Advice on a gaming rig

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  1. Check out my build guide in my siggy. Or here:
    http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore

    Add the OS +100
    Add the Monitor +200
    And you reach your budget. (I'm referring to the 1200$ build in my siggy. Plus you get a SSD.

    As for parts, you should try Amazon, not sure if Free Shipping items are free shipping on Neweggg to Hawaii.

    I recommend this monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005196
  2. everything in aznshinobi's 1200$ build looks great except i would substitute in a msi 6950 twin frozr II and a corsair tx 750 at amazon or the tx 850 which i think with rebate it is less 120$. corsair makes great psu's. and get this monitor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052 it is the same price at amazon.
  3. Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case 99 (rebate)
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard 169
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz 224
    MSI R6970-2PM2D2GD5 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 339
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 86
    OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold 139
    SAMSUNG Black 22X 21
    HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 119
    Samsung B2230HD 21.5" 5ms Full HD HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor w/TV Tuner & USB Port 219
    = 1415
  4. this is from newegg isnt it?
  5. ^ Hmmm but the 560 Ti TFII OC = a 570! That's pretty good if you ask me.
  6. ^+1 but what games does he play?
  7. mjmjpfaff said:
    ^+1 but what games does he play?


    Thanks for the answers folks, I'm looking into these options. I play numerous MMORPG's and the bigger titles in FPS's as well, definitely excited for Battlefield 3. :)
  8. ^ Then either cards would be fine, though I highly recommend the 560 Ti TF II OC. It'll give you solid performance (a bit better than the 6950) and run cool and quiet.
  9. Thanks for the quick response. It appears as though there's pretty significant price changes in some areas for minimal gains, if any. I'll continue researching and looking into it, and will update the thread when I'm ready to order the parts.

    *Edit*
    With rumors of the Bulldozer designs being released soon, possibly just before I order my computer, would anyone advise possibly taking that rout? I am no "fanboy" for either of the companies, but I've had good experiences with AMD in the past.
  10. AMD is delaying Bulldozer till June/August/September, there is no solid date but September at the latest. AMD is working on the B2 stepping since the B1 was only capable of reaching 2.5ghz (so I hear) so right now, they're working on B2.

    I would wait just to see how it'll be, but I already have a comp to use so I'm in no hurry. It's all up to you.
  11. Looks good to me. But save, you don't need Home Premium "Full" that's just a waste of money. Save 100$ on this.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986&cm_re=windows_7_home_premium-_-32-116-986-_-Product
    It's cheaper because it's OEM so it comes from like HP or something.
  12. I replaced a few more things after additional research. Using Amazon I can get the full free shipping to Hawaii, allowing me to hit my budget cap on the dot, and saving $1 from Newegg.

    Here's the changes I made, let me know what you think:

    PSU - Corsair 750 TX
    GPU - EVGA SuperClocked GTX 570
    RAM - Gskill Ripjaws 8gb 1600mhz

    Those changes made are reflected and edited into the above post for further looking.

    Thanks.
  13. Those links are dead for me. But for the PSU, get the 750w TX V2 not the first version. And for the card get the 560 Ti OC Twin Frozr II, it'll perform the same as a 570 but run cooler and consume less power.

    Source: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-1gb-review/6
    Thermals: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-1gb-review/7
    Overclocking: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2011/01/27/msi-geforce-gtx-560-ti-1gb-review/8
    Plus it's about 100$ cheaper.
    Link: http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZR/dp/B004JLNZXU%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB004JLNZXU

    As for the Ram, you only need DDR3 1333 you don't need 1600, it'll perform the same you won't even notice it. Save some money and go with this.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417&cm_re=8gb_ddr3_1333-_-20-231-417-_-Product
  14. Wow, thank you for that. Some of these recommendations came from another forum and clearly you have a better idea of what's going on here than them. I appreciate your input.
  15. Why such an overpriced PSU and why get a 570 for 1080p? Save $100 and get a GTX 560 Ti.

    The HAF-X is overkill. Even a HAF-922 would be overkill.

    Spending more on a PSU and Case doesn't make your cool looking computer perform any better. Substance over style.
  16. ^ OVERPRICED? The 750TX is overpriced? I think it is reasonable for powering 2 560 Ti's if he chooses to. The HAF X is actually overkill, the 922 is good enough, though it is OP's decision. The HAF X does look nice though, I'd spend a little more if I had the money to make my builds aesthetically pleasing, that's what case mods are for though.

    As for the recommendations, no problem Tattech, it's what I'm here for.
  17. ignoranceabound said:
    Why such an overpriced PSU and why get a 570 for 1080p? Save $100 and get a GTX 560 Ti.

