First Custom Gaming Build Tags: Homebuilt Gaming Build Systems Product Last response: September 8, 2010 5:08 AM in Systems Share Bbpsword September 5, 2010 9:20:40 PM 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. More about : custom gaming build obsidian86 a b B Homebuilt system September 5, 2010 9:28:35 PM MSI N460GTX Hawk major combo $685 after rebate m 0 l sp12 September 5, 2010 9:36:15 PM Phenom 2 X4 955 150$ 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=N82E168... Motherboard 110$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|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. m 0 l Related resources Critic my first custom gaming PC build! - Forum Need Advice on my first budget custom Gaming PC build - Forum First time Custom Build - Video Editing/Gaming Mar 2014 - Forum My first custom gaming build - Forum First custom build | Gaming + Work | $1200 budget - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Bbpsword September 5, 2010 9:42:29 PM obsidian86, that was perfect, until the mobo. I want to crossfire in the future, and that mobo has an x16, x4. soooooo clooooose m 0 l sp12 September 5, 2010 9:50:12 PM You can't crossfire a GTX 460 so IMO that's not all that relevant. m 0 l Bbpsword September 5, 2010 10:23:40 PM I am going with a 5850. This one is cheap, it's a FROZR II, and it's an ATI card. Alll the easier to choose. Here's the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... m 0 l sp12 September 5, 2010 10:55:49 PM Link? What price? In most cases a 470 offers better price/performance if you have the cash to spend. Though IMO I would spend that on components that hold value, like ram, HD, PSU, OD, and the case. Motherboards, CPUs, and GPUs degrade in value rapidly. m 0 l Bbpsword September 5, 2010 11:05:58 PM Threw a link in the above post. m 0 l sp12 September 5, 2010 11:21:58 PM Now that's a deal to jump on m 0 l Bbpsword September 5, 2010 11:35:42 PM Here's a build I've been slaving over for the past few hours. Any takes on it? CPU & PSU: Phenom II X4 945 + OCZ ModXStream Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Case & Drive: NZXT M59 + Samsung 22X http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... RAM: Patriot G Series Sector 5 DDR3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 500 Gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Mobo & OS: ASUS EVO + Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... GPU: MSI Radeon 5850 Twin Frozr http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Any help to cut prices would be AMAZING. (I know, already cheap. But I'm TIGHT ON CASH) m 0 l sp12 September 5, 2010 11:41:54 PM IMO I would spend 10$ more to avoid that modxstream, they're very much crap. http://www.hardocp.com/article/2008/11/12/ocz_700w_modx... http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (use code XFXPOWER) For 5$ you can double the capacity of your hard drive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... For 2$ this ram will pay for itself in voltage savings. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Sorry, seemed to have bumped it 17$, but those components are quite a bit nicer. Potentially a better buy for the 800 series chipsets: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... USB+Sata3, but only x4 crossfire. This mobo is also very nice, but OoS on Newegg. http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-870-CrossFireX-Motherboard... m 0 l Bbpsword September 5, 2010 11:57:50 PM I like the hard-drive, and that deal on the PSU is killer (forgot to apply the promo) Also, is that ASRock Mobo 2 true x16 slots? Cause I don't want anything less than dual x8 mode, ya know? m 0 l sp12 September 6, 2010 12:13:16 AM Combo instant off? Ignore the combo+MIR savings since they cancel eachother out. With the Code XFXPOWER the XFX is only 10$ more. Yes it is: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... m 0 l Bbpsword September 6, 2010 12:16:53 AM My bad, I feel like a dumbass. That combo w/ the promo code really is amazing. Guess I should read better next time . But about that ASRock....is it true dual x16's? m 0 l sp12 September 6, 2010 12:24:42 AM Dual X16 physical, 16X electrical to split between the two. m 0 l Bbpsword September 6, 2010 12:43:34 AM So x8 x8 when in crossfire config? m 0 l sp12 September 6, 2010 12:57:47 AM Yes. m 0 l Bbpsword September 6, 2010 3:04:02 AM 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. m 0 l sp12 September 6, 2010 3:38:19 AM For that price, go for it. Sata/USB 3 aren't huge deals IMO. m 0 l Bbpsword September 6, 2010 5:00:00 AM Any other cost cutters? I'm currently at 756 after rebates. maybe a little more budget cutting if possible? m 0 l Bbpsword September 8, 2010 5:08:37 AM bump m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! 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