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Critique this build, please -- sub-$1000 AMD gamer rig (no mon./spkrs)

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December 7, 2010 3:40:07 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime around Christmas/the new year (within a month)


Budget Range: $1000 before rebates (Current projected price at $862.54 before a $10 mail-in rebate and after shipping)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, everything else


Parts Not Required: Have keyboard, mouse, speakers, and monitor. All I need is everything in the case.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, naturally


Country of Origin: U.S. of A.


Parts Preferences: No preference, but 10 or 20 dollars difference taking me from a no-name brand with an iffy reputation to something more reputable is worth it.


Overclocking: Probably not. Never really liked messing around with that stuff.


SLI or Crossfire: Down the line, when I can afford a second GPU.


Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080


Additional Comments: College student, already have a laptop that is designated as my working machine; this is to get me a solid gaming machine. I have heard/read good things about the 6850, most importantly that it gets solid 30-ish FPS benchmarks in Crysis at my desired res and no AA (And, of course, I'm using that as my baseline "I want to be able to run that game" game)

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My Newegg wishlist. I figured this would make things faster and easier for all parties.

Note that there are two combos which couldn't be saved to the wishlist. I save 10 bucks by combining the case and OS (big numbers! But hey, every savings counts); I save an additional $15 from the CPU/mobo combo. Please keep that in mind, if you suggest revisions; if you ask me to change my mobo, I will probably end up getting a step down of a CPU or vice-versa, unless you make recommendations for both.

Also, a few more questions for this new builder: Will I get all the cables I need to do the build included with the parts? I ask because the hard drive had among the combo deals a SATA cable... would be kind of annoying if I get all my parts and then end up not being able to put them together.

With regards to the PSU, is it better to spend the extra money to get a modular one? This was the cheapest such one at this output (I want to make sure to have generous power for future 6850 crossfiring; I found a review marking them at 400 watts, and again, I'm new to this whole PC building thing... could I settle with a lower-power, cheaper PSU?
December 7, 2010 4:01:39 AM

^ Some alterrnative - suggestions
Here is a rebuild...
X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Gigabyte 890GX + OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Same

CASE - Check out the HAF 912
http://www.jr.com/cooler-master/pe/CM_RC912KKN1/

PSU - A very good deal
Seasonic X650
20% off with promo code PSU126, ends 12/19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Same

Total - ~$882
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December 7, 2010 4:03:08 AM

But you should know
- Combos and coupons will not stay for long
- Newer cards from both AMD and Nvidia will be out within a few days(HD 69xx series and GTX 5xx series)
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December 7, 2010 4:06:36 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Some alterrnative - suggestions
Here is a rebuild...
X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Gigabyte 890GX + OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Same

CASE - Check out the HAF 912
http://www.jr.com/cooler-master/pe/CM_RC912KKN1/

PSU - A very good deal
Seasonic X650
20% off with promo code PSU126, ends 12/19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Same

Total - ~$882


Does 650W have enough juice to crossfire 6850s... or, for that matter, 6870s if I take your advice?

On the same note, can the 912 fit crossfired cards?
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December 7, 2010 4:51:27 AM

^ The HD 68xx cards are very power efficient and the PSU that I have linked is arguably one of the best PSUs out there in terms of performance/ efficiency/ Noise levels(Fans dont even spin on low loads...)
So it would easily power 2x HD 6870s no issues...

CASE - HAF 912 will easily fit 2 of those cards, but adding 1 or 2 fans would help, but if you are skeptical, then get the HAF 922 - Free shipping @ amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Tow...
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December 7, 2010 4:55:29 AM

gkay09 said:
^ The HD 68xx cards are very power efficient and the PSU that I have linked is arguably one of the best PSUs out there in terms of performance/ efficiency/ Noise levels(Fans dont even spin on low loads...)
So it would easily power 2x HD 6870s no issues...

CASE - HAF 912 will easily fit 2 of those cards, but adding 1 or 2 fans would help, but if you are skeptical, then get the HAF 922 - Free shipping @ amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Tow...


I watched the video review of the 912 on Newegg, and also checked the size of 6870s... they're pretty small.

I think your revisions will be taken into account and that will likely be my final build. Any more advice from anyone? Gonna be a few days yet before I place the order.
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