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March 3, 2011 3:34:54 PM

Ok, I have been working on this build for the last month, I've got it done to the best bang for your buck. If your looking for a build, and you arn't sure, use this. Also if you have input, rate it.

CASE:
XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO:
MSI 890FXA-GD65 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VGA:
MSI N460GTX Twin Frozr II SOC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard:
GIGABYTE GK-K6800 Glossy Black 103 Normal Keys 14 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Professional Multimedia Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor:
Acer S231HLbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED-Backlight LCD monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 ACM 12,000,000:1 (1000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse:
Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD-Drive:
SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Heatsink/Fan:
ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Grease:
Rosewill RCX-TC001 Thermal Grease
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speakers:
Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I guarantee if you buy this rig, and successfully assemble it, you will be set for years to come. You'll also experience the best computer specs yet.

And yes, I know this is an AMD build and you could probably get better product from Intel, but that cost literally 2-5x the price.

-Thanks.
March 3, 2011 3:58:06 PM

For years to come? Not really.

This post is quite obnoxious from the beginning and some of the components here are questionable. Sure, you've managed to fit a complete system into $1200 and I commend you but it's not perfect nor is it overly "futureproof".
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March 3, 2011 4:01:35 PM

Thanks for the flame, but the whole point of this is for the price. You can obviously spend 2-3k on a computer, but for the people who are looking at that price range, pretty sure this is as good as it gets.

And also, I'm aware there will be the 8 cores needing AM3+, but really? What average gamer or average person needs 8 cores? 6 cores is already getting to overkill. Though some people do need that, and I'm not downing it.
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March 3, 2011 4:29:35 PM

Even 6-cores isn't a necessity for gaming and Raidmax power supplies are trash. I don't mean to "flame", if that's how I seem then I apologise.

Wheel Mouse? It's 2011
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March 3, 2011 5:21:34 PM

There is no such thing as future proof as there is always something bigger, better, faster, more powerful just around the corner.

You can only purchase the best products that you can afford now.
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March 3, 2011 5:56:50 PM

chunkymonster said:
There is no such thing as future proof as there is always something bigger, better, faster, more powerful just around the corner.

You can only purchase the best products that you can afford now.



He's right to a degree, "futureproof" is a word with little meaning.
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March 3, 2011 6:19:37 PM

Ignoring the i5 2500K for the same price as that Thuban? Epic Fail.
Xclio case? Fail.
Raidmax PSU? Fail.
Hitachi Deathstar HDD? Epic Fail.
Zalman 9500? Fail.
Rosewill TIM? Fail.

Good job picking the OS though. And the GTX 460 was great 6 months ago.

i5 2500K will smote that build for the same price or less and you can even get quality components.
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March 3, 2011 6:26:23 PM

anort3, the GTX460 is still a top-card. Don't discourage this character because as you can see; He's new here. Xclio cases? They're not so bad although I do agree with your views on the Hitachi and Raidmax strongly.
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March 3, 2011 6:39:39 PM

Yeah its a decent build but I wouldn't buy it. just my opinion. I have to agree with anort on the I2500k as well as the rest.
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March 3, 2011 9:19:54 PM

Okk... here are the components you MUST change no matter if you want to go Sandy Bridge or not. Ill try to find some that are best quality for a simular price...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Heatsink/Fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Grease: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Talking about futureproof/ PERFECT with that mouse ? .........
And finally, srsly, think about getting an i5-2500k. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=146 Right now most games dont use 6 cores and when they start to use 6 cores the cpus will be alot more powerful than what you see now.
And there is no such thing as future proof. Every month new and better stuff come out.Example : Sandy Bridge socket R (LGA 2011), 8 cores, motherboards supporting quad channel memory will come out in the end of this year.
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March 3, 2011 10:38:02 PM

oc_mania said:
Okk... here are the components you MUST change no matter if you want to go Sandy Bridge or not. Ill try to find some that are best quality for a simular price...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Heatsink/Fan: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Grease: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Talking about futureproof/ PERFECT with that mouse ? .........
And finally, srsly, think about getting an i5-2500k. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=146 Right now most games dont use 6 cores and when they start to use 6 cores the cpus will be alot more powerful than what you see now.
And there is no such thing as future proof. Every month new and better stuff come out.Example : Sandy Bridge socket R (LGA 2011), 8 cores, motherboards supporting quad channel memory will come out in the end of this year.

