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Under $1,000 gaming rig. suggestions or is this good?

CPU:
AMD phenom II x4 965 BE

CPU cooler:
Coolermaster hyper 212+

mobo:
Asus Crosshair IV formula

GPU:
Sapphire HD 6950

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm

PSU:
Corsair enthusiast series 650W

Ram:
G.Skill sniper 8GB (2x4GB), DDR3 1600, PC3 12800

Case:
Coolermaster Storm Enforcer

it costs $957.90 from Newegg. but i can go slightly over $1,000, i just thought it would be good to set a budget for myself.
also i was thinking about getting a fan controller, any suggestions?
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  1. Why not something like this with your selection of GPU and possibly different motherboard. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/overclock-cpu-ssd,3027.html
  2. Sounds good. The Crosshair IV is one of the best motherboards around, and you may want to think about changing the CPU Cooler as I have used it personally and do not like it.
  3. The Crosshair Formula IV is a great board but has that small problem that it is not AM3+ and therefore not bulldozer ready. The CM Hyper 212+ is a great air cooler and comes highly recommended by most!
  4. Operating system? and maybe switch to a 2500k? SOOOO much better preformance.
  5. i've heard great things about the croshair IV but the fact that it's not AM3+ isn't a huge deal for me because by the time i buy a new CPU i'll probably be ready to just build a new system all together :P ( I find it fun to build a new system every couple of years, also it helps me stay in the loop a little)

    but thats surprising to hear capatcha, i've heard nothing but good reviews of the hyper 212+, what exactly did you not like about it, and what other coolers would you suggest?
  6. mauler184 said:
    Operating system? and maybe switch to a 2500k? SOOOO much better preformance.

    ill be using windows 7 but i already have it, and i thought about getting a 2500k but i've had poor experiences with intel CPU's before and i've always been happy with AMD. would the 2500k really make that big of a difference in gaming?
  7. Yes they do make a difference http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i7-2600k-core-i5-2500k,2833-18.html
    If you are staying with AMD why not go with the Crosshair V since it is AM3+ and who knows Bulldozer might compete with Sandy!
  8. at high resolutions like at least 1080p there will be very little difference in fps between the 2500k and the 965. but imo you should wait for bulldozer as it is close to launch and get an am3+ mobo of course
  9. weeatwaffles said:
    CPU:
    AMD phenom II x4 965 BE

    CPU cooler:
    Coolermaster hyper 212+

    mobo:
    Asus Crosshair IV formula

    GPU:
    Sapphire HD 6950

    HDD:
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm

    PSU:
    Corsair enthusiast series 650W

    Ram:
    G.Skill sniper 8GB (2x4GB), DDR3 1600, PC3 12800

    Case:
    Coolermaster Storm Enforcer

    it costs $957.90 from Newegg. but i can go slightly over $1,000, i just thought it would be good to set a budget for myself.
    also i was thinking about getting a fan controller, any suggestions?


    for 1000$ you could build something with way better performance if you went with intel....
  10. i probably could but i'm just more comfortable with AMD. /:
  11. also i forgot to mention the total price also includes an optical drive and a keyboard, which are around $100 together lol
  12. Quote>>i probably could but i'm just more comfortable with AMD. /: <<
    That sounds like my Grandparents - "I always buy Ford". Look at the price performance and choose based on fact. Both Intel & AMD have things going for them.
    -Bruce
  13. if you need a reason then because i dont feel like intel is better than AMD to the point where they can charge what they do. price for performance AMD wins.

    back on topic i think ill wait til bulldozer gets released before i make my decision. thanks for the input though everybody :D
  14. Best answer
    A Western Digital "Black Edition" hard drive will greatly outperform the Seagate. The hard drive is as important as any part to the total package. Don't skimp on it. Of course go with a SSD drive if in budget.
  15. BTW.. Try to get a AM3+ motherboard so you can use the upcoming Bulldozer CPU's later on.
  16. Best answer selected by weeatwaffles.
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