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March 8, 2011 4:47:18 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (would like to start ordering stuff today or tomorrow)

Budget Range: ~$1000 including tax/shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, movies/tv shows, school work

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference as long as it is easy and reliable.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: yes? dont know much about overclocking...

SLI or Crossfire: Don't know what this is...

Monitor Resolution: I have ~$150 credit for discountelectronics.com and was thinking about getting this monitor

Dell E207 WFP Flat Panel LCD Monitor 20.1 Inch http://www.discountelectronics.com/index.php?l=product_...

My only problem with it is its a rather old model and is used, not refirbished. Any opinions on this?


Additional Comments: I took a look at the recommended builds by usage thread and I was thinking about doing the $945 gamer build but I wanted to ask what to do because I was looking at the Mid-range ($993) build from this website also... http://www.build-gaming-computers.com/gaming-desktop-co...

Also I have an old dell desktop computer at home from around 2002-2003 with a P4 1.8Ghz and a 128mb Nvidia video card (I think, I'm not at home to check) and idk if there is anything I can use from it or if it is way too old...
March 8, 2011 4:59:47 PM

Hey there harry286,

First off the monitor looks decent, might as well use your credit if you have it. You could aslo try finding a monitor of 1080p resolution (which might be nice): 1920x1080 resolution.

As for your using parts from your old computer, well you could use the case to save a few bucks if you liked. Just take everything in it out. Other than that I would suggest buying everything else new.

A few examples of gaming builds I would suggest looking here as we :)  ->

http://newbcomputerbuild.com/computer-builds/gaming-bui...

If you have any more questions just a
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
March 8, 2011 5:00:22 PM

Those "recommended" builds are old. Nothing in them is current generation, excluding the case. For $1,000, here's what I'd look at:

CPU: i5-2500K $229
Mobo: ASRock P67 Extreme4 $150 (needs to be re-released with a revision first)
RAM: Corsair XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9 $40 after rebate
GPU: HD 6950 2 GB $254 after rebate and shipping
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $65 (might be cheaper elsewhere)
PSU: XFX 650W $65 after rebate
Case: Rosweill Challenger $70 with shipping (usually $55 with free shipping)
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $21
HSF (for overclocking): Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B $43 with shipping
OS (if needed): Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100

Total: $1,037.
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March 8, 2011 5:10:20 PM

Wow thanks for the quick replies! My old dell computer case is ugly as sin so I guess ill just junk it or try and hook it to a tv or something.

MadAdmiral, what do you mean the mobo needs to be re-released? does that current model have problems?

Also can you post more links to buy things, I'm having trouble finding some things at the price you listed (like the RAM)
a b B Homebuilt system
March 8, 2011 5:10:35 PM

Some good combo deals in this build that Why_Me dug up yesterday.


CPU + Cooler Nice find on combo deal from Why_Me

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
**plus**
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler

$251 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard
MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$179 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive + Power Supply another nice combo from Why_Me

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
**plus**
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE

$173 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Video Card + RAM combo deal from Why_Me

MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
**plus**
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

$335 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case + OS combo

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
**plus**
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

$195 (after rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Optical Drive

ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

$19 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total $1152

Also worth noting that this build is completely prepared to accept a second GTX 560 card in SLI later.
March 8, 2011 5:22:43 PM

$1152 is a bit much for me and I wouldn't know how to make it cheaper.

$1050 is prolly my max including shipping (Although less $ without much performance compromise would be best)

Id like to do MadAdmiral's build but whats up with the mobo? When will it be re-released? I would like to start purchasing parts later today if possible so I wouldn't want to wait for it.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 8, 2011 6:03:00 PM

Dropped down to 500G hard drive and shrunk the power supply.
The smaller power supply probably isn't worth it b/c with this supply you could not use a second video card later. You mentioned you had never done that, so maybe you wouldn't miss it. Anyway, I put the smaller PS in there for price comparison, but I would recommend at least 650W supply in case you want a 2nd video card later.

CPU + Cooler
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
**plus**
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler
$251 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard
MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (this one is sold out atm, but it's the most likely candidate out of the ones listed on newegg)
$180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
$60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
$48 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
$100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive
ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$19 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total $1018
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
March 8, 2011 6:03:34 PM

Sorry about that. I've added more links. I'm at work (shh) and had a surprise meeting...

The LGA1155 boards all had a problem due to a design flaw by Intel. The SATA II ports on the boards would have degraded performance in the long run (3 years or so). The issue supposedly affected only 5% of all boards, but every retailer stopped selling them. The problem has reportedly been fixed, but the new revisions haven't been released to retailers yet. It should happen in a couple of weeks.

It's entirely possible that you could find some P67 boards around, but it's hit or miss if they're the new version. I'd highly recommend waiting for the boards, especially since some prices have been screwy lately. Case prices are up a good $15-30, with free shipping deals gone, and HDDs are also up another $15 or so. Given that the HD 6990 is due to be released in a few days, that should change some GPU prices as well.

EDIT: About the only thing I like in the build above is the i5-2500K/Hyper 212 Plus combo. The Hyper is a good cooler, but the Scythe Mugen 2 is a lot better at $10 more. However, as the Hyper gets cheaper, it gets more attractive.

That MSI board is currently the only one on Newegg with the B3 revision. That's the corrected version. I can't imagine the other companies are too far behind. Watch it for a few days, and if more don't come out, grab it. You can drop the HD 6950 2 GB to the HD 6870, HD 6850 or GTX 460 1 GB (in that order) to afford the higher price.

