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September 5, 2011 4:14:05 AM

Hello Everyone! Long time lurker, first time poster looking for some solid advice and guidance.

I'm going to be building my first gaming PC at the end of the month, and I'm looking for some price comparisons and all-around best bang for my buck with my price range. I, of course, want to be able to be able to game with the least stutter as possible of course, and also allow for an overall great gaming experience, AS WELL AS multi-tasking at the same time.

I did a little bit of digging myself, and I came up with these components and a figure:


Case NZXT GAMMA Classic - $36
Power Supply Corsair CX600 V2 - $64
CPU AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - $120
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $28
Motherboard Asus AM3+ 880G M5A88-V EVO - $130
Memory 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3 4GB 12800 DDR3 - $44
Graphics Card XFX 6770 - $129 XFX 6850 or EVGA GTX 460 - $157 / $172
Hard Drive SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60
DVD Lite-On 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total $660 / $675

I'm interested in running Crysis 2 at High, Max if possible, but not picky. I'm not shooting for Crysis 2, but it's a good benchmark (interested in Star Wars: The Old Republic and Battlefield 3)
I would like to opt for an SSD IF-POSSIBLE, but my price range is set and firm.

Thanks everyone :) 
a c 93 B Homebuilt system
a c 287 4 Gaming
September 5, 2011 4:27:27 AM

Wow, good choices for the most part.

I'm kind of iffy on NZXT cases, you should spend an extra $10 - $15 and get something from Cooler Master or Antec. I really like the HAF 912 from Cooler Master and the Antec 100 is also a good choice.

The Samsung F3s are great hard drives, if you're gonna be setting them up in a RAID configuration it's definitely a good option but you should look at storing your OS on a much smaller drive if you can help it. If you have to wipe the hard drive and do a clean install of the OS, it certainly makes things a hell of a lot easier.

Don't get an 880 or 870 based motherboard, I have not had the best luck with that chipset, I finally gave up and went back to Intel as a result - too many memory issues and it was BSOD'ing on me left and right. Huge, huge pain. If you're going with AMD, you want at least a 990-based motherboard, it'll only cost you an extra $20 - $30. Also since RAM is so cheap right now you can get the 8GB for not that much more, I always think the more RAM the better.

SSDs are surprisingly cheap now, I scored a 64-GB Crucial M4 for $80 off Newegg last week. You don't really need much more than that - store your games and everything else on the second and third drives, and leave the OS for the primary.
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September 5, 2011 4:35:54 AM

Hmm. Duly noted. Aside from the Mobo, what would be considered the weaker part of my set-up; the Processor, or the GPU? I'd be totally willing to drop a little bit more cash in order to of course, get the best bang for my buck. I know at the 800 dollar end of the spectrum It's perfectly possible, just not sure what I should switch up to achieve that.


And of course, I'm totally open to suggestions with re-configurations to come out with the best performance!
September 5, 2011 4:41:55 AM

TRROBBS1 said:
Hmm. Duly noted. Aside from the Mobo, what would be considered the weaker part of my set-up; the Processor, or the GPU? I'd be totally willing to drop a little bit more cash in order to of course, get the best bang for my buck. I know at the 800 dollar end of the spectrum It's perfectly possible, just not sure what I should switch up to achieve that.


And of course, I'm totally open to suggestions with re-configurations to come out with the best performance!


http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore

Hey dude, I really think you should check out the $850 and just change the casing to a cheap $50 casing so it'll be at $790 dollars.

The i5-2500k is better at gaming than the Phenom 4. So, it'd be better to get that instead. If you're not planning to overclock( which is a shame) then just get the i5-2500 and save 10 dollars and money for the cooler.
September 5, 2011 4:50:09 AM

ervinelim said:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore

Hey dude, I really think you should check out the $850 and just change the casing to a cheap $50 casing so it'll be at $790 dollars.

The i5-2500k is better at gaming than the Phenom 4. So, it'd be better to get that instead. If you're not planning to overclock( which is a shame) then just get the i5-2500 and save 10 dollars and money for the cooler.


Yeah man, I'm totally down for Overclocking (such a waste of potential if I didn't), but I read that the i5 can't be overclocked.
September 5, 2011 4:58:02 AM

TRROBBS1 said:
Yeah man, I'm totally down for Overclocking (such a waste of potential if I didn't), but I read that the i5 can't be overclocked.


It can bro! the i5-2500k can be overclocked! I'm really not up to speed with Intel stuff since I really like AMD (fanboy) lol. Lets hope a great builder comes along and give you an $800 build with the i5-2500k as CPU.

