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Building $1100 Gaming PC

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December 28, 2010 2:41:27 PM

Hiya, just trying to build a gaming computer, my budget is about $1100.


Approximate Purchase Date: Soon as possible.

Budget Range: $1100 (Altogether)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / Music /

Parts Not Required: Keyboard / Mouse / Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: N/A (But I went to newegg for these.)

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 and 1280x1024

- COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

- ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

- DIAMOND 6950PE52G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

- CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

Any feedback on it would be appreciated. :) 

Thank youu

P.S. This is my first time trying to put a computer together..

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a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2010 2:56:46 PM

You can't link to the shopping cart. I'd suggest following the guidelines from the link in my signature. It's really helpful to just list everything out separately so we can see it and evaluate the parts with a single glance. If you absolutely must link everything together to, you need to make a public wishlist. That won't allow you to list out any combos though.
December 28, 2010 3:26:38 PM

Like that?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2010 4:11:39 PM

Exactly. And you've got major problems. Like it won't even work together.

First problem: that X6. Waste of money for gaming. And in general. Instead, drop that to the X4 955 and save a good $100. You'll get just as good performance.

Second MAJOR problem: that board. It's an older AM2+ board (I'm not even sure it's compatible with the X6). Don't even touch it. Instead, pick up the ASRock 870 Extreme3. It'll only cost you a touch more.

Third problem: the RAM. You really don't need that much RAM. Instead, pick up a good quality, 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 set and save some money. The difference between the 8 GB kit and the good 4 GB kits is about $30-40, but the 8 GB kit is only CAS Latency 9. If you're looking to overclock, you definitely want CL 7 over CL 9.

Fourth problem: the GTX 460. It's a good card, but doesn't mix well with AMD. You can't add a second one, which means you've got a very underpowered machine with no upgrade path. Take the extra money from the CPU and board changes (and possibly RAM), and spend it all on the GPU. By my estimates, you'll have about $300 for the GPU. That means you're getting the HD 6950.

The larger GPU means you should probably step up to a 750W PSU too. Stick to Corsair, Antec, XFX, Silverstone and SeaSonic for a high quality part.

Now, here's some preference items.

HDD: Seagate's tend to be a little less reliable than they should be. I'd consider spending a bit more on the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB, as it's more reliable and it's a bit faster.

Case: I hate the Storm series of cases. They're overpriced because they look pretty. Instead, check out the Coolermaster 690, HAF 912, Antec 900 (or 902), HAF 922 or anything from Lian Li. They're all high performance, high value cases. Don't spend more than the HAF 922 costs, as it's easily the best case out there.
December 28, 2010 4:24:05 PM

Cool thanks. I just kind of picked whatever because I didn't know where to start..

I'll fix it and update
December 28, 2010 4:32:53 PM

I'm building a similarly priced computer, but someone on the forums recommended this board to me :

ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Is it worth it to spend the nearly $100 extra for that Asus? Or would it be better to go for the ASRock 870 Extreme3, considering they are virtually the same company?
December 28, 2010 4:40:41 PM

Where do find the ASRock 870 Extreme3? I don't see it on newegg
a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2010 4:40:54 PM

Hijack threads much? That board's pretty much a waste of money. You're paying a good $50 for the 16x/16x PCIe 2.0 slots, which only mean a 3-4% boost in performance, which is only noticeable when using dual HD 5970s.

The ASRock 870 is the best value choice, though ASRock isn't considered the very best in quality (it's second tier behind Asus and Gigabyte). Tom's reviews do constantly give the ASRock boards awards, validating their value. Some other better options than the M4A89TD Pro is the Asus M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 (same thing, but with 8x/8x Crossfire) or the Gigabyte GA-880GPA-UD3H. I still consider the ASRock to be better because of it's lower price and many features. It doesn't hurt that it's got all the awards to back it up either...

EDIT: The 870 Extreme3 is here:
December 28, 2010 4:52:10 PM

Also does it matter which HD 6950 I go with? Or are they all the same?

And I don't know what overclocking is, which is why I put maybe >.>
a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2010 5:34:40 PM

It doesn't really matter what 6950 you go with, they're pretty much all the reference card, as it's a new product.

That's a good set of RAM. Probably one of the best.

I'd definitely switch the CPU to the X4 955. The 965 and 955 are the same physical chip, just the 965 has a slight factory overclock. You can get the 955 at the same speed by simply increasing the multiplier in the BIOS by 1. You won't even need an aftermarket cooler for that. It's an easy way to save $15.
December 28, 2010 5:41:19 PM

Ah okay, I put the 965 there because for some reason the 955 wouldn't show up. Found it second time though :) 

I just realized I haven't put in a CD drive yet.
a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2010 5:56:11 PM

They're basically the same. I'd get the Antec because it's cheaper.

As for a DVD drive, just get the cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find. It'll only cost somewhere around $20.
December 28, 2010 6:00:27 PM

Awesome! I think that's everything... If not I'm sure someone will say something. >_<

But thank you so much for the help, there's no way I could have figured out any of this on my own.