Request for Assistance on Gaming PC in time for Christmas

-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, 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!

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

    Cost $ 1,198 w/o any combo discounts

    RAID will do nothing to improve performance in gaming, video or other applications you referenced.
  2. 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.
  3. -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.


  4. You will have to replace the motherboard and cooler.

    But if you are not ocing, the stock cooler should be fine.
  5. -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
    PSU - $110 - PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W
    MoBo - $150 ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
    CPU - $130 AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
    Cooler - $26 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
    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 [...] 6822152185
    SSD - $ 109 - Corsair M4 64 GB [...] 6820148441
    BluRay/DVD - $56 Samsung Combo DVD/BR Drive
    OS - $ 100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre [...] 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.

  6. 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
  7. instead of crappy corsair PSU get PC Power and Cooling MKII 750W
  8. corsair is not a crappy psu, they are one of the most respected brands in the business
  9. -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.

  10. @ we1schcake

    Corsair is one of the most popular brands .. doesn't mean they are good.
    Read reviews before jumping to conclusions
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. -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?

    Thanks again.

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