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June 22, 2011 9:38:23 PM

Hello, I'd like to build a Gaming PC that can play both online and offline games (e.g. WoW and Portal 2) with high graphics settings and at least 60 fps effortlessly.

I found this in the forums, so I'll fill it out.

Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever

Budget Range: < or = 1000$ USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Multitasking, Online streaming, Movies

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg or any American electronics store

Country of Origin: Overseas, but shipping to USA

Parts Preferences: AMD Radeon for Eyefinity

Overclocking: I don't know much about this, so maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Only if 2 of a certain one is cheaper and better than a single one

Monitor Resolution: Undecided

Additional Comments: Full tower with extra space for potential upgrades

EDIT: I'll be running it with 3 monitors eventually. And, this is my first attempt at building a computer so any and all advice is much needed and appreciated.

I'll be playing Dirt 3, Bioshock 2, Civilization V, Sims 3, Mafia 2, Crysis 2, and some others, mostly racing games and rpgs / mmorpgs.

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June 22, 2011 9:54:14 PM

I'd have to say that Eyefinity is cool, but how many monitors are you planning on using? If it's only two I'd say Nvidia is still a valid option. (Also, ATI isn't Radeon anymore, it's AMD Radeon)

As for $1000 check out my $1000 build here.
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
I'd go with the 6950 2GB if you plan on 3 or more monitors. I'd go with the 560 Ti stock OC'd if it's only 2 or less.

Try to stay away from SLI/CF as much as possible. Portal will favor it, but you will see no benefit from WoW. Portal is real easy to run like all Valve games.
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June 22, 2011 9:55:56 PM

I currently built a gaming computer with around that budget I forget the exact amount but should be close to a grand..

I used the following

Coolmaster CM II 690 Case
CoolMaster Hyper N520 - About 35 dollars on new egg
Diamond Radeon 6870 1 gig video card - Around 260 I believe
Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard - Around 250
A HDD i had from an old computer so I didn't have to reinstall windows (I don't own a copy of Windows 7 CD)
G. Skill Ripjaw ram (8 gigs)
Processor is an AMD Phenom II x4 core 955 (should be like 3.6 ghz i think)

Def. fits your ATI Radeon preference
The Asus Crosshair has auto overclock buttons on the motherboard as well as tools letting you overclock such as a Turbo Unlocker for the processors

The only thing is that the tower I chose was a mid tower but has plenty of space and airflow, 2 openings for pipes for watercooling, a bracket for a radiator to install, and lots of mesh on the front for airflow...

So far i haven't really played any intense games yet but using CPUID the temps should be ok...

You can see my post on the forum about the temps i'm getting currently

Also it was a little bit of a pain getting the cooler onto the motherboard b/c you have to attach a bracket to the back of the motherboard while positioning the cooler on top, my friend helped me build the rig so we didn't have a too difficult time putting it on.
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June 22, 2011 10:05:47 PM

Will you be playing any other games that are harder on your PC than those 2? Because if you want to go with 3 screens AND have 60 FPS AND play a game like Metro 2033 on full details then you will prob need more PC. But those games would be fine with a 6950-6970 like Azn said.
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June 22, 2011 10:29:33 PM

aznshinobi said:
I'd have to say that Eyefinity is cool, but how many monitors are you planning on using? If it's only two I'd say Nvidia is still a valid option. (Also, ATI isn't Radeon anymore, it's AMD Radeon)

As for $1000 check out my $1000 build here.
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
I'd go with the 6950 2GB if you plan on 3 or more monitors. I'd go with the 560 Ti stock OC'd if it's only 2 or less.

Try to stay away from SLI/CF as much as possible. Portal will favor it, but you will see no benefit from WoW. Portal is real easy to run like all Valve games.


I'm planing on setting up 3 monitors. I'd prefer to not use SLI/CF so that is reassuring.
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June 22, 2011 10:32:40 PM

cburke82 said:
Will you be playing any other games that are harder on your PC than those 2? Because if you want to go with 3 screens AND have 60 FPS AND play a game like Metro 2033 on full details then you will prob need more PC. But those games would be fine with a 6950-6970 like Azn said.


I'll mostly play rpgs/mmorpgs along with racing games. I may play Crysis 2, but I tend not to play first person games like Metro 2033.

