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June 28, 2010 7:02:17 AM

Hey there. I'm looking to the experts to help me with my stuff (despite reading these articles all day at work, I still know nothing about hardware). Here's my specs

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 2-3 weeks BUDGET RANGE: $1000 after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel chip with Nvidia card

OVERCLOCKING: no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want the computer to be extra quiet, but runs cool. As few lights on the case as possible. Prefer an nVidia card (DX10 is fine, since DX11 is still really expensive for nVidia cards).

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After some digging, here's what I've come up with as for parts. You guys can probably recommend better, but here's my end of the legwork. I have two builds. One is from MagicMicro.com (a coworker recommended this site), and one from Newegg with my own shopping. I'll go for whichever one is a better value, but if you guys have some economic tweaks, I'd appreciate it (you guys are probably better at shopping than I am).

MAGIC MICRO
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz (Quad Core) 8000K
Processor Fan: Coolermaster Hyper 212, 4 Copper Heat Pipes, Extra Quiet CPU fan
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage II GENE X58
Graphics: GeForce GTS 250 1GB
Ram: 6GB (3x2GB) PC3 8500 DDR3 1066
HardDrive: 500gb Hitachi
Optical: LG 22x SATA DVD Recorder Dual Layer +R/RW -R/RW
Case: Cooler Master Elite 310 black + 2x 120mm extra quiet case fans
Power Supply: Antec Basic 500w Extra Quiet ATX Power Supply

This came about to $1042.00

NEWEGG
Processor: Itel Core i7-930 2.8Ghz
Processor Fan: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Motherboard: ASUS P6T SE ATX (does this support SLI, I can't tell)
Graphics: ZOTAC Geforece GTS 250 1gb
Ram: Crucial Ballistix 2GB 240 Pin DDR3 x3
HardDrive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
Optical: Samsung 24x DVD Burner SATA Lighscribe
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
Power Supply: Antec BP550 Plus 550W

This comes out to 1098.88 after rebates

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June 28, 2010 7:14:50 AM

don't have time to help right now but if you live in CA use tigerdirect to avoid sales tax
June 28, 2010 7:54:21 AM

if u go amd you will save some cash and get the same performance
any way here is an intel ati build

cpu: i5 750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gpu: xfx hd 5850(beats the gtx 470 in some games and it's cheaper and runs cooler and consumes less energy)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo: asus p7p55d-e pro
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: g.skill eco
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case & hdd: hec blitz & seagate 7200.12 500gigs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

psu: corsair 750tx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hsf: sunbeam ccf 120mm(comes with a fan controller and tx-2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

odd: samsung dvd burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

like i said if u change that mobo and cpu to amd u can get the 5870 or get a better case but actually a 5870/5850 is overkill for that resolution but it's future proof
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June 28, 2010 8:49:43 AM

I second going with i5 750 build.
I cannot really give any advice on Nvidia as their 4XX series is too expensive, and their 2XX series is dated...and also too expensive. With the ATI 5XXX series it is hard to recommend anything else for both price and performance.

For $1000 you should definately be getting much better than a GTS250 card. In fact, Nvidia wise you should be able to aim for a GTX465 (not that I would recommend that card to anyone, it is the Nvidia equivalent of the ATI 5830 card).

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June 28, 2010 3:48:41 PM
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You could totally go AMD and get better gaming performance for that money. In fact, I'll even throw in a 1920x1080 monitor for ya, all for $1,000 after rebates.

Case
Antec 300 Illusion $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Spinpoint F3 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G SKill Eco $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU/Monitor
5870 and 23" 1920x1080 Acer $555
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU/Optical
OCZ 700w and Lite on $89 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MOBO/CPU/Free Game
GA 790 UD4 and Phenom II x4 955 $250 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Use promo codes: MBTEN,VGA061710,EMCYTNN22 Save $60 immediately

$50 in MIR/Gift Card

Total After Rebates: $1009 before shipping
June 28, 2010 9:55:08 PM

Yer i would go along the same lines as banthracis. AMD offer better value for money when it comes to gaming.

June 29, 2010 7:19:43 AM

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