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Building my first rig in 5 years.......what do you guys think?

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January 21, 2011 1:24:53 PM

Good morning guys,
I am here to ask for some input on the new rig im about to buy......strictly online gaming. Id like to keep in around 1000-1200. This is what I've come up with.
(like i said earlier, i havent built on in a while so help me out if you see something out of wack)

Cpu: AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE

Motherboard: Biostar ta890fxe

Memory: GSkill Ripjaws (2 x 4GB) ddr3 1600

HD: WD caviar 640GB 7200rpm Sata 6.0

Video Card: Radeon HD 6850 (Sapphire) [may crossfire in future]

Case: Antec 300 ATX mid

Power: Raidmax rx-850ae (850w) 80+ gold cert

Optical: ASUS sata 24x dvd burner

Monitor: ASUS VH242H 23.6 HDMI full 1080p

OS: Windows 7 64bit Home Premium

I look forward to your feedback.......

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January 21, 2011 1:51:25 PM

for <$1200 you can do much, much better... here's a Sandy Bridge system that will perform ~40-45% better than the average AMD system right now:
- ASUS Black 24X DVDRW SATA: $17
- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB: $65 -> you won't saturate the SATA6 with that single hard drive... may as well get the 1TB drive more space + less money
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit: $100
- ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms Full 1080P LCD + Built in Speakers: $180
- Antec Three Hundred Illusion: $70 -> comes with fans... looks cooler
- SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB: $175
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2x2) DDR3 1600: $50
- ASRock P67 Extreme4 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SLI/Crossfire: $153
- [COMBO] Intel Core i5-2500K + CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX: $300 -> you definitely don't want that PSU... stick with top quality like Corsair (especially if you want to overclock + future Crossfire) + save on the combo

TOTAL: $1110 (before rebates)

January 21, 2011 1:59:32 PM

Hi, Here is a build that was recommend to me. And I am using the Asus monitor, it's awesome for gaming and watching Blue Ray.

Oops, previous links were obsolete. :o 

Antec Three Hundred Illusion


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)


ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor

Comes to $1159 including shipping + Taxes ($20 Rebates not included)

Hope this helps.
January 22, 2011 3:33:26 PM

thanks for the input.....i ended up mirroring your build mike....your right intel is the way to go.

again thanks for all your guys help