    The HAF-X is overkill. Even a HAF-922 would be overkill.

    Spending more on a PSU and Case doesn't make your cool looking computer perform any better. Substance over style.



    I'm not trying to go for Aeshthetics, I'm trying to go off honest recommendations, ratings, and performance history. I just don't want to gimp on cooling, but additionally don't want to commit to a water cooling alternative. If the HAF series is overkill, what would you recommend in lieu of? I've used the 750TX before and loved it, so I'll be sticking to that PSU. Thanks for responses.

    Replacements:

    Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    GPU - 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

    What do you think of that case? It has some excellent reviews, but for slightly more I can get a larger tower.
  18. I meant that even if you spend $50 less and get a 922 instead of the HAF-X it'll be more than sufficient; I'm personally a fan of sales so that's when I buy cases. Look for free shipping.

    It's been a couple of years and there are plenty of good and mediocre (not bad) manufacturers.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703027

    Better PSU for $10 more. 80 plus silver.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007657%2050001622&IsNodeId=1&name=Raidmax

    80 plus gold modular for $10 more.
  19. The 900 is more than sufficient. Size doesn't matter much with high quality cases.

    My HAF-912 cools just as well as my friend's HAF-922 which is much larger.
  20. OK I disagree with the 80+ Silver recommendation. We're talking about just about 1-3% difference in performance to justify a 10$ hike in price? I don't think so. 80+ Bronze is fine, and Corsair has always been a strong supporter to customers if they are in need of it. As for the Raidmax's the 850w Gold.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152043
    It's a solid PSU, not impressive, it lives up to it's things though (80+ Gold), though not exactly the best (runs hot) but still decent.
    http://yutubemedia.com/raidmax-rx-850ae-850w-psu-review/2/

    I don't think the 900 should be an option vs the HAF 922, mainly because the 922 has cable management while the 900 doesn't. If you want the Antec 900 series, get the Antec 902 V3. Has USB 3 and is a solid case, I have the original Antec 902.

    As for getting the 560 Ti, if you could support me in my next upgrade (FX-4110 or AM3+) You could buy the 560 Ti off me for the same price, but I'd get some commission. It's OK if you don't I understand. But it's fufilled by Amazon soo you know. + You still get the 20$ MIR.
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-PCI-Express-N560GTX-TWIN-FROZR/dp/B004JLNZXU%3FSubscriptionId%3D19BAZMZQFZJ6G2QYGCG2%26tag%3Dsquid1240995-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB004JLNZXU
  21. ***, taking in a lot of information. Ok, I would prefer to stay with Corsair because again, I had an excellent experience with them in the past. Do you recommend the Enthusiasts edition or the Normal edition on the Corsair PSU? I'm fine purchasing the video card through you, again this won't be until the end of this month or next month though.
  22. ^ Yeah thats fine. Ummm, The 750TX Enthusiast should be the same price as the normal 750TX, it's just that they're separated by versions. Get the V2 (Enthusiast), it's revised from the original. Perhaps some kinks were fixed, same price anyway.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&cm_re=750tx-_-17-139-021-_-Product
  23. Remember the RM unit is 850W so it'll be under less strain the the 750W unit at the same load. It's also more efficient. It passes all the tests and really is 80 plus gold; if you plan to use like 600 watts it's a great choice.

    Personally I think the 900 is better than the 922 even with the cable management. My 912 just feels cheap compared to my Antec 1200AMG that I "upgraded" from. I also build my friend's sytem using the 922 which is pretty much the same thing but bigger.

    Just get a good case with free shipping.

    I will say this about the PSU you picked, it's the least overpriced Corsair.
  24. ^ Ermm I dunno about the 900, The 1200 and 902 are in a different class to the 900, it's a lot older than the 902 and 1200 and IMO, just looks eww... The HAF is pretty new, has a lot of the newer features, looks I suppose, a bit better than the 900, but defiantly I like the 902 a bit better.
  25. The 1200 AMG is a 10 year old case; it's not the 1200. It still has higher quality than new CM cases.

    Except for the whole buying windows thing it looks good. Maybe get a MSI board if you can afford it.
  26. Wow I can't even find an image of it off Google. But uhh, I dunno CM cases are pretty solid to me. I used the Storm Scout (80$ at the time) it's a bit more solid than some of the Antec's I've seen/used. Plus the Scout is really quiet which is another thing.

    As for the MSI concerns, that would be with a budget in mind. Here is my rec for budget concerns.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130583
  27. Great motherboard. Just nitpicking on cases; go with whatever.
  28. If you get the GD65 just get the Extreme4, no reason to spend more for a mobo. I mean they perform pretty much the same.
  29. Thanks. I'll update thread once the time to order nears.
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