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Rate my $1000 build (gaming rig).

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January 18, 2011 2:40:42 AM
January 18, 2011 2:48:24 AM

Get the 2500k. It allows easy OC and future prooofing.
January 18, 2011 2:51:10 AM

rvd89 said:
Get the 2500k. It allows easy OC and future prooofing.


I chose the regular one for the combo deal because it comes with the motherboard as well.
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January 18, 2011 3:12:25 AM

^ Do you have plans to overclock ?
January 18, 2011 3:17:18 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Do you have plans to overclock ?


Nope. It's for a friend who's not too tech savvy, he wouldn't know how to do it.
January 18, 2011 4:12:30 AM

^ How much more is he willing to spend ? And when is he planning to make the purchase ??
January 18, 2011 4:17:14 AM

gkay09 said:
^ How much more is he willing to spend ? And when is he planning to make the purchase ??


He has a $1k budget. So far we're at $923. And he is planning to purchase tomorrow.
January 18, 2011 4:21:35 AM

I suggest buying the cpu at microcenter if your not already, they have the i5-2000k for just 180$ which in all honesty is a steal seeing as it outperforms the i7-950 bloomfield in most aspects. Also you might be better off get two gtx 460s and going sli. just get the 756 Mb models instead.
January 18, 2011 4:51:21 AM

Here is a reworked build with a powerful graphic card, mobo with Crossfire option
i5 2500K + XFX HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

HDD - Same

Monitor - Same

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

CASE - Same

PSU - Antec TP 650 - The Corsair 650TX has enough power but not enough power connectors to power 2x HD 6870, so you would have to use adapters, if its fine then stick with Corsair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P67A-GD53 - Has Crossfire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$997 not including shipping or rebates,...
January 18, 2011 5:01:42 AM

^ Cheap doesnt mean they are of cheap quality,... Have you not heard of Mushkin ? They one of the best RAM manufacturers and the Essentials line-up is their budget line,...
January 18, 2011 5:09:46 AM

^I have never dealt with Mushkin customer service so I can not judge on that though I do know they put out a good product. But I do know G.skill does have excellent customer service. I have personally only ever bought crucial and G.Skill RAM. I would say 10$ is worth the jump in speed from 1333 to 1600 especially if your mobo supports it, another small bonus is the shield/heat spreader. I apologize though if I cam across as harsh or hasty I just believe that in this case the extra money is worth it.
January 18, 2011 5:16:02 AM

^ I dont say that you are wrong, but just that even that Mushkin would do fine,...
Also as for the speed, if not overclocking, I doubt it would be of much advantage,... Anyways it is left to the OP, he can go with the manufacturer with which he is comfortable with.
January 18, 2011 5:24:51 AM

gkay09 said:
Here is a reworked build with a powerful graphic card, mobo with Crossfire option
i5 2500K + XFX HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

HDD - Same

Monitor - Same

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

CASE - Same

PSU - Antec TP 650 - The Corsair 650TX has enough power but not enough power connectors to power 2x HD 6870, so you would have to use adapters, if its fine then stick with Corsair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P67A-GD53 - Has Crossfire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$997 not including shipping or rebates,...


I'm reading the reviews on the 6870 and a lot of people are saying that the temp is quite high. Should I add a extra fan? If so I'd like you to choose one for me.
January 18, 2011 10:10:03 AM


You have a nice solid build there for that price :) 

The only thing I would change on that entire build is the psu. There is no need for a 650w psu with that set up. Save yourself some money and take a look at these down below.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING / $59.99 after mail-in rebate card
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 / $54.99 after mail-in rebate card
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

January 18, 2011 11:00:09 PM

^ I think the power supply he has chosen is fine. It leaves slight headroom if he ever wants to expand to multiple gpu's, a 500w psu will not (though I do know that corsair and antec some times under rate their power supplies, last antec I had was capable of 750W but they rated it at 500w because in one of their tests that was its output.) still I would stick with the psu you have listed. If you are really tight for money you could drop down to one of the ones Hiya listed but if your ok with it I wouldnt.
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