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August 18, 2010 2:57:11 PM

Yep - another cheap bastard looking for help...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: See additional comments

BUDGET RANGE: Below $1,000 pre rebates (AR wouldn't be the worst thing)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming SC2, D3 (if it ever comes out), Movie streaming to PS3

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg or wherever

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm leaning toward i5. Would like a minimum of a 22" display.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No (right now) due to budget

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

1. As it pertains to build date. I don't need this system now and I have posted this in a different thread. I'm debating whether it's worth it due to my budget to just sit back and wait a few months for BF / CM to see what kind of deals pop up. My gut tells me that due to my budget, I'm prolly not going to save a huge sum of cash (maybe on the display) and I'm not going to be able to make any large tech jumps (i.e SLi, i7, etc...). But at the same time I don't want to get stuck in that technology holding pattern that is, "I'll just wait a couple months so it will be cheaper). But again, a couple months in this case is BF / CM and could net me some savings.

August 18, 2010 3:41:28 PM

Well, one option is to get a SLI ready i5 setup now with a single GTX460 then hunt for deals for another on BF/CM and perhaps an SSD. Though I really haven seen much BF/CM deals on hardware, mainly just monitors, laptops, and a camera or two.

i5 750 (if you live hear a Microcenter) $150
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

P7P55D Pro $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GTX 460 $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DDR3 1333 RAM $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Nzxt Gamma case $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair TX650 $60AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer 24 inch 1080P monitor (theres also a LG 21.5 for for $150 if you like) $160:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $895 After 20MIR.
(add in another $100 for Win 7, but when you are ready to buy, combos should be able to shave $100 off)
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August 18, 2010 3:56:58 PM

Timop said:
Well, one option is to get a SLI ready i5 setup now with a single GTX460 then hunt for deals for another on BF/CM and perhaps an SSD. Though I really haven seen much BF/CM deals on hardware, mainly just monitors, laptops, and a camera or two.

i5 750 (if you live hear a Microcenter) $150
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


Man, that sucks. I don't. :( 

Any Tom's people want to help me out? :D 
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August 18, 2010 4:53:20 PM

Not worth it, buy can actually by better parts separately on newegg for cheaper.
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August 19, 2010 4:27:53 PM

Thanks for the info Timop...

I'm going to bump this and just ask, how would you recommend building it if I were to go AMD and would like at least a 1GB 460?

Many thanks!
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August 19, 2010 4:45:39 PM

Its an alternative but I wont suggest it.
The only Mobos that do SLI with AMD isn't the best Mobos you can get for the money and for 1080P, the difference between the two cards really isn't that much(about 7%).

Though if you find a cheap(~$210)1GB GTX460 go for it, the difference widens by a lttle bit for SLI.
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August 19, 2010 6:30:46 PM

Timop said:
Its an alternative but I wont suggest it.
The only Mobos that do SLI with AMD isn't the best Mobos you can get for the money and for 1080P, the difference between the two cards really isn't that much(about 7%).

Though if you find a cheap(~$210)1GB GTX460 go for it, the difference widens by a lttle bit for SLI.



Ah,

So watcha think?

http://i.imgur.com/BwJdP.png
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August 19, 2010 11:02:44 PM

Fnerb said:
There has to be good reason no one is recommending these:

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

Because it is a OEM machine that that uses the cheapest parts possible and throws in way too much RAM you cant possibly use to jack up the price.

If you want a really cheap build at the cost of features and quality, it is possible even if you DIY, though I wont recommend it.
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August 19, 2010 11:34:07 PM

Man, I keep going back and forth and can't make up my mind. Keep plugging in different components trying to whittle down the price.

Think I need to ____ or get off the pot. :D 
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August 20, 2010 5:00:46 PM

Personally, I would this cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But its a great build.
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August 30, 2010 12:40:17 AM

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