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November 1, 2010 8:07:06 PM

Hello, I've been trying to build my own computer for the first time for months now. and since then, many thing have changed, including my budget and the things I need, and now I only have a vague idea of what I want. I want to play games like.. Starcraft 2, Left 4 dead 2, COD.. etc.

Approximate Purchase Date: At least before this Thanksgiving. Will Newegg have thanksgiving sales btw?

Budget Range: about $1000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: mostly to game and officework (with lots of multitasking)

Parts Not Required: I need EVERYTHING.. including moniter, mouse, keyboard, speakers etc.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any good website.. such as Newegg

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: anything except unreliable companies.. such as Bio-star, and Hitachi

Overclocking: a little bit maybe, but not a big deal if I can't.

SLI or Crossfire: maybe later on

Monitor Resolution: I really don't know, but I want at least 720p or 1080p (no bigger than 25")

Additional Comments:
-I want to have GTX 460 as my GPU, because it was the best bang for the bucks last time I checked, but now it might have changed.
-4GB of RAM
-750GB -1TB of Hard drive
-3.0ghz or higher CPU
-quad-core CPU

Thank you guys in advance :) 

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November 1, 2010 8:22:00 PM

Jineus said:
Hello, I've been trying to build my own computer for the first time for months now. and since then, many thing have changed, including my budget and the things I need, and now I only have a vague idea of what I want. I want to play games like.. Starcraft 2, Left 4 dead 2, COD.. etc.

Approximate Purchase Date: At least before this Thanksgiving. Will Newegg have thanksgiving sales btw?

Budget Range: about $1000 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: mostly to game and officework (with lots of multitasking)

Parts Not Required: I need EVERYTHING.. including moniter, mouse, keyboard, speakers etc.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any good website.. such as Newegg

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: anything except unreliable companies.. such as Bio-star, and Hitachi

Overclocking: a little bit maybe, but not a big deal if I can't.

SLI or Crossfire: maybe later on

Monitor Resolution: I really don't know, but I want at least 720p or 1080p (no bigger than 25")

Additional Comments:
-I want to have GTX 460 as my GPU, because it was the best bang for the bucks last time I checked, but now it might have changed.
-4GB of RAM
-750GB -1TB of Hard drive
-3.0ghz or higher CPU
-quad-core CPU

Thank you guys in advance :) 


Are you in the united states? I have a fairly good build using either an i5-760 intel set-up or amd 955 black edition. However it will be hard to make it under $1000 including a monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc. Because depending on the quality of each of those extra components ie. gaming keyboard and mice are fairly pricy, even a decent 22-24" tn panel lcd monitor will set u back $150-200 and speakers, unless you want ones that are fairly mediocre you will probably have to shell out ~$100-150 for some good 2.1 computer speakers. If you can give me a good idea as to how much you are willing to spend on jsut the computer itself, I can try to find something that will fit your needs.
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November 1, 2010 8:29:43 PM

Yes, I am in the United States.
I don't need a fancy keyboard and a mouse, but I do want a fairly decent monitor.
I need a ok-speaker, because my dad already has a fancy one, and I'll switch with him, because all he does is officework.
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November 1, 2010 8:40:20 PM

I am in canada, so I will post my build a bit later tonight. If I have time I will also link the items to the newegg website. Do you need an OS or do you have a copy at home? Do you need the case to look nice or would you prefer just a basic efficient case? Also monitor size, resolution, LCD, LED backlit LCD? do you have a preference?
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November 1, 2010 8:50:59 PM

I do have a copy of OS
I would prefer my case to look nice, but It really doesn't matter.
I don't want my monitor to be huge, nor tiny, but I don't have much of a preference.
720p or higher
I don't know the difference between LCD, LED and backlit LCD
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November 1, 2010 8:56:22 PM

Well I am currently in the same boat as you mate. I am building a pc in the 1000 dollar range. I can give you the build that I might be going with if you want and see what you think.

CPU: AMD Phenom II 4X 965 Black Ed. ~ $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: GeForce GTX 470 (Probably EVGA) ~ $260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[/url]Motherboard: Asus AMD ~ $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: Corsair XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin ~ $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Tower: Cooler Master Haf 922 tower seems to be what most people recomend
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Probably a 800 W one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: 27" lcd in the $300 range. I am thinking this size because then I could just use it as a tv in my dorm as well. But you can add a nice 21.5" LED back lit for 150 dollars or so.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speakers: I really cant help you on that front because I prefer studio head phones for my music/gaming so its up to you completely.

