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October 17, 2011 9:26:22 PM

Here's the spec's for my new gaming computer, and I need your guys' approval
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CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 @ 3.2 GHz
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Mobo: GA-M68MT-S2P MATX
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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PSU: Antec BP550
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Case: Thermaltake Mid-ATX case
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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RAM: Corsair DDR3 1333MHz 2x 4GB
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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HDD: WD 1.5 TB HDD 7200 RPM
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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OPTICAL DRIVE NOT IMPORTANT!!!(have on already)
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Monitor: 14in HNC LED(NOT CHANGING THIS AT ALL!!!)
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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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GPU: So, this is where I have two options. First off, I am getting one of these for Christmas(I am 15, and do not have a steady income)
Why so soon? Well, my parents want to know what to buy, because it is so expensive, so I'm using the integrated GPU on the MB for now, untill about 3-4 weeks when I'll get the GPU(earlier than x-mas, i know).

Option 1:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Option 2:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Now, I am sure you are going to say get the 560, It's faster, and more powerful, BUT do I really need that when my res is so small, and I don't care about settings on all HIGH, medium is ok with me, so, Confirm?????
October 17, 2011 9:55:21 PM

go with the 560, better performance, it's more future proof and uses less power
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October 17, 2011 9:59:06 PM

really? it uses less power? that monster? lol.
what about the rest of the build?
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October 17, 2011 10:07:03 PM

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WindowsDOS said:
Here's the spec's for my new gaming computer, and I need your guys' approval
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CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 @ 3.2 GHz
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Good chip, shoudl overclock nicely and will hold up in games for a year or two more

Mobo: GA-M68MT-S2P MATX
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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AWFUL!! don't get an nvidia chipset, they've been out of the chipset biz for 5 years! Get an AMD chipset, either a 970/990 for future upgrades (bulldozer, piledrive), or at last an 880/870 for the best options with the 955.

PSU: Antec BP550
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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get the Neo Eco 520W instead, $49.99, and $39.99 thru weds w/ promo code

Case: Thermaltake Mid-ATX case
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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RAM: Corsair DDR3 1333MHz 2x 4GB
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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HDD: WD 1.5 TB HDD 7200 RPM
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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OPTICAL DRIVE NOT IMPORTANT!!!(have on already)
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Monitor: 14in HNC LED(NOT CHANGING THIS AT ALL!!!)
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http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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Tiny! If you can, I'd suggest a bigger monitor, but if you can live with this, go for it.


GPU: So, this is where I have two options. First off, I am getting one of these for Christmas(I am 15, and do not have a steady income)
Why so soon? Well, my parents want to know what to buy, because it is so expensive, so I'm using the integrated GPU on the MB for now, untill about 3-4 weeks when I'll get the GPU(earlier than x-mas, i know).

Option 1:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Option 2:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Now, I am sure you are going to say get the 560, It's faster, and more powerful, BUT do I really need that when my res is so small, and I don't care about settings on all HIGH, medium is ok with me, so, Confirm?????

at your resolution the 460 will do things fine on high/ultra. however, an HD6850 is cheaper than both, and roughly matches the GTX460

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October 17, 2011 10:16:17 PM

I tend to agree with everything you said. I don't want to game with that chipset, it's just so I can hold over for 4 weeks, until I get the main gpu. It is just a basic board, so I like it. The psu, yeah, i will pick up the eco, thanks for that. like i said , i like my monitor. And, the GPU. radeon is PCIe 2.1, and that mobo is a 1.0. 2.1 is a bit unstable in 1.0 i find. I already own the mobo, and the HDD, with win 7, and have never installed another mobo, so i dont know if win 7 needs to be completely reinstalled. If i was to get a new mobo, what would you recommend?
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October 17, 2011 10:31:14 PM

I'd suggest a 970-class am3+ motherboard
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October 17, 2011 10:32:58 PM

mmmk, thanks alot. one final question: HD6850 play bf3 on low? and will i have to reinstall win 7 if i get a new mobo
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October 17, 2011 10:39:17 PM

