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November 6, 2011 3:56:02 AM

Hello everyone.
This will be my second build, my first being about 5 years ago. I plan on purchasing it around black Friday. Probably going to order it all from newegg. I have a 1500 dollar budget but I will be salvaging some parts from my old computer. I won't need a monitor, keyboard, speakers, mouse, cd drive and I have a never used 1tb western digital hdd I will use. I'm also not including a OS in the dollar count but I will most likely get Windows 7 Professional.

I'm looking for general input on my selection of parts to see if I have chosen good parts for the price. I will mostly be using it for gaming, also watching videos (possibly down the road on a tv) and surfing. I'm also thinking about adding another gpu about a half year to a year from now. I know that I may be able to get some Intel cpu's for a comparable price but I'm pretty partial to AMD. Although If a strong enough case could be made I can always be persuaded. :lol: 

Here's what I've selected:

COUGAR Evolution Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Dual 12cm COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fans
$94.99

ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOS
$239.99

GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$249.99

XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply
$154.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model
$97.99

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz 8MB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX
$279.99

ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme 120mm CPU Cooler with Worlds first PWM Fan Speed Controller
$65.99

COUGAR CF-V14S Vortex Hyper-Spin 150,000 Hours 14CM Silent Cooling Fan
$16.99

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128N/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit
(also does anyone know what the difference between the MZ-7PC128D/AM and the MZ-7PC128N/AM?)
$229.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$24.98

2 x COUGAR CF-V12H Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan
$13.99 Each $27.98 Total

A couple of the Items are currently out of stock on new egg but hopefully they come in stock buy the time I'm ready to order. The total not including Shipping and Handling is $1483.87. Any Input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone. :hello: 

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November 6, 2011 4:22:32 AM

Get an

i2500k - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 -$180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - $195
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Then with the money you save get a

GIGABYTE GV-R697UD-2GD REV2.0 Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 - $350
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and have a better rig.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-overcloc...
November 6, 2011 4:35:00 AM

I can't see a case being amde for an AMD build above $800.... it's not even close. This is $1,414

Case - $ 105 - Antec 902 V3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 90 - XFX Core Edition 850 PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $ 180 - ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $ 220 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $ 50 - Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $ 5 - Shin Etsu 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 - $ 225 - Asus GTX 560 Ti 900 Mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $ 225 - Same
HD - $ 75 - Seagate 7200.12 750 GB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $ 170 - OCZ Vertex 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $ 19 - Asus 24X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A full tower would add $70

Case - $ 150 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $ 115 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Twin 560's give 40% more fps than a 580 ..... 64% more than a 6970
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November 6, 2011 4:45:30 AM

^^^ totally agree. The i5 2500K is much better for gaming as it has far more powerful cores which is more important in a gaming environment than lots of slower cores. It can also be nicely overclocked quite easily to 4.5+ ghz.

Second I agree with the above (two above) that with the saved money you could buy a better GPU although i suggest the nVidia GTX 570, slightly better performance in games. Although come to think of it if you plan to go dual-GPU fairly soon the 6970 may be the better choice because of the added memory
November 7, 2011 3:45:11 AM

Thanks for the input guys. After looking at some more benchmarks and reviews I think I am going to i5-2500k instead of the fx-8150.

I was looking at getting this motherboard.

ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155 Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

The main thing I like about it is (unless I'm reading the info about it wrong) it supports running dual video cards both at 16x while alot of other ones I've seen only do 8x when in dual.

or would it be a good idea to for

ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Thanks for the input everyone. It's much appreciated.
November 7, 2011 5:05:15 AM

B420Gamer said:
ASUS P8P67 WS REVOLUTION LGA 1155 Intel P67 / NVIDIA NF200 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

The main thing I like about it is (unless I'm reading the info about it wrong) it supports running dual video cards both at 16x while alot of other ones I've seen only do 8x when in dual.

or would it be a good idea to for

ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS



The reason most motherboards these days only support dual x8 is because of the processor and therefore this motherboard cannot support x16/x16 it still uses the same architecture. However it hardly even matters, the difference between an x8 and a x16 is less than 5% so don't worry, it will work lovely anyway.

Between those two motherboards I would recommend the Z68 board as it supports quicksync which allows the inbuilt graphics core to convert videos etc. which is much faster. However, do you really need the deluxe version? is not the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Motherboard B3 good enough? But if you need all the added connectivity and other not strictly necessary stuff then go for, your money.

November 8, 2011 4:31:04 AM

Alright. Thanks for the help man.

And about the cost I set out to spend around $1500 and that's right around where I'm at. I like having the extra stuff there to use if I want to. Cost isn't to big of a factor for me.

I've got an updated build now after doing a little more research.

COUGAR Evolution Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Dual 12cm COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fans
$94.99

MSI R6970 Lightning Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$389.99

XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply
$154.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
$219.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B
$97.99

ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$254.99

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128N/AM 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Notebook Upgrade Kit
$229.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
$12.98

ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme 120mm CPU Cooler with Worlds first PWM Fan Speed Controller
$65.99

COUGAR CF-V14S Vortex Hyper-Spin 150,000 Hours 14CM Silent Cooling Fan
$16.99

COUGAR CF-V12H Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan
$13.99 x 3 = $41.97

Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap
$4.99

Grand total $1585.85

I went with a radeon 6970 over the 570 gtx because of the Supersampling AA and Morphological AA and also the 2 GB vs the 1.25 GB, which I think will help the computers life span down the road.
I'm not sure if MSI is a good brand for video cards or not, I'm a nvidea convert (EVGA FTW), Although the core clock speed on the card is great.
My case says it supports up to a 12" video card. This one measures 12.2" but I think I'll be safe because the .2" I'm hoping are the dvi ports.

I also went with a samsung SDD because I've heard they have a solid track record.

If anyone has any comments I'd really appreciate them. Thanks everyone for your help.

I'm getting excited, Black Friday can't come soon enough. haha
November 14, 2011 11:25:41 PM

My only suggestion is why wait for black friday? I'm in process of building a new box and will be buying parts over 2-4 week period. Also, I love Newegg, but they don't always have the best price. I try to stick to newegg even if they are a couple bucks higher, but I've saved good $$ buying elsewhere. In the past week, I've bought parts from Newegg, Amazon.com, and surprisingly MicroCenter. I'll probably end up getting some from tigerdirect also.

By spreading it out over a few paychecks, I can strike when the price moves down on something and not feel like I'm blowing $1500 at once.

A few parts suggestions to consider-
First, the case. I'm am going for a quiet build. I found the Nexus Prominent R on Amazon for $109.95 plus shipping. Here's a link to manufacturer: http://www.nexustek.nl/nexus_prominentR_premium_silent_...
It has USB3 on case, SATA dock, sound dampening, etc

On the PSU, I picked up the modular CoolerMaster Silent Pro M850 for $149 with free shipping.

I haven't grabbed it yet, but will go with the Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB for $199. Waiting to see if a rebate comes out on it or it drops another $10-20.
November 17, 2011 12:50:27 AM

To follow up on the Corsair GT. I just scored at tigerdirect - they lowered the price and posted a $30 rebate. Price is now at $159 from $199 yesterday. Rebate only good for a few days.
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