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April 5, 2011 3:02:50 PM

My name is Brandonn, thanks for checking this out - and thanks to theAnimal for his *How To Ask For New Build Advice* thread.

Approximate Purchase Date: About 2 Weeks
Budget Range: $1000 before MIR and Shipping, $1100 is ok
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Current Generation Games with Close to High settings, play the next few generation of games with at least default settings. :) 
Parts Not Required: We're starting from scratch here. (Minus Speakers - have those)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, but willing to try other sites as long as they are trusted and reliable, however, I would prefer to get all my stuff from one source if reasonable
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Not necessarily, I lean towards AMD and Nvidia, but I'm not committed to either
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: The goal is to have a system that feels fast, I've rarely had the latest and greatest. Of course I'd love to play games with high settings, but also important to me is stability and temperature.

Here is what I've cobbled together on my own:

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OS Windows 7 OEM - $100

Monitor Acer G235HAbd 23'' - $150 - Link
Not sure what makes one monitor better than another, but this is a great size for a fair price.

CPU/MoBo/RAM/HD (NewEgg Combo) - $400 - Link
This SuperCombo includes:
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
GIGABYTE AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard (Model:GA-890GPA-UD3H)
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 Desktop Memory (Model:KHX1333C9D3K2/4G)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Model:ST31000528AS)
This deal could be gone is a few weeks, the other deal I was looking at is :( , but the main point here was I really like the sound of a six-core CPU. The HD size doesn't even need to be that big, I could make due with 600-800 GB if it means saving money for something more elsewhere.

Video MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti - $250 - Link
Like I said, I'm not committed to Nvidia, but it's what I've had most often. The idea here was "What's the best video card I can get for around $200", then I started to try to build a new system altogether :) . It's been awhile since I've had a current generation video card. I only picked MSI because it had the highest rating at NewEgg.

PSU CORSAIR Enthusiast Series 650W - $90 - Link
I've heard many good things about Corsair, are they true ;) ? I think this is a good choice, if I were to update the video card in a few years I'd probably need to upgrade this as well, but I was thinking this should provide me with more that enough power for what's here. If I am wrong though, please educate me.

Case Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower - $110 - Link
I like that the inside is painted, the huge fan on the top, the PSU goes on the bottom, and it includes total 4 fans preinstalled.

Other - $40
I realized I forgot to find a disk drive when I was searching, but honestly a $20 DVD Drive will do just fine, and if I don't like it my current rig has a decent burner. I could just swap them if needed. As for Keyboard & Mouse, I have a nice HP keyboard/mouse, so I could buy generic replacements for my current and just use those. But! I think it'd be cool to have a backlit keyboard, as I wake early and can't have lights on or I'll wake my wife. I'd also really enjoy a click-less mouse, if there is such a thing.

TOTAL - $1140

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So I can't even stick to my own budget... I know there are cheaper parts out there, but I worry to get something cheaper I may get something with little value. SO, it's your turn. And I thank you for any advice, and I welcome any questions, for clarification, or just for curiosity.


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April 5, 2011 4:04:35 PM

That combo isn't the greatest... The parts below come in at $355 and should perform the same (or more likely better).
MB => ASRock 870 Extreme 3 => $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU => AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition => $160 - Since you aren't overclocking, the higher clock speed of the X4 will do better than the X6 1055t.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MEM => G.SKILL DDR3-1600 => $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD => Hitachi 1TB (the Samsung F3 1TB is out of stock) => $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU => The Corsair 650w will be fine.

GPU => The 560 Ti is a fine card, however the HD 6950 can be had for $220ish and has a bit more muscle...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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April 5, 2011 4:10:51 PM

The Corsair 650TX is not a good buy these days, as it has been replaced by the new 650TXV2 which are better in that they have a decent level of efficiency and the performance is very nice (the old ones are even likely to be different units to the ones originally released and reviewed). The second reason not to get an older TX is because the Antec Truepower New Modular 650W unit is more efficient, modular, cheaper (same price after you take the rebate on the Corsair units) and has four PCIe connectors (which even the new 650TXV2 doesn't have).

The Asrock 870 Extreme3 is a very nice motherboard.
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April 5, 2011 5:35:42 PM

sadams04 said:
That combo isn't the greatest... The parts below come in at $355 and should perform the same (or more likely better)


WoW, thanks! Are there any articles about diminishing returns on more cores at a slower speed. I'd like to learn more about that sort of thing. I can't deny 3.4 is better than 2.8 especially when lots of stuff still doesn't use multi-cores the their full potential. Currently I'm switching to your recommendations, they all look good.

sadams04 said:
The 560 Ti is a fine card, however the HD 6950 can be had for $220ish and has a bit more muscle...


Is there an easy way to see how much better it is, or can anyone speak to this from personal experience with the HD? I will research this, but any helpful links would be ... helpful. :) 
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April 5, 2011 5:39:37 PM

Silvune said:
The Corsair 650TX is not a good buy these days, as it has been replaced by the new 650TXV2 which are better in that they have a decent level of efficiency and the performance is very nice (the old ones are even likely to be different units to the ones originally released and reviewed). The second reason not to get an older TX is because the Antec Truepower New Modular 650W unit is more efficient, modular, cheaper


Thanks for the heads up. Is this the PSU you were reffering to? Link I want to make sure I found the right one.


Silvune said:
The Asrock 870 Extreme3 is a very nice motherboard.


Good to here from more than one person, thanks.
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April 5, 2011 9:39:50 PM

Better off going with Intel @ 1000$

Check my $1000 build. Since your not overclocking, just drop the 2500K in my build to a 2400 and just drop the board down to a MSI P67A-G45.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It'll give you WAY more performance than the AMD build.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288
If you look at the bottom, the 2500 is better for gaming than the 1100T. It gets way less frames than the 2500, in fact the 2500 gets double the frames the 1100T gets.

Also another thing, with the money saved, in my build I suggest the 6870. But with the money saved from tiny tweaks (that's about $60) you can get a 560 Ti or a 6950 2GB. At your resolution the 6950 2GB would be the better of the two, the 560 Ti is good at lower resolutions like 1680x1050. But the 6950 2GB wins @ 1920x1080.
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April 5, 2011 11:01:20 PM

+1 for shinobi's post.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288 <----- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE vs Intel Core i5 2500K

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/186?vs=288 <----- AMD Phenom II X4 970 BE vs Intel Core i5 2500K

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Three-Hundred-External-Inte... $59.82 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99
MSI H67MS-E43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA... $24.49 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black)

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... $259.99
GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N560SO-1GI-950 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... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 FREE SHIPPING
Acer G215HAbd-1 Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 50,000:1

Total: $1,066.23 *not including shipping, etc..
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April 5, 2011 11:18:06 PM

Why_Me why pay that much for a board that's only an H67 when you could get this.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also Why get the 2500 if the 2400 will perform just about the same @ 20$ less.

Another thing very bad price for that 550w psu. Better deal.
70$ w/ promo, allows for possibility of future CF. MAYBE. Actually it would allow for it depending on the card, probably for CF 6870/6850 but not 6950 2GB.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 13, 2011 3:22:55 AM

Best answer selected by Brandonn.
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April 13, 2011 3:32:27 AM

So much for those links posted to the benchmarks eh? meh...reading is over rated anyways.
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