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Gaming Build v5 | Back to AMD?

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January 31, 2011 8:19:22 PM

Since every Sandy Bridge CPU and motherboard has been recalled and taken off sites, What should I do now?

I was planning on buying my computer today but I noticed things were missing in my cart, and then I found that SB has been recalled -_-

I need this new computer in early February due to this dying, very old laptop that can't run games on very high settings. Do you think I should go back to a Phenom II x4 build?

My new ideas..:

Approximate Purchase Date: Early Feb
Budget Range: $1300 at the very most, after tax (7%)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming while Frapsing, Watching/editing videos, surfing
Parts Not Required: Mouse and Keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None, a wireless adapter will be needed though
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

CPU:AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

Mobo:ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

GPU:Gigabyte GV-N560SO-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti SuperClocked Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, Overclocked, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), Dual DVI, HDMI, DirectX 11, SLI Ready

PSU:SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OS/Apps/Gaming

HDD2:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - Storage

Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Monitor:ASUS VH222H-P Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000 :1 Built in Speakers

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

CD Drive:ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Wireless:TP-LINK TL-WN781ND IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express Wireless Adapter Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, WPA, WPA2

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Need some suggestions for the motherboard. Ever since SB I forgot about AMD and their motherboards lol.

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Also, how will the 965 perform while recording games at very high/max settings while recording with fraps? I play MMOs and FPS.

Thanks

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January 31, 2011 9:53:31 PM

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January 31, 2011 10:22:08 PM

I wouldnt feel good taking second best. If you want SB then wait for it....
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February 1, 2011 12:48:09 AM

Definitely wait for at least Bulldozer because the old AMD phenom ii aren't that great compared to the new SB and soon IB will come and hopefully blow SB out of the water and fix any problems. It isn't ideal to build in this time period.
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February 1, 2011 12:52:40 AM

^ As joel said.

If you REALLY REALLY REALLY can't wait for a build for a Quarter (so untill March-June) Then the builds are revised in my siggy. There is now an 800$ build that'd be just fine for you.
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February 1, 2011 12:53:42 AM

shinobs builds are solid, so if you really have to build get one that fits you.
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February 1, 2011 12:57:59 AM

Thank you joel, that's very nice of you to say.
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February 1, 2011 1:13:22 AM

No thank you for spending the time to put together such a good reference, the only complaint I have is the case in the high-end build I think any build under $2000 doesn't need anything more than the HAF 922 it is versatile and heavily expandable and additional fans can be added for max cooling.
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February 1, 2011 1:17:11 AM

Haha I just don't think the HAF 922 is Asthetically as pleasing as the Phantom or the HAF X. Mainly since the HAF isn't painted/coated inside with black like the Phantom or HAF X is.
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February 1, 2011 1:19:12 AM

true but the aesthetics for me don't justify the added cost I would spend the extra cash getting the gtx 570, and scmg-2100
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February 1, 2011 1:20:29 AM

or replacing the fans with ultra kazes and getting a fan controller or something like that
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February 1, 2011 1:22:18 AM

I agree, shinobs has some great builds.
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February 1, 2011 1:25:47 AM

sorry OP this has inadvertently become shinobs fan club :lol: 
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February 1, 2011 1:40:07 AM

Haha, Well I appreciate the support. And I do see your reasoning Joel. But meh, I'm more of an aesthetics guy. Personally I think the Phantom is a great case actually for its price. 5 fan controller, with pretty good build quality, future expansion capable and a pretty low price. Oh and I can't forget the interesting look. Haha.

My personal dream case is the 800D, but as of now, the HAF X is my planned next case. Gots them wheels on the bottom and USB 3 front panel ports.
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February 1, 2011 1:44:06 AM

I'm keeping my HAF 922 for x68 upgrade, if i had endless money I would go for the HAF X but alas I don't :(  I don't dream huge because I wouldn't find use for anything more than the X since I don't water cool or anything like that. I'll wait till I have a 100K job and am financially secure to start anything ridiculous.
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February 1, 2011 1:51:19 AM

Haha this is true, I wish I had a job at that. I'd re-use my 902 for my P67/Z67/AM3+ (we'll see in 1-2Q) but I need to keep my current PC tidy for my mother, she doesn't have one. And although mine would be a huge amount of PC power for her, whatever, as long as it doesn't go to waste. I hate selling anything because I know the value has just gone down.

But yeah, I wish I had a job. Even a weekend job (Damn student label, no one hires students nowadays). I'd be able to get my dream computer by the time Vertex 3's and SB/BDs are released :D  But... I wont.
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February 1, 2011 2:22:14 AM

You can do better.

