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May 17, 2011 10:52:49 PM

Hey everyone, I am looking to build a PC for mainly gaming. It must be capable of supporting Battlefield 3, and although the final specs are not out yet, I am sure most of you have a good idea of what will be required. Here we go.


Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 weeks

Budget Range: $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Parts Not Required: I need everything EXCEPT speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, cyberpowerpc.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Only thing I would like is for the monitor to be a size of 22"+, although this is not an absolute necessity

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Not sure(???)

Additional Comments: This computer will be built from scratch. I will need everything. (i.e. monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS). Including everything, perhaps even shipping, I would not like the GRAND TOTAL to exceed $1000.

This is something I am looking at:

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/CyberPower_X58_Confi...


Questions I have about the link.

1. Right now, before shipping, the price is $1120(OS and monitor included). It also does not include keyboard/mouse. After taking a look at the components, is there anything I can downgrade, cut back on OR dont need to cut down on cost?

2. The original price of the rig itself is $869. Is that a fair price for what I am getting?

I know I can probably save on cost if I were to just price the individual components on newegg, but I simply dont know enough about computers to be able to do that. Please dont hesitate to offer builds that are better than this one. I have been told that this X58 rig will support BF3 comfortably, so I am basically just using it as a basis, and going from there. Any suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks!

-Ryan

More about : 1000 gaming build

May 17, 2011 11:23:19 PM

Graphics card is way too weak. Id use an i5-2500+h67 system, which will have the same or better performance for less. I have selected the gtx 570 card because it seems to be the best value based on cyberpower's pricing scheme. I wouldnt go lower than a hd6850 or gtx 460 1gb if you want to see good performance in BF3, but of course this is just an educated guess. The thing i hate about cyberpower is how much they ream you on the PSU. Since when did a 650w corsair cost $63 more than a 700w xtreme gear POS? Anyway id probably still go with the corsair. Option 2 is to go with the 700w xtreme and get a longer warranty.

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saved/1D8AJG

I didnt include the OS). Definitely buy your monitor elsewhere, like newegg.
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May 17, 2011 11:32:18 PM

IMO in your case, I'd just build it yourself and save some dough. Though Genghis is right, they rip off on the PSU but the system overall is priced decently.

Check out my build guide for 600$, just change the CPU to an i5 2400 (+50$) and change the GPU to a 6950 2GB or 560 Ti (+$100). That should total you out at about $750, after OS you'll total @ $850. Leaving you 300$ for the monitor.
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May 17, 2011 11:32:45 PM

@genghiskron....thanks for the feedback. the problem with the build you provided is that it is almost 1k by itself, and if i included a monitor and OS, it would easily reach over $1200, which is what i am trying to avoid. Ideally, i would like the price breakdown to look like this

Rig: $700
Monitor: $150
OS: $100

I looked over the X58 config and it looks like a mouse comes with it, so a keyboard shouldnt be tough to get.

Are there any changes you can make to the build you provided in order to fit more into my budget? thanks.


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May 17, 2011 11:45:59 PM

It's like you didn't even pay attention to my post at all :*(
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May 18, 2011 12:04:56 AM

@azn.....no way man! i posted before i saw your post. i took at look at your $600 budget and made the necessary changes to the GPU and CPU. my grand total is $741, which is almost perfect, so thank you so much. Now moving on from here, what kind of monitor would you suggest from newegg, and is there a certain size monitor that goes better with the build I now have.

i want to show you my wishlist, and i know how to make my wishlist available for you to see(the 8 digit number in the URL), so if you would like to see it, please let me know, and i will PM you the number so i dont potentially let out my account info in a public forum. its basically just the 2 upgrades, the destroyer case, and the rest are your recommendations on the list. thanks again, and let me know what you think about the build as well as which monitor you recommend!
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May 18, 2011 12:09:55 AM

:D 

Haha, yeah It's fine. You can just screenshot it and upload to imageshack. That way we see it and no problem! Well the destroyer you can upgrade it is to your digression. I just suggest a case according to the budget. I'm glad the build worked out too, the i5 2400 will perform similar to the i7 950 and the 6950 would just demolish the 520 GT (BTW that's not even a gaming card, it's equivalent to I want to say a 5450 or 5570 on the AMD scale).

