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Beer Budget Build on Champagne Taste

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May 3, 2011 5:15:19 PM

Hello all. I'm a first time poster and builder. I did a little research and decided to ask the experts. Let me start off my letting you know what the computer will be used for.

This will be used for running a small business( research, surfing, excel, word, etc.), daily use(email, downloading, video editing, CD/DVD making), and I like to game a few days aweek. COD's and looking forward to Battlefield 3.

I was thinking AMD price wise but I have a gamer friend that swears by Sandy Bridge and he suggested the i5 2500k.

Somethings I would like to reuse thermaltake blackwidow 550w PSU, 9800 GT OC GPU, WD Caviar Black1TB, and dvd drive.

Budget is $550-$600
I have been looking at the following:
AMD 955 BE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master 922 case (really liking this case with the 200mm fans)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot Inferno 60GB SATA II SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
( I like this one due to the reviews on newegg would use for OS and a few games.)

I need a good memory match. I have no idea maybe DDR3 1600...Please recommend a specific one.

Please give me better builds for the money if you can think of them. I would be open to other options if you guys think of something better for my needs. I will probably overclock some if needed. And will I need an aftermarket CPU fan if I overclock on air only? I am open to Intel or AMD...looking to future proof as much as I can.

Sorry for the long post but thought you might want to know all the info.

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May 3, 2011 5:22:03 PM

Forgot to mention I have the keyboard, mouse, monitor,OS, etc. I was just needing advice for the tower...TY!
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May 3, 2011 5:26:16 PM

BigFish1010 said:
Forgot to mention I have the keyboard, mouse, monitor,OS, etc. I was just needing advice for the tower...TY!

What's your monitors resolution ?
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May 3, 2011 5:43:30 PM

I play games at 1920x1080.
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May 3, 2011 6:18:53 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz 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... $82.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $244.99
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
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May 3, 2011 10:01:04 PM

Looks good Why_Me. I was kind of leaning toward a Asus, Gigabyte, or MSI mobo. But like I said I'm open to different ideas. Is going with a SSD not a good idea? I will probably go with my existing GPU for now then upgrade later.
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May 3, 2011 10:55:31 PM

BigFish1010 said:
Looks good Why_Me. I was kind of leaning toward a Asus, Gigabyte, or MSI mobo. But like I said I'm open to different ideas. Is going with a SSD not a good idea? I will probably go with my existing GPU for now then upgrade later.

SSD's are great, but getting decent FPS with Battlefield 3 and your resolution...well that 9800 isn't going to cut it. You can always add an SSD later but for now I would concentrate on FPS.

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May 4, 2011 1:24:40 AM

your budget is too low to add an ssd without cutting serious fps
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May 4, 2011 3:03:07 AM

Well I could cut back on the resolution some I'm sure and go that route. For now anyway. I'm only using a 22" monitor. Well what other builds would you recommend?
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May 4, 2011 1:25:57 PM

Well as luck would have it my 22" died last night and now I will be using my 19" acer back up for awhile. It only has 1440x900 res. I could use a little more imput please guys. Dont get me wrong Why_me. I like your build ideas I just want a few more options and ideas. If I go back to a higher res. monitor how do you like the ati 5850?
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May 4, 2011 5:25:15 PM

Also, Looking at my original AMD build to future proof and prep for Bulldozer in a year or two (price will be too hight initially for me). What would you recommend with the existing 955 be? Would you go with the AM3+ sockets or use a bios upgrade Asus is using for qualified boards? Which board would you recommend?
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May 4, 2011 10:34:24 PM

BigFish1010 said:
Also, Looking at my original AMD build to future proof and prep for Bulldozer in a year or two (price will be too hight initially for me). What would you recommend with the existing 955 be? Would you go with the AM3+ sockets or use a bios upgrade Asus is using for qualified boards? Which board would you recommend?



It's still not even official if BD will be using AM3+ yet.
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May 4, 2011 10:38:16 PM

Its hard to suggest anything aside from the i5 2500k for gaming right now, imo.
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