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Please review my "Ati 6850" Budget Gamer build ($655 - AMD )

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November 3, 2010 3:29:49 AM

My original build has been modifiled, im going with a ati 6850 instead of an nvidia 460
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Approximate Purchase Date: mid November

Budget Range: $600 - 700 max


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, internet, movies, student work (general word, light adobe), no photoshop or art work


Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard/mouse


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: : from Amazon.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: None


Overclocking: Not likely


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Hello folks, my gaming rig is $690, (excluding the keyboard, mouse, and monitor), and all of my parts are from amazon.com. I used a $500 gaming rig blueprint that i found at , but i did some customization.

I just want to double check that all the parts are compatible with each other, and i want to get piece of mind that my gaming build is very good and acceptable for $690. I will many use it for gaming and for music production, and im going to play World of Warcraft, and i hope this build is at least future proof for upcoming DX 11 games. I plan to play Warcraft in Ultra or at least High settings on a 23 inch 1080p monitor.

I already have an unused cd key for Windows 7 Professional and this build is going to have windows 7.

I have financing with amazon, so all of my parts are from them.

P.S I live in California, and everything is $902, ( with keyboard, mouse and 23in 1080p monitor), and comes withTwo Day Free Shipping from Amazon Prime Student.

Thank you for taking the taking to go over my gaming build.

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1.Case $58.82
Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case External 3 X 5.25; Internal 6 X 3.5 2*Usb2.0

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GQMHBI/ref=ord_car...

2.Processor $74.99
AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1 GHz 3x512 KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor - Retail ADX445WFGMBOX
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003M7BLQU/ref=ord_car...

3.Motherboard$109.99
ASRock Socket AM3/AMD 870/Hybrid CrossFireX/SATA3&USB 3.0/A&GbE/ATX Motherboard 870 Extreme3
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003L838IE/ref=ord_car...

4.Video Card$199.99
Gigabyte GeForce GTX460-1 GB GDDR5 PCIE2 256B 2DVI-I/HDMI/FAN RTL Video Card GV-N460OC-1GI
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003UUEOPE/ref=ord_car...

5.Memory (Ram)$89.99
Patriot Memory 'Sector 5' G Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz CAS 9-9-9-24 Enhanced Latency Dual Channel Kit PGV34G1600ELK
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MVACT4/ref=ord_car...

6.Hard Drive$66.70
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001U3S5S0/ref=ord_car...

7.DVD Drive $25.99
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SIMPXM/ref=ord_car...


8.Power Supply$59.99
Seasonic 520W 80Plus Power Supply S12II 520 BRONZE
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003M2YQYO/ref=ord_car...


Extras
9.Keyboard and Mouse$19.52
Logitech Desktop MK120 Mouse and keyboard Combo (920-002565)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003NREDC8/ref=ord_car...


10.Monitor$195.99
Asus MS248H 23.6-Inch Wide (16:9) 2ms Response Time Ultra-Slim LED Monitor
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00407XZ42/ref=ord_car...


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November 3, 2010 4:03:27 AM

^ Some changes -
1. Mobo - As you are going with a Crossfire capable mobo, why not go with a ATI card and a slightly more powerful PSU ? Would allow for future upgrades - Crossfire...
GPU -
http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Eyefinity-Display-Express-H68...
PSU -
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-EarthWatts-EA650-Power-Supp...
http://www.amazon.com/SilverStone-EPS12V-CrossFire-Acti...

2. Monitor - You have said that you prefer Amazon, but a similar monitor costs far cheaper @newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. CASE - Get a newer case - HAF 912 - IMO has better HDD access than the 300 and is as good or better in terms of airflow...
http://www.amazon.com/CoolerMaster-RC-912-KKN1-Haf-912-...
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November 3, 2010 4:17:01 AM

TwoBoxer,

Would this Ram work?
Corsair Xms3
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-TW3X4G1333C9A-PC3-10666-1...


gkay09,
is the Radeon HD 6850 more powerful than the 460 GTX? how would it perform in Warcraft on Ultra at 1080p? I can get Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Power Supply . I just realized my Mobo is able to do CrossFire, will the Haf 912 has enough space for another 6850 in the future?

Ill get the HaF 912 instead of the Antec, and ill get the the monitor from Newegg.


Price went from $690 to $670 ,( excluding monitor and keyboard/mouse), when replaced with Hd6850, Corsair Xms3, Antec 650W power supply, and Haf 912.

Question is there any difference between a 21 inch and 23in monitor? I can save $30-50 bucks buy going to a 21 inch.
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November 3, 2010 4:32:28 AM

The memory would work, but why spend the extra $12? I love Corsair and recommend lots of their products, but G.Skill is a high-quality vendor and the performance will be identical.

Its up to you, mate :) 
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November 3, 2010 4:36:27 AM

I would get G-Skills but Amazon doesnt carry it on Prime. I just edited the post above you... what do you think of a HD5850 on this build.. or do you perfer the GTX 460? Should i stick with the gtx 460 and change the Mobo to:

ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard

$128 on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003BAH6TE/ref=ord_car...



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



thoughts?

Edit: replacing the Mobo on first post with this one and a Gtx 460 sends the price to $708 which is fine. im assuming this mobo is capable of SLI.
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November 3, 2010 4:44:03 AM

Azubane, the memory is free shipping - why must it be Prime? Newegg will get it to you in at most 1 more day (ie, 2-3 days). Ah. Maybe you have an Amazon credit or something.

I personally prefer the 460, but for your build the 6850 is correct. Think about it . . . even if it were a tad slower in an important game for you (and I am not saying it is), you have the option to crossfire in the future. You'd have to pay a fair bit more (and go Intel) to preserve SLI as an option.

Edit: IIRC, the real staff here at Tom's has stated they are looking to say something nice about an AMD mobo that supports SLI - and they can't find one. Always seems to be some issue. Stick with crossfire.
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November 3, 2010 4:56:06 AM

HD 6850 would be very suitable for your needs -
Check this review
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-revie...
And in Crossfire they perform pretty well
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-cross...

And as for the Nvidia chipset, I would rather suggest with AMD chipsets for AMD CPUs...

CASE - That HAF 912 would easily fit 2x HD 6850

PSU - The EA 650 has enough power for HD 6850 Crossfire

RAM - Check this one - It is one of the best budget overclocking RAM and TOMs have recommended this many times -
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-CT2KIT25664BA1339-240-pin...
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November 3, 2010 4:57:59 AM

Edited Below.
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November 3, 2010 5:08:57 AM

Wow.. it went down to $819 (with monitor). The only thing i need is a keyboard and mouse.

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November 3, 2010 8:47:15 PM

Yes and yes.
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November 3, 2010 9:59:50 PM

What size fans does the HAF 922 support?

What size fan is the Cooler Master fan?

Do they match? If so, they will fit. If not, they won't.

This is one you should do on your own.
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November 18, 2010 3:21:50 PM

Best answer selected by azubane.
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