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~$1000 Gaming Rig

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July 8, 2010 1:22:41 PM

Hey guys,

Finally decided to build my own, top-of-the-line gaming computer. Problem is, last time I knew anything about current hardware, was when the 9800 Pro was ubiquitous. I did a little research and have a preliminary layout for what I want:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of August

BUDGET RANGE: $900 - $1100

SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, although I'm open to any other cheaper suggestions (if the quality/reliability is just as good!)

PARTS PREFERENCES: None, as long as its cheap and performs well

OVERCLOCKING: Possibly, but not to any extremes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

PARTS SELECTED:

CASE:
Cooler Master Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP

MOBO:
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3

GPU:
XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870

PSU:
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB

Optical Drive:
Haven't decided yet but it's probably going to be a basic DVD-ROM drive

Basically I'm looking to have the most bang for my buck at a price of around $1000. These products come just shy of a grand on newegg. What do you guys think? Are there any products you think might work better for what I want? Thanks for your input!

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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2010 1:51:55 PM

First, the Centurion (a decent low end case) will be a very tight fit for the 5870. And forget about Crossfiring later.

Second, that board isn't the best choice. It's expensive because of the 8xx chipset (which you don't need) and won't be good for future proofing because of the useless second PCIe 2.0 slot running at 4x. If you don't want to Crossfire, you can get a great board for $80.

Third, that WD HDD is slow. Really slow. And expensive.


Here's a much better build at the maximum budget (checking that the combos and prices are still the same):

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Asus P7P55D-E Pro $360
RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $104
GPU: HD 5870 $390 (with free game)
HDD/PSU: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB and Corsair 650W $125 after rebate
Case: Antec 902 $90 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $19

Total: $1,088

Here's a better one at $1,000:

CPU/GPU: X4 955 and HD 5870 $520
Mobo/PSU: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 and Corsair 750HX Modular $225 after rebates
RAM: Mushkin Silverline 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $100
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $83

Total: $1,003
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2010 3:05:11 PM

Here's another AMD build. It'll save you a few bucks. I'm also not thrilled with the voltages on mushkin ram. Any particular reason for that kit MAD?

HD
F3 500gb $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
GA 790 UD4 $140 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case/OPtical
Antec 300 Illusion and Lite on $74
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU/GPU
Phenom ii x4 955 and 5870 $520
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM/PSU
Ripjaw 1600 cas 7 and Corsair 850TX $210 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total: $999 before $25 MIR
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2010 4:23:08 PM

Price. I was trying my best to get it under $1,000. Could easily switch in the Ecos.
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July 8, 2010 7:13:39 PM

These all look like great setups... Thanks for the input!

I am curious about the processor though... Is one brand better than the other? I've heard from some that Intel is generally better, but at the same time it might be one of those things where it's a marginal difference at best. Also, should I get artic silver, or just stick with what they give you out of the box?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 8, 2010 7:27:34 PM

It's pretty much a budget decision. AMD's CPUs offer excellent performance for their price, while Intel's CPUs are more expensive, but a little more powerful. As far as quality, there isn't a difference. AMD typically offers more control on the exact settings of the CPU.

Unless you're trying for a really high overclock, you should just stick to the thermal paste that comes with the stock cooler (or aftermarket cooler).
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