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Building a $750 gaming system

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November 4, 2010 2:29:31 PM

For a gaming PC:





Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this month.


Budget Range: 1000-1500


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet and watching movies.



Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: by brand or type AMD CPU, any reliable brand.


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in future


Monitor Resolution: 1650x1050


I already got a hard drive, monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.




How do you think this system would work? (Intended for gaming)
Any pointers/critics/suggestions?



Motherboard: ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
-150$ - 16.000ISK

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
-166$ - 18.000ISK

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
-180$ - 20.000ISK

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
-75$ - 8.000ISK

PSU:Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
-80$ - 9.000ISK

CD Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
-20$ - 2.000ISK

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-70$ - 7.500ISK


Total price:
-683$ - 74.000ISK


All products can be found on Newegg.com ;) 




OTHER QUESTIONS I'D LIKE SOME ANSWERS TO :) 
1)Is it worth adding the extra money to go from amd to intel?
2)Dual GPU or Single? why?
3)Which are the best chipsets for amd? What about intel?
4)Whats the diffrence between G-Skill Ripjaws series and uuu non-Ripjaws series?

Just ignore the price in ISK :) 

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November 4, 2010 2:50:39 PM

Well here we go:

I would prefer Intel MYSELF, a bit more expensive, but they run cooler, and I really like Intel, it's MY preference, not everyone's, definitely worth the money

I would go with a single card for now, you can upgrade to 2 if you'd like, or now if you can afford it

Also, do NOT get Hawk, get SAPPHIRE

Theirs is the cheapest out of the reliable brands and is reliable and Newegg has deals on all desktop video cards right now

Id prefer Corsair but Antec is also great, there's also promo codes for any Corsair or Antec PSU

Id go with the Ripjaws series without a doubt, AMAZING RAM

http://promotions.newegg.com/neemail/nov-0-2010/coupon0...

http://promotions.newegg.com/black-november/PSU110410/i...

Hope I helped, get the PSU and GPU now :D  Save money :D !
November 4, 2010 3:16:37 PM

your choices look pretty good. a couple tweaks:

the 965 and 955 are the same physical chip, but the 965 has a modest factory overclock. i'd get the 955 and save yourself a few bucks. it's a great overclocker as well.

no real reason to spend $180 on a 5770 when you can get a 6850 for the same price. it's a newer-gen card, has directx 11 support, and is apparently also a great overclocker if you decide to go that route.

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November 4, 2010 3:27:47 PM

reaper2794 said:
Well here we go:

I would prefer Intel MYSELF, a bit more expensive, but they run cooler, and I really like Intel, it's MY preference, not everyone's, definitely worth the money

I would go with a single card for now, you can upgrade to 2 if you'd like, or now if you can afford it

Also, do NOT get Hawk, get SAPPHIRE

Theirs is the cheapest out of the reliable brands and is reliable and Newegg has deals on all desktop video cards right now

Id prefer Corsair but Antec is also great, there's also promo codes for any Corsair or Antec PSU

Id go with the Ripjaws series without a doubt, AMAZING RAM

http://promotions.newegg.com/neemail/nov-0-2010/coupon0...

http://promotions.newegg.com/black-november/PSU110410/i...

Hope I helped, get the PSU and GPU now :D  Save money :D !



Ok so if i would swap the GPU for this one: SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card I would be saving money and losing.. well nothing?

Thanks for you reply. Will probably get my PSU and GPU today! :D 
November 4, 2010 3:36:33 PM

ultimabeam said:
your choices look pretty good. a couple tweaks:

the 965 and 955 are the same physical chip, but the 965 has a modest factory overclock. i'd get the 955 and save yourself a few bucks. it's a great overclocker as well.

no real reason to spend $180 on a 5770 when you can get a 6850 for the same price. it's a newer-gen card, has directx 11 support, and is apparently also a great overclocker if you decide to go that route.



Ok sweet. I'll then get the 955 , save some money, and swap to the 6850 GPU :D 

Thanks alot ;) 
November 4, 2010 4:18:21 PM

TheFamous said:
Ok sweet. I'll then get the 955 , save some money, and swap to the 6850 GPU :D 

Thanks alot ;) 


:) 

oh one more thing, your mobo is definitely overkill. it's got onboard graphics that you won't need because you're getting a dedicated GPU. i'd recommend

ASRock 870 EXTREME3

has all the features you need and it'll save you $50. it will has crossfire support if you want to add a second GPU in the future.
November 4, 2010 4:50:40 PM

ultimabeam said:
:) 

oh one more thing, your mobo is definitely overkill. it's got onboard graphics that you won't need because you're getting a dedicated GPU. i'd recommend

ASRock 870 EXTREME3

has all the features you need and it'll save you $50. it will has crossfire support if you want to add a second GPU in the future.


Ok, I will look into that, it's just that I've heard so many good things about the ASUS board, plus it's an Award Winning - HardOCP Gold Editor’s Choice.


But I got one question. Not so long ago I bought the GeForce 9400GT card and I'm thinking if I'm buying a new GPU so quickly.
Is it worth it? (Buying the new Sapphire card for replacing the GeForce card)

November 4, 2010 4:56:26 PM

***, only one of my monitors supports DVI and the other one only supports VGA.. Is there a middle piece I can get to swap from VGA to DVI?
November 4, 2010 5:42:32 PM

Sweet thanks for all the help! :)  I will be updating the main thread in a bit.
November 4, 2010 9:19:46 PM

Thread updated and I've already placed my order. Thanks for all the help! :) 
!