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May 9, 2011 3:24:12 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon.

Budget Range: Under $1000 (preferably before rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, some coding, definitely streaming 1080p to PS3, school work.

Parts Not Required: NEED EVERYTHING!!!

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon (perferred, prime member and no tax CA)

Country of Origin: U.S

Parts Preferences: quad core unlocked please

Overclocking: Possibly...probably

SLI or Crossfire: would be a nice option...for future upgrade, too poor for 2 cards right now

Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: I'm deciding whether to cancel my laptop rig (Sager NP5165) preorder and getting a cheaper desktop with a netbook. If you have any cheap options for a $300ish netbook or a cheap 15.6 inch laptop, I'd appreciate it. I have 2 weeks to decide whether I want to cancel my order or not so I need options...FAST.

Here's what I got so far..


Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 XTREME 1 GB DDR5 HDMI/DVI-I/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100282XTREME - $149.90 Amazon. (*** is going to take 2-3 weeks to ship...any price worthy alternatives?)

Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1) - $59.99 Amazon

ASUS VH242H 23.6-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black - $169.99 - $10 MIR Amazon

Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ - $61.75 Amazon

Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB LGA1155 CPU BOX80623I52500K - $224.99 Amazon

Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black) - $24.99 Amazon

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1 - $29.95 Amazon

GIGABYTE Socket 1155/Intel P67/CrossFireX/SATA3&USB3.0/A&GbE/ATX Motherboard GA-P67A-UD3-B3 - $124.99 Amazon

Logitech Desktop MK120 Mouse and keyboard Combo (920-002565) - $17.55 Amazon

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $39.99 Newegg

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - $94.99 Newegg


Total cost: $998.18 Awwww yeah!!!

Would this build work? How is the PSU and the Mobo? Any better places for me to get the video card? The 5850 seems to be sold out at Newegg but it'll take 2-3 weeks to get it on Amazon. Help please!
May 9, 2011 3:41:57 AM

If you live by a micro center get your cpu from them. It's about 50 dollars cheaper. That motherboard doesn't support x8/x8 if you plan on going with a 2nd card in the future you should go with the p67x-ud3 version http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspxItem=N82E1681...

Graphic card wise that's about the best you can do for 150. You can get a gtx 460 if you want to go nvidia for a similar performance.
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May 9, 2011 3:48:55 AM

Nice mobo suggestion crewton. I prefer the ASRock extreme4, but that's personal preference. Also switch that HDD for this one: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... Before you ask, they are not the same. The one you listed is an f1, this one is an f3. Much faster. Other than that, I think you are good! Have fun building!
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May 9, 2011 4:14:19 AM

Looks good, but there are a couple things to note.

1. That 5850 is the best budget gaming card in my opinion. I think it's worth the wait. You can keep on checking at newegg. My guess is they will get it in stock often, but it's that good at that price point that it sells out very quickly.

2. That power supply won't be enough to Crossfire two of those cards. You can upgrade now or wait until you get a 2nd card. You'll need a quality (Antec, Corsair, XFX, Seasonic) 650 watt unit with four 6-pin PCIe connectors.

3. That board will Crossfire, but it isn't ideal (x16/x4). You want a board that does x8/x8. Something like this MSI board will work for $140 (link).

4. You can find cheaper memory that will work. Plus, 4GB is all that is needed for gaming. If you want 8GB, go with this set from Mushkin for $83 (link). Otherwise, just find a 2x2GB set that is 1.5v. This set is good and is only $43 (link).

5. This ASUS VE228H is 2" smaller and will save you $21 (link).

Assuming you take my advice (4GB memory, smaller monitor), you get $73 in savings. That will allow you to get this XFX 650w PSU for $89 ($59 after rebate, link) and the MSI board I linked above.
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May 9, 2011 6:36:01 AM

striker410 said:
Nice mobo suggestion crewton. I prefer the ASRock extreme4, but that's personal preference. Also switch that HDD for this one: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... Before you ask, they are not the same. The one you listed is an f1, this one is an f3. Much faster. Other than that, I think you are good! Have fun building!


You sure thats a different drive than the f3? They both have the same product number HD103SJ.
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May 9, 2011 2:40:52 PM

No honestly i'm not sure, but this one has the f3, so play it safe?
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May 10, 2011 12:18:55 AM

It seems like the ripjaws are the favored brand here on tomshardware. Are there any real big advantages from the ripjaws to the corsair vengence series? I can get combo deals with Mobo and corsair...but not really with gskill ripjaws.
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May 10, 2011 12:23:07 AM

ripjaws were 75 bucks for most of march and april when people were buying parts. Now those deals are gone so it's up to you. RAM is ram for the most part so go with what you can get for cheapest at the settings/looks you want.
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May 10, 2011 4:28:18 AM

what would be a good mobo if I didn't go CFX?
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May 10, 2011 4:31:05 AM

If you don't crossfire then the mobo you selected would be perfect.
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