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July 13, 2011 5:52:12 AM

Hey guys its my first time building pc.

I recently got a deal with pc parts I got all the parts for $600.


Here are the specs:


CPU: i7 930 2.80GHz Quad Core
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-2-80GHz-LGA1366-B...

Motherboard: Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-ICH10R-Motherboard...

Graphics Card: MSI N240GT 1GB GDDR5
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-GeForce-PCI-Express-N240GT-MD...

Memory: Patriot PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz 6GB Viper Series
http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-PVT36G1333ELK-Extreme-Per...

Power Supply: BGF 550W Modular Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Hard Drives: 2 Western Digital Drives, total 2TB
500GB Drives as a Main with Windows on it.
1.5TB as secondary storage Drive

Disk Drives: 2 Disk Drives
1 Samsung Blu-Ray combo Drive.
http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-SH-B083-Internal-Blu-ray-...
1 LG Super Multi Drive

Wireless Network: Mini USB wireless N adapter.




Did I get a good deal?
I want to be able to run crysis 2 on pretty good settings and maybe max.
Can you guys reccomend a good graphic card that is not to expensive for this build because I will not be using the prahics card stated above.

Thanks in advance guys.

Have a great day.

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July 13, 2011 6:10:14 AM

^ How old is that setup ?? Also you should know that for say ~$760, you can get a pretty good setup,...
i5 + Challenger case
- For gaming this i5 is as good or better than the 930,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Gigabyte Z68 + GKSkillz 8GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HD 6870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Antec HCG 750W - So that you can go Crossfire later on,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB
$5 off w/ promo code EMCKCKB22, ends 7/14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$760 Not including rebates,...
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July 13, 2011 6:20:00 AM

I dont know how old it is. BUt is the setup I have will run crysis 2?
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July 13, 2011 6:25:46 AM

^ Ohhh so you already have the parts,... My bad, dint notice that,...

As for the setup, its pretty good, except the graphics card and the PSU... the PSU is decent but not very good, but you should be able to run HD 6870 with that though, but any thing higher and with overclock, I wont suggest...
What is your budget for the graphics ??
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...
Crysis 2 Dx 11 performance,...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crysis-2-directx-11...
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July 13, 2011 6:30:12 AM

The processor , mb are a generation old but are powerful enough to run any game

BUT the graphics card is too weak for high resolution gaming with high image quality . The power supply is going to be a limiting factor if you decide to add a more powerful graphics card

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-240,2475...
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July 13, 2011 6:39:12 AM

Thank you guys for answering.

Yea I already got all the parts for $600. DId I get ripped off? Because I can return it.

As for graphics card I can spend around 150, as long as it can run modern games on max settings.

Do you think these are too old for parts?

WHich power suply should I get?


Thanks
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July 13, 2011 6:46:05 AM

^ I wouldnt say that you got ripped off because except for the graphics and the PSU, rest are very good,... But like I said, also depends on how old the setup is and how much warranty is left for the parts,... So you might want to inquire about that,...

As you can see from my above build, for ~$760, you can get that setup sans Blueray, and 2TB, but you will get a powerful graphics, a high quality 750W PSU...

Graphics -
HD 6850 - You should have seen that article about Crysis 2 performance,... And IMO this would be a good option, but still I doubt you can max out at high resolutions,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU - If Crossfire plan
Antec EA 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR this
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W
10% off with promo code Julsv10, ends 7/31
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 13, 2011 7:04:06 AM

WHat do you mean by old setup? I dont get it sorry I am a total newb at this.

So you 760 build above is a lot better, I should just do that lol.

How can I be able to max out crysis 2?

Thanks
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July 13, 2011 7:13:19 AM

IS there gonna be a bottleneck issue if I put a nice graphic card on it?
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July 13, 2011 7:35:01 AM

I mean when was it bought and how much warranty is left,...

What is your monitor's resolution ?? For 1080p, if you want to max out, then you would need atleast ~$500+ graphic card setup - HD 6950 Crossfire/ GTX 560 Ti SLI,... ;) 

As for the bottleneck, NO that CPU that you have will not bottleneck even Dual-Card config,... but a slight overclock would make it even better,...
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July 13, 2011 6:08:45 PM

thanks for all the hlep guys. Im gonna go ahead and do the 700 build up there in the post.

How is the gtx 460? ANy good?

ALso what do you guys suggest on the monitor resolution? WHat is the best one out there and what is practical.



Thanks again guys
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July 14, 2011 4:00:33 AM

^ GTX 460 is good, but make sure you buy the non-crippled 256-bit 1GB one and not the other ones,... But you should know that it would not be able to handle Crysis 2 @ max setting @ high resolutions,... But maybe say Mid, it should be fine,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P
$20 off w/ promo code EMCKCJH56, ends 7/18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 14, 2011 5:08:49 AM

Thanks for all the help guys.
I got a better deal (way better) for $650

Here are the specs.

