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Completing My New Gaming Build

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October 27, 2011 2:21:18 AM

Ok. This is for my new gaming build. I already started buying parts.

I have already bought Windows 7 Ultimate, Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM, Antec 300 Illusion ($45 on sale!) , OCZ Fatality 550w ($35 After MIR on sale!).

Approximate Purchase Date: Already started purchasing items

Budget Range: $475 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Starcraft 2, Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, Youtube

Parts Not Required: Listed above.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, microcenter

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Reliability

Overclocking: Yes, after CPU upgrade to Piledriver w/ Hyper 212 Evo next year

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Quiet gaming PC (all the parts seemed to be rated for silent/near silent), I want to at least be able to play 1080p games for the next 3-4 years with upgrades

AMD Phenom II x4 970 BE ($99.99) Asrock 880G Pro3 AM3+ Mobo ($89.99) ($40 Bundle Savings Included)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 4GB ($27.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung 22x DVD/CD Burner ($17.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti ($219.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $201.38 at Microcenter, $272.53 at Newegg, $473.91 Total

Any help/critism is appreciated guys.

Or should I get a 560 non-ti and 8GB RAM?
a b 4 Gaming
October 27, 2011 2:43:08 AM

955
970 chipset board
2 x2 gig of ram
560 ti
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October 27, 2011 2:54:48 AM

They don't have 955 at microcenter. 970 is the lowest clocked version. I wish people would actually LOOK THINGS UP before posting. And 2x2 causes me to go overbudget while taking up that extra slot which = 4GB less RAM. And apparently, a 980 will OC better than a 965 which means 970 OC better than 955.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 27, 2011 3:12:29 AM

I wish people wouldn't start 18 threads about the computer they might buy .



one day

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October 27, 2011 10:18:55 AM

I already started buying it if you haven't noticed.
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October 27, 2011 10:26:19 AM

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I would go with a 970 chipset aswell as this will cover your upgrade path in the future to maybe an FX cpu.


But the mobo I picked out is AM3+? And a 970 chipset causes me to go $30 overbudget. :( 
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a b 4 Gaming
October 27, 2011 10:36:08 AM

This is like the tenth topic about this computer. How many more advice do you want?

A girl will always be a girl no matter how many times you ask.
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October 27, 2011 10:37:52 AM

cutebeans said:
This is like the tenth topic about this computer. How many more advice do you want?

A girl will always be a girl no matter how many times you ask.


I'm improving the build and seeing how you guys like it now because I took your advice and improved it.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 27, 2011 10:40:08 AM

The build right now is sweet! I really think you don't need advice from anyone anymore. You seem to know your stuff.
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October 27, 2011 10:43:09 AM

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Are you actually building this pc or just taking up our valuable time?


I actually am actually. I'm going to finish ordering all the items in about 2-3 weeks (buying optical drive, RAM, then GPU) . Probably going to order the CPU/Mobo last because I can't decide if I should go for AMD or Intel. Should I get a i3 2100 ($100) and Asrock P67 Pro3 mobo (90$)? Would that give me an upgrade path?
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October 27, 2011 10:45:01 AM

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Just a tip:
Stick to your original thread about this pc, as it will give you a bad vibe around here on Toms.


Ah. Ok. Thanks. And thanks to everyone who has given me advice on my computer. It really helped me make a much better build.
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October 27, 2011 10:46:05 AM

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IMO Intel SB is better value price/perf.


So it that a yes or no?
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October 27, 2011 10:51:43 AM

Dang budget issues. What if I upgraded to ivy bridge next year?
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October 27, 2011 10:55:24 AM

So... i3 and P67? :) 
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October 27, 2011 11:45:22 AM

Does only Z68 support ivy?
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October 27, 2011 11:54:14 AM

Ok. Is there any way to OC the i3? No way to unlock the multiplieres? Can I fiddle with the FSB?
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October 27, 2011 11:58:26 AM

Best answer selected by samuelspark.
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