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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.

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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.
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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
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September 5, 2010 9:50:12 PM

You can't crossfire a GTX 460 so IMO that's not all that relevant.
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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.
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September 5, 2010 11:05:58 PM

Threw a link in the above post.
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September 5, 2010 11:21:58 PM

Now that's a deal to jump on :) 
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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)
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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...
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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?
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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 :D . But about that ASRock....is it true dual x16's?
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September 6, 2010 12:24:42 AM

Dual X16 physical, 16X electrical to split between the two.
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September 6, 2010 12:43:34 AM

So x8 x8 when in crossfire config?
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September 6, 2010 12:57:47 AM

Yes.
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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.
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September 6, 2010 3:38:19 AM

For that price, go for it. Sata/USB 3 aren't huge deals IMO.
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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?
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September 8, 2010 5:08:37 AM

bump
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