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February 29, 2012 8:12:45 PM

Curious what people think of this bundle from new egg. I am planning on spending no more than around 1500 total for a gaming computer and saw this. From my research all of the components seem spot on for what I would want. At only 800, it would also leave lots of money for things like monitors, ssd, and potential upgrades.

My biggest question is with the graphics card and how that will fare on modern games with 2 monitors (1 for gaming, 1 for chat / skype and such).

Anyway, here is the bundle, there are a few things I would need to buy in addition but it seems like a great base.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

If you just want to look at the GPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am relatively new to shopping for deals so I would also like opinions on how good of a deal it is and whether I would see anything significantly better in the coming months (2-5 months)

Thanks for advance on any input!

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February 29, 2012 8:17:08 PM

Its not bad. I don't really care for the PSU brand but it should be ok. For $1500 you could build something alot better than this though.
February 29, 2012 8:18:29 PM

The whole build looks solid, the graphics card included. The graphics card isn't the best but is pretty good even by itself. If you have the money and buy another gtx 560Ti and SLI it, then it will be more than capable of all your needs. The graphics card has superior performance (ultra on BF3) with only 1 monitor, but the performance decreases if you have more monitors
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February 29, 2012 8:35:03 PM

I feel like if buying this, I could definitely justify a second 560Ti. Would this be better than just buying a more expensive card (or just work better cause I'd already be getting one).

I do know flat out parts, 1500 can buy much more, but if i want dual monitors, still need a cooler, keyboard, speakers and such, It will add up quickly.

I should also say that I do live relatively close to a micro center, which after looking around more seems like it has insane prices.
February 29, 2012 8:40:11 PM

Try this:

Case: Corsair 400r $99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K $225 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 $129 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB $49.99 (2 x 4GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB $169 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or/both
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue $89.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Keep the same GPU if you want... or go for this depending on what games you play XFX FX-795A-TNFC Radeon HD 7950 Core Edition 3GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$1162.96 before a power supply and with the the SSD instead of the Hard drive and the 7950 GPU.


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March 1, 2012 10:12:32 AM
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@odwillia, you're build doesn't answer Sam's need. It would be of best interests to go with a better single graphics card.
Also, remember that Sam needs EVERYTHING, including monitors OS and such.

CPU: Intel i5 2500k $225 ($15 discount ending 3/5)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a great CPU, it is one of the best for gaming and is relatively cheap. I have this and it has amazing performance.

Graphics: HIS H795F3G2M Radeon HD 7950 $464
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a top of the line graphics card. It has great performance for the price.

MoBo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a great motherboard with plenty of features such as future SLI/CF. It is also the z68 chipset, which allows for Lucid Virtu and SSD caching

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a perfect PSU for your needs, it'll allow you to overclock and SLI/CF your graphics cards in the future.

Case: Rosewill Challenger $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a gaming case that is more than enough for your needs. It comes with a few fans pre-packaged and will hold all your components.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a cheap, but decent hard drive. It is cheaper than odwillia's choice but has similar specs and is from a reliable company. If you have lots of data that you need to store, you can go with a 1tb HDD.

RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) $37
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
8GB of RAM is more than enough for a gaming rig, but since it is so cheap, it's seen almost everywhere.

Heatsink+Fan: Hyper 212+ $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a great HSF that will allow you to overclock the i5 to at least 4.0GHz, if not more.

DVD-ROM: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cheap DVD-Burner. If you want to watch Blu-rays on your computer, go with a blu-ray reader.

OS: Win 7 64bit Home Premium $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The OS for your stuff...

Total: $1229
You have around $270 to get a monitor and an SSD if you wish. You will have to wait before getting 2 monitors since you won't be able to squeeze 2 monitors and an SSD into the rest of the budget.

March 1, 2012 2:18:55 PM

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March 1, 2012 2:20:53 PM

I think you are absolutely right about the 2nd monitor, and starting with 1 will be the best choice. If i decide I need 2 later I can always get it later.

The rest of the info is very good. I think I will end up buying most of those parts at the micro-center after seeing some of their great deals, and then buy the rest online.

Thanks for all of your help (I might end up going with a different graphics card depending on how things pan out in a week or two).
March 1, 2012 2:54:09 PM

Make sure to avoid Crappermaster power supplies, especially the one in the combo. They are overrated near-junk, and may have missing protection circuits as well.
For this dishonesty, I personally avoid ALL Crappermaster products, no matter how good. They've got equal or better competition, such as Xigmatek for CPU coolers.
March 1, 2012 2:55:41 PM

Onus said:
Make sure to avoid Crappermaster power supplies, especially the one in the combo. They are overrated near-junk, and may have missing protection circuits as well.
For this dishonesty, I personally avoid ALL Crappermaster products, no matter how good. They've got equal or better competition, such as Xigmatek for CPU coolers.

Hey, be nice, they're not crappermaster... it's coolermaster and the Hyper 212+ is a decent HSF for those with a budget.
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