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October 3, 2010 3:08:39 PM

I built my first two cpus while at school and one of the most recent has died (it's either the mobo or cpu, but I don't have any urge to find out). What I woud like to do is build a new desktop, but the last time I looked at this stuff ddr2 ram was new and a 6800 gt nvidia was king. Can anyone give me a build on a gaming computer? Price of "good value", no overpriced new stuff, would be happy to buy a built desktop if a reasonable price comparison (looks to be off by 300-400 dollars everywhere I look). Looking for around a$1000.

Games currently playing... starcraft 2. Will get diablo 3.

I have a Nvidia 8500GT that I had to replace my old video card that went bad. It'd be fine to build a nice desktop and then just change out the video card when I absolutely have to. or I'll go all for it. Please help, I'm so lost. Saw some other posts but the links were out of date. I'll be buying today.

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October 3, 2010 3:26:03 PM

CPU? You mean PC right?

Well what is your monitor size/resolution?
That 8500 isn't going to cut it for gaming, but $1000 will get you a long way nowadays.
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October 3, 2010 3:33:43 PM

LOL - there used to be a thread here 2-3 years ago, about making a CPU using a hammer, metal and sand I think :p . Pretty comic, but I think some mod deleted it..
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October 3, 2010 3:50:04 PM

yeah noticed I was doing that after I typed message, fixed all but title... I said it's been a while...
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October 3, 2010 3:51:40 PM

monitors are a couple of old e-machine crt's (is that the right word?) the size of a watermelon. look great tho... I'll get the cpu now and can get an lcd when I find one on slickdeals. From what I remember AMD is a little more "cost effective" then Intel. Same true today?
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October 3, 2010 4:24:14 PM

Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition?
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October 3, 2010 4:33:49 PM

jsteen84 said:
monitors are a couple of old e-machine crt's (is that the right word?) the size of a watermelon. look great tho... I'll get the cpu now and can get an lcd when I find one on slickdeals. From what I remember AMD is a little more "cost effective" then Intel. Same true today?

For value segments yes, but you might want a Intel since you have $1000.

Heres a setup:

i5 750 + OCZ 4GB DDR3 1600 $254 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS P7P55D Pro + Win 7 HP $230
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Lancool K62 + XFX 650W: $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GTX 460 1GB $200AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 1TB :$59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite-ON Burner $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $890AR

If youre not upgrading your monitor soon though, trhe 769MB is just as good for $30 less.
Though if you can, waiting a month for the HD6000s (maybe even for SB if you're patient) are even better.

Heres a AMD build if you want though:

Phenom II X4 955BE + Win 7 HP $223
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASrock 870 Crossfire $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin 4GB DDR3 1600 $80AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lancool K62 + XFX 650W: $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MSI HD5850 $240AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 1TB :$59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite-ON Burner $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total: $861AR
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October 3, 2010 6:30:26 PM

you are amazing... thank you

can't wait. SC2 bought 7 days ago and an't play now.
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October 3, 2010 6:52:28 PM

So thanks for the build. Now the question remaining is... which is better?

Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition + HD5850

OR

i5 750 + GTX 460
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October 3, 2010 9:50:12 PM

For SC2, the i5+460 should coming out a small bit ahead. For most other games, the AMD build will best the 460 build by a decent margin.

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October 4, 2010 10:40:17 PM

So the 768 MB 460 is on sale for 130. Can I buy that video card with the AMD processor/motherboard? I dont' see why not.
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October 4, 2010 10:44:12 PM

You can, but you just lose the ability to add another down the road, which would be nice for the GTX460.
$130 is a nice deal though so fell free to get it.
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October 4, 2010 11:41:44 PM

OC'd AMD 1055T + 1gb GTX460 is my recommend if you cant wait a few months for the new platforms to arrive.
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October 5, 2010 12:31:40 AM

Timop said:
You can, but you just lose the ability to add another down the road, which would be nice for the GTX460.
$130 is a nice deal though so fell free to get it.



Okay, then I always buy the next "ATI" later on if it comes to it? I've added all to cart... $804 + whatever rebates so ~750 out the door. Any reasons why not a good build? Looks classy to me.
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October 5, 2010 1:43:13 AM

jsteen84 said:
Okay, then I always buy the next "ATI" later on if it comes to it? I've added all to cart... $804 + whatever rebates so ~750 out the door. Any reasons why not a good build? Looks classy to me.

If you're comfortable then go for it.
Its a great build regardless and you can always keep the 460 as a PhysX card.
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