I'll look into the 6950, thanks.
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June 22, 2011 10:39:00 PM

FoxEnigma said:


I used the following

Coolmaster CM II 690 Case
CoolMaster Hyper N520 - About 35 dollars on new egg
Diamond Radeon 6870 1 gig video card - Around 260 I believe
Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard - Around 250
A HDD i had from an old computer so I didn't have to reinstall windows (I don't own a copy of Windows 7 CD)
G. Skill Ripjaw ram (8 gigs)
Processor is an AMD Phenom II x4 core 955 (should be like 3.6 ghz i think)

Def. fits your ATI Radeon preference
The Asus Crosshair has auto overclock buttons on the motherboard as well as tools letting you overclock such as a Turbo Unlocker for the processors



Thanks! I'll definitely be looking into that mobo and I was leaning towards Ripjaw ram on NewEgg. I'm new to building computers and intense gaming in general (my current laptop cannot run modern games, it plays WoW at lowest settings at 15-20 fps... so I'm hoping to build this new one so that I can actually do something :p ) so I don't know much about overclocking.
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June 23, 2011 12:42:24 AM

O762 said:
I'll mostly play rpgs/mmorpgs along with racing games. I may play Crysis 2, but I tend not to play first person games like Metro 2033.

I'll look into the 6950, thanks.


crysis 2 isnt so hard to run compared to crysis 1/metro 2033, you should be good to go witha 6970 on eyefinity
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June 23, 2011 1:40:49 AM

Like I said I'm completely new to this, but how does this set up look:
and will it all fit in the tower?

Tower - Full ATX, 160$
Motherboard - MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155, 133$
CPU - Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz, 110$
GPU - Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5, 340$ (315$ after mail and rebate)
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3, 70$
Hardrive - Seagate Momentus Solid State Hybrid Drive, 100$
PSU - SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W, 72$
Fan - COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3, 25$

Total Cost = 985$

I think that the fan may be too cheap or low grade to overclock the processor and keep it cool, any thoughts?
Most importantly, will the current build fit together and actually work?
Secondly, what improvements would you make both performance wise and money wise?

Thanks again.

EDIT: fixing a url.

I just read that I need an unlocked 2500k to overclock the i5...if I need that then I will have to change to Processor to an Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz, for 220$, and then pay for intel to unlock it, for 50$. Or so I've read.

That would change the total to 1,075.
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June 23, 2011 2:32:05 AM

You need a 2500k to over clock not a 2500... And go for the hyper 212+ over the TX3.
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June 23, 2011 2:32:54 AM

Why would you need to pay intel to unlock it for 50$?
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June 23, 2011 2:38:27 AM

Sorry for me posting a lot, but maybe you should check out Z68 motherboards like the ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 for like $50 more, that should help a little, and why buy an open box motherboard?
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June 23, 2011 3:04:15 AM

RCXDerp said:
Sorry for me posting a lot, but maybe you should check out Z68 motherboards like the ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 for like $50 more, that should help a little, and why buy an open box motherboard?


I read that the 2500k would only overclock if it was unlocked, and if I couldnt find an unlocked one that I would have to pay for intel to do it, that was all. But after some more research I realized that the 2500k was the unlocked version of the 2500... And I don't mind the posting, it's very helpful.

What advantage would the ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 have over the MSI board, other than not being open boxed? I selected that one because it was cheaper, by the way, which probably wasn't a good choice.

And the 212+ is much better , thanks.
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June 23, 2011 7:34:23 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Save money you don't need expensive motherboards to overclock to high ghz. The motherboard isn't what usually effects OC (it is a small factor but not a huge one) the grade of the CPU is a factor. Though some report 5ghz OCs, the Hyper 212+ I would say can only handle somewhere around 4.4ghz. Also, another limiting factor, not all 2500Ks are made to the 100% quality others are. 4.5ghz is probably the sweet spot, anymore and it's a plus, not a given.

Stay away from Open box. If it is missing anything you won't know till it arrives (usually on motherboards I wouldn't chance it. Many problems can arise.
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June 23, 2011 4:57:26 PM

1333mhz ram might be a good idea, although going over that is a waste of money. why are you going with that spesific case? (its quite expensive)
unlocking a 6950 2gb could save some money although it isn't always sucessful, if you want to play it safe then spend extra money on the 6970. I'm hoping to build a pc for myself in the near future in the same price range. Your selection looks almost the same as what I have in mind
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June 23, 2011 9:06:20 PM

How about this RAM? I may not need 1600, but It is only two dollars more than the 1333 and has a lower latency.
I think that the 6950 will be fine for what I want, and as you said, if I need to I can always unlock it.
Also, I chose that tower because it was a brand name that I knew of, having not build a computer before, and it fit my specifications. If you have any other suggestions I'd be glad to hear them?

Thanks for all the help.
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June 24, 2011 5:30:24 AM

This is the Australian Pricing - I'm sure it will be WAY cheaper on newegg.

