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February 2, 2011 4:36:35 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Friday 2-4


Budget Range: 600 before


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, light internet surfing


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect, amazon where ever is cheaper and reliable


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: intel i3 550 more than likely but open to any suggestions, also want to try and get a xfx 5850 gpu


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Yes (future not now due to budget)


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: building for a friend now that mines done. the better graphics the better heres what i got so far

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply and Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 91.98

Intel Core i3-550 Clarkdale 3.2GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3550 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 129.99

ASRock P55 PRO/USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 99.99

XION AXP 100 Gaming Series AXP100-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 49.99

Sony Optiarc 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 CD/DVD Burner - OEM 16.99

Seagate ST3500418AS Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 3.5", 7200 RPM, SATA 3G, 500GB, 16MB Cache (OEM) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 39.99

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 189.99


618.92

already over by 20+ shipping need to get it down a little bit more any help would be greatly appreciated (PS my SB2500k build is SWEET)
February 2, 2011 5:09:12 AM

too bad i live like 2 hours from microcenter
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February 2, 2011 5:13:16 AM

don't care too much about whether its amd or intel but this cpu seems to do better than the amd ones that are close to it as far as gaming is concerned
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February 2, 2011 5:30:27 AM

For a fresh config gamer i wouldn't hit a dual core either ^^


The Game Rundown: Finding CPU/GPU Bottlenecks, Part 2
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/game-performance-bo...
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Conclusion: A Trend Toward 3+ Cores

The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.

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February 2, 2011 5:36:29 AM

its show an almost 15-20% increase in framerates of the athlon 2 x3 which is pretty much in the price range
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February 2, 2011 5:42:09 AM

For tight/budget gamers i would not suggest CF/SLI and u need a higher end PSU to support it all too ^^

Also for real world game settings/frames (non of that 1680 x 1050 medium/no AA/AF bs) check out the cost/performance of Toms $500SBM

Toms USD $500 Dec 2010 SBM
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-a-pc-overcloc...


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February 2, 2011 5:58:25 AM

all right then heres the revised
same case, psu, ram, but
AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX and ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 139.99

XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 239.99 (40 MIR)

brings me to a total of 578.93 so i should see if i cant get the 650w psu then
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February 2, 2011 6:02:37 AM

Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Lifetime Warranty w/ Registration 54.99 is this decent never heard of them before but it comes with lifetime warranty
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February 2, 2011 6:02:44 AM

That Asus 785G is essentially an AM2+ mobo and so has DDR2 for DIMM slots - hit another one ^^
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February 2, 2011 6:05:07 AM

nice catch never even saw that
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February 2, 2011 1:55:56 PM

have another question will the cpu bottleneck this gpu
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February 2, 2011 2:00:47 PM

Not the 870iCafe, but the 870 Extreme3; only a few $$ more, but multiple added features, like USB3.0 (which WILL become relevant, e.g. for external backup).
Ultra is not a good choice for PSU. Some of their recent ones have been better, but a lot of them destroy PC components when they die. Go for Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, or Enermax. I believe there are some good deals on Antec Truepower New these days.

Edit: My comment is based on HardwareSecrets review of the 870iCafe, which did not recommend it because of the similarly-priced 870 Extreme3.
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February 2, 2011 2:19:48 PM

Well heres my updated list so far
ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 59.99

Sony Optiarc 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 CD/DVD Burner - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 16.99

XION AXP 100 Gaming Series AXP100-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 49.99(10 MIR)

AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 88.99

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768 and Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... 91.98

Seagate ST3500418AS Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 3.5", 7200 RPM, SATA 3G, 500GB, 16MB Cache (OEM) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 39.99
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February 2, 2011 3:43:28 PM

Best answer selected by atypicallemon.
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February 2, 2011 3:54:19 PM

i got a amd Phenom II X4 955 and GTx 460 768MB.

im turning 58fps on high on 1280x1024 resoultion. so all other games execpt metro 2033 should do fine for you.
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February 3, 2011 1:20:51 AM

Yep happy building and cheers ^^
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