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September 3, 2010 3:56:14 AM

Think I'm gonna build this Labor day weekend.
I mostly game 1920x1080. Would love to be able to kick the crap out of the lame Xbox and PS3's I've been playing for the last year or so.

Heres what I'm thinking of putting together. I don't really wanna OC things, but I may take things up a bit just to push it to its limit.

Case: $44.99
http://www.amazon.com/MYOPENPC-Transparent-Computer-Mai...

Mobo : $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply and memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU

I live near microcenter

so i5-650, i5-760, or i7-930 are all options. All said I'd like to pick the cheapest one if it will fit my needs. Please leave your opinon

Video Card

2 GTX 460's, haven't decided which specific model, probably whatever is good at Amazon, though I hear Palit makes a mean card.

probably just put a couple of 1 TB drives for HD.

So what do you think, good call? bad call? something I can do different?

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September 3, 2010 4:37:11 AM

You need to consider and post a price goal. You can't put an i7 in that board.
i5 is the best price to performance ratio platform for intel right now.
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September 3, 2010 8:03:50 AM

I would rule out the i5-650; it's just a higher clocked i3-530. You should easily be able to overclock an i3-530 to higher speeds (with the stock cooler and without increasing the cpu voltage mine was stable at 3.52 GHz). Even if you've never overclocked before, it would be pretty easy to do (like 3 changes in the BIOS).

The same goes for the i7-8XX processors (The i7s that fit in that motherboard); they are just higher clocked versions of the i5-750.


That isn't a case; it's a test bench. You should get something enclose for a long term build. If you don't want to spend very much, these are a couple cheap, highly rated cases.

NZXT Gamma $43 (not very durable, large, good cable management)

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

Antec 300 $63 (Stalwart of a case, durable, good cooling, good noise isolation)

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


I would go with an ATX motherboard and not the micro ATX one you listed. Unless you want a more compact system, you get more features with a full ATX form factor motherboard. There also aren't any mATX LGA1156 motherboards with onboard SATA III and USB 3.0 yet. Here's a motherboard with the latest features:

MSI P55A-G55 $128 (SLI ready with x8/x8 mode, SATA III, USB 3.0)

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


That power supply isn't a good choice for an SLI setup; it only has two PCI-E connectors. Each GTX 460 requires two PCI-E connectors so you would have to daisy-chain the other connectors (not recommended). This power supply (better reviews, higher efficiency, modular) is a better choice:

XFX XXX 650W Power supply $67 after Promo and rebate.

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


Although two GTX 460s in SLI would offer impressive performance, that setup will leave you with no route to upgrade. Personally I would go with a single GTX 470, HD 5850, or HD 5870. That way I would be able to add a second one in the future, when games have become even more graphically demanding and those graphics cards have become outdated, cheaper. With your budget you shouldn't have any problems fitting in one of the higher end graphics cards, either.

The prices of these faster cards have come down in response to the introduction of the GTX 460. You can get a deal on a GTX 470 or HD 5850 for around $260-280

Here's a combo with a Gigabyte GTX 470 and 4GB of DDR3 1600 for $334:

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

And here's a combo with a Gigabyte HD 5850 and the same memory for $319:

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


If you want to prepare for an SLI or Crossfire setup of these graphics cards (mostly the GTX 470) you should step up to a slightly higher power PSU.

XFX 850W $113.5 (even better reviews, better efficiency, still modular)

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


If you act fast, you can still get in on the Samsung Spinpoint 1TB for $60 deal:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 3, 2010 11:47:35 AM

wielander said:
"I would rule out the i5-650; it's just a higher clocked i3-530. You should easily be able to overclock an i3-530 to higher speeds (with the stock cooler and without increasing the cpu voltage mine was stable at 3.52 GHz). Even if you've never overclocked before, it would be pretty easy to do (like 3 changes in the BIOS)."

I can get a i3-540 for $99 vs. i5-650 $139 vs. i5-750 for $169. so you think I should be able to squeeze the performance I need out of a $99 chip? if that is true it gives me a little mor wiggle room on the motherboard price. I'm ok with OC'ing, it just not something I wanna spend a lot of time or money on.

"I would go with an ATX motherboard and not the micro ATX one you listed. Unless you want a more compact system, you get more features with a full ATX form factor motherboard. There also aren't any mATX LGA1156 motherboards with onboard SATA III and USB 3.0 yet. Here's a motherboard with the latest features"

MSI P55A-G55 $128 (SLI ready with x8/x8 mode, SATA III, USB 3.0)

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

sounds food. I'll check it out.



Although two GTX 460s in SLI would offer impressive performance, that setup will leave you with no route to upgrade.

I understand your concern but I think this will last me two years or so. at that point if I am into it enough, I'll think about a new system. This stuff changes so fast. if I was gonna go all out I'd build a 930 x58 and get a couple 470's. I'm a gamer, but if I'm not that picky. like I said I've been console gaming for a while. though I didn't specify in the title, this is obviously a budget.

If you act fast, you can still get in on the Samsung Spinpoint 1TB for $60 deal:

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


thanks for your help. I'd like to know your opinion still on the mobo and cpu
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September 3, 2010 11:55:03 AM

silversurfernhs said:
You need to consider and post a price goal. You can't put an i7 in that board.
i5 is the best price to performance ratio platform for intel right now.



My goal is to build around the GTX 460's. I wanna be able to run them at full tilt without bottlenecking them
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September 10, 2010 12:14:39 AM

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