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March 21, 2011 11:21:04 PM

Hey guys, I've looked into building my first PC. It's primarily going to be used for gaming (Fallout, Dragon Age, etc.) and Adobe CS5 usage. Not looking for anything too expensive, limit is $750. My build so far is:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE
PSU: Antec Earthwatts EA650 650W
GPU: MSI N460GTX Cyclone
HDD: WD 640GB Caviar Black
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x2gb)
MOBO: MSI 870A-G54 AM3
CASE: CM 690 II

Any suggestions as to what I should add/take away are much appreciated.

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a b 4 Gaming
March 22, 2011 2:49:14 AM

Hi, assuming youre in the U.S. and can use Newegg, you can get this build which would definitely be better for gaming and would be good for overclocking if you add cooling later.

Intel Core i5-2500k $224.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2x2GB DDR3 1333Mhz $44.99
ASUS GTX 460 1GB (Fermi) $199.99
MSI P67A-C43 (B3) $124.99
Thermaltake TR2 600W $59.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB $39.99
Antec Three Hundred $54.95

Total: $749.89

Theres also $60 worth of rebates in there. You could use that to get a couple of extra fans for the case and a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ and you would be set for overclocking too.
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March 22, 2011 5:22:40 AM

jmsellars1 said:
Hi, assuming youre in the U.S. and can use Newegg, you can get this build which would definitely be better for gaming and would be good for overclocking if you add cooling later.

Intel Core i5-2500k $224.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2x2GB DDR3 1333Mhz $44.99
ASUS GTX 460 1GB (Fermi) $199.99
MSI P67A-C43 (B3) $124.99
Thermaltake TR2 600W $59.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB $39.99
Antec Three Hundred $54.95

Total: $749.89

Theres also $60 worth of rebates in there. You could use that to get a couple of extra fans for the case and a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ and you would be set for overclocking too.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$30 1600MHZ Kingston ram - Cheaper, faster


Graphics:

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

$115 Graphics card which is 5-6% slower than the $200 one my fellow tomshardware poster shows, and my option also includes Just cause II and mafia II valued at $60 (Can sell for some $$ or play it your choice)
Do not get the thermaltake TR2 series - It is renowned for its crapiness and bad quality

power supply:

$50 650W PSU that is better, 650W and XFX is now making 9/10 - 10/10 psu's, the TR2 is moer like a 4/10 PSU in reliability.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Make sure u use the $10 proo code

Harddrive

The Caviar blue is a slow harddrive aimed at being crap. Theres a reason why its cheap...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25 more but is 1TB and much much much much faster.
There is a $42 320GB version and $50 500GB version depending on your needs - Personally I'd buy a 120GB SSD and I wouldn't need more space than that for all of my stuff!
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a b 4 Gaming
March 22, 2011 6:12:03 PM

vibhas said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$30 1600MHZ Kingston ram - Cheaper, faster


Graphics:

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

$115 Graphics card which is 5-6% slower than the $200 one my fellow tomshardware poster shows, and my option also includes Just cause II and mafia II valued at $60 (Can sell for some $$ or play it your choice)
Do not get the thermaltake TR2 series - It is renowned for its crapiness and bad quality

power supply:

$50 650W PSU that is better, 650W and XFX is now making 9/10 - 10/10 psu's, the TR2 is moer like a 4/10 PSU in reliability.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Make sure u use the $10 proo code

Harddrive

The Caviar blue is a slow harddrive aimed at being crap. Theres a reason why its cheap...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25 more but is 1TB and much much much much faster.
There is a $42 320GB version and $50 500GB version depending on your needs - Personally I'd buy a 120GB SSD and I wouldn't need more space than that for all of my stuff!


That RAM says $54.99, not $30 and i don't see any rebates on it so i'm not quite sure what you meant. Also going from 1333 to 1600mhz isn't such a huge difference, i was just trying to stay within the budget. Also theres nothing wrong with Caviar Blue HDD's, i've used them before and never had a problem. You may be right about the PSU though, i've never used one and couldn't be sure. With the GPU, you can't simply say its X% different, it depends on the resolution and a few other things. If youre playing on less than 1600x900 yes that is probably a good option but if youre playing on any higher than that i'd definitely suggest the 1GB model.
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March 23, 2011 2:45:03 AM

jmsellars1 said:
That RAM says $54.99, not $30 and i don't see any rebates on it so i'm not quite sure what you meant. Also going from 1333 to 1600mhz isn't such a huge difference, i was just trying to stay within the budget. Also theres nothing wrong with Caviar Blue HDD's, i've used them before and never had a problem. You may be right about the PSU though, i've never used one and couldn't be sure. With the GPU, you can't simply say its X% different, it depends on the resolution and a few other things. If youre playing on less than 1600x900 yes that is probably a good option but if youre playing on any higher than that i'd definitely suggest the 1GB model.


