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1300$ gaming pc. already have a monitor

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October 19, 2010 8:03:51 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: within 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: ~1300USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg for reference

Country of Origin: well, Turkey, so I'm just looking for a reference. rebates and everything are useless : ) we pretty much have everything newegg has, though, so you can just give me urls from there.

Parts Preferences: full tower (CM 932 :) ). I don't like smaller cases.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comment: here's what I was thinking:


cpu 1055T
mobo MSI 890FXA-GD70 AMD
gpu 5850 sapphire toxic
case 932 CM
psu 650W corsair
mem 4 gb corsair
OS win7 prof 64bit
HDD samsung 1tb

although I'm not sure buying an AMD cpu is a good idea. I've been reading that they're broke :p  AMD's are more attractive since new gen CPU's will be compatible with AM3 sockets. also, AMD mobo's are cheaper. but, i5-760 is a lot better than x4 & x6 amd cpu's for gaming..

oh and, I read on newegg that you don't need an aftermarket cooler for OC ing 1055t to 3.6ghz. is this true? can I OC it to, say, 4ghz this way? :p 

thanks!

edit: my current HDD has 250gb of capacity and I never had any problems. maybe I can buy something faster around the same price, with 250-300gb of capacity?

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October 19, 2010 7:29:13 PM

cpu: You talked through the rationale, then chose a 6-core. Normally users benefit most from 4-cores, higher clock rates, and then from more threads/cores. Unless your PC usage is specific to multi-threaded apps or continuous multi-tasking of cpu-using apps . . . but you already know this :)  As for AMD vs Intel, once again you have been through the process and made a decision. Nothing wrong with that.

But IMHO, if your main use is gaming followed by some other stuff, you should reconsider your cpu choice.

gpu: Nothing wrong with the 5850, though at 1680 resolution you could step back if money is an issue.

The rest of the build is quality. You don't mention your memory spec, and I don't know your market, but you should consider investing in this sequence: 1333 - CL9 ==> 1333 - CL7 ==> 1600 - CL8 ==> 1600 - CL7. You won't visibly change performance much in gaming, so be reasonable how much more you pay for each step.

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB/1TBs are fast and usually a good value (in the US at least).
October 19, 2010 8:27:59 PM

ok then I'll go with either x4 965 BE or i5-760. wasn't sure about the 6-core anyways. and apparently bulldozers won't fit into AM3 boards.. so I'm inclined to buy an i5 now : )

any mobo suggestions? GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156?

also, should I stick with the 5850 or get an nvidia (like asus 460gtx)? would intel / ati combination pose any problems? also, I should probably wait for the 6xxx's.. do you see nvidia prices dropping even lower after new ati's come out?

rams will be 1600mhz btw.

thanks!
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October 19, 2010 8:35:05 PM

Overall it will be fine the only thing you might rethink is your cpu. If your wanting the best performance right now I would think about getting the intel i5 760 but as you pointed out if you want a more upgradeable comp then you should stick with AMD but I would probably recommend the cheaper phenom II X4s. They would give the same or better performance for almost everything except heavy threaded apps, which most current games are not, and with the savings you could easily buy an aftermarket cpu cooler and hit that 4ghz mark. All for cheaper then the 1055t.

The gpu is a solid card but AMD will be releasing their 6000s line this week, so just waiting a week you can probably get a better card for the same price or be able to get the 5850 cheaper. For your resolution a 5850 will be able to play anything you throw at it so you could think about getting a 5830 or nvidia's 460 and still have an excellent gaming experience. Again I'd wait a week for the prices to adjust.

Basically it all boils down to how much you want to spend right now. You could easily save yourself several hundred dollars and build a comp that would give you almost the same performance, or you can spend extra money now on a better vid card and only have to upgrade the cpu once bulldozer comes out.

The rest of the build looks just fine.
October 19, 2010 8:54:18 PM

Right now, the "entry" cost for an i5 760, 6GB mem, 1TB HD, 550W-650W psu, 1GB 460 is arguably about $900. And that's about the sweet spot for great gaming at 1920 resolution . . . today. You can spend more on a case, memory than that budget includes. You can also spend more money on a mobo to allow for SLI (Less expensive boards mostly support crossfire only) and a 750W psu to prepare for 2 vid cards.

Given your budget, I'll pull together something in the middle, for a non-overclocker.

October 19, 2010 9:27:22 PM

Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996677
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1064.02 including shipping, before $50 MIRs.

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