NZXT Phantom Full case
i5 2500k
Fatality 67 red motherboard
6970 Radeon AMD supports 6 montiors
XSMS3 8Gb Ram kit
Corsair 1000W

$1460 - Again au pricing

I believe us is $1150

Good luck mate
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June 24, 2011 6:36:49 AM

The Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 seems to be a good case, having enough fans for cooling and being a scaled down version of the twelve hundred it stil looks great and is a lot cheaper. But choosing a case that you think looks good(within your budget) is important since you will be living with it.
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June 24, 2011 7:51:37 AM

You don't need the Fatality board that's for sure. The Extreme4 actually performs to the exact performance of the Fatality board. You don't need the 6970, save and go 6950. And you don't need a 1Kw power supply.
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June 24, 2011 9:51:15 AM

yeah from what i have read, if you are not going to SLI or Xfire then 1kw is overkill i think 750w is enough. i think the Corsair HX-750 would be a good choice. but since you have the slots for Xfire, then you might want to leave the option open for the future. i recommend the corsair HX-850
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June 24, 2011 9:52:43 AM

oh and BTW i think the HX-850 is around $200
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June 25, 2011 7:11:01 AM

aznshinobi said:
The Corsair PSUs are overpriced and not worth it IMO.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$20 cheaper than Corsair's 750TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$45 cheaper than the Corsair 850HX


the earthwatts isn't good value:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
and the radimax unit is made by top power:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7550
IMO the HX-850 is more because its BETTER:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
i wouldn't by a cheap unit if i were you but if you want something cheaper try the TX-850 or TX-750 (and TP-750 by antec), they are more budget friendly:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
if i were to buy a computer for $1000 it wouldn't make sense to me taking a "shortcut" with the PSU especially since there is a corsair unit that is ABOUT (in other words a bit more) the same price as the others. (oh @ AznShinobi the reason why i say the TX-750 is the same as the Raidmax unit is you'll probably find that the radimax unit is overated (IMO)

oh and BTW heres what a cheap PSU will do:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.p [...] t&reid=204

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June 25, 2011 7:28:25 AM

It's 20$ less than the 750TX ATM, that's a good value. Wenqi look at the review closer and you'll find he states that if on sale it's a good deal. (referring to the Newegg 75-90$ deals for the EA750)
You also can't read your own posts. They are made by Andyson which is a solid brand. Please look up your actual articles before you post them.
EA750 review
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/09/18/antec_earthwa...
850AE review
http://yutubemedia.com/raidmax-rx-850ae-850w-psu-review...
Oh hey look? It lives up to 80+ Gold.
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June 26, 2011 1:26:23 AM

80+ gold now thats new... anyways the reason why i mentioned the raidmax was made by top power is because IMO it would be cheaper do buy the top power models. basically IMO if you can get the antec TP-750 for around $130 I THINK that it would be the best deal. but as you say if that raidmax one does live to 80+ gold and it gives you 850w then at the price point it is probably the best value one around. oh yeah and i see your raidmax unit is the type where you can choose which cables you put in (i think its called modular but i'm not sure) modular is a big bonus in cable management (my TX-850 is taking up all the space in my case)
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June 26, 2011 4:42:30 AM

I getting a 6950 1GB this month. And i even doubt if it would be able to run metro 2033 maxed out at 1920*1050. Any know whether it will be able to run or not??
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June 26, 2011 6:19:23 AM

I don't know an answer to your question ricky, but I looked it up for you and I found this article which may help you out a bit.

Anyways, I think that this is the build I've decided on, it's a couple hundred more than 1000$ but I think it's worth it. Can someone confirm that nothing is miss-matched for me?

Tower = Antec 1200 v3, 159.99$
Motherboard = MSI P67A-G45, 132.99$
Hardrive = WD Caviar Black 1TB, 84.99$
GPU = MSI Radeon HD 6970, 339.99$
PSU = Raidmax RX-850, 119.99$
RAM = G Skill Ripjaw x Series 8GB (2x4GB) 1333, 79.99$
CPU = Itel Core i5 2500k, 219.99$
Fan = COOLER MASTER Hyper 212+, 49.99$

I opted for the Raidmax because the reviews were equal to that of the Corsair's and it has more wattage at only a small increase of price (5$). I kept the Antec case over the mid tower because I like the look of it and the extra space will be beneficial if I decide to upgrade anything. I also chose to change my hard drive from the Seagate after some mixed review I read; most people say that Western Digital is a good brand anyways, so I think I'll give them a try.

Oh, and unfortunately the 8GB 1600 RAM G Skill went out of stock today so I can't get that anymore...sad times. It was a great deal too! I think the current RAM is actually 3 dollars more...but that's beside the point.

Thanks for all the help guys, I really appreciate it.

With a Lite-on DVD-burner, an Anti Static Wrist band from Rosewill and Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound, the total price is 1,223.88$


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June 26, 2011 8:37:03 AM

Ehhhh go with the Samsung F3 1TB, same speed but cheaper. If if the WD is faster (they're pretty much equal, in some cases the F3 beats the Black) it's hardly noticeable in reality.
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-H...
Cheaper on Amazon.

I also think the 6950 is good enough, but if you want to it's fine I guess.
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