On that resolution screen, just get a Sandy Bridge and onboard your games! J/K, well mostly just kidding. If you want to play everything on medium, I might suggest getting the more horsepower of a SB and saving up for a 6850 or 6950 someday soon when the 7000's come out.
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October 17, 2011 10:44:10 PM

no, I 'm not spending that much for a CPU when I can get good performance out of the AMD CPU, and a 6950? really? overkill, i dont want to run crysis at MAX settings at the realsim mods. just want ok FPS on nice good games.
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October 17, 2011 11:09:22 PM

whats your total budget?
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October 17, 2011 11:13:29 PM

well for the CPU, MB, and PSU (my parents say anything less than 175 for a gpu for xmas so im not worried about that) id say $220-ish.money isnt a HUGE problem, but for those parts, 200-220 ish is what im looking for.
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October 17, 2011 11:20:01 PM

just out of curiosity: Why do you have a $110 mechanical hard drive in your build?

get a Seagate 1 TB 7200rpm drive for $55 instead.

for the price of that Thermatake case, you can get a Rosewill Challenger U3 case (front USB 3), comes with 3 fans, and was a tom's Hardware best buy last year with USB 2.0 front ports. $59.99 with lower shipping costs

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October 17, 2011 11:33:13 PM

well, thats not my real drive, just the same specs. couldn't find the Seagate model lol
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October 18, 2011 12:07:14 AM

I too agree about the cheaper Eco 520 PSU.

Which Seagate is it? Remember that the 7200.11 1.5TB drives have a firmware issue. Update the firmware if yours has the one(s) that's affected by the bug.
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October 18, 2011 12:09:07 AM

mine's been fine, so i think im good there.
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October 18, 2011 12:11:40 AM

Okay, interesting...
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October 18, 2011 12:16:23 AM

lol why? I dont see how that is "interesting"
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October 18, 2011 12:19:01 AM

That someone mentions X drives can have issue, and you reply with "mine's been fine, so i think im good there." If you valued your data I would have at least looked into it. Speedfan can tell you what firmware you have on your seagate and you could do a quick net search to see if yours need to get updated. Or because its always been fine you could keep rolling the dice. Either way.
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October 18, 2011 12:20:08 AM

yeah, I did. I have speedfan. I looked it up when I got the drive, lol. I updated.
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October 18, 2011 12:22:08 AM

Although I hate your monitor more than everything on this website I will have to say 6850 or 460 gtx 768, or at the very least a 550ti all will play BF3 with really great settings in best to worst order, I hate your monitor.
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October 18, 2011 12:25:48 AM

Lol. I used to have a dial-up Imac(the really old ones) untill about 4years ago, when we got a shitty laptop. I, for one, am happy to have my monitor and like it alot. If i get a 2.6 GHz phenom ii x3 (not BE) would that bottleneck a 460?
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October 18, 2011 12:31:58 AM

Perhaps a bit but no more than a 6850.

After review if those are the only two choices you might as well get the cheaper of the two, they will do well on a 720 screen
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October 18, 2011 12:38:35 AM

that's the one I was eyeing! :D  so, you're saying I don't need the $119 CPU? If you can find me some good leeway between the two that'd be cool, but if not I might just go with the tri-core and unlock the forth core.
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October 18, 2011 12:40:22 AM

So are you getting the quad ? or The 3 core Athlon, I think for the price difference there is a lot to be said about getting the 955 BE. I really hate the word bottlenecking not as much as that screen though.
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October 18, 2011 1:00:57 AM

Well you linked to an out of stock CPU so id say you should go with the 955BE
IF it comes back into stock, I've really heard mixed reviews as far as unlocking the 4th core, but to keep the price down that is a nice proc and a great price. They apparently OC very well. I went from dual to quad and I have to say Im glad I have 4 cores. As more things scale with more cores/threads its better to have more, if it were me I would have to take the chance on the 3 core cause I am cheap as hell.
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October 18, 2011 1:03:02 AM

lol that sound like a plan. thanks for everyone's help :D .
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October 18, 2011 1:03:14 AM

Best answer selected by WindowsDOS.
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