Mouse: I really like the Razer ones
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: again I love the razer keyboards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Again These are just might current ideas for a build and I really can say I only know what I am talking about by way of reading. On the experience front I am rather new.

The main difference in monitors is the lighting. LED uses a different technique then LCD does. LED is more efficient by probably 10X and some same clearer but that is debatable. LED backlit usually costs a lot more in higher end displays but they have come down to a price that is reasonable. LED backlit use LCD but have the Efficiency of LED. Basically dont worry about it that much unless you are worried about power consumption.
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November 1, 2010 9:03:41 PM

The 6850 is now the best bang for buck in its price range.

CPU + RAM + MOBO + HDD Combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I... - $364

GPU - Sapphire 6850 1GB -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $179.99

Case - Antec 300 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $59.99

Monitor - Asus 21.5'' 1080p - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $174.99

Dont Forget Windows 7 - Win7 64-bit - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $99.99

That puts you at $878 without shipping and rebates.


The keyboard + mouse are personal preference so you can get whatever you want. I'll recommend some though.

Solid gaming mouse - Razer Deathadder 3500 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $49.99

Real Nice gaming keyboard - Microsoft Sidewinder X6 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $69.99

That would put you right at your budget of $1000

The one issue with this build is that you will not be able to crossfire due to the chosen motherboard. Using a single powerful card is always safer than crossfire anyways, so you can always upgrade in a couple years to a much more powerful card.

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.

EDIT: I noticed that you posted in the thread that you already have a copy of OS. In that case get this graphics card instead.
Asus 6870 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $239

This will drop your total under $1000

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November 1, 2010 9:11:42 PM

The build you have is a little over $1000, if you can use some combo deals wisely, then you might be able to have it under $1000

And I don't really know much about PC, but don't you think your CPU will be bottlenecking your GPU? The cost difference is pretty big.
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November 1, 2010 9:25:24 PM

Jineus said:
The build you have is a little over $1000, if you can use some combo deals wisely, then you might be able to have it under $1000

And I don't really know much about PC, but don't you think your CPU will be bottlenecking your GPU? The cost difference is pretty big.


I am not positive but the price difference is not as big of a factor. The AMD 4core black edition can be over clocked to around 3.2 but I have heard of people going up to 3.6 even. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu,249...

Again this is just what I am personally looking at and have not bought yet. for all I know I might switch to intel (but for the current prices unless sandy bridges comes out its not very likely in my price range) Another option is to bump up to the Phenom II 1055t hexacore processor.
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November 1, 2010 9:25:51 PM

amk09 said:
The 6850 is now the best bang for buck in its price range.

CPU + RAM + MOBO + HDD Combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I... - $364

GPU - Sapphire 6850 1GB -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $179.99

Case - Antec 300 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $59.99

Monitor - Asus 21.5'' 1080p - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $174.99

Dont Forget Windows 7 - Win7 64-bit - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $99.99

That puts you at $878 without shipping and rebates.


The keyboard + mouse are personal preference so you can get whatever you want. I'll recommend some though.

Solid gaming mouse - Razer Deathadder 3500 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $49.99

Real Nice gaming keyboard - Microsoft Sidewinder X6 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $69.99

That would put you right at your budget of $1000

The one issue with this build is that you will not be able to crossfire due to the chosen motherboard. Using a single powerful card is always safer than crossfire anyways, so you can always upgrade in a couple years to a much more powerful card.

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.

EDIT: I noticed that you posted in the thread that you already have a copy of OS. In that case get this graphics card instead.
Asus 6870 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $239

This will drop your total under $1000


I really like the graphics card, but I want to find better combo deals. Usually, the big combo deals don't have the best discount. also, I think Asus 6870 is bit of a overkill, I think I should use that for a better monitor, case or something.

and Why not buy the CPU seperately? because the 3.4ghz one is just a tiny bit more expensive than the one above.
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November 1, 2010 9:29:34 PM

preolt said:
I am not positive but the price difference is not as big of a factor. The AMD 4core black edition can be over clocked to around 3.2 but I have heard of people going up to 3.6 even. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu,249...