Grab a 1090t, motherboard, 4 gb of ram, 1 tb hard drive, and gtx 570. You should be able to do that around 1200 if you shop around.
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February 1, 2011 3:02:44 AM

The HAF 922 looks so much worse than my Azza Solano 1000R.
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February 1, 2011 3:06:38 AM

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
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February 1, 2011 3:07:04 AM

to me that case looks overdone and terrible
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February 1, 2011 5:08:45 AM

aznshinobi said:
^ As joel said.

If you REALLY REALLY REALLY can't wait for a build for a Quarter (so untill March-June) Then the builds are revised in my siggy. There is now an 800$ build that'd be just fine for you.


My Build is similar to $600 build.

MTHBD: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz
Cooler: COOLMASTER Hyper 212+
MEM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
VIDEO: ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
- It's temporarily out of stock. ETA 1/31/11 - I may hold out for 2 weeks hoping the prices will come down by then. And I can get something better.
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB ($55)

OPTICAL:: Lite-On 24X DVD/Writer iHAS424-98 Lightscribe

POWER: ANTEC EA 650 Watt PS
CASE: ANTEC 300 Illusion
Came to 788.25 with Shipping and Taxes - Exlcuding Rebates (70.00 in rebates)
(MTHBD, HD and Cooler + Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound Bought from Amazon)
Haven't purchased the Graphics Card, it's out of stock until 1/31/11. The price is included in the total, could be cheaper if the price comes down.

I went with the Asus M4A79XTD EVO over the ASRock 870 Extreme 3 because I liked the features and with Bulldozer coming out. I was planning on upgrading again at this time next year. Hopefully I will only have to upgrade my mthbd and not CPU.
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February 1, 2011 5:02:12 PM

I say just wait for bulldozer if you can. If you need something now then AMD is fine, but you may as well go with a cheaper board. You can't SLI on that board after all. If you're looking at 1080p then you may want to consider getting two 6870s. You could also consider stepping up to an LGA 1366 setup even though it will be replaced soon -_-
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February 1, 2011 6:18:37 PM

aznshinobi said:
^ As joel said.

If you REALLY REALLY REALLY can't wait for a build for a Quarter (so untill March-June) Then the builds are revised in my siggy. There is now an 800$ build that'd be just fine for you.

Hi shinobi!

I checked out your site and I must say way to keep on top of updating it. I noticed you said go with an intel i5 core CPU because of the recall on SB mobos.

What motherboard would you suggest with the i5-750 or i5-760 that's around $120? I don't need to overclock or run SLi.

I looked up some benchmarks and saw the i5 beating all the quad core Phenom IIs in most synthetic and real world tests. But, I also know the 1156 socket is near its end.


EDIT: Found a GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard, how is that for gaming?
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February 1, 2011 9:35:16 PM

Well since you don't need the SLI/CF support or whatever or decent overclocks. Then that Gigabyte board would be fine. But Yes, the 1156 and LGA 1366 are coming to an end. I suggest waiting till Q2. But if you absolutely cannot then get the 800-1000 dollar build which would be good enough.

Yes I try to update as much as possible.

And Yeah.... the 750/760 usually beat out the Phenoms, but the 1055T can be considered to be par with the 750 in some cases, as its cheaper and pretty good for its value.
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February 2, 2011 12:19:01 AM

aznshinobi said:
Well since you don't need the SLI/CF support or whatever or decent overclocks. Then that Gigabyte board would be fine. But Yes, the 1156 and LGA 1366 are coming to an end. I suggest waiting till Q2. But if you absolutely cannot then get the 800-1000 dollar build which would be good enough.

Yes I try to update as much as possible.

And Yeah.... the 750/760 usually beat out the Phenoms, but the 1055T can be considered to be par with the 750 in some cases, as its cheaper and pretty good for its value.

Just found another (cheaper) mobo from Asrock. I know Asrock is related to Asus (a branch off of it?). What do you think?

ASRock P55 PRO/USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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February 2, 2011 12:33:24 AM

As a personal bias, I like Asrock more, but that's just me. I mean Gigabyte is just as good though.

You sure you don't want to wait for Sandy Bridge or Bulldozer to release in a couple months?
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February 2, 2011 3:44:54 AM

Waiting is the best idea spending now is just not smart
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February 3, 2011 10:16:05 AM

Now I don't feel so bad about building an X58 build last August/September. Since it'll be April before the i7 Nehalem's really get outperformed.
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