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New Gaming/Work System Build

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February 8, 2011 2:05:18 PM

I started noticing when picking up some of the newer games that I was having to run them at medium to low settings to avoid bad FPS. I also started to notice that having a few Mozilla tabs open was eating a lot of the RAM I had available and causing my computer to go extremely slow. I was going to just upgrade my RAM and add another 2GB but realized it was probably time to upgrade.

Approximate Purchase Date: Today
Budget Range: 600-700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Working (Visual Studio), Video Editing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor/OS/Speakers/Hard Drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: Listed Below
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: NONE

Current Machine:

Asus P5B-E Motherboard
2GB (4x512MB DDR2)
Intel E8400 CPU

New Machine:

Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Case (Tom's Hardware 2010 Recommended Buy) -
ASRock 880G EXTREME3 AM3 Motherboard -
XFX Radeon HD 6850 -
Rosewill 630w PSU -
G.SKILL Ripjaw 8GB RAM -
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Back Edition 3.2ghz -

Total comes to a little less than 700$. I am just going to pull the rest of what I need from my current machine and probably sell it on Craigs list.

So any feedback you guys can give prior to me ordering would be appreciated. Obviously I am not looking to build the absolute best machine possible, as these things get outdated so fast now, it isn't worth building a 2000$ machine.
February 8, 2011 2:25:23 PM

Fill out the form in the sticky, linkin my sig.

What programs are you using build for?
What res is your monitor? etc.
February 8, 2011 4:32:20 PM

I added it to the original post.
February 8, 2011 6:25:58 PM

What editing software, specifically is it CUDA or GPu accelerated?

If you can wait, SB in April would be worth it.

If you need a PC now, and you're fine with overclocking an xeon x3440 will give you better performance.

Don't see optical drive listed, do you need one?
Also, what's your current HD? If it's a few years old its worth the money to upgrade for a performance boost.

A Cuda build

no change $55

no change $85

xeon x3440 $240

Asus p7p55d-e LX and GTX 460 1gb $285 w/ $30 MIR

Antec Earthwatts 500w $65 w/ $15 MIR

Total including shipping: $735
after rebates $690

You can drop the total to $670 AR with this mobo/gpu combo instead 768mb gtx 460 instead og 1gb