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May 8, 2011 9:23:14 PM

I would like to build the best gaming computer I can with the price range of $550. I do not need speakers, monitors, OS, DVD-CD drive. I just need the main stuff. I will be playing on a 24 inch 1080p monitor. For the processor amd or Intel, which ever one is better. This is my first computer build. If you could give me 3 builds for the prices. Thank you. This will be used for gaming, web, movies.(Mainly Gaming)

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May 8, 2011 9:46:42 PM

Any one?
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May 8, 2011 10:15:08 PM

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+$150 for gpu
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...

+$70 for case (get what ever one you want, i really dont care
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-SGC-2000-KKN1-GP-St...
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May 9, 2011 1:28:58 AM

yeah thats SOOO much better than the $45 dollar psu i linked
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May 9, 2011 1:30:30 AM

@genghiskron: Please provide hyperlinks. You provide useful information and good choices in lots of threads, but it's hard to use your info because you don't link it to the Newegg site. A lot of your effort goes to waste.
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May 9, 2011 1:55:09 AM

Ehh...I guess you're right. I got too excited. That PSU is worth $55 an on sale for $40. That's nothing crazy. It's not like the 600W (actually 700W) OCZ StealthXStream 2's going for $30.

It is better than the BP550 though because it's Seasonic and the BP550 is FSP or Delta. And I can't find a single real review on the BP550.
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May 9, 2011 2:15:55 AM

Do you have a Microcenter nearby? It'll save you $50. Also, you should fill this out: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

My Build:
CPU: $125 i3-2100
Mobo: $80 Gigabyte H61 w/ two (16x/4x) PCI-e http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: $48 Geil 4GB (2x2GB) 1600CL8 DDR3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: $61 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB on Amazon.com
PSU: $40 Antec 520W Neo Eco http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD: $22 Any DVD Burner
Case: $40 Thermaltake V4 (or anything you like) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphics: $150 Sapphire 5850 http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...
Total: $566

It's almost exactly the same as gengiskron's, but with two PCI-e slots.

520W should handle 5850's in crossfire if you upgrade down the road according to this: http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

Notes: Double check that this mobo can do crossfire. It has two PCI-e slots but I'm not sure it can support it. I'd personally go for one of the G.Skill Newegg deals to get 8GB for $75 since you don't have the extra memory slots for an upgrade down the line.

EDIT: I sent a request email to Gigabyte to ask if the motherboard can run crossfire. I'll post the results when I get them. Emails are legally "published" documents, so you should be able to get a full refund even in 5 years if they say it's crossfire compatible, then isn't.
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May 9, 2011 2:49:28 PM

Ok i picked out the parts and I had a 500gb hard drive and dvd/cd drive so that alowed me to add $60 to my budget. I had some questions like amd 965 x4 or intel i3 dual core and for the case antec 300 or cm haf 912, or if you could find me a case with a window for $70 only without shipping. Or should i get the intel i5 quad for 185 with a cheap $60 motherboard.

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

My Build.
Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

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

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

Mother Board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit: Fixed the links.
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May 9, 2011 5:09:14 PM

I fixed the Links.(read post 2 above)
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May 9, 2011 6:45:16 PM

jksingh said:
I fixed the Links.(read post 2 above)


If you are going to go with AMD, you don't need to get the 965, instead you can get the 955 and easily overclock to the 965's levels.]

I would still suggest going with the i3-2100/H67 cpu and mobo though. They're faster than the 955, use less energy, and you can upgrade to a better chip in the future (the i3 is the worst of it's class, but still better than the 965)
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May 9, 2011 7:02:47 PM

the 5850 and the i3-2100 are both better and cheaper than the parts you have chosen (6850 and 965). believe it or not, thats why we recommended them to you.
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May 9, 2011 7:13:30 PM

genghiskron said:
the 5850 and the i3-2100 are both better and cheaper than the parts you have chosen (6850 and 965). believe it or not, thats why we recommended them to you.


+1

Really. The i3 is all about the new architecture. It's SO good that with only 2 cores, it's better at gaming than AMD 4-cores.
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May 9, 2011 7:31:24 PM

springhalo said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU and radeon 6770

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CPU and Good mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Pretty good budget mobo, looks like there is support for xfire (if you are getting the CPU and radeon combo)

Cheaper CPU/Mobo combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


What about the quad core i picked out with the motherboard.
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May 9, 2011 7:36:38 PM

jksingh said:
What about the quad core i picked out with the motherboard.


I don't think you're going to be able to fit an i5 in there without going WAY over budget, about 50 bucks or more. Also, the second link is the same as the first ;) 

Edit: and we keep telling you, the i3 is a VERY good processor. It's on par with your original choice of the Phenom 965. With your budget, You're better off spending the money on a good GPU first, then you can upgrade the CPU later if you really need it.
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May 9, 2011 7:44:15 PM

cadder said:
You can consider this one but your budget is a little bit higher so you can improve on a few areas.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-pc-ph...


Yeah. Somehow they manage to stuff a 6850 in there, taking up more than a third of the budget. If you want high graphics power to low CPU power, go for it.
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May 9, 2011 8:02:25 PM

dalauder said:
Do you have a Microcenter nearby? It'll save you $50. Also, you should fill this out: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

My Build:
CPU: $125 i3-2100
Mobo: $80 Gigabyte H61 w/ two (16x/4x) PCI-e http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: $48 Geil 4GB (2x2GB) 1600CL8 DDR3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: $61 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB on Amazon.com
PSU: $40 Antec 520W Neo Eco http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD: $22 Any DVD Burner
Case: $40 Thermaltake V4 (or anything you like) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphics: $150 Sapphire 5850 http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph...
Total: $566

It's almost exactly the same as gengiskron's, but with two PCI-e slots.

520W should handle 5850's in crossfire if you upgrade down the road according to this: http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

Notes: Double check that this mobo can do crossfire. It has two PCI-e slots but I'm not sure it can support it. I'd personally go for one of the G.Skill Newegg deals to get 8GB for $75 since you don't have the extra memory slots for an upgrade down the line.

EDIT: I sent a request email to Gigabyte to ask if the motherboard can run crossfire. I'll post the results when I get them. Emails are legally "published" documents, so you should be able to get a full refund even in 5 years if they say it's crossfire compatible, then isn't.



Hurray for your build
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