2010 6:21:19 AM

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case+
LG 22X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH22LS50 LightScribe Support - OEM : $93.98

MSI 890FXA-GD70 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard +
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor : $334.98

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply +
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive : $186.98

XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 : $389.99

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory : $139.99

2x APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Case Fan : $15.58

Logitech Deluxe 250 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard - OEM : $22.99

RAZER Imperator Black USB Wired Laser Ergonomic Gaming Mouse : $79.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM : $9.99

SAMSUNG XL2370-1 Charcoal Gray 23" 2ms LED Backlight Mega DCR 5m:1 Widescreen LCD Monitor : $279.99

Thats the new build + monitor. TOTAL : $1565.04
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June 22, 2010 11:24:02 AM

If you know of any advantages ati has exept pricing please do tell me. And don't even try mentioning eyefinity because running 3 screens on one card is pretty useless.
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June 22, 2010 12:38:31 PM

I agree that having screens next to each other is extremely unappealing.

I would say the ability to use direct x 11 and lower power consumption on average highlight ati's specialities.

I have not bought ati in a while honestly, but getting really tired of RMA'n nvidia 9series that are bigger than my arm and last about as long as my breakfast.
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June 22, 2010 1:33:52 PM

Mmm may not really have thought that question through lol.

Seriously you're having trouble with your 9xxx? Mine works fine for 2 years now without a hitch.
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June 22, 2010 1:38:14 PM

Somebody_007 said:
If you know of any advantages ati has exept pricing please do tell me. And don't even try mentioning eyefinity because running 3 screens on one card is pretty useless.


Pricing, Eyefinity, DX 11, cooler, less powerconsuming, pwnage?
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June 22, 2010 1:58:36 PM

eyefinty is useless. If you want 3 screens one crad won't provide enough power anyways. SO nvidia has the same there. And cooler well just get a watercooling setup lol. ANd btw nvidia can operate at far higher temps then ati. And yeah they do consume less power.
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June 22, 2010 2:15:46 PM

Somebody_007 said:
Mmm may not really have thought that question through lol.

Seriously you're having trouble with your 9xxx? Mine works fine for 2 years now without a hitch.


I had a 8800 gts for about 2.5 years that worked great. Then they released super cool new drivers (nvidia) that fried cards. It sounds like you avoided the driver update. good move.

working with a replacement now. 9800gtx that is absurdly big, requires 2 6 pin power and sounds like a jet engine when the case is open.

My buddy just got a 5770 that is a little more than 1/2 the size of the 9800gtx. of course these 2 cards are from different eras and by eras i mean years...so u cant really compare them.


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June 22, 2010 3:05:43 PM

yeah I was to lazy to install the drivers and then I heard that there were problems so I skipped them.

I have a 470gtx now and it is also huge.
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June 23, 2010 12:27:32 AM

Somebody_007 said:
eyefinty is useless. If you want 3 screens one crad won't provide enough power anyways. SO nvidia has the same there. And cooler well just get a watercooling setup lol. ANd btw nvidia can operate at far higher temps then ati. And yeah they do consume less power.


Not everyone has the cash to buy an Nvidia card AND a good watercooling setup.

Ati provides a decent GPU with decent cooling at a decent price.
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June 23, 2010 1:36:42 AM

a decent gpu? some would argue its actually better. Agree with the water cooling thing...sounds a little extreme and expensive.

also yay for nvidia running higher temperatures...wait or is that a good thing? lolz
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June 23, 2010 2:47:35 AM

kyle382 said:
a decent gpu? some would argue its actually better. Agree with the water cooling thing...sounds a little extreme and expensive.

also yay for nvidia running higher temperatures...wait or is that a good thing? lolz


I was just stating that Ati is much a much better choice for gaming.
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June 23, 2010 9:51:38 AM

For the average gamer ati is a far better choice. Their technologies are useles because the average gamer does not make use of them. They run hotter so that causes another problem. And nvidia isn't even better(sometimes with the new driver improvements the 470 is actually a good buy) in price/performance. Also ati consumes less power.

But for the high end where you start crossfiring and don't see why there is so much discussion. SLI scaling destroys crossfire. Making nvidia cheaper. And also then come the nvidia technologies. And heat can be elima=inated by a 300dollar WCS

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June 24, 2010 3:43:50 AM

Somebody_007 said:
For the average gamer ati is a far better choice. Their technologies are useles because the average gamer does not make use of them. They run hotter so that causes another problem. And nvidia isn't even better(sometimes with the new driver improvements the 470 is actually a good buy) in price/performance. Also nvidia consumes less power.

But for the high end where you start crossfiring and don't see why there is so much discussion. SLI scaling destroys crossfire. Making nvidia cheaper. And also then come the nvidia technologies. And heat can be elima=inated by a 300dollar WCS


I always read the opposite :p 
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June 24, 2010 7:02:43 AM

OOps sorry thats supposed to be ati consumes less.
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