Edit: It's the i5-2500 that can't be overclocked.
September 5, 2011 5:03:24 AM

I also read that the Phenom is better for all-around multi-tasking, where as the i5 is in fact better for gaming.
September 5, 2011 5:06:53 AM

I just re-configured my spreadsheet with the Intel i5 and it comes to $772. But what Mobo should I get if I opt for Intel?
a c 93 B Homebuilt system
a c 287 4 Gaming
September 5, 2011 5:08:57 AM

For $800, check out this build. It's not completely perfect but for this price point, this build will last you a long time to come. Having an SSD or multiple Spinpoints would definitely break your budget.

Case: Antec 300 - $58.99
Power Supply: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $69.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FFX-UD3 - $134.99
CPU: 2.8GHz AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - $159.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $27.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw PC 1600 MHz (2 x 4GB) - $54.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 SATA III - $89.99
HD 1: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60.99
Optical: Lite-On 24x DVD Burner - $18.99
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB - $159.99

Total: $825 ($735 w/o SSD)
September 5, 2011 5:10:06 AM

i5-2500k crushes everything at gaming except the i7 lol. Maybe you should make another thread and request to make an 800 dollar build with the i5-2500k as a core component
a c 93 B Homebuilt system
a c 287 4 Gaming
September 5, 2011 5:10:39 AM

TRROBBS1 said:
I just re-configured my spreadsheet with the Intel i5 and it comes to $772. But what Mobo should I get if I opt for Intel?


I got this one, it's been amazing so far:

Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3

Only thing - be careful when you install the drivers because I got some junk software installed that was a huge pain to get rid of.
September 5, 2011 5:11:08 AM

TRROBBS1 said:
I just re-configured my spreadsheet with the Intel i5 and it comes to $772. But what Mobo should I get if I opt for Intel?


A z68 Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 5, 2011 5:12:36 AM

Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k $219.99
HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $27.99
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $129.99
RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $54.99
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $219.99
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm $59.99
DVD: LG DVD R/W $18.99
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $44.99
PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power - $49.99

Total : $830 after rebates

It can hopefully maxx out Crysis 2 at 1080p. If this is over budget, get an i3 2100 and H61 MoBo combo. That'll reduce barely 5FPS in gaming.
September 5, 2011 5:16:30 AM

008Rohit said:
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k $219.99
HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $27.99
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $129.99
RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $54.99
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $219.99
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm $59.99
DVD: LG DVD R/W $18.99
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $44.99
PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power - $49.99

Total : $830 after rebates

It can hopefully maxx out Crysis 2 at 1080p. If this is over budget, get an i3 2100 and H61 MoBo combo. That'll reduce barely 5FPS in gaming.


Wow a GTX 560Ti. He's planning to overclock. It's better if you can shell out for this.

Edit: You can change the harddrive to a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Seagate 500gb though, I doubt you'd be able to fill the capacity of a 1tb. you get 20 less so that brings you to $810 dolllars with the build.
September 5, 2011 5:19:24 AM

008Rohit said:
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k $219.99
HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $27.99
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $129.99
RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $54.99
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $219.99
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm $59.99
DVD: LG DVD R/W $18.99
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $44.99
PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power - $49.99

Total : $830 after rebates

It can hopefully maxx out Crysis 2 at 1080p. If this is over budget, get an i3 2100 and H61 MoBo combo. That'll reduce barely 5FPS in gaming.


I can actually probably do that. I may have to be a bit more tight on some things, but in the end, I can probably get it done. I don't want to jerk performance if I don't have to.
September 5, 2011 5:20:48 AM

TRROBBS1 said:
I can actually probably do that. I may have to be a bit more tight on some things, but in the end, I can probably get it done. I don't want to jerk performance if I don't have to.


Just get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this and save $20. Ask for $10 from friends lol.
September 5, 2011 5:24:57 AM

ervinelim said:
Just get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... this and save $20. Ask for $10 from friends lol.


Haha, yeah to be perfectly honest, I have no need for a TB of storage. I could easily make up the money. I'm just REALLY not able to go past this 830 price that we have right now.
September 5, 2011 5:47:25 AM

Also, what would be a recommended Network and Sound Card?
September 5, 2011 5:53:58 AM

Scratch that. The Mobo comes with decent ones.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 5, 2011 6:22:25 AM

Yeah, you dont need LAN and Sound cards.
September 5, 2011 10:04:44 PM

008Rohit said:
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k $219.99
HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $27.99
Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $129.99
RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $54.99
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $219.99
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm $59.99
DVD: LG DVD R/W $18.99
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $44.99
PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power - $49.99

Total : $830 after rebates

It can hopefully maxx out Crysis 2 at 1080p. If this is over budget, get an i3 2100 and H61 MoBo combo. That'll reduce barely 5FPS in gaming.


