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December 14, 2010 1:53:38 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before Christmas


Budget Range: 900-1100


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming>School(have other computers)


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: United States, Ky


Parts Preferences: Monitor whichever is 20inches+. Would like a x58 and I7 but would rather save money on something that would get the job done just as good


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes, something I would enjoy


Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

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Motherboard and CPU-955 black Edition denab and AMD Mobo GA-890
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case - COOLER MASTER Storm Scout
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

Graphics card - Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - Western Digi 6.0gbs 1tb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Dvd drive - Asus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor - ASUS VH222H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Cooling - Cooler Master cpu cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Looking for some help if there are cheaper better alternatives for around the same speed as above. Also I maybe missing something in these specs not sure what it would be.

Thanks for helping and looking :) 

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December 14, 2010 2:11:16 AM

Looks good overall except for your memory. You need to pick something 4gb with only 2 sticks of ram because your cpu runs better with dual channel memory. You picked a triple channel kit meant for i7-9xx cpu's. Also heres a cheaper monitor at the same size/res:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
also has free shipping.

Might wanna wait till jan though cause thats when the new lines of cpu are coming from intel, sandy bridge
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December 14, 2010 10:11:07 AM

Alright I changed out the Monitor for the one you listed :) . Also the Memory I changed to this type
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Now the total price is down to 989.90

However, i'm still iffy about the entire package it just doesn't seem enough to me. My worries are about the future of the package itself with newer games that will be coming out.

I was checking the x58 boards and I7 processors with the ram in the previous list.
The CPU I would use would be Intel Core i7-950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The MB I would use is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Making the price jump to 1275 or so.

My question is how much faster is this setup and also more of a future proof than the one I have setup now?
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December 14, 2010 12:30:28 PM

Games aren't even X4 optimised as yet and there is a reason why Tom's "Best Gaming CPUs for the Money" monthly reviews call $200 for a chip "Past the Point of Reason" :p 


The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bo...
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Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.

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December 14, 2010 3:34:40 PM

if you're worried about teh 955, consider a 1075t for $55 extra. its 6 cores (and a very few games are taking advantage of that: WoW Cataclysm, metro 2033 both can use all 6 cores, Civ V, Starcraft II, GTA IV & FFXIV use at least 4 cores when available as well, so a 6 core can offload some background processes to speed things up.
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December 14, 2010 4:51:45 PM

and theres no difference between a x58 or p55 board unless you wanna sli/crossfire 3 or more cards, which wouldnt really work with your budget. Same goes for the quad core amd processors.
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December 15, 2010 1:10:29 AM

Ok, awesome thats exactly what I was hoping to read :) . Ok well looks like I may change the processor to 1075t.
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December 15, 2010 1:18:07 AM

Id still go with the 955 though. If you over clock that you wont be running into any cpu bottlenecks anytime soon. Spend the $50 you save on a better gpu cause thats what gaming will come down to.
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