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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

~*~*~*~*~Core Components~*~*~*~*~
CPU Intel i5-760 x4 Core 2.8GHz LGA 1156
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115067

GPU MSI GTX 460 Cyclone 768 192bit GDDR5 SLI'd x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127512

Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4GBx2 DDR3 1600 Cas7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231401

Hard Drive's WD black 640 AAEX x2 + WD Black 1TB FAEX x4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136544 AAEX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533 FAEX

Motherboard MSI P55A-GD65 LGA 1156 SATA3/USB3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130291

PSU Antec TPQ-850w Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371009

Cooler Master 690 II Adv.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216

Monitor ASUS VK246H Black 24" 2ms HD1080
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236048

DVD Burner Lite-On Dvd burner iHAS124-02
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289


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

Card Reader/ x4 Fan control w/ Lcd + eSATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820132024

2x 140mm Blue LED Xigmatek Cooling System XLF-F1454
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233036

2x 140mm Scythe SlipStream Kaze Maru2 SM1425sl12h
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185158

80mm Scythe S-Flex SFF80D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185127

Corsair Hydro H70 dual 120mm Push/Pull System
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181013

Memory cooling Corsair CMXAF2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181008


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

RAZER Lycosa Black Wired USB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823114004

Mouse Gigabyte GM-M6800 5+1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826146009

Sound Creative INSPIRE T6160 5.1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836116049

Input and stats are fully welcome.
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  1. That looks like a well balanced Rig to me. The i5 is holding the best bang for buck at the moment.
  2. Go with the GTX460 1 GB over the 768Mb. I would seriously look into HD68xx instead (maybe that is just me)
  3. Hmmm... I would, Like rolli59 said, you should really look at the 68xx or soon to come out 69xx. =P
  4. ^ +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=N82E16814125333
  5. Well to support twoboxers card, IF you want to CF or you want to SLI, this is the board to do it.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130296&cm_re=Fuzion_p55a-_-13-130-296-_-Product

    The MSI Fuzion P55A will be a future proofing and great board!
  6. 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?Submit=view
    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?
  7. 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-Express_Scaling/25.html

    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.
  8. Ya im just in love with the cyclone cooler.. tbh Cyclone Ripjaws and the CM690II advanced,... Oh im so in love..
  9. 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
  10. Well I wouldn't choose that PSU. Since for the same cost you could get one that has a better efficiency. And a modular one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001&Tpk=xfx%20850
  11. aznshinobi said:
    Well I wouldn't choose that PSU. Since for the same cost you could get one that has a better efficiency. And a modular one.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001&Tpk=xfx%20850



    XFX = Seasonic right? are they as reliable as they were back in the Geforce 9xxx days?
  12. Yes they are still very reliable. Many reviews praise the XFX PSUs.
  13. Best answer
    Review by a qualified reviewer of the suggested XFX psu:

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/XFX-850-W-Black-Edition-Power-Supply-Review/808/10

    Pretty high praise.
  14. HardOCP praises the 650 and 750 model.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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=ENE&N=+40000011&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=-1&description=nzxt&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&srchInDesc=

    is the few i would take into consideration specifically the
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811992004&cm_re=nzxt-_-11-992-004-_-Product
    But even the recent review seem to just scream poor QC / parts quality. Any brands u can get outside newegg with a better reputation?
  18. Scythe. Hands down Scythe is a great brand. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811998077

    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.
  19. aznshinobi said:
    Scythe. Hands down Scythe is a great brand. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811998077

    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
  20. Alright good luck with your build!
  21. Best answer selected by existencenow.
  22. 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.
  23. 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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