Intel 2500k Sandy Bridge , Quard Core 3.3ghz(Turbo to 3.7ghz)
MSI GD55 P67A Motherboard
8GB G-Skill 1600 Ram
ATI 6950 2Gb Graphics card (Can be flashed to 6970, haven't had a need to)
Antec 300 Case
OCZ Fatl1ty 550W Power Supply
23" Acer Monitor (No dead pixels, fast response time at 2ms)
1TB Samsung Spinpoint Hard Drive
DVD Burner
G500 Mouse
G110 Keyboard
Logitech Extreme 3D pro joystick
Fatal1ty Headset
PureTrak Talent Mousepad
Windows 7 Professional Pre-loaded


Pretty good graphics card here. My friend I got it from said this can run crysis 2 on max.
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July 14, 2011 5:21:55 AM

^ Ohh yeah that is a pretty sweet deal,...
You can later on add a more powerful PSU if you want to go Crossfire as the mobo also supports that,...
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July 14, 2011 5:26:20 AM

Yea I will in the future but in the meantime IM GOING TO ENJOY THIS =)..


Hey thank you guys so much for all the help. I appreciate it.
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July 14, 2011 5:32:54 AM

mkymiky said:
Thanks for all the help guys.
I got a better deal (way better) for $650

Here are the specs.

Intel 2500k Sandy Bridge , Quard Core 3.3ghz(Turbo to 3.7ghz)
MSI GD55 P67A Motherboard
8GB G-Skill 1600 Ram
ATI 6950 2Gb Graphics card (Can be flashed to 6970, haven't had a need to)
Antec 300 Case
OCZ Fatl1ty 550W Power Supply
23" Acer Monitor (No dead pixels, fast response time at 2ms)
1TB Samsung Spinpoint Hard Drive
DVD Burner
G500 Mouse
G110 Keyboard
Logitech Extreme 3D pro joystick
Fatal1ty Headset
PureTrak Talent Mousepad
Windows 7 Professional Pre-loaded


Pretty good graphics card here. My friend I got it from said this can run crysis 2 on max.



Nice build for good price.
Just one warning about keyboard, G110 is called gaming keyboard but as many others its not.
Its plain crap keyboard just with added macro keys as it doesn't support more then 2 keys pressed together.
If you want to play games that require 3-6 keys you should look at some better keyboard later on.
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July 14, 2011 5:40:47 AM

How did you get that for 650? o.O
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July 14, 2011 6:12:09 AM

I got it from my friend, he builds pc for a living. He told me that a company wanted him to make 20 computers. So he built 20 pcs. Then when he delivered it the company said that they only needed 19. Then the company just went ahead and gave it to him. So he just gave it to me for that much and added a bunch of stuff for free.
I am so happy that I got this. He is a very good friend.

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July 14, 2011 6:22:57 AM

Hey guys I have a question that does not relate to this original post.

Now that I have everything installed what do I do?

what is a good anti-virus, anti-malware?

I have windows 7 64 bit, this comes with a pretty good firewall right?

Can you guys give me a list of what I should install for security purposes.


Thanks
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July 14, 2011 6:39:36 AM

^ Free Antivirus - Microsoft Essentials, Avira Antivir, Avast, AVG,...
Anti-Malware - Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Search google for more detailed info,...
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July 14, 2011 7:58:09 AM

I like Microsoft Essentials (its not CPU hungry and good in detections) and wont recommend Avast, just this week was repairing PC that had a lot of files infected (detected by Microsoft Essentials) that was not picked by Avast.
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July 14, 2011 6:57:06 PM

Thanks for the reply. Ok got it. So just download microsoft essentials.

One last question. Is it better to plug in hdmi or dvi in monitor?

Thanks
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July 15, 2011 4:02:52 AM

^ Both are fine,... Use HDMI if you want to pass sound to the monitor else even the DVI is fine,...
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July 15, 2011 8:05:41 AM

Thanks for the reply guess I will be using the HDMI.

So I turned on the pc and the bios thing came up? I tried to exit it (i didnt know what i was doing) then it went to a black screen with a bar blinking at the top left corner. What does that mean. Did that hurt the pc by mAnually pressing the off button to shut it off?

Does manually turning off your pc really bad for it? What do you do when it hangs?

How do I load the os?

Thanks guys I promise this is my last question. Thanks for all the great help.
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July 15, 2011 11:47:33 AM

Maybe error in bios setting ? Try to reset BIOS and configure it again.
And yes, hard shutdown when pressing and holding power off button is bad for your components. Sometime you have to do it when PC freeze but try to avoid it as much as you can, in bad luck it can corrupt some files on disks or even kill hardware in worst case.
With soft shutdown, everything is getting short time to finish actual work and correctly turning off subsystems before powering down PSU.
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July 15, 2011 8:49:58 PM

But it was working fine the first time.

How do I reset the bios?

Also how do I turn off my pc from the bios, I dont see an option to turnoff.

Sorry I guess I had more question. I do appreciate all the help
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July 18, 2011 8:24:56 AM

On your mainboard there should be pins for resetting bios settings. Check your mainboard manual. If you cant find it, take out small battery and short out pins for few seconds (with power supply turned off)
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