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March 13, 2011 5:59:41 PM

After weeks of speculation I've come to the conclusion that an $800 gaming build wouldn't cut it for my needs. I exchanged the 6870 with a 6950 2gb and exchanged a 912 HAF with a big Antec 900. Also 4gb's now to 8gb's all of these changes accumulated to $200 extra.

*This build includes a monitor, and a mouse. I used newegg and Amazon. The final price accumulates to about $1000 after rebates, shipping, and a $25 newegg coupon. Included is two $10 newegg giftcards. About $100 saved just off rebates.

*THIS BUILD DOES NOT INCLUDE AN OS. YOU CAN SWITCH OUT THE MONITOR OR MOUSE FOR ONE. I'm just going to use an old windows xp os so I'm good.

Antec 900 ($100 , $80 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*Definitely was going to get a 912 HAF. But this had 402mm of space to house a 6950 and another 6950 in the future to crossfire. Plus it has 4 fans including a mammoth sized 200mm exhaust fan on the top.

Rosewill AM3 Cpu Fan ($20)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*I was about to get the cooler master N520 but at $10 I didn't feel the need to overindulge.

Patriot G Series 8gb(2x4gb) ($80, $60 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*The cheapest dual channel 8gb memory I could find.

Raidmax 850watt ($120, $100 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*In terms of reviews, features, and the price this is probably the best psu for the money. In terms of reviews all 5 gave it 5 eggs. Its a modular psu that is 80 gold certified. For $100 I save $30 when choosing this psu over the xfx 850 watt psu which has issues and is only silver certified.

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard ( $118.99, $108 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
* Crossfire x8/x8 and supports up to 16gb dual channel memory. So the memory I chose I can get a second batch to match(rhymes lmao) and get 16gb in the future.

Now time for the fun part.

Combo
1. Sapphire Tech 100312SR: $276.99

2. AMD HDZ955FBGMBOX: $139.99

Combo Discount: -$20.00
Combo Price: $396.98
$20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card pdf
Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $376.98

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

*Can easily flash to a 6970 and has 2gb for more awesome. Also includes an HDMI cable.

AMAZON:

G500 Gaming Mouse ($60)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002J9GDXI
*It was a toss up between a G9X and I chose this one over the G9X because it has more buttons and from what I've read its more suitable for palm grippers like me. :sol: 

*The G9X does have two different grips and is only $50 after rebate at newegg.com BOTH support customizable weights

HP 21.5'' Full HD monitor ($131 Free shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0049P1V28
*I couldn't find a cheaper HD monitor.

Hitachi 3.5'' 500gb Hard drive ($35.48 Be aware I was charged $10 in shipping for this)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Y5XR72
*Probably not the best for the price but I'll take it.

If your more on a budget you can easily switch the 8gb's with this 4gb ram and get a Haf 912.

Haf 912 + Corsair 2x2gb ram
1. Cooler Master RC-912-KKN1: $59.99

2. Corsair (XMS Series) CMX4GX3M2A1600C9: $49.99

Combo Discount: -$15.00
Combo Price: $94.98
$20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card pdf
Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $74.98

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
*This deal is a steal(rhyme again :na:  ) and the 6950 will fit in this case if you remove the HDD cage in this case.

Thanks for all that contributed in giving me ideas. Hopefully I get all my stuff by next week and I'll post pictures, etc, etc.
March 13, 2011 7:30:49 PM


You really need to consider a 64 bit OS if you are getting more than 4 GB of RAM.

Your case is OK, but you are getting a good price for it. Cable management in it could be better just in case you wanted to mod it.

Did a little research on your PSU maker - it is Raidtronics, and unknown manufacturer, which makes thme questionable/less reliable. Here, take a look at this thread for some insight: What Power Supply should I get?

Your heatsink needs an upgrade. Since you are getting a Black Edition chip, you should have a 120 mm heat sink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus for $37
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March 13, 2011 9:36:08 PM

Its called Raidmax. Not Raidtronics...
I asked someone who had the Rosewill heatsink and says its perfectly fine for the 955. He was able to overclock to 4.2 with the temps just fine. I've also read the reviews 120mm is not necessary.
I will be getting a 64bit OS in the future so that's not a problem either.
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March 14, 2011 12:01:00 AM

Raidmax does not make their own power supplies. The only Raidmax labled products that are worth anything are made by Tagan or Topower. If you go to the Raidmax site, you will find the UL code. If you then go to the UL site, it identifies the manufacturer as Raidtronics.
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March 14, 2011 1:51:03 AM

yup your 8gbs of RAM is useless if your not using a 64bit OS.
32bit will only recognize 3.2gbs of RAM.

even IF you are upgrading in the future your "upgrades" improve nothing for you.
your gaming, not working with CAD, Folding@Home, 3DS Max, C4D or hundreds of images in photoshop, stick with 4GB's of RAM.

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March 14, 2011 9:46:28 AM

I already ordered it, I just wanted to post this up in case someone had a $1000 budget. But I initially wanted to get 4gb. But since my motherboard is dual channel and it supports up to 16gb I felt the ideal thing is to set it up for that. But thanks anyways. In terms of games I think it is overkill as of now but its quite a way of future proofing as is the crossfire mobo that I have chosen.
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March 14, 2011 4:10:28 PM

MannyPacquiao said:
I already ordered it, I just wanted to post this up in case someone had a $1000 budget. But I initially wanted to get 4gb. But since my motherboard is dual channel and it supports up to 16gb I felt the ideal thing is to set it up for that. But thanks anyways. In terms of games I think it is overkill as of now but its quite a way of future proofing as is the crossfire mobo that I have chosen.


Yea but that doesn't take away from the fact that you have a 32 bit OS that can only recognize a little over 3GB of RAM.
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March 14, 2011 5:15:51 PM

amk09 said:
Yea but that doesn't take away from the fact that you have a 32 bit OS that can only recognize a little over 3GB of RAM.


I'll disregard this post. I already said I'm getting windows 7 soon and in fact for free from my friend. :pfff: 
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March 14, 2011 5:17:14 PM

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March 14, 2011 11:55:33 PM

But you did not rhyme why smart ass manny is so sublime :kaola: 
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March 15, 2011 1:17:13 AM

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But you did not rhyme why smart ass manny is so sublime :kaola: 


Lol thats good one.
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