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February 1, 2011 10:07:53 AM

I'm really frustrated. I've got about $1100 to throw down on a new gaming rig (but i also need a monitor. preferably 1920x1200). I've never built a pc but i've used them extensively since I was 14, replaced a couple dvd drives and ram and video cards and things of that nature but never fully built one from the ground up and i'm a bit intimidated. I'm having a major problem finding everything i want within my budget that works together! I would post a sample build but i'd just be wasting everyones time reading it because it would be fail.

After looking around I really want to get as much performance as possible for my money, the monitor i'm not that concerned about performance other than its 1920x1200 resolution (not crap though) Only reason I mention it is it has to come out of the $1100, so does shipping and everything. Its a hard cap. :p 

I really would like either an i5or i7 processor, or possibly the amd phenom x4 965
And preferably a very solid video card. Corners can be cut elsewhere if required i guess.

I would like a nice looking case with a full ATX motherboard, and i'd like to also include in the cost one of those killer network cards.

I'm basically wanting a setup that will be fairly first build friendly, as ive read some cases and motherboards are more difficult than others so i need to balance this vs power.

Any help at all will be appreciated. I've spent hours poring over parts and even checking out websites like ibuypower and cyberpowerpc but it just seems like im sacrificing somewhere to stay under $1100 and i really don't want to. It seems like I should be able to get something solid out of this... if i *HAVE* to i could maybe stretch to 1200 (but that has to include shipping remember if free shipping is possible plz god lol)

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February 1, 2011 10:25:51 AM

Due to Sandy bridge recalls it makes sense to wait until April if you can as there price/performance is amazing. If you can't wait either get an AMD Phenom 955BE and a cheap board like the Asrock 870 Extreme 3 and spend the rest of you buget on the best Graphics card/cards you can ie 2 x 6870s or 6950s. Or got for an older intel system with an i5 760 knowing it will cost nearly as much as the 2500K when its nowjhere near as good.
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February 1, 2011 10:33:25 AM

Its really not an option for me to wait till april. I'm home now and will be going overseas in April. I'd like to enjoy my time in the states, thanks for the other tips however.
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February 1, 2011 11:19:59 AM

woops i meant 1920 x 1080
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February 1, 2011 11:26:05 AM

Well I've come up with a build on my own I guess you guys can critique. The grand total puts me right at my budget. $1,097 with shipping and monitor.

All newegg.com

case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119197 - $100

cpu: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
Item #: N82E16819115215 - $205

mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128425 - $120

gpu: GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N460SO-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI ...
Item #: N82E16814125345 - $220

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - $50

hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185 - $65

PSU: Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core ...
Item #: N82E16817182199 - $55

Network: VisionTek Bigfoot Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card
Item #: N82E16833189002 - $85 (i just kinda want one of these)

Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824236059 - $180

end total is $1097 with shipping.

any tips would be appreciated... im a newbie at this.
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February 1, 2011 11:39:14 AM

forgot OS so im now exactly $100 over budget! help!
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February 1, 2011 12:01:24 PM

also is it possible to still get a sandy bridge setup and just rma it later? or use the 6gb/s ports ??
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February 1, 2011 12:46:57 PM

Well I dropped the Killer Network card, and added some arctic compound and im at $1122 now. $22 over but not terrible (though id like to eliminate it somehow)... will i need any additional cooling? should i order any fans or anything?
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February 1, 2011 12:57:43 PM

newbbuilder1 said:
also is it possible to still get a sandy bridge setup and just rma it later? or use the 6gb/s ports ??


Yes, it is. The problem with the motherboards are just with the 3gb/s ports. You should be able to plug into the 6gb/s with no problems and rma the board later. Only problem will be finding a 1155 motherboard for sale. Tigerdirect, newegg, microcenter and such stores have pulled the 1155 motherboards. But it appears you can still buy the boards from ebay.
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February 1, 2011 6:33:26 PM

im glad i spent all this time posting here for 2 halfass replies and no comments on my build i chose lol
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February 1, 2011 6:37:43 PM

I believe you can still get them from amazon too. It didn't look they had pulled them down yet. As far as I could tell, newegg and the other websites have also pulled the processors too.

To be honest if I was you and needed the computer now I would just buy the Sandy Bridge now from amazon and plug all your SATA devices in the 6gb/s ports and then just switch it out when the new boards are out.
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a c 213 4 Gaming
February 1, 2011 6:55:42 PM

I'd wait till April and build this .... oh and skip the killer network thingie.

Case - $70 - Antec 300 Illusion http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - Later - CM Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $100 - XFX Black Edition750 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
MoBo - $390 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
CPU - incl. - Intel Core i5-2600K w/ above
RAM - $47 - (2 x 2GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
GFX - $250 - EVGA GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1 TB http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
SSD - Later - OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
DVD Writer - $23 - ASUS BR Model BC-08B1LT http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Monitor - $180 - ASUS VE247H 23.6" LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1115
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