$1200 gaming build advice for noob!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1200 before rebates - Less is always better!

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the Interwebs

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am pretty set on the AMDx6 1090T for future proof reasons

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe - I have no experience but am willing to learn

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am new to building my own rig. Looking for advice on build in regards to compatibility, price savings, and any pro tips


AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

Antec NeoPower 550 550W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817103941

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150477

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042


How does this look? Advice?
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  1. What specific use do you plan t use a 6 core cpu for? There are not many. I see no "future proofing" there.
    In order to get 6 cores, you will give up clock speed as a rule.
    A X4 965BE will cost you much less, and will generally perform better in games.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/146?vs=102

    Other than that, the build looks good.
  2. Thanks geofelt. I will take that into consideration. $116 difference is significant.
  3. This is a much better system then yours with a quad processor:

    DVD-RW http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 -the one you chose is ok.

    Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216 -this is a much better case the the one you chose, better ventilated and you also have an intake for the bottom mounted power supply.

    HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284 the one you chose is ok

    Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631

    Video card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150477

    PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012 the corsair HX is a high quality PSU.

    RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279 4 gb kit, a little faster then yours, lower latencies.

    CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808 quad core amd cpu black edition at 3.2 GHz

    CPU cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010 this is one of the best CPU coolers, it is a sealed water cooler so there is no need for maintenance.

    Also please remember to register your video card to xfx site because in 30 days from your purchase the option expires and you will lose the warranty.

    EDIT: forgot to ad the final price....Grand Total:* $1,118.91
  4. With the highest end AM3 currently with current pricing there is only 2 logical choice for me

    1. 955BE
    2. 1055T + aftermkt HSF + clock a.s.a.p

    In summary: 1090T if u can pick up OCing isn't worth it with the premium paid over 1055T

    That said never undestimate the impact of a nice juicy LCD on the sheer enjoyment levels of using the rig hehe So at a somewhat healthy budget i would hit at least a Full HD 23" U mentioned no CF? Then why pay for 8/8 + IGP with the 890GX?

    $820AR tower

    Hit a nice 23-24"?
  5. cpu&gpu: x4 955 & xfx 5870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.435996

    mobo&os: gigabyte 890xa (very high quality mobo and can cf)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437524.13-128-438

    case&psu: lancool pc-k62 & xfx 750w (both are top notch quality the psu is actually made by seasonic like corsairs)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.440220

    ram: g.skill eco 4gb(very fast 1600mhz and cl7 @1.35v kits also ver high quality)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231321

    hdd: samsung spinpoint f3 1tb(also very reliable and fast hdd)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    odd: a sony optirac
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

    hsf: scythe mugen 2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142

    Subtotal: $1,114.90
  6. Batuchka makes a good point about the motherboard, 870 would be more logical if I don't plan on CF. Is the x4 965 significantly better than the 955 cpu?

    Also, any suggestions on Monitors around $200?
  7. In general, no. The 955 can be tweaked easily in Bios to be a 965 I believe.

    Acer 24 inch, 2ms response time. 1920 x 1080 - $209.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009245&cm_re=acer_24_inch-_-24-009-245-_-Product

    Samsung 23 inch, 2ms response time, 1920 x 1080 -$209.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001377&cm_re=samsung_23_inch-_-24-001-377-_-Product
  8. I am leaning towards the build that batuchka posted + a 23'' HD Monitor. Will that build require any aftermarket cooling? I want to purchase tonight. Any last second thoughts on that build?!
  9. Well i suggest you buy the DVD-RW i posted, better RAM because they are CAS 9 from what i see, the case i do not know and xfx PSU i can not give any negative/positive thoughts. I hope i did not messed you up.
  10. the only time you need aftermarket cooling is if you want to OC your CPU in which case you don't wantthe stock cooler.
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