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August 3, 2010 4:28:09 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next few Days.

BUDGET RANGE: $850 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, occasional homework.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tigerdirect (unless you know of a better one where I can find things cheaper)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.A.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would def like a full tower case for future upgrades. I like the Antec 900 and 1200 towers but if there is another FULL tower case out there for a better price let me know.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes (New builder here so if got any info please let me know)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Either or doesnt matter. but if i can get just as much bang out of a single card I would rather go that route. I am a fan of Nvidia but i want a card that will get me the best bang for my buck and a card that I wont have to replace by next year.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want a quiet PC with plenty of cooling options. I posted this about a weeks ago asking the same thing but my budget went down since then so if i could get some help I will be purchasing this with in the next week. Looking for some good deals.
August 3, 2010 6:40:18 PM

Here is a very good bang for the buck (IMO) gaming system, crossfire ready:

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 955 + XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG Black 24X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$734.94

+ some case you like + maybe an aftermarket CPU cooler if you overclock.
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August 3, 2010 7:06:34 PM
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August 3, 2010 7:07:21 PM

Um.... GTX460 for sure. At $200, it performs almost as well asa the $300 radeon the above guy listed. The 460's actually perform better than 5850's in starcraft 2
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August 3, 2010 7:10:52 PM

mosox said:
Here is a very good bang for the buck (IMO) gaming system, crossfire ready:

GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 955 + XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG Black 24X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$734.94

+ some case you like + maybe an aftermarket CPU cooler if you overclock.



This is a good solid build, you forgot the memory though ;P
G.Skill or Corsair are both highly recommended. Also, expect to add $100 for windows 7.

As far as the case, dont just go with the cheapest thing you can find. You have to look at the damn thing for the next 5 years, and possibly replace parts in it again. Spend the extra money and get the one you wanted.

I was looking at the Antech 900 and ended up going with the Cool Master HAF 932 after watching youtube video reviews of both cases. Just me...
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August 3, 2010 7:22:18 PM

lowriderflow said:
Um.... GTX460 for sure. At $200, it performs almost as well asa the $300 radeon the above guy listed. The 460's actually perform better than 5850's in starcraft 2


@ $200 your seriously recommending the 768mb gtx460 over the 5850?

You cannot get a 1gb GTX 460 @ $200. (atleast not that I can find) they are all $229
You CAN frequently get a 1GB 5850 for $250 that outperforms both GTX 460's.

And since when are we measuring GPU performance off of SC2? I can play it on high on my sons GT 9600 512mb.
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August 3, 2010 7:35:13 PM
August 3, 2010 8:22:24 PM

GTX 460 is a really hard card to recommend in budget builds as most of them use an AMD CPU. This effectively means you either build a PC with no easy SLI upgrade, or you give up USB 3/SATA 6 and any official support from AMD.

Now, in a more expensive build with Intel CPU's it's more interesting, but at that point you're also looking at 5870's and GTX 470's as well. Granted, SLI 460's off the bat is excellent performance per $, but going SLI right off that bat outside a performance/$ competition is not the best idea.
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August 3, 2010 10:48:13 PM

Around how much will a decent intel build cost me? If i am giving up so much with not going with intel. I might just build half and then build other half when I can get enough money or something. I would like to just get going but I dont want to comprimise a great system that could be built for a bit more than my current budget.
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August 3, 2010 11:01:22 PM
August 4, 2010 3:59:12 AM

Ok so I was talking to the wife and she said that I gotta wait again now ><. But I can get the case and parts that will not be outdated so quick right now like case and whatever else. What are the parts that I should get now that will not be outdated so fast?
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August 4, 2010 7:58:37 AM

a new wife
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August 4, 2010 8:54:56 AM

Pheutile said:
What are the parts that I should get now that will not be outdated so fast?
mosox said:
a new wife

OMG ... ROFLMAO, man ... so true :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 
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August 4, 2010 9:54:43 AM

Just a joke, I hope Pheutile isn't mad at me. :) 

I wouldn't buy anything, it depends on when you're gonna get the rest of the parts, new stuff appears every day and the prices for the current parts are not increasing, on the contrary.
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August 4, 2010 12:41:44 PM

No no good call man but cant replace this one she is a keeper and I got 2 kids with her and I dont want to pay child support for the next 18 years of my life lol.
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August 4, 2010 12:43:48 PM

Well i guess i am gonna get the essential stuff like I said before first Case, PSU, Ram first then get the rest of it in a few weeks to a month. I just dont want to buy a GPU or a processor and then when i get around to finishing the build, it be something i could have go for half the price or got a better one for the price I paid for this one.
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