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March 29, 2011 4:09:32 AM

Hello all, helping my girlfriend build a tower and she's looking at a gaming rig between 700 and 800 dollars and she needs windows 7 (home premium) as well. The build I put together before windows 7 is below, but I don't want her tower to suck so I thought I'd look for some feedback.

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

Thank you in advance,
Joe


Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next week or so
Budget Range: Up to 800 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, browsing
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whichever is cheapest
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: AMD / NVidia / Corsair
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Would like to get the Hyper 212 heatsink

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March 29, 2011 4:54:39 AM

You would want a dedicated quad, and a better video card then that set-up above though its not a bad deal for a computer.

Suggested build of mine:



HD 5770 has more power then a GTS 450 and I know it can game well, since I have the same card.

The Phenom II x4 BE has an unlocked multiplier so easy over clocking and its a dedicated quad with plenty of punch.

PSU and case are totally solid.

The memory is G-skill 1600 which is some excellent RAM

And lastly the HDD is an 1TB Samsung F3, which is probably the most recommended HDD on this site.

With rebates it will be less then $700 and have a lot of power!

Just throw in the Hyper 212 heatsink and you will be set.

March 29, 2011 8:56:42 AM

You need to slam more money into the GPU. A $700 gaming dedicated rig should have a GPU around $200. This 5870 is a very good deal and miles above a 450 GTS. 6870s and 6950s are also sweet buys.

I think the NZXT case looks really cool but this deal with a 2nd gen i5 will be better, require no OC and includes a blu-ray player

All 3 of the builds should be roughly the same, AMD with a good OC is fairly close to the core i5s. Just don't skimp on the GPU for a gaming system, it is the most important piece!
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March 29, 2011 9:14:29 AM

I would certainly not reccomend Mattius's AMD build.

The Newegg combo Dyers Eve selected looks amazing. In case you missed it:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.620520

It represents excellent value for money. It has the newer Sandy Bridge CPU, so will be a lot faster and more future-proof than the combo you selected. Choose that one and you will definitely not regret it, and your GF will thank you.

I think the Thermaltake case in that combo looks a heck of a lot nicer than that nasty NZXT one. It's way more subtle and refined looking, which will certainly be a big plus side for a chick! :) 

I would also recommend the ATI 5770 over the GTS450. The 450 is a sucky card and runs far too hot. The new revisions of the 5770 are cool and quiet and faster than the 450 for less money. A no-brainer really.

Lets be honest, it's not a "dedicated gaming rig" is it. She's probably gonna mainly be playing the Sims 3, which will run absolutely perfect on an ATI 5770 at max detail ;) 

Get the CoolerMaster Hiper if you like. However you've said no to Overclocking so it's certainly not needed. The stock Intel HSF supplied with the CPU will be absolutely fine, but I guess the CoolerMaster will run quieter.
March 29, 2011 3:44:20 PM

Dyers Eve said:
You need to slam more money into the GPU. A $700 gaming dedicated rig should have a GPU around $200. This 5870 is a very good deal and miles above a 450 GTS. 6870s and 6950s are also sweet buys.

I think the NZXT case looks really cool but this deal with a 2nd gen i5 will be better, require no OC and includes a blu-ray player

All 3 of the builds should be roughly the same, AMD with a good OC is fairly close to the core i5s. Just don't skimp on the GPU for a gaming system, it is the most important piece!


+1 for the GPU

I do say you should sink a little more money into a better video card then a HD 5770, either a HD 6850 or an HD 5870, both cards you can find for just under $200.

HD 6850: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD 5870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 29, 2011 3:49:30 PM

Oh and and for a proper Sandy Bridge rig, you will be looking at least a grand. So I would say just bump up the GPU because that Phenom II x4 will do fine, Sandy Bridge is nice, but for a budget builder AMD delivers!
March 29, 2011 5:42:36 PM

Not true, i built this Sandy Bridge comp about a week ago and it runs max on WoW, and awesome on Sc2 plus a Couple of other games.

•LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24LS50 LightScribe Support - OEM
•Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
•Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
•EVGA 01G-P3-1380-KR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) SSC+ 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
•CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-500CX 500W ATX12V v2.3 Active PFC Power Supply
•Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX
•MSI H61MU-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
•Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
•Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

(Sorry no links, since im at work. lol) it came to about 780$ before rebates. Prices will be different now i know.
March 29, 2011 9:48:06 PM

Okay he is right, just shy of under $800 without rebates, not that will be an killer system, with a SB CPU at the heart.

I only changed one thing, I added a better HDD. Overall this is Subidoo's plan and I like it.

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