Rebates only last a few days... that kingston 1600MHZ rebate was valid for over a week and ended today.
Even if theres no difference between 1333MHz and 1600MHZ my option was still cheaper, and of course slightly faster - So you cannot argue it kept it under budget better than the cheaper option.

The caviar blue HDD's may not have great technical issues but the read/write speeds are terribly slow. If you do not know, for the last wee while HDD's have been the most major bottleneck in most systems.. therefore it makes no sense to have a slow harddrive, especially when for $15~ you can get more GB/faster HDD. As i said theres a reason why its cheap...

If you recommend a PSU that is low quality and more expensive than truly high quality parts, you shouldn't recommend it - You should only give information if you would do exactly the same thing in their situation.. I'm saying on average it was 'X%' different, and it really doesn't vary thatm uch. Worst case scenario is the average due to his monitor resolution not being that high. If you really look at the benchmarks like i do, you will see that the 768mb doesn't get much worse than it was at 1920x1080 compared to the 1Gb when it is at 2560x1600 compared to the 1GB version. Theoretically yes, but reality makes it 1 % worse~ at each resolution. Thats not even 0.5 fps in most games.

No offence buddy, but perhaps you should look around more before recommending stuff... a lot of these parts leave a lot to be desired compared to other forumer's builds..
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a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2011 3:06:38 AM

My suggestion for a $750 build:

Intel i5-2400: $190
ASRock H61M/U3S3: $80
8 GB DDR3-1333: $80
HD 6850: $170
Antec Earthwatts 80W 80+ Bronze: $40
500 GB HDD: $40
DVD Burner: $18
Rosewill R-102 case: $30
Windows 7: $100
$748
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March 23, 2011 11:08:08 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
My suggestion for a $750 build:

Intel i5-2400: $190
ASRock H61M/U3S3: $80
8 GB DDR3-1333: $80
HD 6850: $170
Antec Earthwatts 80W 80+ Bronze: $40
500 GB HDD: $40
DVD Burner: $18
Rosewill R-102 case: $30
Windows 7: $100
$748


I think you mean 380w=]
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March 23, 2011 11:16:36 AM



$707.92 AR, for gaming try to put as much muscle into the gpu
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a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2011 4:09:33 PM

vibhas said:
Rebates only last a few days... that kingston 1600MHZ rebate was valid for over a week and ended today.
Even if theres no difference between 1333MHz and 1600MHZ my option was still cheaper, and of course slightly faster - So you cannot argue it kept it under budget better than the cheaper option.

The caviar blue HDD's may not have great technical issues but the read/write speeds are terribly slow. If you do not know, for the last wee while HDD's have been the most major bottleneck in most systems.. therefore it makes no sense to have a slow harddrive, especially when for $15~ you can get more GB/faster HDD. As i said theres a reason why its cheap...

If you recommend a PSU that is low quality and more expensive than truly high quality parts, you shouldn't recommend it - You should only give information if you would do exactly the same thing in their situation.. I'm saying on average it was 'X%' different, and it really doesn't vary thatm uch. Worst case scenario is the average due to his monitor resolution not being that high. If you really look at the benchmarks like i do, you will see that the 768mb doesn't get much worse than it was at 1920x1080 compared to the 1Gb when it is at 2560x1600 compared to the 1GB version. Theoretically yes, but reality makes it 1 % worse~ at each resolution. Thats not even 0.5 fps in most games.

No offence buddy, but perhaps you should look around more before recommending stuff... a lot of these parts leave a lot to be desired compared to other forumer's builds..


I don't want to turn this into too much of a debate but let me just say i do know what i'm talking about. I have been building my own PC's for years and have personally used a lot of these parts and looked at benchmarks etc. Lets leave it at that as to not clutter this thread
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a b 4 Gaming
March 24, 2011 1:18:50 PM

zooted said:
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$707.92 AR, for gaming try to put as much muscle into the gpu


+1 to zooted's config : 2GB HD 6950 and room to CF

Why

Triple-GPU Scaling: AMD CrossFire Vs. Nvidia SLI
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crossfire-sli-3-way...
Quote:
CrossFire came out with a huge overall scaling lead over SLI, and removing the one title that didn’t reflect that average would have made the lead even bigger. Superior scaling allowed two mid-priced Radeon HD 6950s to approximate the performance of two higher-cost GeForce GTX 570s, while three HD 6950s took the performance win over three GTX 570s.
If CrossFire’s value-oriented victory in two-way and performance win in three-way configurations weren’t enough to convince us, the Radeon HD 6950's lower power certainly did. AMD started out with the highest efficiency at one card, and superb multi-GPU scaling allowed its efficiency to increase with every card we added. When’s the last time adding parts made your machine more efficient?

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