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$900 Gaming PC - Significantly Revised (With $50 to spare!)

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December 1, 2010 9:13:02 PM

The Info

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid December (between 15th and 18th)

Budget Range: $850 - $900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and writing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, optical drive and monitor (1680 x 1050)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Crossfire - will upgrade to 2nd card in future.

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments:

I do two things on my computer in equal ratios. I write from six to eight hours a day and do the same with gaming. I'm at my desk a lot. My current rig is incredibly loud, though the extra fans I had to slap in to keep the graphics card cool - the fan broke - probably aren't helping.

I'm looking for performance primarily, but I'd also love to try and keep this computer quiet, or at least quieter than the one I'm using now.

For reference, the game I play most is StarCraft II, but I'll also be hitting up Civilization 5, World of Warcraft and Diablo III.

After getting some advice on my initial build, I thought it'd be worthwhile to post the revised version for any last minute feedback :)  I've got $50 left to work with if there are any obvious upgrades

Thanks in advance! I don't post much, I love lurking on this board :) 


The Build

Motherboard - ASRock 890GX EXTREME4 $135

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition $145

Ram - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) $64

GPU - MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 $140

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB $70

Power - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W $110

Case - Antec 300 Illusion $70

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium $100

Total - $853
December 2, 2010 12:24:58 AM

Well, it's been completely revised after getting some friendly advice. If anyone's got any suggestions, they're welcome :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
December 2, 2010 2:59:31 AM

you can do much better in the CPU and GPU:

Lite-On 24x DVD burner: $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD: $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AS Rock 870 Extreme 3 Motherboard w/ USB3, SATA3, 8x/8x CF: $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI HD6850: $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sea Sonic 520W 80+ Bronze PSU: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
can handle 2 6850s in crossfire, too.

AMD Phenom II X6 1075t w/ free Darksiders game: $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

4GB Patriot DDR3-1333: $48.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Destroyer Case + Windows 7 Home Premium: $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

total: $815.91
shipping: $12.81

$828.72 total.
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December 2, 2010 1:31:48 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
you can do much better in the CPU and GPU:

Lite-On 24x DVD burner: $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD: $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AS Rock 870 Extreme 3 Motherboard w/ USB3, SATA3, 8x/8x CF: $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI HD6850: $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sea Sonic 520W 80+ Bronze PSU: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
can handle 2 6850s in crossfire, too.

AMD Phenom II X6 1075t w/ free Darksiders game: $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

4GB Patriot DDR3-1333: $48.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Destroyer Case + Windows 7 Home Premium: $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

total: $815.91
shipping: $12.81

$828.72 total.



milking the budget to get a hexacore seems like a waste on a machine that's used primarily for gaming and writing. i'd stick with the 955 BE and put that money towards some DDR3 1600 RAM with tighter timings, or a better graphics card.
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December 17, 2010 4:24:59 PM

Best answer selected by gonzodamus.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 17, 2010 4:26:25 PM

This would be a tad overkill 1680 x 1050 but $616AR and HD 6850 CF capable so...
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