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New gaming build for a friend

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April 19, 2011 12:39:38 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: 900 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, game developing, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: would love to have a intel cpu

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: My friend doesnt want to overclock or crossfire but he wants this to be a good gaming pc

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PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $90

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $45

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $140

mobo: MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $70

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $50

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $175

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $35

Total: $759

how does this look and should i change anything

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April 19, 2011 12:58:22 AM

would a amd phenom II x6 1055t bottleneck a HD 6850
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April 19, 2011 1:29:26 AM

I wouldn't think so, but it's not as good a CPU. Even the i3-2100 outpaces a good number of the i7-900 CPUs, which destroy AMD's CPUs.
April 19, 2011 9:27:38 AM

Each have each word
April 19, 2011 2:30:07 PM

can i run 2 17" monitors in eyefinity
April 19, 2011 6:46:24 PM

Eyefinity is only for triple/six monitor setups, I believe. You won't be able to game on 2 monitors, but you can still use both of them with the GPU.
April 19, 2011 7:09:37 PM

can i combine them to make one resolution
April 19, 2011 8:05:58 PM

I don't think so; that's probably only with eyefinity, so again you'll probably need 3 monitors.
April 19, 2011 8:16:08 PM

well i can buy two more. would one of them have to hook in hdmi or display port
April 19, 2011 8:22:53 PM

You can run 1 as your primary and a second as an extension of it for desktop, so technically it would be 1 big resolution on your windows desktop. Im not sure about gaming though. Especially for FPS and stuff like that, do you want a bezel going down through the screen where the cross-hairs are supposed to be?
April 19, 2011 8:30:11 PM

Another $86 would take your friend up quite a bit .....

Case - $70 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $110 - XFX 750 WBlack Edition PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $395 - ASUS P8P67 Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU - incl above - Intel Core i5-2500K
Cooler - Later Option - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - Later Option - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $84 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $240 - Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later Option - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - Later Option - OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $22 - Asus 24X DRW-24B3L w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's $986....

Case is consensus favorite

PSU, per jonnyguru, "combines utterly amazing voltage regulation with outstanding efficiency and just about the best ripple and noise suppression I have ever seen. And it does it all silently, too, because I sure couldn't hear that fan at any time."

MoBo / CPU is an excellent value combo, board s THG's "best overclocker"

All three of the above are equipped to handle adding a 2nd GFX card in SLI

RAM is low profile so won't interfere w/ 3rd party CPU coolers

GFX card is a factory OC'd great performer with lowest cost per frame among performance boards

HD is one choice, WD Black and Seagate 7200.12 will also serve well.
April 19, 2011 8:58:51 PM

he does not want to overclock
April 19, 2011 9:50:37 PM

I would stick with your original build. Its well balanced and will do great for gaming.
April 19, 2011 10:02:01 PM

bavman said:
You can run 1 as your primary and a second as an extension of it for desktop, so technically it would be 1 big resolution on your windows desktop. Im not sure about gaming though. Especially for FPS and stuff like that, do you want a bezel going down through the screen where the cross-hairs are supposed to be?

what do u mean
April 20, 2011 2:44:17 AM

i think he only want to say You can run 1 as your primary :pfff: 
April 20, 2011 2:51:02 AM

this build will be for gaming
April 20, 2011 2:56:59 AM

i'm also build a pc. should i use a i3-2100 for gaming or Phenom II x4 955BE
April 20, 2011 4:08:42 AM

aznshinobi said:
Siggy 600$.

Switch out the i3 2100 and the ECS motherboard for this combo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Adds 30$ to total to 630$.

That'll outpace the proposed build plenty.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=288
2500K is basically 2400 in benches w/ higher clock, you'll see similar results with the actual 2400.

+1 I was just gonna say go for the i5-2400 if you don't want/need to OC or go with the i5-2500k if you do.
April 20, 2011 5:27:24 AM

:D  Yeah Sandy Bridge builds are the way to go, pretty much any build below the budget of $500 is AMD but above that (since you can afford SB, though I fit it in for 450$ budgets) Sandy is the way until Bulldozer.
April 20, 2011 6:33:23 PM

looks good... i'm still stuck on the monitors
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