With the Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz, could you link the exact one, as there are quite a few at that price range on the Newegg page, or does anyone matter?
September 5, 2011 10:18:21 PM

Also, they are out of stock of the Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power PSU on Newegg. Any other ones for around that price that's recommended?
September 6, 2011 1:13:00 AM

TRROBBS1 said:
Also, they are out of stock of the Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power PSU on Newegg. Any other ones for around that price that's recommended?


CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get this! Use promo code EMCKAKJ47

$49 dollars mail in rebate

September 6, 2011 1:21:34 AM

TRROBBS1 said:
With the Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz, could you link the exact one, as there are quite a few at that price range on the Newegg page, or does anyone matter?


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...

Good luck bro.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 6, 2011 2:49:02 AM

@ ervinelim

+1
September 6, 2011 2:58:48 AM

008Rohit said:
@ ervinelim

+1


Hello, Rohit how is ocz as a power supply. I must say i never see them much and reviews are too few to make a conclusion.

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

Anyway, if this psu is good then I'd definitely get this. A modular PSU with a free asus DVD burner you save $20 bucks.

Oh wait! Checking from the feedbakc which is more than 572 reviews! YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY GET THIS. the mail in rebate comes at $50 a cheap price for a modular.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 6, 2011 1:40:55 PM

hmm.. Thats a good PSU. :) 
and a good deal, too.
September 6, 2011 8:30:17 PM

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

$30 mail in rebate, and this will be within your price range.

Mind you, I'm in Canada and I picked it up for $169.99 AND a $30 mail in rebate last Thursday.



Is this card of the same caliber as EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5?
September 7, 2011 12:09:54 AM

RichterFry said:
Almost, but not quite. Check this out:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-performance-...



Hmmm... I don't want to skimp on it just because it's slightly cheaper. Unfortunately, I can't emulate the prices that


|||||Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k $219.99
|||||HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $27.99
|||||Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $129.99
|||||RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $54.99
|||||GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $219.99
|||||HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm $59.99
|||||DVD: LG DVD R/W $18.99
|||||Case: Antec 300 Illusion $44.99
|||||PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power - $49.99

Total : $830 after rebates

Came out to. It is always higher on Newegg.


September 7, 2011 12:54:39 AM

TRROBBS1 said:
Hmmm... I don't want to skimp on it just because it's slightly cheaper. Unfortunately, I can't emulate the prices that


|||||Processor: Intel Core i5 2500k $219.99
|||||HSF: CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ $27.99
|||||Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX $129.99
|||||RAM: Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1600Mhz $54.99
|||||GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $219.99
|||||HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200rpm $59.99
|||||DVD: LG DVD R/W $18.99
|||||Case: Antec 300 Illusion $44.99
|||||PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power - $49.99

Total : $830 after rebates

Came out to. It is always higher on Newegg.


Hmm I'm tempted to snag this build myself. It looks pretty sexy.
September 8, 2011 8:45:36 PM

I was told that 6950 would in fact be a better option than the GTX 560. Remember, I'm interested in Battlefield 3 at Max, if possible.
September 9, 2011 12:46:33 AM

OK, I think I have my setup figured out. Tell me how it is.

GPU: XFX HD-695X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
CPU:Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Motherboard:ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
PSU:Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
HSF:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel
Case:Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBR
HDD:Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Optical Drive:LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM

842 at checkout.

I think this is the set-up, but let me see what you guys think. I could probably opt for a less expensive case.
September 9, 2011 1:43:17 AM

Correction, it's actually 2GB Radeon HD 6950 instead of 1GB.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 9, 2011 2:11:20 AM

Yah, its fine except the PSU. That PSU won't be able to handle a HD 6950.
I recommend these :

Antec Neo Eco 620W
Corsair CX600
Seasonic S2II 620W (best)
September 9, 2011 2:17:49 AM

008Rohit said:
Yah, its fine except the PSU. That PSU won't be able to handle a HD 6950.
I recommend these :

Antec Neo Eco 620W
Corsair CX600
Seasonic S2II 620W (best)


Duly noted. Thank you.
September 9, 2011 7:23:47 PM

Is the 6950 still flashable to the 70?
September 9, 2011 9:03:51 PM

Save some money on ram. You don't need 8gb for gaming and ram is one of the easiest things to upgrade (just make sure your mobo has enough slots). I also don't think you will see any performance increase with 1600 over 1333 (doesn't 1600 speed ram perform at 1333 without an overclock anyway?) I'd check out this: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $24, $17 after rebat. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I bought ram last year and piad about $80 for ripjaw series 1600 2x2gb. That same ram now is $33. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Might as well just get what you need cus prices will come down later.

Also I would consider an ati 6870. About $50 less than a 560ti and only like 5-10% worse performance.
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