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November 30, 2010 4:32:32 AM

Looking to build my second gaming comp
Approximate Purchase Date: The Mobo will be purchased this week the rest will be purchased by Christmas.


Budget Range: $780


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video/image rendering


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, I have a 500w ps but will most likely upgrade to a 750w for what i want to do.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com primarily but not too picky


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: I would like to use an AMD processor and MIS mobo everything else doesnt matter too much


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200


Additional Comments: Would like it to be somewhat quiet but seeing as i will be using my Turtle Beach headset noise doesnt matter. But would like it to have a cool lights :) 


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This is what i am currently looking at

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case-Retail

MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX

HIS Radeon HD 6850 1 GB (256bit) GDDR5 Eyefinity Display Port HDMI 2x DVI (HDCP) Retail

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
I want a hdd with a lot of space since i will be doing rendering, video compressing, and need enough room to dual boot windows 7 home premium and unbutu

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full

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November 30, 2010 4:37:58 AM

1) id stay away from the eco hdds as theyre slower than standard hdds. You might wanna get another small hdd for boot and use that one for storage or just replace it all together with a spinpoint f3 1tb hdd.

2) You really dont need a 6core for gaming. phenom 955 will be more than sufficient. '

3) With saved money look at a more powerful gpu like the 6870 since your resolution is a little higher than most peoples.

4) you should only be paying $100 for windows 7: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5) If your looking to overclock the hyper 212+ is a very good, cheap cooling solution.

6) you could do with a corsair 650w, no need for 750.

Heres a quick build.

case : 90
mobo: 80
955 x4: 145
spinpoint f3: 70
corsair 650w: 90
win7 oem: 100
6870 (amazon, newegg is sold out of the non-overclocked(more expensive) ones) - $250

= $825 - $55 mir = $770 total

You might wanna wait though because the new line of intel/amd processors are scheduled for release in January.
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November 30, 2010 4:45:11 AM

Edit: Forgot ram =) -> look for a 4gb kit on newegg like newegg/muskin for $70 i think
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November 30, 2010 2:03:02 PM

^he said he does video editing and such so a 6 core will benefit there. thats why he wanted the 2tb drive.
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November 30, 2010 3:02:56 PM

The 2tb drive isn't a must since i can always get another later on, but with video editing what kind of perfomance does the x4, x6 core yeild?
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November 30, 2010 3:08:47 PM

if you're doing video editing, go straight to the 6 core.

the extra cores will cut render times by as much as 25% compared to the quad cores.

you can get Mushkin DDR3-1333 4 GB kits right now for $39.99 after rebate, assuming newegg still has any left.
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November 30, 2010 3:15:46 PM

or g.skill DDR3-1333 C9 2x4GB pack for $90.
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November 30, 2010 3:22:42 PM

A reminder about the Antec cases. They do not come with a system speaker. You need to allocate 2 or 3 dollars for one or use one salvaged from an old case.
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November 30, 2010 3:30:59 PM

ok if i do go with the x6 is it worth putting our the extra $70 for the hd6870 or will the 6850 be sufficient to do all i need it to? since the 6870 is like sold out on most all the sites (except already OC'd ones)
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November 30, 2010 3:33:34 PM

6850 should be fine for what you are doing.
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December 10, 2010 3:53:59 AM

Best answer selected by jinfinite.
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December 10, 2010 8:41:43 AM

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