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New Gaming build needed... Tired of fixing my old one.

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March 25, 2011 5:56:08 PM

Hi all, 

My computer died again. Yesterday, it just abruptly lost power and from then on, will not remain on for more than 5 seconds. Out of curiosity, do u think it can be my powersupply? See below for specs of my current system. 

Would you mind suggesting what I should buy? I don't think my video card needs to be replaced. I'm fairly certain everything else does.

It's a gaming rig, so please go crazy. Not extremely crazy.

Please review my specs:


Video card
SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity

Processor
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor

Mobo
ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard

Ram
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 675 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-5400c4

Harddrives
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST3160023AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
... All sata hdd's, no ssd


I would love you all if you could respond today.... There's call of duty to be played. A lot of it.

Joe
March 25, 2011 7:18:06 PM

Oh and my power supply is a rosewill. It's old, but can power up to 850 watts.
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March 25, 2011 7:35:31 PM

the Rosewill PSU is probably why your computer died.

buy a quality one like Corsair HX/TX/AX series, Siverstone or Antec
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March 25, 2011 8:00:56 PM

Budget Range: 1500$ish preferably less. Do I need a new video card?
 
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
 
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
 
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
 
Country of Origin: USA
 
Parts Preferences: best for gaming
 
Overclocking: I generally don't.
 
SLI or Crossfire: If it makes a huge difference
 
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
 
Additional Comments: should I get windows 7? I use windows xp. Do I need to replace my video card?
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March 25, 2011 8:38:19 PM

Oh and for start date. I'd like to build it asap.
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March 25, 2011 8:43:31 PM

Your graphics card should be fine. If you really want to make a new system you can do that and we'll all help you with it but since you want to build a new rig anyway it might be better to first replace the power supply you have and see if that's the problem. It would save allot of money.




I read it over and I didn't make sense lol
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March 25, 2011 8:54:09 PM

How old is your computer?
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March 25, 2011 8:55:52 PM

Ebay that old build of yours and start out fresh and new...including the o/s (Windows). This build allows you to add another one of those factory over clocked gtx 560's later on for SLI if you so choose. :)  I would have linked that Asrock mobo to newegg but it's sold out on there, and superbiiz has been around for ages and has a great reputation.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.98 - $89.98 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67X4B3&tit... $153.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$8.00 Combo Price: $251.98
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD103SJ&tit... $59.99 Free Shipping
Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $244.99
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $18.99
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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,069.89 *not including shipping, mail in rebates, etc...

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <---- two year warranty for that board

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard
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March 25, 2011 9:04:44 PM

These are all from newegg. make sure to mach the model numbers.

this will be a very silent gaming box:

Case:
Fractal Design Define XL Black ATX Full Tower Silent PC Computer Case
$150
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop
Processor $224.99
BIOSTAR TP67B+ LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$130
Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
$75
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL
$50
PowerColor PCS+ AX6970 2GBD5-PP2DHG Radeon HD 6970 (has a stock silent cooler installed)
$374.99
SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$160
Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$80
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM
$100
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$1345 ish
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March 26, 2011 5:49:58 AM

the computer has parts in it as old as 2004. Thats one of the storage drives. The rest of the computer is from 2007ish and the video card and processor might be from 2008.

Some questions/comments before i buy stuff:

I'm surprised that no one suggested an SSD. I shouldnt incorporate one of those into the build?

Also, is my graphics card that out of date that it wouldnt work well with the builds suggested here? It was 500$ december 2009.

Only 4gb of ram? wouldnt 8gb be better with the newest games?

Lastly, isn't i7 from intel the best out so far?

sorry, im not that great with components. I seriously appreciate all of the comments thus far!
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March 26, 2011 6:09:50 AM

joebuzz83 said:
the computer has parts in it as old as 2004. Thats one of the storage drives. The rest of the computer is from 2007ish and the video card and processor might be from 2008.

Some questions/comments before i buy stuff:

I'm surprised that no one suggested an SSD. I shouldnt incorporate one of those into the build?

Also, is my graphics card that out of date that it wouldnt work well with the builds suggested here? It was 500$ december 2009.

Only 4gb of ram? wouldnt 8gb be better with the newest games?

Lastly, isn't i7 from intel the best out so far?

sorry, im not that great with components. I seriously appreciate all of the comments thus far!

I didn't stick an SSD in that build for the fact SSD's really don't do much other than cost a lot, and load up Windows and a proggy or two a few seconds faster.

4 gigs of RAM is fine for a gaming build. More RAM would help if you were into video editing, auto cad, or something of that nature...but here's 8 gigs of RAM combo'd with that factory o/c gtx 560.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $324.98
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

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March 26, 2011 6:22:43 AM

How about your thoughts on an i7? i dont really need the hard drive (-60$), windows 7 (getting the student pro version for 60$ so - 40$), GPU (-244$), or the dvd drive (-20$).

So I'll save $364.00 off of your suggested build. With that extra money, perhaps I can splurge on some extra stuff.

I think my video card is good for at least another year. Dont you?

I really only play WOW and Black Ops on my computer. Both of those games were performing close to perfect on highest graphics, with occasional slowdown.
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March 26, 2011 6:35:19 AM

joebuzz83 said:
How about your thoughts on an i7? i dont really need the hard drive (-60$), windows 7 (getting the student pro version for 60$ so - 40$), GPU (-244$), or the dvd drive (-20$).

So I'll save $364.00 off of your suggested build. With that extra money, perhaps I can splurge on some extra stuff.

I think my video card is good for at least another year. Dont you?

I really only play WOW and Black Ops on my computer. Both of those games were performing close to perfect on highest graphics, with occasional slowdown.

Ya that card should do ya fine, and if you feel the need for more fps you can always crossfire it. As far as an i7...no need for gaming

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=288 <----- i7 2600K vs i5 2500K
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March 26, 2011 7:02:14 AM

cool.

is there an alternative mobo that you can suggest? i have been burned by no name mobos in the past. :D 
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March 26, 2011 7:14:06 AM

joebuzz83 said:
cool.

is there an alternative mobo that you can suggest? i have been burned by no name mobos in the past. :D 

There's the MSI GD 55 for $165, Asus Pro for $190, and the gigabyte UD4 $200

But that Asrock is no joke. I'm not sure if you read those links I posted, but that Asrock is the best thing going since sliced bread for the money. Asrock has kicked arse for the past 3 years now and hasn't looked back since it broke way from Asus and went on it's own.

Read those links/reviews I posted in regards to that board first before you make a decision.
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March 26, 2011 8:29:25 AM

ok dude, this is what i got!

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COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119197
Standard Return Policy
$109.98
$99.98
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Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ...
Item #: N82E16817371025
Standard Return Policy
$159.99
$89.99
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Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$224.99
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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231427
Memory Standard Return Policy
$49.99
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COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
Item #: N82E16835103065



and


1 ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard MB-P67X4B3 $153.99 $153.99



superbiiz charged 23 bucks for shipping :-/ . oh well, i need some call of duty next week, so it doesnt matter.

Thanks for your help!
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April 19, 2011 5:55:44 AM

I need more ram, should I just buy another 2-4 sticks of the g skill ram?

I run out of memory quickly playing games and running photoshop.
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April 19, 2011 8:23:51 AM

just get another 2 sticks of the G.Skill 4 GB setup
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