First Custom Gaming Build

Hey forums,

I am looking to build a new gaming rig, and it has been 4 years since my last real rig. I guess I'll use the template, as it seems to be the easiest way of getting a message across.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon, very soon....

BUDGET RANGE: $600-750 After rebates (only way I'll be able to afford the damn thing)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Video Editing, Photoshop, Movies, Music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I really dont' care. Cheapest prices (including shipping)

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU for sure, I want either a 5850 or a GTX 460, whatever works out best

OVERCLOCKING: CPU (maybe) and definetely gpu

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future, yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050 (might upgrade in the future, but it works for now.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to be able to play any game....with ooh shiny settings. Also, I'm on a very strict budget, so any suggestions would be great.
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  1. Phenom 2 X4 955 150$
    4GB G.skill eco series 99$
    XFX black edition 750 91$
    Antec 300 Illusion 60$
    Generic litescribe OD 18$
    Samsung f3 60$
    GTX 460 1GB 190$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261075
    Motherboard 110$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=Property&N=100007625%20600007943&IsNodeId=1&Manufactory=1944%2C1312%2C1315%2C1314&PropertyCodeValue=719%3A57559%2C719%3A57237%2C719%3A57483%2C719%3A55462%2C7968%3A74809%2C7968%3A55465%2C7968%3A56407%2C7968%3A57760&bop=And&CompareItemList=22|13-130-275^13-130-275-TS%2C13-130-276^13-130-276-TS%2C13-157-188R^13-157-188-TS%2C13-128-443^13-128-443-TS%2C13-157-191R^13-157-191-TS

    Eh, went over by 28. Could definitely shave cash on the PSU/ram. Case and mobo are are feature focused as well.
  2. obsidian86, that was perfect, until the mobo. I want to crossfire in the future, and that mobo has an x16, x4. soooooo clooooose
  3. You can't crossfire a GTX 460 so IMO that's not all that relevant.
  4. I am going with a 5850. This one is cheap, it's a FROZR II, and it's an ATI card. Alll the easier to choose.
    Here's the link:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127500&cm_re=5850-_-14-127-500-_-Product
  5. Link? What price? In most cases a 470 offers better price/performance if you have the cash to spend. Though IMO I would spend that on components that hold value, like ram, HD, PSU, OD, and the case.

    Motherboards, CPUs, and GPUs degrade in value rapidly.
  6. Threw a link in the above post.
  7. Now that's a deal to jump on :)
  8. Here's a build I've been slaving over for the past few hours. Any takes on it?

    CPU & PSU: Phenom II X4 945 + OCZ ModXStream Pro
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.499427

    Case & Drive: NZXT M59 + Samsung 22X
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492950

    RAM: Patriot G Series Sector 5 DDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220435

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 500 Gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

    Mobo & OS: ASUS EVO + Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437524.13-131-402

    GPU: MSI Radeon 5850 Twin Frozr
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127500&cm_re=5850-_-14-127-500-_-Product

    Any help to cut prices would be AMAZING. (I know, already cheap. But I'm TIGHT ON CASH)
  9. IMO I would spend 10$ more to avoid that modxstream, they're very much crap. http://www.hardocp.com/article/2008/11/12/ocz_700w_modxstream_pro_power_supply/4

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492980 (use code XFXPOWER)

    For 5$ you can double the capacity of your hard drive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    For 2$ this ram will pay for itself in voltage savings. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144266

    Sorry, seemed to have bumped it 17$, but those components are quite a bit nicer.


    Potentially a better buy for the 800 series chipsets: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437524.13-130-275 USB+Sata3, but only x4 crossfire. This mobo is also very nice, but OoS on Newegg. http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-870-CrossFireX-Motherboard-Extreme3/dp/B003L838IE
  10. I like the hard-drive, and that deal on the PSU is killer (forgot to apply the promo) Also, is that ASRock Mobo 2 true x16 slots? Cause I don't want anything less than dual x8 mode, ya know?
  11. Combo instant off? Ignore the combo+MIR savings since they cancel eachother out. With the Code XFXPOWER the XFX is only 10$ more.

    Yes it is: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157198&cm_re=asrock_extreme3-_-13-157-198-_-Product
  12. My bad, I feel like a dumbass. That combo w/ the promo code really is amazing. Guess I should read better next time :D. But about that ASRock....is it true dual x16's?
  13. Dual X16 physical, 16X electrical to split between the two.
  14. So x8 x8 when in crossfire config?
  15. that's okay. I applied a coupon code to the current mobo and got 10 off, and with a 20 mail in rebate, i'd say it's a darn good deal.
  16. For that price, go for it. Sata/USB 3 aren't huge deals IMO.
  17. Any other cost cutters? I'm currently at 756 after rebates. maybe a little more budget cutting if possible?
  18. bump
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