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$1500 Gaming 1st Build (Advice)

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June 4, 2011 11:05:21 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Today

Budget Range: $1500-$1800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, FRAPS, Misc.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Not really, just quality brands.

Overclocking: Maybe, future

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, future

Monitor Resolution: Awesome, but not extreme

Additional Comments: Want to play games on high settings. General multi-tasking. I can upgrade items like the Video Card (2nd), more RAM later on and get another monitor. Whatcha think?

Ps. This totals $1590 (before tax/shipping). About to be final. Thanks for any insight!! :bounce: 

CPU: $225 i5-2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Motherboard: $160 ASRock P67 Extreme4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Video Card: $275 HIS HD 6950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: $70 G.Skill Ripjaws 4gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1866 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

SSD: $170 (OS) OCZ Agility 2 90gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: $200 WD Velociraptor 10,000rpm 450gb SATA 6.0GB/s http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

PSU: $140 Corsair HX series 750Watt 80PLUS Silver Certified http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Case: $80 RaidMax Smilodon Mid-Tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Monitor: $150 Asus HDMI LED Backlight LCD w/speakers http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

OS: $100 Windows 7 OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

Optical: $20 Lite-On CD/DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...

The SSD is for OS/Apps, quick boot times & a bit extra. I don't want to feel constrained using a 60g. The Velociraptor is for the games, media.
June 4, 2011 2:13:28 PM

I wouldn't spend 200 dollars on a hard drive when you are getting a SSD. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is plenty fast and has 1TB of storage.

You can get 8GB for $87 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 1600Mhz cas9. You won't notice a difference in 1866 vs 1600 and 8GB provides a more futureproofing.

Keep the 6870 or bump it to 6950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $250 (20MIR) that's the nonreference version. You can't flash the 6970 bios (well you can but it doesn't have the dual bios so I wouldn't).


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June 4, 2011 2:34:30 PM

that Velociraptor drive is a huge waste of money get the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb hdd at amazon for 60$
ram- get 8gb 1600 mhz ddr3
ssd- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
gpu 270$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
psu 100$- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this psu is great
case- the haf 922 is good but i would wait till the rosewill blackhawk is in stock but that is just me because im kid of a wire management freak
June 4, 2011 2:37:23 PM

The velociraptor is not going to improve performance, you will do as well to get a relaible 7200 rpm HDD for $80 or less. I'd go with a SATA3 HDD because it can be used on a SATA2 port if you run ou of SATA3. The reverse is not true.

Bothe AMD and Nvidia have good alternatives to the 6870. Go for an article to help you decide:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...

I picked up a GTX 470 for $162 (used) on eBay and am very happy with it after modding it with the Zalman 3000VF.

The advantage of the AMD 6950 is, as Crewton says, being able to flash it to a 6970. The advantage of the Nvidia GTX is that they are good overclockers and Nvidia has a history of updating drivers more often than AMD. But both have good GPUs.

An alternative to consider is waiting for a special on the SSD. I picked up the Crucial 300C (SATA3) 128 GB for $199. It is a worthwhile upgrade from a 60 GB model.

Otherwise your projected build is excellent.
June 4, 2011 2:55:04 PM

chesteracorgi said:
The velociraptor is not going to improve performance, you will do as well to get a relaible 7200 rpm HDD for $80 or less. I'd go with a SATA3 HDD because it can be used on a SATA2 port if you run ou of SATA3. The reverse is not true.

Bothe AMD and Nvidia have good alternatives to the 6870. Go for an article to help you decide:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...

I picked up a GTX 470 for $162 (used) on eBay and am very happy with it after modding it with the Zalman 3000VF.

The advantage of the AMD 6950 is, as Crewton says, being able to flash it to a 6970. The advantage of the Nvidia GTX is that they are good overclockers and Nvidia has a history of updating drivers more often than AMD. But both have good GPUs.

An alternative to consider is waiting for a special on the SSD. I picked up the Crucial 300C (SATA3) 128 GB for $199. It is a worthwhile upgrade from a 60 GB model.

Otherwise your projected build is excellent.

why doesnt he just get a sata2 drive so he doesnt have to move it over anyways sata3 drives usually cost more and give no speed boost.
stick with the 64gb m4 ssd i posted
June 4, 2011 2:57:07 PM

chesteracorgi said:
The velociraptor is not going to improve performance, you will do as well to get a relaible 7200 rpm HDD for $80 or less. I'd go with a SATA3 HDD because it can be used on a SATA2 port if you run ou of SATA3. The reverse is not true.

Bothe AMD and Nvidia have good alternatives to the 6870. Go for an article to help you decide:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...

I picked up a GTX 470 for $162 (used) on eBay and am very happy with it after modding it with the Zalman 3000VF.

The advantage of the AMD 6950 is, as Crewton says, being able to flash it to a 6970. The advantage of the Nvidia GTX is that they are good overclockers and Nvidia has a history of updating drivers more often than AMD. But both have good GPUs.

An alternative to consider is waiting for a special on the SSD. I picked up the Crucial 300C (SATA3) 128 GB for $199. It is a worthwhile upgrade from a 60 GB model.

Otherwise your projected build is excellent.

why doesnt he just get a sata2 drive so he doesnt have to move it over anyways sata3 drives usually cost more and give no speed boost.
stick with the 64gb m4 ssd i posted
June 4, 2011 2:58:19 PM

sorry about the double post it has never done that b4
June 4, 2011 4:55:17 PM

MJ, the SATA3 drives at Newegg are not appreciably more expensive than the SATA2 models. Unless I am mistaken, you can run a SATA3 on a SATA2 port, but you can't run a SATA2 on a SATA3 port. The difference is usually $5-$10. The extra $$ are worth future compatibility & current flexibility.

It is a judgement call, and there is no wrong answer.
June 4, 2011 9:16:39 PM

get the spinpoint f3 1tb hdd it is a sata2 drive that is 60$ on amazon and it is faster than the 90$ sata3 western digital 1tb hdd
June 6, 2011 1:23:01 AM

I've updated some the parts. Went with the HD 6950, good call on the flashing. I also changed the SSD, SATA 2 90gb. I'm keeping the Raptor!! The newest 6.0 g/bs are basically the same price as the older verison. I think this is a solid build that makes sense for the most part. I look forward to learning my own lessons, at least I won't have to regret but $100 worth.
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