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November 8, 2010 12:32:35 AM

Hey,

So I'm designing a budget gaming build. I'm trying to spend about $700 on components, not including monitor and mouse/keyboard (though opinions on monitor/mouse/keyboard are more than welcome).

So far I have the following components picked out. Since I was planning on spending less than $1000, I decided to go with AMD instead of Intel, though nothing is really set in stone. I plan on buying about half the parts within the next few days and half the parts in 2 weeks on my next payday. (I'll prolly get my mobo, video card, and cpu now and worry about the other stuff and the monitor and keyboard later).

From what I read about 9 months ago when I built my i5/hd5850 rig, crossfiring 2 lesser cards isnt better than just getting 1 high end card, so i decided i only need 1 pci express 2.0x16 slot on the mobo. Sometime in the future when i have cash ill upgrade to a 5850 or something.

The rig:

MOBO

ASUS M4A77TD AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99 ($15 mail in rebate card)

Video card:

SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$149.99 $(15 mail in rebate card)

CPU:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$165.99

HDD:

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99

Optical:

ITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X 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 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25.99

RAM:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$94.99

PSU:

COOLMAX CU-600B 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Modular and Compatible with Core i3/i5/i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$54.99 ($10 mail in rebate)

Case:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.95

Which comes to $701.88 (-$40 in mail in rebates which im usually to lazy to send in...)

So yeah, what do you guys think? Is this the best bang for my buck or am I better going intel? Also, what's a good monitor? I want something big, like 23 inches, but I dont what to spend much more than $150 or so on it....

Comments? Suggestions??
November 8, 2010 12:40:35 AM

first go with the x4 955 simple multiplier up for a 965 speed

coolmax no really that good look at the corsairt 750tx or hx if you want modular .

corsair 650w is on sale also for i think 99$

wd = poop samsung spinpoint f3= god for less so deff. get samsung f3

everything else seems good if you end up saving enough money u should go for the 6850 amazing performance at the price with great scaling when in crossfire
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November 8, 2010 12:45:17 AM

get the 955 BE and just raise the multiplier 1 and then your at 965's clock.. it has an unlocked multiplier for a reason :D . and saves money.

Your spending to much on RAM. AMD does better with tighter timings then higher freq anyway.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275&cm_re=g.skill_ddr3_1333-_-20-231-275-_-Product saves $20.. and if you want cas 7 get a ddr3 1333 Cas 7.

3rdly. Read my signature at the bottom. :p 

4th. I'd stick with Corsair,Seasonic, XFX, or Antec for a PSU. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015 $63 after promo code.

monitor 2ms delay 23" $200 ($50 over what you said, but its the one I'm getting and I didn't wanna do anymore research :D )
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November 8, 2010 12:47:02 AM

deadcold94 said:
first go with the x4 955 simple multiplier up for a 965 speed

coolmax no really that good look at the corsairt 750tx or hx if you want modular .

corsair 650w is on sale also for i think 99$

wd = poop samsung spinpoint f3= god for less so deff. get samsung f3

everything else seems good if you end up saving enough money u should go for the 6850 amazing performance at the price with great scaling when in crossfire

hahaha I was typing my reply while you posted this I guess, didn't mean to steal your intelligence. We're just on the same level :p 

edit: and his mobo only has 1 pcie x16 slot cuz he said he only wanted 1 graphics card sir.
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November 8, 2010 12:50:18 AM

how about this higher quality power supply , better gpu same cpu with a multiplier increase . better hard drive

http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/7643/700o.png
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November 8, 2010 12:50:24 AM

+1 to deadcold's entire post.
Definitely shop around a bit more. A nice set of Muskin RAM for $80, same latency, same bus speed, lower price. Or go with the set vindictive suggested.
You can do better with the graphics too; maybe bump it up to a 6850?

Edit: Seems I'm a bit redundant on this thread. Shane, you're well taken care of :D 
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November 8, 2010 12:57:33 AM

deadcold94 said:
how about this higher quality power supply , better gpu same cpu with a multiplier increase . better hard drive

http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/7643/700o.png


+1 besides I only use G.Skill RAM cuz their customer support is awesome. and Powercolor GPU? ew herpes. HIS, Sapphire, XFX, Gigabyte.. well almost anything but powercolor :D 
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November 8, 2010 12:59:21 AM

vindictive said:
+1 besides I only use G.Skill RAM cuz their customer support is awesome. and Powercolor GPU? ew herpes. HIS, Sapphire, XFX, Gigabyte.. well almost anything but powercolor :D 



ya agreed should go with msi or other wasnt really paying attention n geil has always been good to me plus cas 7
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November 8, 2010 2:17:40 AM

ok so im pretty much changing it up to deadcold's suggestion. Now that I realized what a 6850 was compared to a 5770, the 6 series seemed the obvious choice. Except I decided to go with the MSI instead of the powercolor. I've heard bad things about them, as well.
I like going with g.skill ram just because I've gone with them in the past and they are badass, if not a little expensive.
I was kind of attached to the idea of a modular power supply, though...any other suggestions with that in mind?

