First Build For My Own Rig Help, need input

Okay, so here is the preamble. I am a new college student who does gamming, and Virtual Machine administration for school. I have been saving for a while and now have a 1000$ budget for a gaming/workstation pc.

Things that i've heard the intel i3,5,7, series going to be outdated very soon.

So should i go for amd? Even though i plan to be able to use this pc for about 5 years at least. so odds are both will be obsolete (cpu socket wise)

I lean more towards nvidia than ati. In this build i only want one graphics card but ability to add one later on with at least 8x, 8x sli or cf compatibility.

Is it feasable to get a Os SSD within the 1000$ budget?

I prefer to buy from newegg.

want usb 3.0

I have software, and periphials *speakers would be nice *, i just need the tower and hardware.

I am making an amd ati build, and an intel nvidia build that i will post when done.

This is like the best gift i have ever gotten So i really want to make it count!

what do people know about newegg return policies Should i consider that a factor in choosing?
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  1. Adamm07x said:
    Okay, so here is the preamble. I am a new college student who does gamming, and Virtual Machine administration for school. I have been saving for a while and now have a 1000$ budget for a gaming/workstation pc.

    Things that i've heard the intel i3,5,7, series going to be outdated very soon.

    So should i go for amd? Even though i plan to be able to use this pc for about 5 years at least. so odds are both will be obsolete (cpu socket wise)

    I lean more towards nvidia than ati. In this build i only want one graphics card but ability to add one later on with at least 8x, 8x sli or cf compatibility.

    Is it feasable to get a Os SSD within the 1000$ budget?

    I prefer to buy from newegg.

    want usb 3.0

    I have software, and periphials *speakers would be nice *, i just need the tower and hardware.

    I am making an amd ati build, and an intel nvidia build that i will post when done.

    This is like the best gift i have ever gotten So i really want to make it count!

    what do people know about newegg return policies Should i consider that a factor in choosing?


    AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE 3.2Ghz - $153 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808&cm_re=phenom_II_x4_955-_-19-103-808-_-Product

    GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H - $135 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128435&Tpk=Gigabyte%u2019s%20GA-890GPA-UD3H

    Haf 922 Blue Edition - $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224&cm_re=haf_922-_-11-119-224-_-Product

    HIS Radeon HD 6870 - $240 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349&cm_re=radeon_6870-_-14-161-349-_-Product

    XFX 750W Modular Silver Certified - $130 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207003

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185


    G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1333 C8 - $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231275&cm_re=g.skill_ddr3_1333-_-20-231-275-_-Product


    Lite on dvd burner/reader - $20 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=


    Cooler Master Hyper 212 + HSF - 27 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212-_-35-103-065-_-Product

    Shin-Etsu - $5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080&cm_re=shin-etsu-_-35-150-080-_-Product

    Windows 7 64 bit Home Edition - $99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7-_-32-116-754-_-Product

    =$1059 (couldn't get a SSD drive in without sacrificing to much) and psu has enough room to add a 2nd radeon 6870 later.
  2. vindictive said:

    Windows 7 64 bit Home Edition - $99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7-_-32-116-754-_-Product

    =$1059 (couldn't get a SSD drive in without sacrificing to much) and psu has enough room to add a 2nd radeon 6870 later.


    Tyvm for the build I was thinking amd myself i Just have a hunch i'll like it better.

    Also i do not need os that puts me in budget but no ssd.

    I really like that mobo btw.

    Is that cpu cooler compatable with the cpu? it says core i5 i7 certified.
  3. Adamm07x said:
    Tyvm for the build I was thinking amd myself i Just have a hunch i'll like it better.

    Also i do not need os that puts me in budget but no ssd.

    I really like that mobo btw.

    Is that cpu cooler compatable with the cpu? it says core i5 i7 certified.


    the cooler works with am3 as well.

    +1 for me then :p

    "Universal Socket Compatibility The Cooler Master Hyper TX3 features broad compatibility with AMD socket AM2, AM2+ and AM3 platforms, as well as Intel LGA 775, 1156 and 1366 platforms." right off the newegg overview.. plus I've watched youtube video's of it being installed on am3 :D
  4. I like gamming too . . . but moving on . . . congratulations on the gift!

    You don't mention monitor at all. Do you need to buy one within the $1,000 budget? Either way, what is the screen resolution, eg, 1920x1080?

    Newegg return policies are very clear, and vary by part. Check the policy as you pick each part. One thing I will say is I do not buy monitors from Newegg, because they used to have a minimum dead pixel requirement. Now they don't mention that in their return policy, but there is a restocking fee. I buy monitors from Amazon or Dell.

