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March 5, 2011 7:43:24 PM

Hello, I'm planning on buying a gaming rig to play the upcoming Crysis 2 game at highest settings possible. I will be playing on a 1440x900 monitor, and already have a 500gig 7200rpm Seagate HD. I would like some suggestions on what I should change (if any) my budget is 900$ :na: 

Heres what I have so far

Asus AM3 motherboard 82.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 139.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master 690 Black 79.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 4gb (2 x 2gb) RAM 49.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus Dvd burner 17.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 650w 89.99$ (69.99 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Diamond Radeon 6970 359.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks in advance :D  :D 
a b 4 Gaming
March 5, 2011 8:28:19 PM

Hello Sabrin;

For the same price as the open box MB you can get this Asrock with the preferred CrossfireX x8/x8 capability.
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $90 & free shipping CrossfireX mode: x8/x8
open box: ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 880G MB $83 & $7.87 shipping. CrossfireX mode: x16/x4

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 Mid Tower Computer Case & RAM combo deal $105 & $20 rebate
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 RAM Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
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a c 205 4 Gaming
March 5, 2011 8:56:48 PM

Wait a few days and grab a SB based build. Asus boards started arriving on newegg today. This one is $897 based upon previous price offerings on newegg and provided huge performance increase over original build. It's also sized for addition of 2nd card in SLI (+ Case Fan) at a later date

Item Price Component

Case - $100 - Coolermaster HAF-922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - Later - CM Red 200 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $100 - XFX 750 W Black Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $40 - (2 x 2GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $240 - Asus GTX 560 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
Game Free Just Cause 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Game Free Mafia II As above
HD - - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Double up on the RAM if ya can squeeze another $37 .... The two free game coupons are worth $60 if ya wanna sell them.
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March 5, 2011 11:02:28 PM


Thanks guys!!

@WR2 - I will go ahead and switch that mobo and probably step down to the HIS 6870. Seeing as how Im only going to be running at 1440x900. That should be plenty of power for me.

@Jack - I can't tell if I want that SB build or not, it looks good, but the mobo/cpu combo isn't available anymore.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 5, 2011 11:09:10 PM

@ Sabrin
The CPUs are out and the motherboards are starting to come in.
There are some options out now. And we can work with you to make sure you don't bust your budget too.

Look over this THG article: Who's Got Game? Twelve Sub-$200 CPUs Compared
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March 6, 2011 12:54:28 AM

I'd love to know why these new Sandy Bridge cpu's that intel has released are going to be so much faster than the standard ones now :pt1cable:  Because I would love one. Due to circumstances, I would love to be able to get everything but the gpu, for under 600$ (going to barrow my friends unused gts250 until i get more $$$)

Is it really going to be worth it just to wait for sandy bridge? Its that much faster?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2011 12:58:44 AM

No need to wait. You can order one tonight.

The thing to remember is that it's a 'system'. If you're playing very graphically intense FPS games the video card will limit the overall performance.

In some instances you can see dual core CPU systems performing as well as quad (or hex core) systems because of that.

But for RPG and SIM games that tend to make a bigger demand of the CPU, yeah, they can be that much faster.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2011 1:02:48 AM

Here is a CPU/MB/RAM core components for $340 available tonight:

Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) Quad-Core CPU $195
BIOSTAR TH67+ H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Motherboard & RAM combo $145
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB DDR3 1333 RAM

The unlocked and highly overclockable K models aren't included, and that H67 MB isn't intended for unlocked CPUs either.
But it helps keep the costs down and can be used to meet your $600 goal.
So go back and look at where the i5 2400 fell in that THG article
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March 6, 2011 1:18:02 AM

Theres too much thought that goes into a build :ouch:  if its going to be to the likeing. Im not an enthusiast so im not going to be looking to overclock, BUT I would like the option to add another gpu in later. I may wait around and see if another ATX mobo comes out in the next two weeks that I can afford :) 

Thanks WR2
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March 6, 2011 1:18:31 AM

Best answer selected by Sabrin.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2011 1:29:12 AM

Actually..that Biostar H67 does have a 2nd video card slot.

The first slot runs @ x16 and the 2nd @ x4.
If you were to run a CFX or SLI setup with 2 cards you'd be sacrificing 10-15% in performance over the other most common option of x8/x8.

And the Biostar H67 would let you run HTPC type actions from your smart phone.
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March 6, 2011 1:59:58 AM

Eh, I guess I failed to mention earlier that I will not be buying this rig until the end of this month (stupid monthly salary.) I've just had that rig in mind since I got my job. Didn't mean to come off harsh (if I did) :(  Alot of help here, don't want to ruin it!!
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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2011 2:06:46 AM

No problem at all with that. It's a good chunk of change and you want to get it right.

Chances are they'll be other sales and combos to keep the prices really close.
And you'll have a better selection of MB choices.
I wasn't trying to rush you - just saying you could have ordered tonight.
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March 6, 2011 2:34:54 AM

Eh, Ive spent a good month looking up builds. I want to get performance. I want to get affordable. I want to get it upgradable. Lastly, I want to get it right the first time :) 

Its my first real build. Yea Ive made computers out of old parts laying around the house, but not off the market.

My rig as of now is as follows

Dell Optiplex gx620
Dell mobo w/ 1 pci-e slot
Nvidia 9500gt
Pentium 4 @ 3.0ghz (hyperthreaded)
4 gig of ddr2 ram
305w psu

Needless to say, I want an upgrade!! :D 
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a b 4 Gaming
March 6, 2011 2:55:33 AM

How much did that cost you, back in the day?
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March 6, 2011 3:04:26 AM

Oddly enough, got it all but the 9500gt out of the "junk pile" at work about a year ago. It was going to Atlanta to be recycled. I dug through it, came up with working parts :)  All but one of my rigs in the last 10 years have been that way. Time for a change :bounce:  :bounce: 
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March 6, 2011 3:22:15 AM

But yes, Thanks to all who replied. I will be refreshing this thread right before I plan to buy the rig. Still thinking about the 560 or the 6870s!! Also about the SB combo's. Will keep a look out!!
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March 7, 2011 2:56:01 AM

Here is what I have. I went with the AMD/ATI build because of budget. Looks stout to me. Remember I have the OS and HD already :bounce: 

ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard 89.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 139.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu Thermal Interface Material
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster Storm Scout 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 4gb (2 x 2gb) RAM 49.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus Dvd burner 17.99$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI 95.00$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Radeon HD 6870 HD-687A-ZNFC Video Card with Eyefinity 214.00$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Later--XFX Radeon HD 6870 HD-687A-ZNFC Video Card with Eyefinity 214.00$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
March 7, 2011 2:59:05 AM

Shin-Etsu Thermal Interface Material but no CPU cooler?
What's your plan for using that?
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March 7, 2011 3:03:01 AM

Thought it was like thermal compound, I suppose that already comes on the cpu. What cooler do you suggest?
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a b 4 Gaming
March 7, 2011 3:03:56 AM

That's solid.
I had to check that RAM in an AMD build but it's doing good for a lot of AMD owners.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 7, 2011 3:14:12 AM

It is high performance thermal compound. We usually see that with high performance coolers.
The stock AMD cooler has it's own thermal compound.

CM Hyper 212 Plus $30 is a great price for a good cooler.
It has it's own thermal compound in the accessory pack. That little tube in the lower left.
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April 5, 2011 2:30:42 AM

Thank you WR2, This build is excellent for the price!! Does everything I expected and more!!


Will someone please close this thread :) 
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