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July 27, 2010 3:33:50 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Over the next few months. Would like a build idea now so I can watch for parts on sale.

BUDGET RANGE: $1200.00 USD max before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Server file compiling, 1080 movies, general use.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Everything required.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type : Higher Quality parts. I would like to avoid lesser brands. I also like the Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case but will consider others.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, at a later date.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

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July 27, 2010 3:57:35 AM

AMD System

Mobo: Either ASUS M4A89GTD 890GX w/ USB 3 (~$149) OR Gigabyte 890FX-UD5 (~189.99)

CPU: Phenom II X4 955, 965 ($160-$180), OR Athlon II 620-640 (~$100)

PSU: Corsair 650 TX/HX to Corsair 850TX/HX ($100-$160) OR Seasonic Gold Series (~180) OR Antec Earthwatts/TruPower series ($50-$160)

Case: Antec 300 Illusion is good

CPU HSF: H50 ($79.99) OR Xigmatek Dark Knight ($45) OR Thermaltake Frio ($60) OR Cogage TRUE Spirit ($30) OR CM Hyper 212+ ($50)

GPU: For AMD system, single ATI 5770 (~$160 Sapphire, XFX, or Powercolor) OR Geforce 9800 GTX+ ($129.99 EVGA, Zotac, old BFG cards) OR GTX 460 (~$200 EVGA, ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte) OR ATI 5770/5750 CrossfireX (~$330) OR ATI 5850 (~$300 reference)

HDD: 1 TB 7200 RPM /5400 RPM (~89.99-$119.99 Samsung, Seagate, WD has SATA 6.0) OR 2X 1 TB in RAID 0/1 (~$180-$200) OR 2 TB HDD (~$140-$200)

ODD: Lots of OEMs to choose from, but look into the ASUS DRW-B1ST

Speakers: Creative T3130 (~$50)

Monitor: Generic 1080p monitors (~200 ASUS, Samsung, Dell, HP, Acer)

OS: XP Pro SP3 (lol) OR Win 7 64 bit Professional-Ultimate (~$200 for Upgrade versions, more for Full versions)

Mouse: Generic Microsoft Optical Mouse (~$10)

Keyboard: Generic keyboard (~$15-$30) OR Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard (~$50)
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July 27, 2010 4:10:11 AM
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July 27, 2010 4:12:36 AM

Intel System (P55)

CPU: i5-750 (~$199.99)

Mobo: P55 Chipset Mobos with USB 3 and SATA 6 (~$140- $200) from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, or EVGA

RAM: G Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 1.5V (~$110) OR other DDR3 1600 RAM sticks from Crucial, Kingston, or Corsair

PSU: Same as AMD system

Case: Antec 300 Illusion

CPU HSF: Same as AMD system

GPU: 9800GTX+ SLI (~$250) OR 260 GTX Core 216 (~$180-$200) OR 5770 (~$160) OR 460 GTX SLI (~$440) OR other choices from AMD system (CrossfireX or SLI)

HDD: Same as AMD system

ODD: Same as AMD system

Speakers: Guess which ones..

Monitors: You get the picture...

OS: Gah!

Mouse: .....

Keyboard: =)
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July 27, 2010 4:13:30 AM

Well, hope you can build a well balanced system from salvaging the above. Good luck on your build.
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July 27, 2010 4:42:47 AM

eugenester said:
Well, hope you can build a well balanced system from salvaging the above. Good luck on your build.



Thank you very much!
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July 27, 2010 8:03:00 PM

Baralis said:
Thank you very much!

No problem, good luck on your build =D
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August 2, 2010 9:51:32 AM

Best answer selected by baralis.
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August 2, 2010 10:54:49 AM

I cannot decide if I want to go with the 955 or the i5 750 build. Both are within a few dollars of one another. Since I compile server files regularly and the i5 preforms better in this area but at the cost of a lesser GPU in the same price range.


Which do you feel would better suit my needs? 50/50 gaming/compiling.



i5 750 & GTX 460 1GB with a 650W PSU.

or

955 be & ATI HD 5850 1GB with a 750W PSU.


Remember I do plan to OC and SLI/Crossfire down the road.
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August 2, 2010 8:02:16 PM

Hmm...if you are willing to lose some file compiling performance for an unlocked processor and better graphics, then I would go for the AMD system. But the difference could be rounded out with a speedy HDD/s. The AMD system would be my choice, with the advent of new standards such as USB 3 and SATA 6 coming, the increased bandwith would probably increase your performance. A beefier PSU also provides more headroom for overclocking.
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