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October 31, 2010 7:17:26 PM

So I recently built an am3 build for myself. And its more than satisfying, but; i've acquired a better paying position, gotten the car repaired etc and have a more stable income etc. I have not done an Intel build since the early C2Duo days. With what research i have gathered and only using Newegg, partly due to favoritism, along with there reliable RMA when things do, and will, go wrong.

Here Is what i have come to with some moderate research.


Intel Balnced Macthine

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CPU Intel i5-760 x4 Core 2.8GHz LGA 1156
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU MSI GTX 460 Cyclone 768 192bit GDDR5 SLI'd x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4GBx2 DDR3 1600 Cas7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive's WD black 640 AAEX x2 + WD Black 1TB FAEX x4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AAEX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... FAEX

Motherboard MSI P55A-GD65 LGA 1156 SATA3/USB3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU Antec TPQ-850w Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master 690 II Adv.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor ASUS VK246H Black 24" 2ms HD1080
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner Lite-On Dvd burner iHAS124-02
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


~*~*~*~*~Accessories and Cooling~*~*~*~*~

Card Reader/ x4 Fan control w/ Lcd + eSATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x 140mm Blue LED Xigmatek Cooling System XLF-F1454
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x 140mm Scythe SlipStream Kaze Maru2 SM1425sl12h
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

80mm Scythe S-Flex SFF80D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Hydro H70 dual 120mm Push/Pull System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory cooling Corsair CMXAF2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



~*~*~*~*~Peripherials~*~*~*~*~

RAZER Lycosa Black Wired USB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse Gigabyte GM-M6800 5+1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound Creative INSPIRE T6160 5.1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Input and stats are fully welcome.

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2010 7:35:05 PM

That looks like a well balanced Rig to me. The i5 is holding the best bang for buck at the moment.
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October 31, 2010 7:37:37 PM

Go with the GTX460 1 GB over the 768Mb. I would seriously look into HD68xx instead (maybe that is just me)
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2010 8:02:47 PM

Hmmm... I would, Like rolli59 said, you should really look at the 68xx or soon to come out 69xx. =P
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2010 8:05:31 PM

^ +1 For gaming at 1920, you need at least a 1GB 460 (they are actually faster than the 768mb version) or a 6850. Your mobo (which is out of stock at Newegg) doesn't support SLI, so you may want the 6850. If you're going to stay single vid card and want the 460, look at this OC'd 460 for $180 after MIR:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 31, 2010 8:38:33 PM

My only adversion to the 1gb was price. but then again since this build is a practical budget thats not so much of an issue. about the AMD cards.... Tbh imma bit of an Nvidia fanboy.. question tho... would it be better to just get a reference card
http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub...
Msi TF GTX 480... from what i have seen a gtx480 VS dual gtx460 the sli actually wins on DUAL x16 boards... im having a hard time finding info. is the fuzion DUAL x16 or x8x8x?
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2010 8:44:37 PM

All 1156 run 16x/8x or 8x/8x or 16x/4x They don't run full 16x/16x.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_5870_PCI-Expr...

There is no big difference, from 16x/16x to 8x/8x. The Fuzion runs 8x/8x I'm pretty sure . And... the better decision is getting the Cyclone.
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October 31, 2010 9:06:49 PM

Ya im just in love with the cyclone cooler.. tbh Cyclone Ripjaws and the CM690II advanced,... Oh im so in love..
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October 31, 2010 9:17:30 PM

lastly before i pick a final "select best" anyone have input about the extra load on that PSU? it will be running alot of high flow fans and other peripherals including a pretty decent USB load ~2 USB3 external drives and 2 dualslot USB2 external DVD drives when im writing cds/dvds for a friends band
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2010 9:46:27 PM

Yes they are still very reliable. Many reviews praise the XFX PSUs.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2010 9:53:29 PM

Review by a qualified reviewer of the suggested XFX psu:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/XFX-850-W-Black-...

Pretty high praise.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2010 9:58:30 PM

HardOCP praises the 650 and 750 model.
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October 31, 2010 10:12:20 PM

Once again i would like to than you all and ask .. is the value gap between my linked i5 760 and the i7 950 at ~$90 Mind u im not one to waste money on something thats not worth the benefit. What is a decent cold cathode or LED based kit that will match the CM 690 II advanced STOCK fans and the XIGMATEK fans i have. And lastly what is a really good fan controller that has some sort of temperature display as well.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2010 10:22:45 PM

You don't really need to go with the 950 route, the 760 is perfectly fine after ocing. A good kit is from Logisiys. And good temp fan controllers are from NZXT
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October 31, 2010 10:43:03 PM

aznshinobi said:
You don't really need to go with the 950 route, the 760 is perfectly fine after ocing. A good kit is from Logisiys. And good temp fan controllers are from NZXT

Ill be honest. I greatly admire the aesthetic of the NZXT brands products... but I have noticed a negative patern with long term owners both on Newegg.com and a model a friend of mine had did seem to have issues with the front LCD panel dying out over time .. less than a year of 3-8 hours a day of running time
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

is the few i would take into consideration specifically the
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But even the recent review seem to just scream poor QC / parts quality. Any brands u can get outside newegg with a better reputation?
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October 31, 2010 10:57:08 PM

aznshinobi said:
Scythe. Hands down Scythe is a great brand. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But it is kind of pricey, But I really like nobs, I think they are more simplified to use, plus Scythe is a real solid brand.

Beautiful interface and design of that Scyhte, as u may have seen from my fan list im VERY fond of them as a brand. Im not sure why my hunt for controlers never showed that . i think i have finnaly ironed out every option. Thank you ALL that have had input. now if only i had something to give in return LOL FREE BLOWN UP DELL P3 ancient POS fragments for EVERYONE !!!! ... Lol if only
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
October 31, 2010 11:11:10 PM

Alright good luck with your build!
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October 31, 2010 11:19:31 PM

Best answer selected by existencenow.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 1, 2010 3:28:36 PM

Just out of curiosity, if you recently built an AM3 rig, why are you building another computer now? Surely it should work well enough through the next few months until Intel & AMD's new processors come out by Q1 2011?

I mean, if you really want to build a computer, go for it, but if your current rig is running well enough, you would probably be better served by waiting 2-3 months for the new tech that's coming out.
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November 1, 2010 5:56:57 PM

coldsleep said:
Just out of curiosity, if you recently built an AM3 rig, why are you building another computer now? Surely it should work well enough through the next few months until Intel & AMD's new processors come out by Q1 2011?

I mean, if you really want to build a computer, go for it, but if your current rig is running well enough, you would probably be better served by waiting 2-3 months for the new tech that's coming out.


Selling the amd rig in a lower cost case adn just the onboard graphics for an ~ 45% profit to a local kid and upgrading while i can :D 
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