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$700 gaming system

Approximate Purchase Date:soon as i can this week


Budget Range: 700 as close as i can

I would like a smooth running online gaming system


Parts Not Required: mouse or keyboard will upgrade monitor later just using 17"lcd now


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any with rep for delivering ok


Country of Origin: usa califonia


Parts Preferences: was looking at phenom2 black 955 or I5 2500



Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

was looking at radon6870 or gtx560ti
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  1. big differnce between AMD and i5
    youll have to sacrifive some GPU for i5
  2. go lower on the Graphics card
    maybe a GTX 460 or a 6790
  3. Eh, here's a system I made for myself entirely from newegg.com I wont be getting a HD yet because the're stupid expensive right now.

    It includes a 20 inch ACER LED monitor (1600x900) that you can subtract $100 bux

  4. just to remind you guys. Try to use an OLD hd or find a HD you can buy for cheap from a friend until HD prices go back down. HD prices are up over %100 and is not worth buying one right now.
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    Phenom II 955 BE $124.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    ASRock 970 EXTREME4 $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157262

    Xigmatek ASGARD II $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815006

    Two SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB in CF ($149.99 x 2) 299.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer (not dual layer) $17.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

    HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

    Giving you a total of $692.93. If you need an OS you could drop the 6850s to go with a single 6870, GTX 560, or even 560Ti and get a separate OS as in Windows 7 Home Premium. Alternatively you could simply use the current build of Windows 8 (a little unstable) for free until Windows 8 comes out and you buy a copy or if you just buy a copy of Win 7 latter.
  6. i will also stay away from hd as suggested thanks.
    looks like mos tlike msi motherboards too
  7. whats the difference in video cards u list

    megamanx00 said:
    Phenom II 955 BE $124.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808

    ASRock 970 EXTREME4 $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157262

    Xigmatek ASGARD II $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815006

    Two SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB in CF ($149.99 x 2) 299.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer (not dual layer) $17.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334

    HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

    Giving you a total of $692.93. If you need an OS you could drop the 6850s to go with a single 6870, GTX 560, or even 560Ti and get a separate OS as in Windows 7 Home Premium. Alternatively you could simply use the current build of Windows 8 (a little unstable) for free until Windows 8 comes out and you buy a copy or if you just buy a copy of Win 7 latter.
  8. I would look somewhere where there is free shipping or no taxes deal or crazy combos. For me it's amazon, tigerdirect and microcenter.
  9. The 6850 CF is a great bang for the buck, they perform practically at the level of a single 580. The issue here is though, you're going to need to pay a lot upfront. The PSU (As Megaman didn't include) would cost at least $100 for a 750w. Maybe you stretch it with the Antec 650w coming at about $70. But still The end price is much more than your intended budget.

    The build I suggested would give you a pretty solid CPU (Better than the 955) The 560 Ti OC performs at the level of a 570 but cheaper, cooler and quieter.

    Edit: As stated, I'd stick with old HDDs until prices calm down.
  10. roachgod said:
    whats the difference in video cards u list



    Well 6870s start at $170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161389

    While 6950s start at $240
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125372

    on the nVidia side you have GTX 560s at $170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134137

    and 560Tis starting at $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401

    the older 460 (same as the 560 except the clock speeds) starts at $150
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500202

    I'd say the 6870 is the best value, or the GTX 460 if you overclock it. Two 6850s in CF generally beat any single GPU card, but I forgot to include RAM in that build. Ooops. So yeah I'd say go with a single 6870 or nVidia GTX 560 (or 460 1GB if you OC it).
  11. thanks all
  12. one last question i have achance to buy Phenom II 960T X4 $120 would this be better than the 955 black
  13. Either is good, if you plan to unlock the 960T would be a bit better, not guaranteed 6 cores but a chance that's pretty good.
  14. Best answer selected by roachgod.
  15. If I get this do i need a certain type motherboard to unlock it

    aznshinobi said:
    Either is good, if you plan to unlock the 960T would be a bit better, not guaranteed 6 cores but a chance that's pretty good.
  16. No any would work but it's not guaranteed.
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