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Budget PC $1200 - Close as I can get-Looking for Recommendations

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December 6, 2010 2:07:54 AM

I am wanting to build a new computer, and I was looking at a upgrade bundle with the following:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...


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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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AMD Phenom II X6 1075T Thuban 3.0GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT75TFBGRBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I need a suggestion on a good heatsink within $30-50 or best value for the money, but I am worried about clearance and such between the motherboard and RAM – as I hear on some boards you can’t use the first to banks as the heat sink is in the way. The last thing I need is a physical issue.

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OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK

The combo includes 8GB of this RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB 5900 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Using This as System Drive)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked 1024MB EE

http://www.gamestop.com/Catalog/ProductDetails.aspx?sku...

I will get this for right under $200 - I will be ordering WOW cataclysm - its a perk pack price.

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COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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PSU - I need suggestions and would like any other helpful information please.


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SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222L LightScribe Support - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is around $1150 - but that doesn't PSU and CPU heatsink so I stay around $1200-1300 is ok but I want to get something I want and that will last me.

I need to build this within the next few weeks so I need to order these in the next day or so. Any help is appreciated. I haven't built a computer in a long time and am hoping I end up with good parts and that everything works whether it will happen like that or not...we will see....lol If I am missing something or made a mistake please let me know. If you know a place where better prices for the same item please let me know too.

I currently run a P4 so almost anything would be a good upgrade and I do a lot of multi-tasking/and quite a bit of gaming.

Thank you very much ahead of time for looking and helping as it applies.

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December 6, 2010 2:27:52 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
Drop the HAF X to a Haf 912, then get the Sea Sonic 520W 80+ Bronze PSU. You'll be under 1200 easy.

replace that caviar black with this for as boot drive, only $10 more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ok, well that link you sent was to a COOLER MASTER Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-J3 460W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply


I assuming you meant:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Thanks for the suggestion.
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December 6, 2010 3:06:28 AM

^ +1 for a different case, not that the HAF X is bad, but it well worth spending money on other components as you can find very good cases sub $100

@twb1978, there are a few things that would make the system better... Are you planning to run more than 1 graphic card or you are happy with a single powerful card?
1055T + HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Better to get 2 sticks - opens up future upgrade, also easy to set higher speeds...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - This would be a good one -
520W would be good, but this gives some more headroom
Seasonic 620W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or even the 912 is fine...
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December 6, 2010 3:35:06 AM

gkay09 said:
^ +1 for a different case, not that the HAF X is bad, but it well worth spending money on other components as you can find very good cases sub $100

@twb1978, there are a few things that would make the system better... Are you planning to run more than 1 graphic card or you are happy with a single powerful card?
1055T + HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Better to get 2 sticks - opens up future upgrade, also easy to set higher speeds...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - This would be a good one -
520W would be good, but this gives some more headroom
Seasonic 620W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or even the 912 is fine...



Well if thats the case that negates the combo I suppose i was looking at

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or even this one prior

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If I do not do that combo - should I stick with the mobo or go with another MSI or Asus or something?

As for the one graphic card - at this point I am looking for something that will play movies through disc or PC file format without skipping because very little buffer, I am looking for something that will also allows smooth video editing, and that would bring me a system that I can play newer games out such as the new WOW, Starcraft II, Black OPS, Medal of Honor LE, and such without any issues, budget allows one - I know its kind of overboard on the case - but I like the fact that my system should stay very cool with air flow, plus I will use the SATA dock and I was wanting something that has USB 3.0 wiring, the fact that the cable management is nice to. I also like the look - it seems big and easy work in especially with most the wiring out of the way. Thanks for input.
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December 6, 2010 3:39:14 AM

I also wasnt sure about Mushkin RAM as I never heard of it, but I was wanting to know if i should go for even better power supply if I decided ro go with 2 vid cards or even and higher certified PSU, I dont want to go cheap really on anything but I aslo wasnt wanting to spend $2000 on a PC it will be hard enough sspind $1200 or so but I know I can make it work for me for 3-5 years at least on most things. Any ideas on a heatsink or will stock be fine on any of these processors?
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December 6, 2010 4:20:15 AM

^ If you want a solid build, without any compromise in quality or features, then here is a build...
1055T + ASUS 890GX - Crossfire, SATA 6GB/s, USB3.0
6-Core would be best suited for video stuffs,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - IMO Mushkin is as good as Corsair/ GSKillz, so I dont think you would have any issues...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if you want a Corsair, get this one with higher speed
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card - Get the HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - NZXT Tempest EVO - It is one of the best in terms of cooling - comes with 6 fans and is roomy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But if you want a Full Tower with USB 3.0, then check this out
AZZA Hurrican 2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/AZZA-Hurrican-20...

PSU - A very good deal on a very good PSU
Antec TP 750W
$30 off w/ promo code EMCZNYN54, ends 12/8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD for boot would be very good
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 6, 2010 5:59:53 AM

gkay09 said:
^ If you want a solid build, without any compromise in quality or features, then here is a build...
1055T + ASUS 890GX - Crossfire, SATA 6GB/s, USB3.0
6-Core would be best suited for video stuffs,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - IMO Mushkin is as good as Corsair/ GSKillz, so I dont think you would have any issues...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
But if you want a Corsair, get this one with higher speed
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card - Get the HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - NZXT Tempest EVO - It is one of the best in terms of cooling - comes with 6 fans and is roomy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But if you want a Full Tower with USB 3.0, then check this out
AZZA Hurrican 2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/AZZA-Hurrican-20...

PSU - A very good deal on a very good PSU
Antec TP 750W
$30 off w/ promo code EMCZNYN54, ends 12/8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD for boot would be very good
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Thanks again for the info. what if I can get the HAF X for $164?
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December 6, 2010 6:01:24 AM

I mean $175, with s/h?
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December 6, 2010 6:12:32 AM

^ I like the HAF X more, so if you can get it at that price, then go for it...Anyways you can use the CASE and PSU for more than 1 build, so its fine if you go slightly overboard...
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December 6, 2010 3:13:03 PM

I personally don't like spending more than $60-70 on a case, but sure. Nothing wrong with a HAF-X. A warning. Its *HUGE*...probly bigger than you expect.
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December 6, 2010 3:24:22 PM

Yea i seen that it has an option to put on rollers on the bottom...its got to be HUGE....lol
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December 7, 2010 1:46:09 AM

^^ Well I would agree partially to ScrewySqrl on the case, but if the budget allows and if you would most probably reuse the case, then IMO its fine to go overboard,...
Also like he said, the case is really HUGE...
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December 7, 2010 4:00:36 AM

I apprecate all the help - i seen this power supply but its for a Core I7 I was looking but wasn't seeing anything compareable for AMD.

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 7, 2010 4:05:19 AM

And the other thing...when do you think SSD will drop in price I know they are quiet and I assume quicker? What are they disadvantages and is there life span longer or?
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December 7, 2010 4:05:58 AM

^ All the PSUs can be used for either platform if they have the required power connectors,...
But why do you need a 750W PSU? And forgot to ask if you will be using more than 1 card - Crossfire??
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