I should also point out that I didn't look for any combos. You can generally find a few, especially with Windows.
March 8, 2011 9:13:42 PM

Is there much of a difference between those mobos or is it mainly the price difference? Also copamundial, the mobo u linked says it's in stock.
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
March 8, 2011 10:20:28 PM

I assume you mean the MSI board and the ASRock. There aren't a lot of details on the MSI board, and the ASRock's disappeared for a while. I would guess that there is very little difference between the two of them. I'm guessing that the ASRock has fewer SATA/USB ports, but I'm not certain. The major features will be the same though.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 8, 2011 11:37:02 PM

There are two main types of Sandy Bridge motherboards.
They main distinction between the two types is their chipset.
Motherboards w/ 'H67' chipset allow you to use the integrated video in the CPU (this isn't old video chip on the motherboard type of video, this is inside the CPU itself). With those motherboards you can only overclock the graphics part of the CPU.

Motherboards w/ the 'P67' chipset don't allow use of integrated CPU graphics (ie, you need a video card). They do, however, allow for overclocking if the CPU itself.

Beyond that, the general driver of price difference between the sandy bridge motherboards seems to be their degree of support for Crossfire/SLI configurations.

The ~$180 MSI board lists "• 2 PCI Express gen2 x16 slots"
The ~$364 Asus board lists "4 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single @x16, dual @x8, triple @x8, x16, x16 )"

There are some other differences (bluetooth or # of outputs and whatnot), but the real price driver is the multi-GPU support.
If you need 3 or 4 video cards, get the $364... if 2 is plenty, get the $180.

March 9, 2011 2:03:15 AM

Thanks so much for all the help! I think I'm going to go with the MSI board and MadAdmiral's build. Hopefully I can get this thing built and have some fun again! (My laptop broke...) Also does it make a difference what case I get other than looks?
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2011 2:13:02 AM

The case doesn't matter too much, as long as it's big enough to fit the GPU and has enough cooling. Basically, as long as the case has three or more fans (one or two front, one back, one top), it should be good enough to keep everything cool. I will say it will be hard to find a better cheap case than the Rosewill Challenger I linked too, with the exception of the Rosewill Destroyer (slightly smaller, one less fan). It just happens that the prices on cases is up right now.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 9, 2011 2:15:24 AM

harry286 said:
Thanks so much for all the help! I think I'm going to go with the MSI board and MadAdmiral's build. Hopefully I can get this thing built and have some fun again! (My laptop broke...) Also does it make a difference what case I get other than looks?


Not really, but here are some factors to consider:

-Make sure it fits a full ATX motherboard, not just mini or micro-ATX (not usually a problem w/ mid-tower or larger cases)
-Check the specs on the case to confirm that your video card fits (9 in. for the GTX 560Ti)
-You want at least two fans on the case.
-Some cases are more loud than others. I prefer cases that have speed controls for the fans so I can control the amount of noise.
-Figure out if you want lighting in the case. If you're using it in a bedroom (or dorm room) that can get annoying if you can't turn it off.
March 9, 2011 2:52:26 AM

I don't really have a need for 1TB of space right now if I dont have to (have a 750gb external hdd). I don't know much about hard drives but is there one that is faster or something but might have less memory in the same price range? (500gb would be fine)
a b B Homebuilt system
March 9, 2011 4:53:31 AM

Dropped down to 500G hard drive and shrunk the power supply.
The smaller power supply probably isn't worth it b/c with this supply you could not use a second video card later. You mentioned you had never done that, so maybe you wouldn't miss it. Anyway, I put the smaller PS in there for price comparison, but I would recommend at least 650W supply in case you want a 2nd video card later.

CPU + Cooler
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
**plus**
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler
$251 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard
MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (this one is sold out atm, but it's the most likely candidate out of the ones listed on newegg)
$180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
$60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
$48 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
$100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive
ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
$19 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total $1018


Also, you may want to consider this card as well.
Performance is close to GTX 560 ti, but price w/ big rebate is very attractive.

XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
$180 (after rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That would bring total down to $948
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
March 9, 2011 10:53:21 AM

You could get a smaller HDD, but I wouldn't recommend it, mainly due to prices. The 1 TB version can be found for as little as $55 at times, and is almost always $60 on Amazon, so the difference in prices between the 1 TB and the 500 GB is so small that it's not worth it to get the smaller drive. If an extra $5-10 buys you twice as much space, and doesn't lose you anything in terms of performance, why not get the bigger drive?
March 15, 2011 5:14:37 PM

Is there an equivalent mobo to the ones listed here? Because I have ordered most of the parts except the mobo and it is still sold out. I'm kinda in need of a computer real bad cause my laptop broke 2 weeks ago and I've just been using my iphone to get by....
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
March 15, 2011 5:45:28 PM

There's several options, but not many detail about them. Specifically, about the speeds of the PCIe 2.0 slots. The ones I've found only say 2 PCIe 2.0 slots, not if they're both at 8x/8x with dual cards or only at 16x/4x...

Anyway, here's the only one I've found in stock, MSI P67A-GD53. It doesn't say what the speeds are, so you might need to do some additional research before buying it.
March 15, 2011 7:00:50 PM

Of course the moment I post to find another mobo the $180 mobo is back in stock... thanks though!
March 21, 2011 9:13:20 PM

So I have my comp all built except Im running XP Pro right now and I can download for free (legally! through my university) either the x64 or x86 copy of Windows 7 Pro. Which one should I get? I did MadAdmirals build with the MSI motherboard CopaMundial suggested.
April 29, 2011 10:49:01 PM

Not sure how you got that GPU to fit in the Rosewill, I've been looking into building something similar myself and I got the HAF 912 instead
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