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July 18, 2011 3:28:12 PM

Hello everyone. I found Tom's Hardware to be resourceful and handy when finding benchmarks and reviews for this new build I am getting.

I have come across some problems figuring out what is best for my new PC and what fits my budget.

I am upgrading from a :

-200w PSU,
-Nvidia PNY 9500 GT,
-ASROCK mobo (2 slots, ddr2, in dire need of an upgrade),
-Windows XP 32 bit Professional,
-2 gb Corsair Ram (ddr2),
-250gb harddrive,
-cheap black, standard mid-tower TAC case. :sweat: 

I have a ~$800 budget, looking to sell most, if not all of my old Build.

My new setup I have in mind goes along somewhat like this (the definates):

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

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

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

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Now here is where I am running into some problems. :( 

I don't know if I should get the AMD Phenom II X4 955 and an ASUS M4N98TD EVO, (AM3 + SLI)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Or just get a nice Intel i5-2500k and a nice motherboard that can hold 32gb and more usb 3.0, etc. More FUTUREPROOF, like I want this to be.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Intel is nice because you can easily overclock to 4.0+gHz, but is much more expensive than AMD CPUS. It is a pain to try and find an AMD Mobo that can use SLI. I am a larger fan of Nvidia, their cards are easier to follow for me. I know which are good, etc.

I could.. Get a 200 dollar bundle with the AMD CPU and a decent Mobo and just find an AMD GPU that is equivalent to the 560 Ti. This doesn't have SLI..
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I could get the AMD and buy an SLI capable Mobo. Get the 560 Ti.

I could get Intel and find an SLI capable Mobo. Buying Intel does make the price go up, but the motherboards for LGA1155 are very nice.

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I would like to get a new case that has a working front panel (Mine is unresponsive) , with fans and maybe a usb 3.0, I don't care much if it doesn't. I like the obsidian 650d and the NZXT Phantom, but those are EXTREMELY expensive for a case... Maybe just a nice gaming case with good enough features. I like the removable trays without screws, but it doesn't bother me. Christmas is coming up soonish ;)  Would it be worth it to invest in a full tower?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

So please help me! :D  I have been researching for weeks now and trying to finalize this project and get the best deals on Newegg.com or Tigerdirect.com or even using Google Shopping to find a good deal.

Thanks!

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July 18, 2011 3:38:10 PM

my suggestion: Get the intel, or wait for bulldozer -- Bulldozer board will be able to do SLI, am3 boards cannot.


$800 shoud get you a 2400, a decent P67 SLI-capable board, a 1 TB HDD, Win 7 Home Premium, and a 560ti, 8 GB RAM and an SSD.
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July 18, 2011 3:44:12 PM

I don't really care THAT MUCH about SSDs, way out of my price range. I will get one later on when they drop in price. Which is why I would like a case with SSD hotswaps maybe. Also, If I get the 2400 would it be unlocked?
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July 18, 2011 3:54:21 PM



Looking at the same PSU and GPU that you put there. Tigerdirect has the GPU for 215 and comes with Just Cause 2. I'll go with that. PSU looks tempting. I like that Rosewill combo you've got there. I'll check it out and maybe snatch that up. The MOBO is ok, but I'm set on ram. 16gb for -80 dollars :D  Would I need a heatsink/fan for those?

My uncle got me Windows 64 bit for 30 bucks so I'm set on the OS.
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July 18, 2011 4:03:53 PM

a i5-2400 is a mostly-locked CPU (you can tweak it to always run its turbo 3.4 Ghz, up fro 3.1GHz, buit thats about it.

If you want true unlocked, get the 2500K

as for the 750W PSU, you'd need that to Crossfire a 69xx or a 570/580 Nvidia card. A single 560ti needs only a 500-550W PSU, as long as it's high quality -- the Antec 520W Gamer PSU at $60 is all you should need. 650W for two-card SLI.
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July 18, 2011 4:12:40 PM

Ok, I am using a single 560 ti, but I want my computer to be ready for a 2nd. I don't want to resell and rebuy everything. Thanks.
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July 18, 2011 5:20:05 PM

bump?
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July 18, 2011 5:49:33 PM

most people will agree that 4gb is plenty of ram for a gaming computer. 16gb is vast overkill and in fact can operate slower than 8gb. the ram you have there is also 1333mhz, which will perform slightly slower than 1600mhz ram of the same latency. not to mention the fact that it will cost $150 before rebates. there is also a greater compatibility risk associated with buying 4 unmatched sticks of ram instead of a 4 stick kit.
so again i will recommend that mobo+ram combo.
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July 18, 2011 6:05:44 PM

genghiskron said:
most people will agree that 4gb is plenty of ram for a gaming computer. 16gb is vast overkill and in fact can operate slower than 8gb. the ram you have there is also 1333mhz, which will perform slightly slower than 1600mhz ram of the same latency. not to mention the fact that it will cost $150 before rebates. there is also a greater compatibility risk associated with buying 4 unmatched sticks of ram instead of a 4 stick kit.
so again i will recommend that mobo+ram combo.


Ok, so you think 8gb would be good for now and the future? Also, 1600mhz is good too?

So this would be a good deal?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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July 19, 2011 1:37:59 PM

A good mobo + i5 2500k is here. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Your ram is fine You should get a pair of sticks instead of just 1.
The mobo I suggested has 2 usb 3.0 ports so I would wait on the ports in a full tower as that raises the price significantly of the tower. Can/are you resuing your optical drives?
this HD iis a little cheaper and is 7200rpms http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but is 1 TB. Do you really need 2?
The antec is 80+ certified which is nice. this is my 2c
here is a decent case without the 1 usb 3.0 ports for about half the price http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 19, 2011 2:06:42 PM

so how much is left in your budget for the harddrive and case? and dvd drive?
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July 19, 2011 10:23:18 PM

jackspeed said:
so how much is left in your budget for the harddrive and case? and dvd drive?


I've got a case and DVD drive ATM. I just would like a new case. Those will have to wait probably.

I think I'm all set for now. Thanks everyone who supported :) 
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