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$700-$1000 "consensus" bang-for-the-buck build

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November 6, 2010 5:01:00 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-4 weeks

Budget Range: 700-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, SCII, etc., max settings not absolutely critical), General use (photo editing, surfing, word processing, etc)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Biased toward Asus MB

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not likely

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I have a usable system now (8800GT Video card, Q6600 Intel processor (quad core), 1 GB RAM, 750W Seasonic PS, CM 690 case; you get the idea), and my intention is to run both systems through one monitor- the first for video editing and general storage, the new one for general use. In the future I want to deconstruct the oldest and rebuild to stay afloat of the technology, repeating every 2-3 years or so.

Reading many posts, the following appears to be a consensus of sorts to build a bang-for-the-buck system:


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
18.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
74.99

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
186.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
74.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
179.97

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
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ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
159.98

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
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COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RA 80mm Long life sleeve bearing CPU Cooler
157.98

I really appreciate the comments and advice the community offers on builds this this one, and I was hoping you'd be kind enough to weigh in on this particular set. The total price rests at 858.88.

Do you see any incompatibility? Do I have better options with any of the components? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all!

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November 6, 2010 5:13:03 AM

If u were on a single core or very dated 939/775 dual core like A64 X2 3800+/ E2140 then yes a new machine would make sense but if i were u i'd hit an after market cooler, OC that Q6600 and hit that HD 6850 ^^


The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bo...
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Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.

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November 6, 2010 5:29:34 AM

Thanks for the quick reply! Great advice, and I'll have to reconsider the need/desire for a new system. A new video card and some RAM might buy another year or two.
Upgrading to Win7 is also attractive (using XP atm).

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November 6, 2010 5:35:58 AM

Ya sounds good - incoming new DDR3 platforms from AMD/Intel looming anyway hehe U are welcomed ^^
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November 6, 2010 1:35:43 PM

Will the micro atx board not work well vs the ATX board? What advantages do the above boards have compared to the one I listed? Thank you for your time, this is exactly why I made the post!
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November 6, 2010 1:36:48 PM

I would keep your current system. Upgrade when SB comes out in January.

If you're feeling it's too slow to make it that far maybe look into an SSD, new GPU, cooler for the Q6600 and/or Windows 7.
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November 6, 2010 2:35:10 PM

CraigDarwin said:
Will the micro atx board not work well vs the ATX board? What advantages do the above boards have compared to the one I listed? Thank you for your time, this is exactly why I made the post!


More PCI/PCIe slots, useful for sound cards, tuners, etc.
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November 10, 2010 6:19:51 AM

Best answer selected by CraigDarwin.
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November 10, 2010 6:20:52 AM

Yep happy shopping/building and cheers ^^
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