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December 26, 2010 10:02:10 PM

Hi, I am a college student on a budget trying to make a pretty decent gaming computer. I had picked out some items I liked but I was hoping to get some critique on them and to see if anyone knows of any package deals that could save money on the rest of the rig. I do not need a Monitor, mouse or keyboard. My budget is going to be around 800 dollars

The products I was looking at are:

cpu - Intel Core i5-655K Clarkdale 3.2GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor BX80616I5655K

mother board - MSI x58 pro-e

video card- EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

ram - I can't really make up my mind but 4Gb should be fine

The rest of the computer I really have no preferences so anything that would be in a package or would be a good fit feel free to add.

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 27, 2010 2:02:53 AM

First off, I don't believe you can put the i5 in the X58 pro-E. It's a 1366 socket and the i5 is 1156. So you will need to revise your choice of processors or boards. Let us know which you like.

How much have you spent/planned spending, for the components you all ready picked out? What's left? Do you also need an operating system?

HERE'S a case and power supply for $175. It's a Thermaltake Armor A90 Black Steel / Plastic Gaming ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case VL98521W2U w/ 850W W0319RU Modular Power Supply

Or this Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply for only $130. Just for a couple of ideas.

As for the ram - G-Skill would probably be a great choice for you~ It's great memory at a good price.

HERE'S A Deal you might like.
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Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760 newegg

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ASUS P7H55/USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard newegg

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL newegg

4.
Thermaltake V9 Black Edition ATX Computer Gaming Chassis with Dual Oversized 230mm Ultra-Silent Cooling Fans VJ400G1N2Z Mid ... newegg

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OCZ StealthXstream II OCZ700SXS2 700W ATX12V v2.2/ EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Power Supply newegg

6.
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive newegg

This deal goes for $570 so you can add another hard drive for storage. And find a cd/dvd and still asking about the operating system
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December 27, 2010 4:40:38 AM

Thanks Suteck for the help. When I was doing my research I was set on getting an i7, then my friend talked me into only needing an i5 for my budget and I must have overlooked getting a different motherboard. Yes I do need an OS, sorry I did not specify. I would like my total to be around $800 +/- a little bit.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 27, 2010 5:26:55 AM

What do you think of the above system? close to what you are looking for? You can add an os for about $100. HERE for $85
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
December 27, 2010 5:35:31 AM

You sure about the WD Black? Sata 6 may be Sata 6. But as of now, HDD's aren't really optimized for SATA 6, I think an F3 1tb is more of a budget oriented drive, cheap and fast. Same platter size, plus performs about the same. just IMO.

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

Better card, great cooling, quiet, and fast. Cheaper too! By 20$, plus another 20$ for the MIR. Plus if you learn to OC this card will be a better buy.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_460_HAWK/31....
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 27, 2010 2:23:28 PM

Suteck the only problem I am seeing is that the bundle you linked is "auto-notify" which I'm guessing means out of stock. I looked around at the other intel bundles and did not see an i5 with a quad core. I was wondering if an AMD bundle would be just as good. I was looking at these two in particular.

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

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

Also Aznshinobi, I think I will go with the video card you suggested. It seems really good for the price and my friend who knows alot more about computers than me told me that it was a better deal also.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
December 27, 2010 7:03:18 PM

One thing eshlemana, is sometimes big DIY kits aren't the best deal. The 1075T isn't really worth the extra money over say a 1055T or a 955. IMO your budget, you should get a 955. As much as it is a DIY kit, newegg isn't always cheap on DIY's their smart. They stick expensive things where some for a cheaper price could do better.

One thing is the CPU, as I said I think a 955 would do just fine for you as it has for me. Performs and OC's (if you like to do that) great.

Another thing, the mobo isn't cheap. It's 110$. Other counterparts like Asrock are 20$ cheaper for the same performance/oc level. The Asrock Extreme3 870 has USB3 support and SATA 6 (though SATA 6 isn't really optimized right now). Oh I did notice something, the board in that DIY is "Crossfire" it only offers 16x/4x which is slower than the Asrocks 8x/8x

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

Umm as for everything else in that DIY it's sound, bit skeptical though on OCZ. No experience with them cept in the SSD section, but some bad reviews with their PSU. But meh, haters are haters?
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 28, 2010 12:41:16 AM

Sorry I missed the call me button. I like the first system you listed better. More cores if you ever need them and I think the OCZ psu is better than the rosewill. aznshinobi says he's heard of problems with the OCZ psu so you might want to look into that before purchasing.
If you get the asrock board for $90 - definitely like the 8X 8X if/when you go for 2 video cards
And the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz for $145
Or the AMD Phenom II X6 1075T Thuban for $199
A Thermaltake TR2 TRX-650M 650W for $96
And a Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case for $50 after MIR

Plus aznshinobe's MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) for @200
With the G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ for only $55

A SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM for $70

And to top it off - a Black Lite-On Internal SATA 4X Blu-Ray Reader, Model: IHOS104-06 for $50
And I think the last part you need is the Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Full Version OEM (Dell) for $85 dollars brings us to a total of $895 with the 6 core.

Most of these are aznshinobi's suggestions - I just put them together with a few extras. I do like the phenom X 6 better. If it fits in your budget it doesn't hurt to get the extra cores.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
December 28, 2010 6:44:20 AM

Oo lol suteck, that's the Asrock board i posted to. As for the 8x/8x. That's only for Crossfire. Their is no SLI for any AMD boards except the 980a chipset.
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