Monitor, I'm not to sure as I tend not to care so much as long as it meets the specs of "1080P" "LED/LCD" "Cheap" so haha, I'm probably not the one to ask for the NICEST monitor. But I've always liked LG, Samsung, Acer and Asus. I'd suggest this for the money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Pretty good deal. Or at least I think.

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May 18, 2011 12:20:56 AM

sorry im so computer illiterate, but i cant seem to capture all the pieces in my wishlist in one screenshot. any suggestions?
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May 18, 2011 12:40:03 AM

just copy and paste it as text?
im glad you decided to build your own, its really not so hard, and its very rewarding (and generally cheaper and higher quality)
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May 18, 2011 12:41:47 AM



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May 18, 2011 12:42:50 AM

that came out better than i thought! hah. let me know what you guys think.
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May 18, 2011 12:58:55 AM

i would definitely love to do that for you. This purchase will probably not be made for a couple more days to possibly maybe a week, but once the monetary side of things is confirmed, I dont see a problem simply ordering it from amazon in order to support your quest. I will be sure to update this thread or PM you once everything is confirmed. thanks again Azn, and anything else you can think of that I need to know regarding anything building/purchasing a pc, please dont hesitate to let me know!

one more question. is there anything at all that i could downgrade and still support bf3 comfortably? if there is, please let me know what alternative you would suggest. thanks.

-Ryan
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May 18, 2011 1:06:02 AM

edit: whoops, skip the combo and buy from azn?? I think you could get a 6950 1gb or gtx 560 ti 1gb, and still maintain every bit of bf3 performance. Other than that, you could trim at most $20 more and youd really have to start cutting away performance or quality.

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

you may want to consider:

with promo code EMCKEJG73, this 8gb ram set costs $53:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The reason i recommend this is not because youll necessarily need 8gb now, but because this mobo only has 2 ram slots. This will prevent you from needing to upgrade ram later, and for $12 more, its hard to say no.

I would personally go with the newer antec high current 520w, but thats probably personal preference as i have no real good reasons why.

If the destroyer is the case you love, grab it, but take a good look at some others before you seal the deal. In particular, I would check out the Antec 300 and the HAF 912, as these two are very popular cases and cost the same (if you count shipping, which you should)
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May 18, 2011 1:06:08 AM

Thanks! And no problem, it was a pleasure to help you. There isn't anything I can see to downgrade. It all looks good, I myself am trying to get my 2 year old system up to date since I'm already struggling with running BF2 + FRAPS all at once.
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May 18, 2011 2:34:44 AM

would this case work???

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


the reason i chose this one is because it comes with a mouse and keyboard which i would need to buy anyway. the style or look of the case is probably the least important thing to me. i also, if this makes any sense, dont want the tower to look like a 'gaming tower'. more of just a regular looking tower. if the tower makes a huge difference in performance or for some reason it isnt compatible with my components, let me know. also, is the mouse and keyboard decent? how about the power supply? will that get the job done?

thanks....
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May 18, 2011 2:52:15 AM

No it wouldn't to small to fit any of the stuff your putting in and the power supply is not that great either, wouldn't trust it to power anything.

