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~$750-$800 Gaming Build

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July 27, 2011 8:56:12 PM

Purchase Date: August 15-25
Usage: Gaming, Everything basically... Video Work Too
Things Not Needed: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse
SLI/Crossfire: Probably never, Unless i can find the 6870 in 3 years lol

Basically my Dad told me to build something for like $700 After Rebates + Combo... But Right now I'm @ $765 AR and Combo's... So yeah... I need to slightly tweak this if I can to get good performance... Btw The case I will not change because i really like it :) 

Games I Play: COD 2,4,5 TF2, Those i play online... Medal of Honor type of games i usually just play the campaign since i enjoy the campaigns in HD on those games and like AC...

The GPU now is pretty good, the 6850 with dual fans is just $5 less and is not worth it (AR)... So yeah but will the dual fans stop the overheating and issues with the normal editions?

And Will my PSU be enough? I won't crossfire at all. but my Card is demanding and so is the cpu.

I like dual hardrives because i can do: Programs + Backup in one while files + storage in other...

Thanks!

Okay so This is my build:

$80 Case --- COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V

$80 HDD --- 2x Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

$55 RAM --- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

$100 PSU --- COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

$120 MOBO --- MSI P67A-G45 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$220 CPU --- Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

$189 GPU --- XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

$17 --- Random DVD Drive

$20 --- 802.11b/g/n Rosewill Networking Card PCI

More about : 750 800 gaming build

July 27, 2011 9:03:12 PM

Change your power supply to something made by Antec, Seasonic, or Corsair. You will only need around 500W. I'll aim for 600W if you plan to SLI/Crossfire.
Change your Seagate Barracude to Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm $60
Change your RAM. 1600MHz is the sweet spot for Sandy Bridge. you should be able to find some cheaper brands. Mushkins and Kingstons sell RAMs for cheap and works well too. If you can't find those, look for a cheaper G.Skill set.
If I remember correctly, there's a combo deal with the GPU you chose. Take a look at it.
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July 27, 2011 9:04:11 PM

I don't think that's one of the really bad ones, but I do not like Coolermaster PSUs. Choose one from Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, or XFX. With a single HD6870, 500W-550W would be enough, and you should be able to find something decent (e.g. 80+ bronze like an Antec Earthwatts) for <$80.
BTW, you don't want your backups on the same drive; what if you have a drive failure? Oops, no backup!
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July 27, 2011 9:05:57 PM

Onus said:
I don't think that's one of the really bad ones, but I do not like Coolermaster PSUs. Choose one from Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, or XFX. With a single HD6870, 500W-550W would be enough, and you should be able to find something decent (e.g. 80+ bronze like an Antec Earthwatts) for <$80.
BTW, you don't want your backups on the same drive; what if you have a drive failure? Oops, no backup!


Don't worry, I have an external hardrive too!

And You can't really find a good Modular Powersupply and btw i agree that most CM power supplies aren't so good but this one has really good reviews, even from that john guy whatever his website is :) 
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Anonymous
July 27, 2011 9:09:23 PM

I found:

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

and

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

and

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

the Sentley isn't really that good, the ANTEC is probably the best but it's only 550W, Don't know if my gpu will do that good with it, prefering more..

The OCZ is nice but the reviews have some complaints on it, the CM though that i showed in the original post has 5 stars and seems good
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Anonymous
July 27, 2011 10:30:38 PM

i lean towards cm
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July 27, 2011 10:55:54 PM

The Antec was reviewed favorably at HardwareSecrets. Your system won't stress a 550W PSU at all (i.e., not one actually capable of outputting 550W, like an Antec, Seasonic, or Corsair; Diablotek, Sunbeam, or Logisys, you get pyrotechnics).
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Anonymous
July 27, 2011 11:28:59 PM

Aha so I should go for the Antec with continuous power?
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July 27, 2011 11:49:05 PM

If you want modular, yes.
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Anonymous
July 28, 2011 12:10:06 AM

aaah damn it has no combo deals with the RAM, on the CM i was getting -20$ combo + 30$ rebate
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July 28, 2011 12:56:21 AM

Bro. I just F*#C^N& Made your day.

Right here bro.

Better Motherboard, Better RAM. All for about $15 cheaper. I literally freaked out when I saw this deal. Thought I would help you out. Not that you need 16gb RAM, but if your getting a better motherboard and way better RAM why not?

EDIT: Just noticed it is also the same brand that you had already, so that's an even bigger bonus.
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July 28, 2011 1:08:59 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $109.98 save: $35.00 FREE SHIPPING
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $58.99 FREE SHIPPING 10% off with promo code Julsv10, ends 7/31
Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Anonymous
July 28, 2011 1:15:35 PM

^^ Thanks but the motherboard is sold out lol The Power supply isn't modular
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Anonymous
July 28, 2011 2:44:45 PM

I think the motherboard is okay but idk about the psu
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Anonymous
July 28, 2011 3:19:23 PM

any more opinions, if that motherboards restocks ill be sure to get it
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Anonymous
July 28, 2011 9:21:28 PM

any other thougghts?
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Anonymous
July 28, 2011 11:33:48 PM

none?
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