    Please answer the screen question, and we'll whip up an Intel build . . . or recommend AMD.
  5. Have you worked with that case before?

    I am into the led but some are just too damn bright :D.
    and personally red or green led for me. Unless silver case then blue looks GG
  6. I use HP2310m monitor 1920x1080 and yes i have monitor.

    I"m not partial to amd or intel. I just find amd to be cheaper and have better reviews.

    I"m really looking for experienced builder imput

    if you have any more ?'s feel free to ask


    and ty i'm verry verry excited.
  7. I have not (yet) has amazing reviews and space.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197&cm_re=haf_922-_-11-119-197-_-Product saves $10 going red version :P
  8. Most games get maxed out because of a GPU so by going AMD (cheaper) you can afford a better/two gpu's. and the amd phenom ii X4 955 BE can handle games :D
  9. i5 750 $200
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    Asus Sabertooth $150
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131601

    G.Skill 1333 CL8 $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180

    Seasonic 750W Silver $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151101

    HIS HD 6870 $240
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    LiteOn DVD/CD Burner $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    CM HAF922 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119224

    Total: $965

    The Intel cpu/mobo is $62 more expensive than the AMD pairing ($350 vs $288). The rest of the configuration is comparable, though I have chosen parts (memory and psu) that reduce cost with no compromise in quality or performance. I have also not included a cooler - you do not need one unless you are interested in OCing. Those changes could be applied to the AMD build as well.

    So, what do you get for +$62? The i5 750, comparably equipped as this one is, will outgame the 955.
  10. well the extra $20 you took off for swapping PSU's also took away the modulation factor, which I like. Dunno if the OP cares but it makes for easier cabling and better airflow.
  11. Good point. Maybe - that's his call, he can use either psu obviously.

    Also took the cool heat spreaders off the memory - and I suppose its possible your mem might OC higher. But it didn't seem to be a factor and I have no data other than specs on which to compare the two memory kits.

    Finally removing the Hyper was done to give him yet another choice. I figure a college kid may have better things to spend his money on - I know *I* did back then lol . . . when gas was $0.24 a gallon :)
  12. Twoboxer said:
    Good point. Maybe - that's his call, he can use either psu obviously.

    Also took the cool heat spreaders off the memory - and I suppose its possible your mem might OC higher. But it didn't seem to be a factor and I have no data other than specs on which to compare the two memory kits.

    Finally removing the Hyper was done to give him yet another choice. I figure a college kid may have better things to spend his money on - I know *I* did back then lol . . . when gas was $0.24 a gallon :)

    Well he set a budget and as long as we dont exceed it we did our job haha.
    I'm a college kid aswell, starting on Jan 14th and I'm getting a "going away gift" of $1600 to build my own pc with.

    and imo I don't see the point in OCing memory.. you wont notice it in real word situations. I pick ripjaw series cuz i've heard very good things about them.

    and if I bought a i5 or 955BE i'd OC for sure, they are both very easy to OC which is why I through in the heatsink its up to the OP deciding whats necessary for his plans.

    Edit: and I just realised I exceeded his budget by $59 but I'm just gonna pretend that didn't happen. :x
  13. Ya did fine - I dunno enuff about AMD rigs to pick a mobo and feel like my advice is worth something lol. He didn't need the OS, so you squeaked under.

    I run my i5 at around 3.0 base by just dialing up the Bclock a bit - seems to run fine with Turbo.
  14. Twoboxer said:
    Ya did fine - I dunno enuff about AMD rigs to pick a mobo and feel like my advice is worth something lol. He didn't need the OS, so you squeaked under.

    I run my i5 at around 3.0 base by just dialing up the Bclock a bit - seems to run fine with Turbo.


    yah know you can easily get that i5 to 4.0 on air if you wanted. Unlesss your getting all the performance you want then leave it be :p.
    the 955 BE is weird.. depends on your certain chip 3.8ghz is about the minimum but some people can get it to 4.2 on air.
  15. I know - there's just no need to run it that fast lol. That processor is actually installed in an Zalman "HTPC"-type case along with the 5750. I move that box back and forth with me between two locations, each of which has a second PC installed. So its "portable" and fits in the cabinets both places.

    Not the best case or physical locations for running a 4.0 OC lol.
  16. Are you saying that with one PSU i will not be able to do SLI?
    I"ve been checking tom's hardware gpu's for the money and which would be better a
    Radeon HD 5830 1 GB or
    GeForce GTX 460 768 MB

    Thanks for the posts i will be posting my own builds soon to compare, those two were a great starting point
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