Nice. There's your answer.
You don't want to cheap out on the power supply and going with a 750W from corsair should last you for a few upgrades for the next long while. Not only in power but also in quality.
And you have a great point with the CPU there. Seriously, what gamer today would want a phenom x4 at 1.8-2.2GHz? That was available several years ago. I'd rather have a 2.8GHz dualie. Still, the future is impossible to predict but don't waste money on the idea of "futureproofing". OP you have not specified uses for the computer. So far everyone is assuming gaming so I am too.

The only thing I disagree with OC_mania is the thermal compound. The AS5 may have been top end 2-3 years ago but it's only used now because of reputation. Even the MX-2 outperforms it. It also has no cure time and is not thermally conductive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The GTX460 may be one of the best performance/$ cards but at $1200, you can do better.

Also, OP, you do realize you picked a DVD-ROM drive, right? That's not even present proof lol.
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March 3, 2011 10:41:47 PM

Lets ignore the fact that he `was working on this build for the last month` ...
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March 4, 2011 5:37:38 PM

Just noticed that the GTX460 isn't even 1024MB. Fail!
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March 5, 2011 7:50:57 PM

Future proof doesn't really exist because technology changes all the time. GTX 460 in SLI isn't even that good for Metro 2033 and probably won't run it that good on BF3 when it comes out especially in max settings. Plus you can get a i5 sandy bridge k series that'll pretty much beat that 1090T amd 6 core for the same price. P67 motherboards are about the same price as AMD's top of the line boards. Not to mention most aftermarket heatsinks come with Intel brackets with AMD you usually have to buy a seperate bracket for AMD. To me the most important is a good high quality Alluminum case not some cheap plastic or steal case.
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March 6, 2011 2:27:46 AM

Yep. Even if you buy the best, the only things "Future proof" are the power supply and case. And that's assuming you don't mind add in front panel stuff for new connections like USB 4.0
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March 11, 2011 8:56:29 PM

America .. and now most of the world ... is about waste, filling landfills. I have an entire warehous of obsolete servers, and pieces of IT hardware that cost up to $30K-$80K each. They are worth nothing today. Even every apect of your home is built to fall apart. So don't get caught up in all the stupid product hype. Consider that gamming cpu's, memory, and motherboards are not the components of REAL computers anyway. We are not talking about Xenon processord and Intell workstation motherboards here. And, the worst place in the world to get information is in a forum like this where no one really has any wide-ranging technical experience with test products ... including myself. JUST BUY SOMETHING THAT WILL DO THE JOB, AND THAT YOU CAN AFFORD WITHOUT TOO MUCH STING, AND BE HAPPY. In 2-3 years it will go to the trash anyway. The orignal build presented for $1,200 appears fine to me. There are an infinite combination of components for these toy systems, and no one will ever agree. You've got to consider that the person who presented this suggested configuration actually built it and tested it. So give him credit for that at least!
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March 12, 2011 1:26:03 AM

hairyfish said:
America .. and now most of the world ... is about waste, filling landfills. I have an entire warehous of obsolete servers, and pieces of IT hardware that cost up to $30K-$80K each. They are worth nothing today. Even every apect of your home is built to fall apart. So don't get caught up in all the stupid product hype. Consider that gamming cpu's, memory, and motherboards are not the components of REAL computers anyway. We are not talking about Xenon processord and Intell workstation motherboards here. And, the worst place in the world to get information is in a forum like this where no one really has any wide-ranging technical experience with test products ... including myself. JUST BUY SOMETHING THAT WILL DO THE JOB, AND THAT YOU CAN AFFORD WITHOUT TOO MUCH STING, AND BE HAPPY. In 2-3 years it will go to the trash anyway. The orignal build presented for $1,200 appears fine to me. There are an infinite combination of components for these toy systems, and no one will ever agree. You've got to consider that the person who presented this suggested configuration actually built it and tested it. So give him credit for that at least!

I agree with a lot of what you have said, however, I think you missed the point of the post.
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