Seeking Improvements on $1500-$1700 All Purpose Build

Approximate Purchase Date: 3 weeks

Budget Range: $1500-$1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, programming, multi-tasking (e.g. WoW in windowed mode, VLC Player, Firefox)

Parts Not Required: Need everything but OS, even the mousepad.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Best bang for the buck is all I'm looking for.

Overclocking: Yes. First time, though

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, if it's worth it.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080. The bigger the display the better. Considering going with two monitors.

Additional Comments: I'm mostly curious about the i5 760 vs. 1055 when reasonably overclocked. Oh, I also don't mind spending a little more on a nice case, preferably quiet case.

Thanks in advance.

Edit: Also looking for a decent headset.

Edit2: Proposed build.


Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers
Item #:N82E16824236049
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231277
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Item #:N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm sleeve CPU Cooler
Item #:N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817171037
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811119233
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 5870 100281VX-2SR Video Card with Eyefinity
Item #:N82E16814102872
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

Item #:N82E16827151175
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

RAZER DeathAdder Black Wired Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor
Item #: N82E16826153055
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

RAZER Black Wired Lycosa Mirror Special Edition Gaming Keyboard
Item #: N82E16823114008
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Combo

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
Item #: N82E16819103851
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

Item #: N82E16813128435
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant
-$25.00 Combo
Grand Total: $1,431.87

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  1. well for gaming on WoW anything above even an i3 is more then cake.

    as for the 1055 vs. the i5 750/760 it depends on purposes....gaming i think the i5 is better but for multi tasking the 1055 is better

    you can alway get a Phenom II X4 955 or 965 Black Edition (black editions are always easiest/best overlockers from AMD)
  2. If you have a HD 5970 you don't need crossfire
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 + SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970
    XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W + LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62

    But you might want to wait for a few weeks, the new ATI 6 series is about to be launched.
  3. @ Jason,

    The op talks 'bout multi-tasking. A dual core definitely ain't enough for that. He needs a tri - preferably a quad.

    @ blp

    I don't know too many people who'd get a $1700 AMD system. At most you'll save 50-100 bucks. Just not worth the performance hit IMO vis-a-vis a 760.

    The Intel Core i5-760 will do nicely with an ASUS P7P55D-E Pro or ASUS P7P55D-E if you wanna stick to the AMD mobo price.

    You wont need six cores till you're into serious (read pro level) encoding anyways.

    The rest of your stuff looks really good. Looks like you've done your research :)

    But mosox is right 'bout the 6000 series GPU's. If you wanna go with ATI, might as well wait a while.

    Actually now that I think 'bout it, since you'll wait 3 weeks anyhow, why don't you wait another few for the Sandy/Bulldozers to come out, that'll reduce the prices a bit, IMO. Also, raising your budget a bit might then get you the brand new stuff!

    EDIT : Why not get a Samsung SATA DVD Burner - LightScribe Support for just 3 bucks extra with support for Re-Writable Media and lightscribe?

    Also, who buys IDE drives in 2010?
  4. Thanks for the replies.

    I switched out the DVD burner for the one calguy suggested. Didn't even notice the IDE, so thanks for the catch.

    Also switched out the CPU and mobo for an i5 760 and ASUS P755D-E Pro. (Is this relatively easy to OC? Or is there a good sticky/article that explains how to do this?)

    With the changes that brings me to a total of $1,510, which leaves me with plenty of room in the budget for further improvements.

    I'm mostly into SC2 at the moment but I've got an increasing level of interest in PC gaming in general so I'm willing to dump extra cash on the GPU for more frames down the road. (Deus Ex anyone?)

    I just realized I need a decent headset that'll basically be used for all my sound needs at least until X-mas. Years ago I remember Turtle Beach to be a decent brand and I saw these:

    Turtle Beach TBS-2114 Earforce HPA2 5.1 Surround Sound Headset with Amplifier and Removable Microphone

    That'd bring the total to $1,580. So any speculation on the price of the 6000 series? If I take out the Vapor-X that'd leave me with roughly 500 bucks for the graphics.

    Thanks again!

    @ mosox
    Great case/PSU combo. Definitely looking into it, as long as I'll be able to cram a big vid card in there.
  5. Quote:
    Also switched out the CPU and mobo for an i5 760 and ASUS P755D-E Pro. (Is this relatively easy to OC? Or is there a good sticky/article that explains how to do this?)
    Look at this page and also this page - should give you a very good idea

    EDIT : You can also get a Creative Gaming Headset - One that catches your fancy, & suits your budget.
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