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Build Advice: $800 budget gaming desktop

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September 27, 2010 12:44:26 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as today

Budget Range: 800-900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, web, email

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse, Hard drive, O/S

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Best performance for the money.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Future proof mobo for future SLI

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Here is what I spec'ed out on Newegg from my research here on TH. Please give any opinions or advice. Should I spend more / less in any particular area? Will I be bottlenecked by the CPU?


ASUS Black 24X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition Heka 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



Subtotal: $747.88
September 27, 2010 1:11:22 AM

Can you wait until October 12th for the 6XXX series cards?

Overall, nice build but do not get the phenom ii x3.. get an x2 or an x4
September 27, 2010 1:12:29 AM

You would need an nForce motherboard for SLI. They are a little outdated and don't have USB 3.0 or SATA III.
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September 27, 2010 1:47:29 AM

Mr Pizza said:
Can you wait until October 12th for the 6XXX series cards?

Overall, nice build but do not get the phenom ii x3.. get an x2 or an x4


Oooh. Didn't realize that the 6000 series were coming out that soon. I might hold off until then.

I was hoping I could be lucky and unlock the x3 into an x4, but in worst case.... I would end up with a 3 core that I could OC. The x2's are the same price, but if I couldn't unlock, I'd have a 2 core vs a 3. The x4 is double in price of the x3 and I'm not sure if the price jump is worth it.
September 27, 2010 1:51:31 AM

wielander said:
You would need an nForce motherboard for SLI. They are a little outdated and don't have USB 3.0 or SATA III.


Sorry, newbie here, didn't know about the nforce, good to know. Thanks!
September 27, 2010 2:29:16 AM

I like your build a lot I say buy it you can wait forever
September 27, 2010 2:44:23 AM

I might just go with a 5850 over the 470. Will be ~60 or so cheaper and since I learned I can't SLI with this board, going with ATI will let me go the CF route in the future.

HIS H585FN1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good point by spentshells, the Oct 12 is the supposed announcement date, but I might still have to wait for distributors to have the 6xxx series cards in stock.

September 27, 2010 2:47:01 AM

Much better deal on an HD 5850, but it probably won't last long:

MSI R5850 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB Video Card w/ Eyefinity
$212 after a $50 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better deal on the Hyper 212+
$29
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

Mushkin 4GB DDR3 1600 CL7 (Top shelf brand, higher performance, lower price)
$85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 27, 2010 7:36:23 AM

Thanks for everyone's valuable input!

Just Pulled the trigger.

I talked myself into swapping out the x3 for the 955 x4.

Went with the Mushkin Ram.

Stuck with the HIS 5850. The MSI was much cheaper, but the negative reviews on newegg scared me away.

I decided to upgrade my monitor while I was at it and went with this.
ASUS VW246H 24in Widescreen LCD Monitor (2ms, HDMI) $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ended up spending $728.88 before taxes and shipping before the monitor.



Now to deal with the pain of waiting for everything to come...... :fou: 
Anonymous
September 28, 2010 6:43:20 AM

go for a 24 inch hd 1080p monitor
September 28, 2010 6:57:37 AM

I like the build. I was looking for something similar to it.
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