My First Build >$1500 SWTOR/Skyrim Gaming PC

Approximate Purchase Date: End of Nov. 2011

Budget Range: Less than $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Graphic Design, Surfing the Net, Watching Movies

Parts Not Required: Windows 7 Ultimate OS, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Cables (HDMI, Ethernet, etc.)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Open to Any

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes (later on)

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Comments:

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This will be my first solo build, and I am hoping to get some advice/input as far as my components... would hate to have any incompatibility ruin the moment.

Basically it will be a gaming rig for SWTOR/Skyrim, with some video editing and adobe AI/PSD work at times. Looking to make it expandable and have some longevity for future use and additions. I was hoping to be >$1500 and have accomplished that with a little to spare, with MIR's it's actually about $1250-1300. I was considering adding in the new 8-core cpu, but it seemed overkill for what I need. I opted for the HD6950 as I researched and found that with overclock it's basically a cheaper 6970. I also went for a 128GB SSD as I won't need much storage atm (I have a ton of external drives) and was wondering if that SSD alone is sufficient or if I should add x 2 for maximum speed... though I have read it's not much of a difference as long as the OS/games are on the SSD and data is elsewhere.

Any idea's on additions or changes that would benefit the build?

Thanks so much for any help, and looking forward to starting!


Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236059

MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131736

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo $174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103913

GPU: HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit $269.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814161372

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231455

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119197

HDD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III (SSD) $204.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148442

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI 80 PLUS Certified $134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139009


TOTAL (Before MIR): $1294.92
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  1. according to your budget you can get ultimate gamming pc that is 2500k don't even think about 1100t if for gaming , and 2500k is strongly recommend for games now!

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288

    open the link and see how much 2500k is better than 1100t.waiting for your reply?
  2. pro-gamer said:
    according to your budget you can get ultimate gamming pc that is 2500k don't even think about 1100t if for gaming , and 2500k is strongly recommend for games now!

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/203?vs=288

    open the link and see how much 2500k is better than 1100t.waiting for your reply?



    Wow, that is better. What about the new 8-core (AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103960) that is a similar price?
  3. dump bulldozer in the garbage. i would wait for sandy bridge-e reviews before buying. we should have benchmarks by thanksgiving.
  4. of course intel 2500k is much better cpu ever and closest performance of 2600k.
  5. I don't see the value to an AMD system over $800.

    Case - $ 115 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097
    PSU - $ 95 - Corsair TX750 V2 PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
    MoBo - $ 190 - ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
    CPU - $ 204 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Cooler - $ 26 - Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233196
    GFX - $ 225 - Asus GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
    GFX - $ 225 - Same
    HD - $ 170 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - $ 170 - OCZ Vertex 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
    DVD Writer - $ 19 - Asus 24X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    $1,519 ..... the HD is 2.5 times the cost it was last week.
  6. bulldozer won't give you any particular benefits as you said that this pc is for gamming and some video editing so games require 2 or 4 cores not more than this i agree that bulldozer can beat 2500k but the performance of 2500k is closer to that bulldozer so go with intel setup.
  7. JackNaylorPE said:
    I don't see the value to an AMD system over $800.

    Case - $ 115 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129097
    PSU - $ 95 - Corsair TX750 V2 PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021
    MoBo - $ 190 - ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
    CPU - $ 204 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
    Cooler - $ 26 - Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    RAM - $ 50 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233196
    GFX - $ 225 - Asus GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425
    GFX - $ 225 - Same
    HD - $ 170 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SSD - $ 170 - OCZ Vertex 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
    DVD Writer - $ 19 - Asus 24X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    $1,519 ..... the HD is 2.5 times the cost it was last week.



    Would it be possible to use the 990FX Sabertooth mobo (ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131736
    ) with this set-up?
  8. impossible, amd is socket is much different from intel socket.
    e.g
    (amd) am2,am3,am3+
    (intel) lga 775,lga1155,lga1156,lga1336

    for that setup you must use an lga 1155 like asus p8z68 vpro or asrock z68 extreme4.
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