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November 12, 2010 11:58:49 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: December/January

Budget Range: 800-1000; I am willing to go slightly overbudget if the value is there.

System Usage: Gaming (Starcraft 2, WoW), Some programming, Some VM, Internet browsing, streaming movies, watching DVDs

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor. I will probably get these, but I am not including them in the build; only the tower.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon primarily; I have a Fry's nearby as well.

Country of Origin: (USA)

Parts Preferences: I believe I would like to do a Phenom II 955 build because of the value that is there, but I am also open to the i5-750 with the right build. As far as graphics cards go, I'm open to suggestions.

Overclocking: At some point. Nothing extreme.

SLI or Crossfire: I would like the build to have one graphics card at first, with the idea that I would buy another of the same card further down the road and set up dual GPU.

Monitor Resolution: Currently 1680 x 1050, but please use 1920 x 1080 when reccomending video cards, as that is what resolution monitor I will be purchasing in the near future.

Additional Comments: I have no problem sinking a good chunk of my budget into the case/power supply, as these parts are integral in creating a high performance machine. I definitely want a modular power supply. I've pretty much already decided on either an XFX or a Corsair power supply (both very highly rated), and as far as cases go I really like the HAF 932, HAF 942, and Corsair 600t. I am definitely open to suggestions however. With any case, cable management features are a MUST; I want a very clean look to my build.
Some Background Info

Attending school to work in IT/Network Administration/Wherever I can land a job. Currently running a Frankenstein PC from some years back; Athlon 64 4000+, 3 GB RAM, DFI Lanparty motherboard; my tech savvy classmates and friends all have better machines than me and it's time to fight back lol. I'm ready to step into a new machine.

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November 13, 2010 12:48:48 AM

Crossfire ready:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 + COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
ASUS Black 24X DVD
XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE + Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

November 13, 2010 1:38:02 AM

Let me know how that 6870 treats you. I'm rather curious.
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November 13, 2010 6:39:29 PM

I neglected to mention that I don't need OS either; I will edit my initial post to reflect that. Mosox, thanks for the build! I have some issues with it, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. My issues are as follows:

1. The Corsair power supply is not modular, and 650W seems a bit low for a possible future Crossfire/SLI build.

2. I've never used Asrock boards; I know they are tied up in Asus somehow (and I love Asus boards so far), but I'm not sure of the quality of the board. Not saying it isn't great, just saying I've never used one.

3. I was thinking of going for A-data DDR3 1600 Mhz or the blue, lower CAS latency G.Skill Ripjaws for my build; my case will be black, so I'm kind of going for a black and blue theme.

4. Without needing Windows 7, I've basically found you an extra $100 in the budget, which I would like to utilize if possible.

5. I like the HAF 922, but I'm just not sure it is large enough... I will have to read more about this.

Again, thank you very much for the build. I will have to look into the Asrock boards.

Anyone else have any suggestions for me? I would GREATLY appreciate it!!

November 14, 2010 2:42:06 AM


Instead of pumping 240 bux on an 6870,
why not get 2x GTX 460 - 768MB.

They are $130 each - $260 all up, and if you have a looksy here, you'll see they often beat the HD 5970 and all up are perhaps 5% slower than it.

Best thing is, you only need a 700W PSU for them AND that leaves 50+ watts for overclocking. Yea, this shows the SLI 1GB GTX 460, but the 768MB is literally not even 5% worse than it in another benchmark I saw (Forgot the site for the comparison and there was around 15 benches in that one so it is reliable).

HD 5970 vs GTX 460 SLI 1GB (But buy the 768MB one since its a lot cheaper + negligible difference).

Awesome SLI capabilities has that GTX 460 ^^
I'm actually trying to fit it into my build of $1200USD - But shipping to New Zealand + needing everything but an OS means that I have to buy some parts e.g. Case, at around 50% higher prices than at newegg as theres no point shipping a case almost 10000 miles.

Even the PSU makes little savings :( .

So that's why I'm struggling to fit it in in a budget slightly larger than yours, but I'll try my best!

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November 14, 2010 3:41:07 AM

Total: $937.37

XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS 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 Burner - Bulk - OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ...

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active ...
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
$10 and $15 MIR

1. Corsair 750HX modular PSU
2. ASUS motherboard
3. Blue G.SKILL ripjaws memory
4. Windows 7 used to provide those previous improvements
5. The HAF922 is definitely large enough, actually it's about the same size as the 932 and the HAF X isn't reasonable in a $1000 budget. It is big enough for a 5970 and a NH-D14.
November 14, 2010 4:02:28 AM

Case - $90 - Coolermaster HAF-922

Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm

PSU - $120 - Corsair HX750

MoBo - $150 - Asus Sabertooth 55i (USB 3 / SATA s)

CPU - $209 - Intel i5-760

Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100

TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu

RAM - $80 - 2 x 2GB Mushkin DDR3-1600 CAS 7

GFX - $220 - EVGA GTX 460 SuperClocked (850 core)

GFX - Later - Same

HD - $55 - Seagate 7200.12 1TB

SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5"

DVD Writer - $19 - ASUS 24X DVD Writer

$988 includes free Hawx 2 game....prolly knock a few $$ off w/ some combo offers

$40 more gets you a superclocked 470 and Mafia 2 Game which I think is the way to go.
November 14, 2010 4:47:28 AM

Stay away from the Seagate Jack suggested, get the Spinpoint F3...
November 14, 2010 9:23:46 AM

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

Motherboard:ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Memory:Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model 996829

Gpu:XFX HD-687A-ZNBC Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with Eyefinity

HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Psu:XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
November 15, 2010 12:28:20 AM

duk3- Thanks for the cool build! I like what you suggested, though I haven't researched the 6870 yet since it's still so new. Thanks for listening to what I was looking for in a build; I greatly appreciate the pointers.

Jack- Wow! Didn't think I could fit that nice of an i5 build in my budget, but that looks really solid. I like that you included the future probability of a SSD (I was already thinking that too :D  ). If I go with your build I would probably go with the superclocked 470 like you said; it's not much more, and it will show definite improvement over the 460 I'm sure. The Asus sabertooth looks SWEET, though I didn't see where it said it had USB 3.0... Not a huge deal lol. Thanks again for the suggestions!

siva150- Love the board and the memory you picked. I would probably go ahead and bump the PSU to a 750 or 850 and go overbudget a bit since I plan to do multiple GPUs at some point. Also, I've heard that the Crosshair board had some kind of Northbridge heat issue where you have to file down the standoffs or something... Not sure how I feel about having to file a brand new board. Awesome, awesome build!

Keep 'em coming guys, these are really, really good! So far, I'm leaning towards Jack's build; I've heard great things about the i5, and I'm digging the sabertooth board.
November 15, 2010 4:32:27 AM

duk3- Thanks again for two more builds. I don't really want to do the first one because I want room to expand into the second graphics card; I'd rather buy one more powerful card now, then buy its mate at a later time. On the second build, I don't think that the i7 is necessary for my needs. I know my limits on a $1000 build, and I'm OK with that. If you saw the rig I have now (Athlon 64 4000+) you would understand lol; anything at this point is an improvement.
November 15, 2010 4:47:09 AM

Those builds are a bit more extreme as Jack already covered the middle, I personally wouldn't want the 1st build for SC2 and WoW as these are CPU focused games, however the second build is good with the i7 which does help in SC2, I haven't looked at any WoW benchmarks though.
November 25, 2010 2:02:04 AM

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November 25, 2010 4:58:30 AM

Good luck with the build.
November 25, 2010 12:21:31 PM

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