You have the budget, don't skimp on things like the power supply. It's very valuable.
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May 18, 2011 2:56:28 AM

I think the prior "Devastator" is nicer, but that works too.
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May 18, 2011 3:01:50 AM
May 18, 2011 3:34:57 AM

thanks k, azn, what do you think of his build? also, any particular keyboard/mouse suggestions?
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May 18, 2011 4:21:01 AM



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Model #:D ESTROYER
Item #:N82E16811147144
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$59.99 -$10.00 Instant $49.99


Update

ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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Update

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Model #:NEO ECO 520C
Item #:N82E16817371030
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
$69.99 -$10.00 Instant $59.99


Update

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Item #:N82E16819115074
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
Note (Add)
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what am i missing???
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May 18, 2011 4:33:08 AM

Looks good! Congrats. You have your build. Wait but why the 6850? You mean the 6950 right? It'll be a lot better.
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May 18, 2011 4:43:06 AM

thats probably what i meant to get. i was wondering why it was mysteriously like $80 cheaper...lol....thanks again, and ill be sure to let you know when the purchase is made so i can support you on amazon.
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May 18, 2011 7:39:36 AM

random question, but which would you rather have AS A GENERAL PURPOSE COMPUTER? the one i have put together above or this one:

http://www.abt.com/product/53555/HP-P6740F.html

and why? please weigh all factors like prebuilt(altho i know that wont matter to you guys because you can all build your own PCs, but understand that while it may not be difficult, i still know nothing about actually putting it together) and warranty. things like that. gaming in this scenario would not be an important performance factor at all. again, just a general purpose computer. which would you choose? may not make much sense to you guys, but your opinion would be great nonetheless. thanks.

-Ryan
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May 18, 2011 4:08:42 PM

bump!
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May 18, 2011 4:32:32 PM

You'd probably get a better price buying some prebuilt off newegg or just using cyberpower.
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May 19, 2011 12:28:52 AM

^+1

That HP is a rip.

4200<5450 (5450 is 30$) (Though you're not gaming). You can easily build a comp like that for less. For instance in my sig, you could easily build yourself a $300 PC for general purpose. If you want something that'll perform similarly CPU-wise, just take my $600 build in my siggy and take the card out
(-$150) and get the i5 2400 (+50). It'll kill the 955 and give you similar graphical performance. So you'll only spend $500. If you really want 8GB, just add $40 for a total of $640 w/ OS.
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May 19, 2011 3:57:32 AM


Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Rosewill

$49.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade - windows_7; DVD-ROM

$109.75




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

$224.99





ASRock H61M/U3S3 Intel H61 Micro ATX DDR3 1333 Motherboard - ASRock

$90.05


G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Memory - 4 GB : 2 x 2 GB - DIMM 240-pin - DDR3 - 1600 MHz / PC3-12800 - CL9 - 1.5 V - unbuffered - non-ECC - G.Skill

$62.30


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

$64.95



Item added on May 18, 2011




Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/Dual Mini DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-2SR - SAPPHIRE

$262.99


Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0 Gb-s 32 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare-OEM Drives, HD103SJ - Samsung


$59.99


LG Electronics GH22NS50 22X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive - Bulk with Software (Black) - LG Electronics


$30.56



this is a build through amazon because it may look as if though i will only be able to get credit through them. i had to interchange a few parts because of a more limited selection but for the most part, everything is the same. if you see any big RED FLAGS, please let me know. the total after shipping with this build from amazon comes to about 950.....i have credit at best buy so we can worry about the monitor later. what do you guys think?
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May 19, 2011 4:10:05 AM

WAIT? Errr that mobo, you should get it off Newegg. It'll be cheaper. Honestly it's better to get the i5 2400. Your not overclocking and not CF/SLI-ing so no reason for a 2500K specially since it is useless without P67.
i5 2400:
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-i5-2400-3-10GHz-B...

H61 is cheaper off Newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you could buy the 6950 2GB off me :D 
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-DL-DVI-I-SL-DVI-D-PCI-Ex...

The power supply, I just found this sweet deal off the Egg for more power and better efficiency and cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM is also cheaper off the Egg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's all.

