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April 28, 2011 2:59:21 AM

Hey

Goal: Im trying to build a powerful PC to dual boot windows 7 and ubuntu

Budget: $1000 usd

System usage (most to least important): Gaming, video editing (after effects cs5), web surfing, work, music, movies

Parts not required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor (using an Asus 1920x1080)

Preferred website: newegg

Preferred manufacturer: AMD (mostly because there are much more reasonable prices)

Overclocking: Yes

Crossfire: Yes, as a later upgrade

Build:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 1tb HDD
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Power supply: Not sure what a "good" power supply is

Any ideas on how to get the best bang for my buck? I am going to stay with stock cooling and no overclocking until I can afford water cooling. I also cant afford to raise the price any higher. I want to be able to upgrade this PC in the future and have it last for a very long time. I don't mind switching out the CPU or any other parts in the future but I want to make sure I have a solid system that has room for upgrades/improvements to keep it up to date in the future.
Thanks!
Robbie

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April 28, 2011 3:25:41 AM

Siggy 1000$ build. You'll get a much better performing computer with an
Intel SB build.

i5 2500K + MSI P67A-G43 $325: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 1600 $82 + Free shipping: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v...

Asus 560 Ti DirectCu 235$ + 10$ MIR + Free shipping: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD2617&v...

Samsung F3 1TB $65 + Free shipping: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HAF 932 $140 + Free shipping: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC3050&v...

XFX 750w 80+ Brnze $96 + Free shipping: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC6621&v...

Total: 943$
April 28, 2011 3:53:20 AM

Any reason why an Intel SB build would be better performing? I know a lot of people who have had a great experience with the Phenom II X4 and X6 processors.

I like that the one you posted is the K version so that I can overclock it a lot more than the normal S version. What is this PC built for? Im looking for something that has major multi-tasking and hyper-threading (I know that the intel chips have better hyper threading) but do the i5 cores handle graphics intensive and multi-rendering programs like Adobe After-Effects?

I dont know much about Intel builds, so do you or anybody else know what the benefits/disadvantages of each type of build? Im looking for power and performance for semi-cheap.
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April 28, 2011 4:20:08 AM

Phenom IIs are good chips, but the new i5 and i7 spanks them. In everything. Click here and choose 'Video Creation and Encoding' from the first drop-down menu on the left. Then go through the different selections and see for yourself. The only thing I would change in AznShinobi's build above is go with a cheaper case and upgrade to an i7-2600k.
April 28, 2011 4:25:01 AM

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

This build down below allows you to add another one of those factory over clocked gtx 560's later on for SLI. That case down below just came out on the market yesterday, but if you go to the Cooler Master site and click on that case there is some professional reviews on it. Also check out the Cooler Master Scout and Cooler Master HAF 922 for a decent price on a good case.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WK3KKQ/ref=ox_sc_a... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <----- that same case @ newegg + shipping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 - $94.99 after mail-in rebate
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $459.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $439.98 FREE SHIPPING
MSI N560GTX-TI Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10... $29.15 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $59.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ

http://www.amazon.com/Lite--LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHA... $24.99 & 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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

Total: $1,103.13 *not including shipping, and mail in rebates

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/msi_gtx560_twin... <--- review/benchmarks of that card

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/02/21/msi_n560gtx_t... <--- review benchmarks of that card in SLI

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 in it's class

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

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=P67%20Extre... <----- ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard
April 28, 2011 5:23:26 AM

i5 2500K vs 1100T
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=203

If you feel you ABSOLUTELY need HT, then add 100$ to the CPU and get the 2600K. One question, do you plan to game at all on this build? If not, then just get a cheapo 5450 or 6450. The reason being is w/ P67 you sacrifice the onboard for overclocking.

You can change the case if you want, I just put it in the build because you chose it. I personally wouldn't get the HAF 932, I'd get the 922 or something smaller and way cheaper.
April 28, 2011 6:19:52 AM

Yes. Gaming is the #1 thing that I would do on this machine. I have decided to go with an intel build. I am looking to build a gaming rig that can run new games at 60+ fps at max graphics. I also need a VERY nice gpu + motherboard that supports crossfire (I'm looking for a 2gb gpu to start off with). I'm going to be rendering and editing videos for a full time job also. I'm also wondering if there are any mainboards that support pcie x16 crossfire? I need this to last me a very long time and, budget is not much of a factor anymore (within reason). Thanks for all the advice also :)  I think I'll be happy I got intel. If you could recomend any high performance/gaming parts (I mostly want to focus on CPU and gpu) and a boar that supports pcie x16 crossfire and has enough room for 2 full sized gpu that would be terrific.
April 28, 2011 3:21:19 PM

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$339.98

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution (x16/x16 Crossfire)
HDD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$319.98

RAM: 2 sets Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333 CL9 1.5v (16GB total)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$165.98

GPU: MSI R6950 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$274.99 ($249.99 after MIR)

PSU: Corsair 750HX Modular 80 Plus Silver
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99 ($129.99 after MIR)

CASE: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Advanced-Tower-Supe...
$154.82

Optical Drive: Lite-On DVD Burner w/ Lightscribe
http://www.amazon.com/Liteon-24X-DVDrw-Sata-Retail/dp/B...
$22.99

OS: Win 7 Home Premium OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

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Total before shipping and rebates: $1518.72

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Edited for my bad math.
April 28, 2011 3:55:24 PM

gooberm said:
Yes. Gaming is the #1 thing that I would do on this machine. I have decided to go with an intel build. I am looking to build a gaming rig that can run new games at 60+ fps at max graphics. I also need a VERY nice gpu + motherboard that supports crossfire (I'm looking for a 2gb gpu to start off with). I'm going to be rendering and editing videos for a full time job also. I'm also wondering if there are any mainboards that support pcie x16 crossfire? I need this to last me a very long time and, budget is not much of a factor anymore (within reason). Thanks for all the advice also :)  I think I'll be happy I got intel. If you could recomend any high performance/gaming parts (I mostly want to focus on CPU and gpu) and a boar that supports pcie x16 crossfire and has enough room for 2 full sized gpu that would be terrific.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-gaming-3-way-sl... <----- 16x & 16x vs 8x & 8x

There are presently four 1155 boards that support 16x & 16x (NF 200 bridge), but as you can see by the link up above it's a total waste of money. This one down below is the most inexpensive of those boards.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $269.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155 Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
April 28, 2011 5:18:47 PM

dude for gaming the i7 is over kill. i know how it feels when you want the best but save yourself some $$ and get the 2500K its still quad core and you can still overclock it.
April 28, 2011 5:37:06 PM

wildgene789 said:
dude for gaming the i7 is over kill. i know how it feels when you want the best but save yourself some $$ and get the 2500K its still quad core and you can still overclock it.


I agree that a 2600k is overkill for gaming. However,
gooberm said:
...I'm going to be rendering and editing videos for a full time job also....

That one sentence is why I recommended the 2600k.
April 28, 2011 11:22:06 PM

i5 2600K + Asus P67 Pro $475: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR3 1600 $82 + Free shipping: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD5211&v...

Asus 560 Ti DirectCu 235$ + 10$ MIR + Free shipping: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD2617&v...

Samsung F3 1TB $65 + Free shipping: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HAF 932 $140 + Free shipping: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11130AC3050&v...

XFX 750w 80+ Brnze $96 + Free shipping: http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC6621&v...

Total: 1093$

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