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October 29, 2010 9:32:22 AM

my first post on toms hardware (just signed up..) and I am building me a new gaming computer with a strict budget of 1200 dollars yes I've never done this before but a mate of mine suggest me to build one myself rather than buying a complete built computer off the shelf..


a couple of items I got so far..

a monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a mouse

a keyboard

an OS windows 7 64 bit home premium

and lastly the speakers.. these are the things that I got so far and is not a part of the 1200 dollars budget, I'm trying to build a computer from scratch so any help would be appreciated.


things that I need:

graphic card/video card : I'm planning to go for a single gtx 460 1gb but maybe in the near future I might consider to sli it if I got enough cash.(but for now a single gtx 460 is enough for me..as long as it's good enough to run civ 5.)

processor/cpu: I need an affordable cpu that won't be bottlenecking the gtx 460 I'm planning on getting. and if this is not asking too much..I hope that it could be a quad core.

PSU : please reccomend me a good psu with a good wattage to support the gtx 460 that I mentioned above and hopefully at an affordable price :) 

motherboard: an affordable motherboard that supports the gtx 460 1gb and whatever the cpu that you guys reccomend me :D  now I know I'm asking a bit too much but.. is it possible to get a LGA 1366 x58 motherboard with my budget?

computer case: suggest me computer case that's affordable for my build

memory: suggest me an affordable and good one that could fit my budget.

optical drives: no need to explain.

harddrive: I have no particular brand in mind for the hard drive just reccomend me a good affordable quality hardrive..lol

cooler: A COOLER that's capable enough and affordable enough for this build.

excuse me if I forget anything else that's needed to built a pc.

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a b 4 Gaming
October 29, 2010 10:01:31 AM

^ You can get an X58 build, but IMO it is not necessary for a gaming build...
Here is a build which would be as good in gaming for less...
i5 760 + HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro + DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Corsair 750TX + Corsair 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler-
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

And maybe a better monitor ?
Check out w/ $10 promo code EMCZYNT78, ends 11/1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With the monitor - Total = ~$1120 | ~$1090 After rebates...
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October 29, 2010 10:28:44 AM

graphics card: MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack GeForce GTX 460 $215

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2Ghz $140

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu: XFX Black Edition 750w Modular power supply $110 (after rebate)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 $180

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $90 after rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 1600Mhz $80

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

optical drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner $40 for two

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM $100 each but buy two for a raid 0 array

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cooler: Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready cooler $59

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


thats a sub total of $1033

if you can stretch your budget a bit id reccomend dropping in a second gtx 460 now which would bring you to a total of $1248

or you could stick with that and be about 100 under budget after shipping and everything, plus it gives you scope to change things around to any personal preferences.




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October 29, 2010 10:30:01 AM

Right so as i seen that you have $1200 and you already have monitor, mouse, keyboard, speaker and OS. then why you already not thinking of sli'ing now, there is a set up i put together on newegg it's totally awesome and will max out mostly all games... http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub...

If the url dosn't work then here are the details:

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99


HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $479.98 ($239.99 each)

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Was: $169.99 Now: $99.99

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
and
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $169.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $149.98

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
and
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $184.97

Subtotal: $1,029.91



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October 29, 2010 10:31:23 AM

haha dave that link only works on your pc my friend, we dont have the cookies ;) 
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October 29, 2010 10:36:10 AM

dave0305 said:
Right so as i seen that you have $1200 and you already have monitor, mouse, keyboard, speaker and OS. then why you already not thinking of sli'ing now, there is a set up i put together on newegg it's totally awesome and will max out mostly all games... http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub...



yup the cookies didn't work..

thanks guys I'm checking the links right now.. :) 

oh and isn't my monitor ggod enough? do I really need a bigger monitor with higher resolution?
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October 29, 2010 10:38:57 AM

thanks for reccomending the ati card but I do prefer the gtx 460 more.. simply because a software I'm using right now has got some problems running with some of the ati card on the market for reasons I don't know..

so I'm trying to be on the safe side by purchasing Nvidia cards :) 
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October 29, 2010 10:44:30 AM

I often see people refer to AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition for a quad core processors are these the only affordable quad core cpu around?
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October 29, 2010 11:02:26 AM

i agree with gkay's build if you want just swap the HD6870 for a gtx 460?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 29, 2010 11:27:18 AM

@esaglik nice build, but you cannot do SLI with the 890xx chipsets...

@HatsOn as for the GTX 460 over the HD 6870, the P55 board allow for SLI as well as Crossfire so you can go either way...
And about the Quad CPUs, the most affordable ones are the AM Athlon II X4 6xx series CPUs...
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October 29, 2010 12:30:02 PM

thanks all I'm comparing all the stuff right now :D 

I'll pick the best answer soon enough :) 
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October 29, 2010 1:05:11 PM

gkay09 said:
@esaglik nice build, but you cannot do SLI with the 890xx chipsets...

@HatsOn as for the GTX 460 over the HD 6870, the P55 board allow for SLI as well as Crossfire so you can go either way...
And about the Quad CPUs, the most affordable ones are the AM Athlon II X4 6xx series CPUs...


THANK YOU! i was wondering why it wouldent work on a clients pc! ok well im now abour 00 quid out of procket to replace the motherboard and processor for that stupid mistake D:
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October 29, 2010 1:10:55 PM

400* and acctually no im not cuz it was their selection of parts that was wrong :L ahh the joys of people who think they know everything!
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October 29, 2010 3:16:05 PM

dave0305 said:
Right so as i seen that you have $1200 and you already have monitor, mouse, keyboard, speaker and OS. then why you already not thinking of sli'ing now, there is a set up i put together on newegg it's totally awesome and will max out mostly all games... http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub...

If the url dosn't work then here are the details:

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99


HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $479.98 ($239.99 each)

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Was: $169.99 Now: $99.99

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
and
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $169.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $149.98

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
and
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $184.97

Subtotal: $1,029.91



I'll probably go with your build but I think I would be changing the graphic card to gtx 460 1 gb will that work?
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October 29, 2010 3:18:42 PM

woops..it looks like the motherboard doesn't support sli for the gtx 460..
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October 29, 2010 3:27:24 PM

Best answer selected by HatsOn.
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October 29, 2010 4:26:30 PM

thanks guys for helping me out :D 
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October 29, 2010 6:25:07 PM

Thanks for awarding me with a best answer...... :p .... :D 
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October 29, 2010 6:39:51 PM

dave0305 said:
Thanks for awarding me with a best answer...... :p .... :D 



the pleasure is all mine sir :D 
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