What credit exactly are you saying?
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May 19, 2011 4:16:02 AM

this is a college graduation present from my pops. unfortunately, he doesnt have the best credit, and although he didnt try to get credit at newegg, he already has it on amazon.com, so thats the reason i am looking at amazon. trust me i would rather do it through newegg, but i need to keep all options open. i will definately look at these links though and see what the best mix and match deal is. unless you have a good feeling that if he can be approved for the installment plans that newegg offers with a credit score of around 600, then please let me know. its a bit outside the realm of computer hardware, bt it dosnt hurt to ask :) .....thanks
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May 19, 2011 4:23:56 AM

oh and how do i know which one is you to buy from? is it just the one that pops up when i click ur link?
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May 19, 2011 4:31:00 AM

Yep, it should say subscription somewhere in the URL, that'll give me partial credit :D 
I think that getting the RAM and MOBO, just the two, off Newegg is a bit smarter just because those are WAY cheaper. But you know, up to you.

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May 19, 2011 4:51:23 AM

okay, hes what im working with now.

the plan right now:

buy the MOBO and RAM off newegg
TOTAL: $102

Graphics Card and Processor from the 2 links you provided @ amazon.com
TOTAL: $456

Tower, Power Supply, Internal Hard Drive, CD-ROM, OS(all from amazon.com)
TOTAL: $315


Sub-TOTAL: $873

does this sound about right??? is there anything at all im leaving out? and what about wires and coords? do i need to buy these seperately, or do they come with the components? thanks again for all the help Azn. almost there!
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May 19, 2011 5:04:17 AM

Sounds good, it should be good.
You may need a power cord, the Neo Eco 520w doesn't come with a power cord. I was looking around Amazon and found a pretty solid deal on the power supply. $60 for more wattage and same efficiency. Best yet, comes with a cord and is cheaper than the Egg.
Save $5
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-BP550-Plus-ATX12V-Modular/d...

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May 19, 2011 5:05:02 AM

Double post, Again, No problem!
No the cords should come with the stuff. (SATA cables will be with the motherboard)
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May 19, 2011 5:08:55 AM

cool. its not 'certified' like the other power supply was. is that a problem?
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May 19, 2011 2:46:43 PM

trying to look for CD drive from amazon.com....anyone have any suggestions? just looking for a simple one. thanks
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May 19, 2011 11:22:06 PM

^ +1
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May 19, 2011 11:37:44 PM

how big of a difference is the 6850 vs. the 6950? a friend of mine that works for tomshardware said the 6850 would do just fine. is the $90 difference worth the difference in performance???

also, between the ASRock 890GX ad the ASRock H61M, which is better? is the 890GX worth the $50 bucks more?

Cooler Master Silent Pro M600 600W @ $100 OR the Antec BP550 550W @ $60.....is the $40 difference worth it?

Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6g @ $85 OR Samsung Class Spinpoint F3 1TB Sata 3g @ $60.....is the $25 difference worth it?

thanks
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May 19, 2011 11:53:50 PM

6950 2GB vs 6850 1GB
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/291?vs=293
Bro, that 6950 2GB is necessary for a 22" trust me. If the 6850>5850 and my 5850 struggles in BC2 at max, the 6950 is defiantly the way to go.

You can't use AM3 motherboards with Intel chips. You can only use H61/H67/P67/Z68. With your usage, the H61 is good enough.

The BP550 is enough for your usage.

The F3 is cheaper and will perform the same. Stick with it.
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May 20, 2011 12:15:03 AM

got it, will do. a buddy of mine finally got back to me and everything was the same minus these 4 pieces and the processor, but i have heard that the i5 2400 is the way to go, so im sticking with that. looks like ill be making the purchase as early as wednesday next week! im pumped....i hope i dont screw it up putting it together. my pops has serious reservations about my capacity to put a computer together from scratch since hes the one paying for it haha. ill just have to convince him its not as hard as it sounds. thanks again
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May 20, 2011 12:29:36 AM

Yep no problem. Thanks for buying off me though :D 
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