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January 26, 2011 2:55:33 AM

From what I've been reading so far, this seems to be a pretty solid build. I just want to run it by you guys before I build it. This is for a friend. For games and CS4.

CPU: Core i5 2500K ($180, Microcenter)
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 PRO ($185)
RAM: 8 GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X ($105)
GPU: GTX 560 ($250)
CASE: HAF 912 ($60)
PSU: XFX 750 Watt, Modular ($100 AR)
Optical: $20
HDD: Spinpoint F3 1 TB ($65)

Total: 965

His ideal budget was $800 - 900, is there anywhere I can cut costs to make this more affordable?

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January 26, 2011 3:03:34 AM

Change psu to Antec earthwatts...it's not modular though, get that HD from Amazon...$6 cheaper...free shipping, and change up the mobo to Asrock extreme4 ...and change your memory to 1333 2x4gig either gskill or mushkin.
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January 26, 2011 3:34:55 AM

Okay, so this

Antec Earthwatts (-$20)
Spinpoint F3 from Amazon (-$6)

With the RAM, I know it doesn't make a huge difference for gaming performance, but what about CS4 stuff? All I know is that larger projects in that suite require a lot of RAM. Are they very sensitive to latency and frequency as well?
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January 26, 2011 3:54:18 PM

1333 is fine.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$30 after rebate

You could definitely save on the mobo. Does your friend need sli/crossfire?

Even if he does, the ASUS P8P67 PRO also comes in m-atx with the sam 8x/8x config. for $149. You could prob find somewhere else w/free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Also the 6950 1gb is the same price as GTX560, is faster, and can be unlocked to a 6970.
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January 26, 2011 4:19:17 PM

Thanks. I missed the micro atx version of the P8P67 motherboard. Also, I was thinking of sticking with NVIDIA because CS4 and 5 have CUDA-accelerated functions?
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January 26, 2011 5:32:59 PM

Yeah I can't help you with Cuda and tesselation. Maybe someone else can relate. But if it does, definitely go with the GTX. I think the GTX price will drop really soon since AMD rained on their parade with the 6950 1gb.
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February 1, 2011 2:33:50 AM

Sooooo, we ordered parts, right. I did change the PSU to antec earthwatts 750 to save cash, and a gigabyte motherboard that was cheaper because he didn't want SLI.

Buuuut, now we've heard about the motherboard SATA port issue. So, this was my thought: We go ahead and build it, and then when the fix is implemented, we return the motherboard under warranty. Because he really needs to have a computer now.

Is this a viable plan? Do you see a problem with it? I'm thinking the Windows licensing could be an issue (it won't recognize the new board?). How should I get around this?
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February 1, 2011 9:35:28 AM

mortonww said:
Sooooo, we ordered parts, right. I did change the PSU to antec earthwatts 750 to save cash, and a gigabyte motherboard that was cheaper because he didn't want SLI.

Buuuut, now we've heard about the motherboard SATA port issue. So, this was my thought: We go ahead and build it, and then when the fix is implemented, we return the motherboard under warranty. Because he really needs to have a computer now.

Is this a viable plan? Do you see a problem with it? I'm thinking the Windows licensing could be an issue (it won't recognize the new board?). How should I get around this?


That's what I'm planning to do. If you have an OEM copy of Windows at worst it's a call to Microsoft, explain why you replaced your motherboard, and they'll activate it for you over the phone.
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February 1, 2011 10:13:28 AM

If the parts have shipped, then I think that is a good plan. If not, then Newegg has pulled all their inventory, and may pull your order too.

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February 10, 2011 10:59:05 PM

Best answer selected by mortonww.
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