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[New Build] 1000$ Budget - First Build

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January 8, 2011 1:52:51 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: Around the 1000$ range (parents prefer if I don't stray too far from the budget).

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I'll be using it mostly for gaming, and I'll be doing A LOT of it.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.

Country of Origin: Not sure what this is asking, but I live in the US though.

Parts Preferences: I'm building a computer based on the AMD/ATI line.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: I haven't picked a monitor yet but I'm looking for one in the 1440x900 range.

Additional Comments: I've already got a build setup and I would like some additional advice on parts. I'm mostly curious to see if theres any better parts recommendations

Here's my build -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CD/DVD Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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


So my question here, is there any other part you would recommend to replace the ones above, or is this build fine?
January 8, 2011 3:40:05 AM

You said overclocking-Maybe. Unless you plan to overclock there is no need for the CPU fan, so you could save yourself $60.00. The fan/heatsink that come with the cpu are fine if you aren't OCing. You don't really need 8GB of ram 4 should be fine or go with 6 if you feel the need. Other than that everything looks fine. As always look for combos on newegg, you can easily save $100.00 if you find the right deals.
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January 9, 2011 3:32:21 AM

Overclocking is what brings me to a new question - The specs on my motherboard suggest that I need to overclock it in order to use the 1600 MHz Ram that I have with it.

Speaking of RAM, I figure it doesn't hurt to have an extra 4gb of RAM on standby. I don't know it's just a gut feeling I have. I will be using this computer A LOT by the way.
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January 9, 2011 3:55:10 AM

4 GB of ram is MORE than plenty for your computer. Also, you could get a mobo that uses dual channel and get 2 sticks of 2 gb ram. It will benefit you the most. The 8 could actually make it run slower. I have seen benchmarks on this. Also, the ram speed, you wont notice 1600 compared to 1333. If you havent in the past then I wouldnt OC if I were you so dont worry. you also dont want to FRY your ram and or CPU
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January 9, 2011 4:11:07 AM

Yeah, overclocking is something I want to avoid to be honest, unless I HAVE to.

Here's 8gb of Ram, with 1333MHz clock speed - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311.

As for the CPU fan, some of my friends have suggested I go for one anyway. But now with the 1333 MHz RAM, I no longer need to overclock the board just so I can use it. Which brings the question, would you recommend keeping the CPU fan or scrapping it? I'm rather weary from all the overheating on my old computers, I guess it's just that thing alone that coerces me to keep it.
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January 9, 2011 4:36:42 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $$224.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $152.99
ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
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January 9, 2011 7:28:50 AM

I'm more interested in the ATI/AMD line of cards and CPUs. My case is already fine. The ram is at 1600MHz, but as said before, I don't think there would be much of a noticeable difference.
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January 9, 2011 7:31:55 AM

you need to go do some research. New intel line as just hit retail an hr and half ago, destroying AMD line for close to a little more of the same price. If your an AMD fanboy go ahead but your throwing money out the window
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January 9, 2011 7:39:32 AM

stevex033 said:
you need to go do some research. New intel line as just hit retail an hr and half ago, destroying AMD line for close to a little more of the same price. If your an AMD fanboy go ahead but your throwing money out the window


+1 for that post. Unless someone had a recent lobotomy...there's no good reason to go with an AMD build for gaming atm.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i... <---- Intel Sandy Bridge 2500K (unlocked) - due for release on 1/9/11

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev... <--- Another great review on this cpu
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January 12, 2011 2:45:55 AM

I'm going to make this very clear: I don't want any more suggestions regarding intel builds.

I'm sticking with AMD and that's that.
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