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July 27, 2010 4:03:14 PM

Hello hello, I've been browsing forums and trying to educate myself a little bit before I posted, so here goes :)  I beg you to tolerate what ignorance I may convey - I'm a learner!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Early to Mid August

BUDGET RANGE: $1200 - $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (FFXIV, Starcraft 2... etc...), Graphic Design (Adobe Suite)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, I have a monitor but suggestions for compatibility with this new build would be nice

PREFFERED WEBSITES FOR PARTS: Newegg.com (I might be able to get a few parts at wholesale $ once I figure out what I need)

PARTS PREFFRENCES: None in particular

OVERCLOCKING: Never done it. Wouldn't know how :) 

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Generally know very little about these. That's something I'm still reading up on and trying to understand.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have some tech savy people that I can go to for help and they have given me suggestions but I'm trying to be open to ideas.

IDEAS I HAVE SO FAR:

CPU: I was really leaning towards AMD Phenom II X4 965/955 but I read alot of varying opinoins about 955 being cheaper for an unoticable difference and that i5/i7 might be better. I also hear alot of AMD is better for price/performance which is why I landed on AMD. Feel free to explain why not to go that route if you so feel it.

GPU: also hear good and bad about the Sapphire 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 GPU so I'm again *really* unsure of how to go in the GPU direction.

MOBO: No idea - still trying to settle and get a good opinoin about Processor and GPU (ASUS seems to be the brand to get though)

Everything else is generally up in the air. I have a few builds that I've set aside to compare with what you smarty-harty's can come up with :)  I'm open to ideas and suggestions and discussion.

Thank you in advance for everyone's help!

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July 27, 2010 4:24:35 PM

sli and cf means that you add 2 gpu's ati/nvidia and they work together each one processing half of the screen or half the frames.

i would say go amd they will last a realy long time. intel's sockets are all going to be replaced in 2011.

here is a build for $1,357.89 with ssd and an os

mobo+os: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

gpu+cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

case+ps: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 27, 2010 4:32:59 PM

Here's a build I think you'll find interesting:

DVD Burner 18.00 With Free Shipping: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case and PSU 254.00: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Hard Drive 70.00 With Free Shipping: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory 84.00 for 2 x 1GB Sticks With Free Shipping: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU and Motherboard for 480.00: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Graphics Card 470.00 With Free Shipping and Free StarCraft 2 Trial: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is max 1400.00.

Edit: Wow I just have to add this, I've been gone so long I'm getting a little rusty! Sorry everyone and I left you some spare change to buy a operating system for this build. Well please if I made a mistake don't be mean to me. :( 
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July 27, 2010 4:40:45 PM

2155087,1,683149 said:
Hello hello, I've been browsing forums and trying to educate myself a little bit before I posted, so here goes :)  I beg you to tolerate what ignorance I may convey - I'm a learner!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Early to Mid August

BUDGET RANGE: $1200 - $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (FFXIV, Starcraft 2... etc...), Graphic Design (Adobe Suite)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, I have a monitor but suggestions for compatibility with this new build would be nice

PREFFERED WEBSITES FOR PARTS: Newegg.com (I might be able to get a few parts at wholesale $ once I figure out what I need)

PARTS PREFFRENCES: None in particular

OVERCLOCKING: Never done it. Wouldn't know how :) 

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Generally know very little about these. That's something I'm still reading up on and trying to understand.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have some tech savy people that I can go to for help and they have given me suggestions but I'm trying to be open to ideas.


Check it out here's my newegg.com build $1200
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

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July 27, 2010 4:46:42 PM
July 27, 2010 5:00:17 PM
July 28, 2010 4:14:50 PM

Best answer selected by Cywren.
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July 28, 2010 4:37:33 PM

mrhoshos96 said:
sli and cf means that you add 2 gpu's ati/nvidia and they work together each one processing half of the screen or half the frames.

i would say go amd they will last a realy long time. intel's sockets are all going to be replaced in 2011.

here is a build for $1,357.89 with ssd and an os

mobo+os: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

gpu+cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

case+ps: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hsf: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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


So, just so I know I understand: SSD drive should be where programs are stored to make use of their technology while personal files should generally be stored on the HDD? Also, a lot of the fans And cooling systems that have been suggested state that they are "intel" compatible. I can safely assume the one mentioned in the build above is compatible? Any tidbits of remaing suggestions or ideas is greatly appreciated.
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July 28, 2010 5:25:38 PM

yes that is what ssd are used for

the hsf chould fit on any socket
Compatibility
Intel Socket 478 / LGA1366 / LGA1156 / LGA775
AMD Socket AM3 / AM2 / AM2 / 940 / 939 / 754
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July 28, 2010 6:17:45 PM

I went with the build you suggested mrhoshos. Thank you so much! All of the suggestions were wonderful.

Now if anyone has brands to stay away from advice or ideas on monitors I won't be offended ;) 
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July 29, 2010 6:28:59 PM

Just go with 1080i/p and 2ms response times.
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July 29, 2010 10:23:30 PM

SHANEMARINES said:
Just go with 1080i/p and 2ms response times.

2ms isn't worth it. it doesn't improve anything it's just like 5ms.
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July 29, 2010 10:46:47 PM

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mrhoshos96 wrote : "i would say go amd they will last a realy long time. intel's sockets are all going to be replaced in 2011."



I was thinking of getting the Intel I5-750 cpu. What do you mean they are being replaced next year? What does that mean for someone buying an Intel cpu this year?
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July 29, 2010 11:00:39 PM

it means that lga 1156 is going to be replaced by lga 1155 in Q1 2011(which means there will be no cpu's coming out for the lga1156)
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July 30, 2010 5:35:05 AM

It just means that intel is ripping off consumers by changing product over so quickly and making something as in the i3/i5/i7 socket dead and making you spend the extra bucks on buy a new motherboard.

Ugh technology at its worst! Well you can always go AM3, I will admit though I really do like the performance of the i7's they are E-MAZing!! :) 
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