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1k rig needs fine tuning please

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February 4, 2011 2:07:54 AM

Price = 1k
Use= 99% games

SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

A-DATA S599 AS599S-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

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

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

APEVIA CF12S-BK 120mm Case Fan

Price = 929.84


1. Should I even get the SSD drive if all i am going to be doing is playing games?
2. Should I take the $100 that I am going to dump on the SSD and put that into getting a better CPU OR GPU?
2.A. If so then what would you recommend?
3. Is there any upgrades or parts that you would swap out for performance or a better price?
4. Am I missing anything that will prevent me from building this rig the day all the parts show up?

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February 4, 2011 2:37:37 AM

1. This is a budgetary and personal preference question for you alone. Everything will work just fine without the SSD. Game levels with just take a smidge longer to load.
2. Not really, the HD 5870 still manages to hold its own (or better) against the $299 6950s
3. Maybe a case upgrade. Your case, fan and shipping = $48. Rosewill DESTROYER Case with 3 fans $55 incl shipping
4. Got an OS to load? Then you're ready to go.
February 4, 2011 5:10:03 AM

thanks for the tips anyone else have anything to add before i make my purchase
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February 4, 2011 5:39:59 AM

+1 for WR2 and then go buy Battlefield Bad Company 2 :) 
February 4, 2011 2:46:05 PM

That's a lot of "budget" components.

1. The main impact of the SSD would be faster boot times.
2. Yes, the 5870 is last gen stuff, I'd opt for a 570 (requires 850 watter PSU) or 6970 if possible, the 560 is great buy
3. AS5 has a 200 hour cure time (see their web site), Shin Etsu is thew way to go; Scythe SCMG 2100 is a significant performance upgrade for just $10; numerous better RAM options available
4. Yes, TIM

SB has pushed to the price point where using AMD and budget components become essential. You could be sitting w/a Sandy Bridge box w/ hi quality components for the same price, assuming of course, you can wait till them to correct the defect .... new components expected in April

Case - $70 - Antec 300 Illusion
PSU - $100 - XFX Black Edition 750
MoBo - $390 - ASUS P8P67 Pro
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
Cooler - - Scythe SCMG 2100
TIM - - Shin Etsu
RAM - $110 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9
GFX - $250 - Asus GTX 560
HD - $55 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm
SSD - - OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 60GB
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS

Total $997

Ya can add $45 for the cooler / TIM but unless you are OC'ing above 4.5 GHz, it's not needed. Above build is sized for a future addition of a 2nd card in SLI.