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June 5, 2011 6:05:58 PM

Ok i need a little help, i am building a gaming rig and want to stay under $1000 i have some stuff listed below. Tell me what you guys think and i want to make sure everything is compatible and also need some help on picking some video cards.


CrossFireX: Yes


Case: Sunbeam - http://www.xoxide.com/sunbeam-transformer-case-black.ht...


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


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


PSU: Carsair 750W - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-139-...




And thats all i have so far please let me know if you have any suggestions and i would like some help on the video cards and some other options as well (HDDs, Blue Ray drives ect.) and i want to try to keep it under $800 but can go $1000


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June 5, 2011 6:14:06 PM
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Based on the following three performance tests I will suggest some possible build ideas that would fall into your budget range. http://www.techspot.com/review/305 [...] page7.html, http://www.techspot.com/review/336 [...] page5.html, http://www.techspot.com/review/405 [...] page5.html
CPU- Intel Core i5 2400 $190 or Intel Core i5 2500k $225
GPU- Nvidia GTX 560Ti $240 or AMD Radeon HD 6950 1Gb $240 Or Higher if possible
Motherboard- P67 ASRock Extreme 4 $160 Z68 Gigabyte UD3P $160 Depends on your connection needs, perfered brand (if any), and style choices
PSU- Single card- Corsair CX600 V2 600w $70 or Silverstone Strider 600w $70
Multicard- Antec Earthwatts 750 750w $90
RAM- 4Gb GSkill Ripjaw X DDR3 1333mhz $47
8Gb GSkill Sniper DDR3 1333mhz $80
Case- Really subjective hear. A few personal picks
CoolerMaster HAF 912 $60
Zalman Z9 Plus $70
CoolerMaster CM 690 II $80
CoolerMaster Storm Scout $90
NZXT Tempest Evo $110
NZXT Phantom $140
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Prices Lowest- $767 Highest- $922
Add a HDD to this list and it would be my recommend build without any knowledge of what resolution you want to play at or what games you want to play. Cheack this thread http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom... for working links
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June 5, 2011 6:16:48 PM

Hey thanks for the fast reply! This info really helps me out a ton. Thanks again!
June 5, 2011 6:17:59 PM

Those first 3 links did not work is there at all possible to repost again?
June 5, 2011 6:22:38 PM
June 5, 2011 6:27:47 PM

If at all possible could u give me the links to the lower i5 build because i think that would be good for me. Sorry just trying to keep it simple. Thanks again for taking to the time to talk.
June 5, 2011 6:31:08 PM
June 5, 2011 6:33:03 PM

K, thanks again for all your help.
June 5, 2011 6:38:14 PM

So this build would be good at doing SLI? with 2 video cars and do they have to be the same ones? sorry i am a SLI/CrossFireX nOOb.
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June 5, 2011 6:40:01 PM

I second the build above. Looks solid. You could grab an Antec Earthwatts 650 for like $69 I think.

Also, I would go 6950 over 560ti. Why? Bit faster. However if you wanna overclock get a 560ti, specifically a MSI twin frozr II or something.
June 5, 2011 6:52:56 PM

Striker could you provide a link for the Antec for $69 as it is $74 on Newegg (I might buy it myself for $69) the Earthwatts would be a good upgrade over the Corsair or Silverstone as it is 80+ Bronze rated for power efficiency. Although both the Silverstone and Corsair are 80+ so they are no slouches either.
June 5, 2011 6:58:35 PM

Ok thanks guys. i had another question which mobo would you go with on that one, i know u gave me like 2. and also i like the radeon 6950 a little better can i just run 1 and then go CrossFireX later even with the Intel mobo that u gave me?
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June 5, 2011 6:58:56 PM

My bad. I see now it's $75, But I WAS close.... (should have included 5-/+5 :p )

I agree the earthwatts PSU's are nice. I just used a AEW 500 and that thing is QUIET.
However, it is NOT SLI or Crossfire ready for a high end GPU, which is where something like the TX 650 is a clear winner.
a b U Graphics card
June 5, 2011 7:33:41 PM

Yes, that one. Although kind of useless since it doesn't have any more 6pin PCI-e connectors. You'd be fine with a cx 500 if only using 1 card.
June 5, 2011 7:39:35 PM

Well later i will proubly do some SLI with duel cards or i might just go ahead and do it i dunno yet, you think that the 6pin connector will be enough. And which motherboard would be good from the above links would you recommend?
June 6, 2011 2:54:30 AM

Both motherboards I recommended are capable of SLI and Crossfire. As to which one I would recommend the P67 based ASRock. And when your talking about 6pin that is the connection between the psu and graphics card. the 6950 and GTX560Ti require two 6pin connectors a piece so if you wanted to do SLi/Crossfire(CFX) you would need a 750w power supply with at least 4 6pin connectors.
June 7, 2011 3:00:47 AM

What about 2 geforce 460's? Still have to have 6 4X6 pins?
a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 3:05:08 AM

yes, you will need 4 six pin connectors and a 650w 80+ psu minimum.
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June 7, 2011 3:07:44 AM

wow, nice deal on that PSU. Good find Derp.
June 7, 2011 3:11:49 AM

Oh ok thanks man for all the info!
June 7, 2011 3:19:05 AM

Another quick question, what kind of HDD do you recommend, i plan on mounting 2 or maybe just 1 big one havent made my mined up yet.
a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 3:20:58 AM

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB. It's fast as hell, and only $60 on amazon. It's the favorite HDD around here (the forums).
June 7, 2011 3:25:12 AM

Awesome dude thanks.
a b U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 3:33:02 AM

You linked the correct one.
June 8, 2011 12:18:59 AM

Ok now what about the dvd R CD RW drives got any good ones in mined?
June 18, 2011 1:20:17 AM

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