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New Gaming Rig. Cheap/Non Fancy

Hey guys just wanted to see your guys opinions on my gaming rig I am building before I go to basic in 10 months lol. After seeing the benchmarks I started with the cpu and built from there.


Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) 900

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Wow, Steam

Parts Not Required: Keyboard,Case,Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Any

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

CPU:Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I7870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115213

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TPOWER i55 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138159

Ram: 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/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Graphics Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130568

My case was just: COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119203. Im a fan of something simple you know? Oh and cheap.

I could probably shop around and find cheaper deals, but I have been a loyal newegger since my first purchase from them :D. I have a 1000W power supply already and its not like the specs on my hard drive/blu-ray drive matter as much lol. So yea all opinions would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!
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  1. Updated properly, sorry about that!
  2. Best answer
    $626AR


    +$180 for another HD 6850

    $804AR in toal - less since u dun need case ^^


    HD6K: single/CF review
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/amds-radeon-6870-6850-renewing-competition-in-the-midrange-market/8
  3. Interesting reading, this is exactly the reason I came here for help lol. I'm definitely gonna look at that considering how well the CF HD6850's stack up. I have no experience with the AMD quad's though as my last quad and only quad was an i7, how does that one match up to say the one I linked?
  4. Once u turn on res/settings the CPU plays less of an role unless of course u on a single core or some dated dual core hehe

    The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bottleneck,2738-16.html
    Quote:
    Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

    The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.
  5. Yea price range was on the spot. The only thing I changed was brands on the card/drive to ASUS. Build is peaking my interests cause I have never used an ATI card and haven't used an AMD cpu since I was playing EQ at like age eight. I have also never thought of CF/SLI as an option due to expenses but this is seeming reasonable especially after cutting around 150 dollars on the CPU.Thanks for the opinion batuchka, definitely has me debating a purchase.
  6. Yep glad to be helpful - u are welcomed ^^
  7. About to pull the trigger on purchasing. Just had one question about the motherboard. I was suggested http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631 over the forementioned one. Looking at the two, I don't see a difference besides 2 year warranty and an onboard video card. Can anyone explain? They said it was a problem with the amd 870 running CF at x16/x4 yet the specs are reading x8/x8. Just a case of someone else overlooking something?
  8. Quick bump before I fall asleep, just need a last opinion on the board. Ordering in the morning where I can have my parts for my off day, an off day of tinkering, how fun! Thanks all!
  9. Well u are correct that 870 chipset by design is mostly either single or at most 16/4 CFable but this Asorck 870 is prolly the only one that is 8/8

    $150 is a murder and a half to pay for 8/8 and IGP especially since u dun need the latter to i'd give this (and most/all) 890GX a miss @@
  10. Just came back to give a "best answer" vote and tell you guys the rig is running fantastically. Having a couple problems with windows 7 and my memory but other than that the computer has been running games like a dream. SC2 is absolutely gorgeous with no stutters or anything. Thanks so much for the help!
  11. Best answer selected by holyshnikez.
  12. Yep glad u are happy with rig and u are welcomed ^^
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