Again this is just what I am personally looking at and have not bought yet. for all I know I might switch to intel (but for the current prices unless sandy bridges comes out its not very likely in my price range) Another option is to bump up to the Phenom II 1055t hexacore processor.


Oh, alright and why not buy the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition instead of 955? its only a few bucks more expensive with .2ghz more
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November 1, 2010 9:36:38 PM

You should get this Case + Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$15 off on the 1tb spinpoint f3 with promo code: EMCZYNW52

Edit:

Okay, here's my build for you

Motherboard - Asrock 870 Extreme(supports crossfire 8x, 8x mode)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Phenom II 965(the 955 is $152 right now instead of $140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive + Case - Spinpoint F3 1TB + HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram - Ripjaws 1600 cl7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - Corsair 650w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - Sapphire HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner - Lite-On 24x($17)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus 22" monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $937 + $30 in mail-in rebates. You can add another 6850 down the road for more performance.
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November 1, 2010 9:40:35 PM

Jineus said:
Oh, alright and why not buy the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition instead of 955? its only a few bucks more expensive with .2ghz more


because you won't notice the .2ghz difference.

the 955 and 965 are essentially one in the same, one clocked slightly higher than the other.

If you get the 955 you can overclock to 3.6 GHz easily on air.


And believe me I kept my eye out for the best available combos, if you feel like you can find better, good luck to you.

Also, If you feel the graphics card is overkill, go with the 6850, and invest the extra money into a larger monitor.

Asus 24'' 1080p - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $209.99

FYI there will be no cpu bottleneck, despite the differences in price between the cpu and gpu.
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November 1, 2010 9:56:22 PM

amk09 said:
because you won't notice the .2ghz difference.

the 955 and 965 are essentially one in the same, one clocked slightly higher than the other.

If you get the 955 you can overclock to 3.6 GHz easily on air.


And believe me I kept my eye out for the best available combos, if you feel like you can find better, good luck to you.

Also, If you feel the graphics card is overkill, go with the 6850, and invest the extra money into a larger monitor.

Asus 24'' 1080p - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $209.99

FYI there will be no cpu bottleneck, despite the differences in price between the cpu and gpu.


alright, and how come most monitors have built-in speakers? If I choose something that doesn't have a speaker, would that lower the price, or make the monitor more slim and effective?
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November 1, 2010 10:02:23 PM

Jineus said:
Oh, alright and why not buy the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition instead of 955? its only a few bucks more expensive with .2ghz more


I am pretty sure I said the 965, but if not I apologize that is what I ment. I just wrote the wrong numbers in by accident.
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November 1, 2010 10:11:48 PM

yesitsmario said:
You should get this Case + Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$15 off on the 1tb spinpoint f3 with promo code: EMCZYNW52

Edit:

Okay, here's my build for you

Motherboard - Asrock 870 Extreme(supports crossfire 8x, 8x mode)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Phenom II 965(the 955 is $152 right now instead of $140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive + Case - Spinpoint F3 1TB + HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram - Ripjaws 1600 cl7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - Corsair 650w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - Sapphire HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner - Lite-On 24x($17)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus 22" monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $937 + $30 in mail-in rebates. You can add another 6850 down the road for more performance.


wow, that's almost identical to what I had in mind. Very nice choice of RAM too.. instead of 9-9-9-24 ones.
I'll try to make some combo deals out of this, and maybe choose a monitor without built-in speakers.
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November 1, 2010 10:24:13 PM

Jineus said:
alright, and how come most monitors have built-in speakers? If I choose something that doesn't have a speaker, would that lower the price, or make the monitor more slim and effective?


Monitors with speakers is the norm now, and no you won't save much or make it more "slim and effective" if you opt for one w/o speakers.
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November 2, 2010 3:37:49 PM

The Graphics Card above has been sold out.. :( 

There are plenty of other 6870 cards, but different brands. They have slightly different cost too. What's the difference between the same 6870 cards with different brands?
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November 2, 2010 7:07:58 PM

There is no difference, they are all the same cards but with different cooling solutions, really you can just go with the one that suits your personal preference.

You could always go for a 6850 and overclock, just a thought.



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November 2, 2010 11:24:04 PM

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