Also, the mobo suggested (the asrock m3a770DE AM3) says its ddr3 1600 memory standard, while the suggested ram (the geil GV34GB1066DC) says its ddr3 1066 speed. Since these numbers aren't the same, will that be a problem?
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November 8, 2010 2:28:10 AM

shane956 said:
ok so im pretty much changing it up to deadcold's suggestion. Now that I realized what a 6850 was compared to a 5770, the 6 series seemed the obvious choice. Except I decided to go with the MSI instead of the powercolor. I've heard bad things about them, as well.
I like going with g.skill ram just because I've gone with them in the past and they are badass, if not a little expensive.
I was kind of attached to the idea of a modular power supply, though...any other suggestions with that in mind?

Also, the mobo suggested (the asrock m3a770DE AM3) says its ddr3 1600 memory standard, while the suggested ram (the geil GV34GB1066DC) says its ddr3 1066 speed. Since these numbers aren't the same, will that be a problem?


XFX 750W Modular Silver Certified $130 (price went up a good amount obviously) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003

I don't think it'll be a problem but i'd get DDR3 1333.. once you get past 1333 the performance increase isn't as substantial. *and no I don't think it'd be a problem you may just have to go into the bios and set the memory speeds*
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November 8, 2010 11:09:35 PM

OK so here's my final build. Decided to spend a little extra for the modular psu. Also decided to go Asus on the mobo because I like them and have had good experience with their other boards. Also decided to go gskill ram because, well, I like them.


MOBO:

ASUS M4A77T/USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$84.99

CPU:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$152.99

GPU:

MSI R6850-PM2D1GD5 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$189.99

PSU:

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$129.99

RAM:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

HDD:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$74.99

Optical:

SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$16.99

Case:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99

Total: $799.92

Went a little over budget but I think it's worth it for higher quality manufacturers. And since I'll be buying as my paychecks and bday money come in, I can afford the extra.

So this is kind of my final build, for several reasons. The main one being I drank a few too many brews last night and decided to order the msi radeon hd5850 and the phenom II x4 955. So those 2 are kind of set in stone for now. But besides those, any other suggestions or comments? I'm feeling pretty pumped about this!
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November 8, 2010 11:19:48 PM

shane956 said:
OK so here's my final build. Decided to spend a little extra for the modular psu. Also decided to go Asus on the mobo because I like them and have had good experience with their other boards. Also decided to go gskill ram because, well, I like them.


MOBO:

ASUS M4A77T/USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$84.99

CPU:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$152.99

GPU:

MSI R6850-PM2D1GD5 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$189.99

PSU:

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$129.99

RAM:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

HDD:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$74.99

Optical:

SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$16.99

Case:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99

Total: $799.92

Went a little over budget but I think it's worth it for higher quality manufacturers. And since I'll be buying as my paychecks and bday money come in, I can afford the extra.

So this is kind of my final build, for several reasons. The main one being I drank a few too many brews last night and decided to order the msi radeon hd5850 and the phenom II x4 955. So those 2 are kind of set in stone for now. But besides those, any other suggestions or comments? I'm feeling pretty pumped about this!



you really dont need a 750w psu its complete overkill even if you xfire a 650w would be more then enough with the money saved grab a coolermaster 212+
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November 8, 2010 11:27:43 PM

he's right, sorry for suggesting the 750, thats what I'm using with my build so I was forgetting you were going 6850's.
here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207002&cm_re=xfx_650-_-17-207-002-_-Product $100 ($80 after MIR)
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207007&cm_re=xfx_650-_-17-207-007-_-Product $90 ($60 after MIR)

I'm not quite sure what the difference is lol.
both can run your rig, bronze certified, modular. I guess pick your color? or the cheaper one obviously :p  that'd save you $40 (over the 750W) before the MIR.

and are you OCing? you don't really need a different CPU Cooler if your going to run it stock.
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November 12, 2010 11:52:48 PM

Best answer selected by shane956.
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November 12, 2010 11:55:42 PM

sweet. well i sent off my other list to my family already so we'll see if they got the psu already or not, hahah.

also, i dono about the ocing. i know i probably should considering all my parts make it possible and easy, but im so lazy. i can build a comp and i feel i have a decent understanding of hardware, but software is my weakness. how hard would it be to oc this mother?
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November 13, 2010 1:30:16 AM

*clears throat*
increase multiplier, Run prime95 if it crashes increase CPU Voltage till stable (or temps get to high).
repeat till desired frequency haha.

Go into Overclocking>AMD> I believe its stickied "Overclocking Black Editions" shows step by step.
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November 13, 2010 7:10:00 PM

will do. thanks alot, man. i wish you could give 2 people in a topic best answer
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November 13, 2010 8:41:00 PM

No worries. My ego isn't built on how many best answers I get haha. Goodluck with your build.
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