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Proposed gaming computer $1200 budget

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June 11, 2011 9:40:37 PM

Main use: Gaming
Budget $1200

Items not needed: keyboard, mouse, speakers, os

Based on March TomsHardware build System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $1000 Enthusiast PC
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6950-unlo...
$1000 Enthusiast System Components
Motherboard ASRock P67 Extreme4 LGA 1155, Intel P67 chipset $152.99
Processor Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo), Quad-Core, 6 MB L3 Cache $219.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $29.99
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) 240-Pin DDR3-1333 Dual-Channel Desktop Memory Kit $54.99
Graphics Gigabyte Radeon HD 6950 2 GB GDDR5 $274.99
Hard Drives Samsung Spinpoint 1 TB 1 TB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s $64.99
Optical Asus DRW-24B1ST 24x DVD Burner $18.99
Case In-Win Android $69.99
Power Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650 WATX12V, EPS12V, 80 PLUS-Certified $89.99
Total Cost $976.91

Current: (Costs include shipping)
Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
$168.50 or open box $124.50
http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-P67-Extreme4-B3-Motherboar...
$160
Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$225
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-i5-2500K-LGA1155-...
$225
CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...
$34
Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40 (1x4gb)
GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$250 ($250 rebate)
http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Radeon-256bit-Mini-DisplayPor...
$250 ($20 rebate)'
Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$65
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...
$61
Optical
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$21
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-DVD%C2%B1RW-DVD-RAM-Internal...
$25
Case
In-Win Android Out of stock
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$170
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Gaming-Case-Desktops-DF-85/...
$163
Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90 ($10 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90
Total $1044 1009 if open box motherboard

1) Pros and cons of open box purchase from newegg
2) 1x4gb vs. 2x2gb memory
3) In the build the cpu cooler didn't fit in the mid tower until a case fan was removed. I assume a full tower will
remove all such fit issues
4) This build should also enable a 2nd 6950 in the future. http://sites.amd.com/us/game/products/certified/Pages/c...
lists Corsair TX650 V2 certified for 2 6950 and Corsair TX650W (650W) not certified. Which is this psu?
5) Can I get an ssd into this budget?

Eric
etitmas@gmail.com
June 11, 2011 10:12:53 PM

1) Personally i wouldn't buy an open box MB but not sure what the con's are, pro's obviously being the price

2) You should really go with 2x2GB instead of 1x4GB, the dual channel memory will double the transfer rate of the memory.

3) yes it should, however depending on the size of the SSD you want you might want to tune down the case a touch
HAF 922 at around 100$ ( currently 89.98 after rebate)
will do the job nicely and will fit your cpu cooler easilly, saving you about 70-80$

4) The V2 is slightly more efficient and can actually currently be had from newegg at the same price as the older model.
TX 650 V2 but if you plan on 2 of the 6950's it doesn't come with 4 PCIE's
so you might want to spend the extra 10-20 bucks getting the next model up which does come with 4x6+2pins
TX750 V2 at 109$ ( 99.99$ after rebate)
Several good PSU's currently on sale at newegg at around that pricerange as well including pc power and cooling 80+ silver rated units

5) You certainly can:
with the saved up 50 bucks or so that leaves around 210 for an SSD, which gets you a sandforce based ~120GB SataII drive such as:
OCZ Vertex 2 at 199.99$ ( 169.99$ with rebate )
The sata III drives with the new sandforce controllers are slightly more expensive coming in at around the 235-240$ mark to begin with at the 120GB range
OCZ Agility 3 at 239.99$

If you want to keep the case then you are still close for the ~120G vertex 2, possibly going for mostly just a boot drive at 64GB or possibly something in between.
Naturally the SATA III drives in the 64-90G range are also within your reach here.
June 11, 2011 10:18:48 PM

Not bad! However, that's a bit of an outdated build IMO. Poster above me covered all your questions. So I'd like to give you a little reference rig.

Not to pimp out my own rig, but here's one I build for the Intel Budget bestconfig competition:

Striker's "1337 l0ad0ut" rig

Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $294 (combo, I assume combo's but not sales are allowed.)

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $0 (combo)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $46

Graphics Card: ZOTAC ZT-50301-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $229

Second Graphics Card: ZOTAC ZT-50301-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $229

Hard Drive: Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB $40 (no moneys for Spinpoint :/ )

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Mid-Tower Computer Case - ATX, mATX $50

Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $90

Cooling: Stock, no need since to overclocking.

DVD Burner: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black $17

My total cost comes to $994.
Lets talk about some of the features.

-Very powerful processor. Granted no OC, but it's no slouch and lots of people are not comfortable with OCing.

-SLI 560 Ti's. The 560 Ti's provide unprecedented power, rivaled only by the 6950's.

-the 560 Ti's overclock much better than the 6950's, satisfying those with a taste for power.

-Full 1600MHz ram, giving a small albeit good performance bump over 133MHz.

Z68, allowing the use of Quicksync and SSD caching.

-8x 8x SLI. No bottlenecks!

And that's all. It's as 1337 as it gets :D 

I personally think, it's pretty awesome.

Feel free to change the case to a different one, and change the CPU to a 2500k. Add a heatsink and you're set!

With my build, I would throw in an SSD like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Faster than any other SSD's at the pricepoint.

Hope it helps!
June 12, 2011 12:44:35 PM

I actually won this computer and love it. If it were me, get a z68 board since it is only a few bucks more. Be glad the Android case is out of stock, kinda ugly and still upset I can't use the 220mm side fam with cooler. Stock with the 6950 and unlock shaders then OC if you are into that.
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