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October 22, 2011 2:59:23 PM

-Howdy all. In a previous topic thread in the Cyberpower section of the forums, i demonstrated my utter lack of component knowledge and information. So, we're going back to the drawing board.

Approximate Purchase Date: On or before December 1, 2011


Budget Range: Top price in budget is $1200 before rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: MMO gaming, watching movies, using paint.net, basic functions


Parts Not Required:
Keyboard, mouse, monitor


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've used newegg before with success, but so long as a trustworthy vendor don't really care


Country of Origin: I am located in the United States. I would prefer the components not come from the South Pole.


Parts Preferences:
I want to use an AMD processor and a power supply that is 80plus Silver or better. I have a cat that sheds, so excellent air flow and dust mitigation is needed. All other components i have no preference.


Overclocking: No, but i might ask my local computer shop to undervolt/reduce energy usage


SLI or Crossfire: Not required, but not against having in build.


Monitor Resolution: Full HD


Additional Comments: Noise is a minor factor, i would prefer a dual hard drive RAID setup for performance.

That's it for now, let me know what you guys think and what i need to watch out for. I am confident i can perform the labor to assemble the computer, but am certainly not opposed to paying a bit more for a company to ship one to me ready to go either.

Have a good weekend!

Jergis
October 22, 2011 3:38:48 PM

Case - $ 115 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 95 - Corsair TX750 V2 PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 190 - ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 204 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 26 - Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $ 60 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 109 - Corsair M4 64 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 19 - Asus 24X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Cost $ 1,198 w/o any combo discounts

RAID will do nothing to improve performance in gaming, video or other applications you referenced.
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October 22, 2011 4:21:48 PM

AMD doesn't offer the same performance as Intel cpu for your price range so get an Intel build like JackNaylorPE suggested, instead of an AMD build.

As to go to a computer store to get undervolt, I doubt there is any benefit of doing it.
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October 22, 2011 4:28:20 PM

-Thanks for the quick reply, would subbing an AMD processor for the i5 require changing any other components? Would prefer AMD if possible.

As for undervolt, i am looking for a computer that is mroe energy efficient than usual, thus the request for undervolt and 80+ power supply.

Thanks

Jergis
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October 22, 2011 4:29:30 PM

You will have to replace the motherboard and cooler.

But if you are not ocing, the stock cooler should be fine.
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October 22, 2011 7:58:49 PM

-Do not plan to overclock, here's an AMD conversion. I went with the cheaper case. The removable filters would be nice on the recommended case, but I've decided to go a DIY route with filters. It appears to have similar room as the other case, though i know not identical. lemme know if this will work:

Case - $70 Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $110 - PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $150 ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $130 AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $26 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair Same as above
GFX - $ 230 - Asus GTX 560 Same as above
GFX - Later - Same
HD - $ 60 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185
SSD - $ 109 - Corsair M4 64 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148441
BluRay/DVD - $56 Samsung Combo DVD/BR Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986
Monitor - Unsure, looking for 23 inch, full HD, liked a previous Samsung i had

Right at $1090 or so (not factoring in monitor) plus shipping where applicable. Assuming compatible components, almost enough room in the budget for two video cards. Thanks for looking, have a good day.

Jergis
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October 22, 2011 8:17:25 PM

if your going amd you might as well get the 6 core its only a bit more but you get two extra cores, no brainer really
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October 22, 2011 8:25:32 PM

instead of crappy corsair PSU get PC Power and Cooling MKII 750W
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October 22, 2011 8:28:19 PM

corsair is not a crappy psu, they are one of the most respected brands in the business
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October 22, 2011 8:37:04 PM

-I didn't notice before that the Corsair was only an 80+bronze. The PC Power one is a Silver, so i will switch to that. This is not an indictment on Corsair, but simply that i want a 80+ silver and the PC Power fits the bill.

Thanks for the comments.

Jergis
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October 22, 2011 8:40:35 PM

@ we1schcake

Corsair is one of the most popular brands .. doesn't mean they are good.
Read reviews before jumping to conclusions
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October 22, 2011 8:45:02 PM

madchemist83 said:
@ we1schcake

Corsair is one of the most popular brands .. doesn't mean they are good.
Read reviews before jumping to conclusions

i have read reviews, thats why i think they are good
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October 22, 2011 9:07:32 PM

yeah but it's not silver rated ... also PC P&C has better voltage regulations
the V2 version is pretty decent ... can't say the same about original TX750 also soldering could be better
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October 22, 2011 10:51:10 PM

-Upgraded the motherboard choice, thinking about pulling the trigger this week any compatibility issues here or anything i am missing?

Also, if generally two cards = more better, would the one card up there already be a better performer than two of these for around the same price?

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

Thanks again.

Jergis
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October 23, 2011 4:32:46 AM

I would go with single best card u can fit in ur budget
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