(First Time Build) 1000$ or less, Need advice

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this year?

BUDGET RANGE: Under 900$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, maybe some graphical design (looking to run games like crysis, metro 2033 in the 40s for fps maxed settings, not sure how achievable this will be)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: -

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com , amazon.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES:
- Antec for cases is preferred
- Asus, sapphire, and xfx for gpu's
- kingston or mushkin for RAM
- seagate / western digital for harddrives? (haven't looked into these as much)


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
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Parts im looking into so far...
-geforce gtx 560 1gb
http://www.amazon.com/GeForce-ENGTX560-DC-2DI-1GD5/dp/B0051E3CFU

-radeon hd 6870 1gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561

- radeon hd 4870x2
http://www.sabrepc.com/p-2467-sapphire-100251sr-radeon-hd-4870x2-2gb-desktop-graphics-card-oem.aspx

(which gpu would be best?(your opinion here))

-was thinking about an antec 900 case v1 or v2, will the 560 / 6870 / 4870x2 fit easily? cooling issues?
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Nine-Hundred-Steel-Ultimate/dp/B000I5JHB0/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t
http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Mid-Tower-Gaming-Hundred-V3/dp/B004ALI5KC/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

-for RAM i was going with either 1x4 gb kingston hyperx ddr3 1600mhz or 2x4 gb kingston hyperx ddr3
1600mhz (should i bother with 8gb?)
http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-1600MHz-Non-ECC-KHX1600C9D3B1-4G/dp/B0057Q4AGW/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1330959656&sr=1-4
http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Technology-Modules-KHX1600C9D3K2-8GX/dp/B0037TO5C0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

-i've got no idea for cpu's / motherboards, any ideas? (i'd like them to be able to handle at least 2 RAM inputs and 2 gpu's)

No real rush for help, just curious as to how this looks, what could be improved, etc. Thanks!
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  1. Oh, seems like my formatting was a bit off, ill fix that now...
  2. Quote:

    -was thinking about an antec 900 case v1 or v2, will the 560 / 6870 / 4870x2 fit easily? cooling issues?
    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Nine-H [...] cr_pr_pb_t
    http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Mid-To [...] roduct_top


    I'd say go with the 900 V2 or pay a bit more and get the new 1100: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129178

    Quote:

    Parts im looking into so far...
    -geforce gtx 560 1gb
    http://www.amazon.com/GeForce-ENGT [...] B0051E3CFU

    -radeon hd 6870 1gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150561

    - radeon hd 4870x2
    http://www.sabrepc.com/p-2467-sapp [...] d-oem.aspx

    (which gpu would be best?(your opinion here))


    Of those I'd certainly avoid Asus' gigantic 3-slot form factor. The 4870 is three generations old now. The 6870 is probably your best bet in that price range.
    Try one of these if you're considering either the 6870 or 560TI:
    - EVGA 560TI: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604
    - Sapphire Radeon HD 6870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

    Quote:


    -for RAM i was going with either 1x4 gb kingston hyperx ddr3 1600mhz or 2x4 gb kingston hyperx ddr3
    1600mhz (should i bother with 8gb?)
    http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-160 [...] 656&sr=1-4
    http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Tec [...] roduct_top


    Definitely get 8GB for sure but don't mess with 1 x 8GB chips - that will not mix well with a Sandy Bridge build. Watch the voltage and heat sinks if you plan to work with an aftermarket cooler. Go with this for your RAM:
    - Kingston Hyper X 1600: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104255
    - Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148544

    Quote:
    -i've got no idea for cpu's / motherboards, any ideas? (i'd like them to be able to handle at least 2 RAM inputs and 2 gpu's)


    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074
    Motherboard: Asrock Extreme 3 Gen 3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
  3. Thanks!
    also, any idea's on Hard-drive's?
    I haven't looked into them yet but something around 500gb would be nice...
  4. Fdshfn said:
    Thanks!
    also, any idea's on Hard-drive's?
    I haven't looked into them yet but something around 500gb would be nice...


    Stay away from Hitachi but Western Digital and Seagate are the best around, something like this will be fine:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
  5. oh, any ideas with monitors? sorry, first build -> not exactly sure what to look for
    my friend has an old samsung syncmaster 740b (http://www.techtastic.ca/reviews5/740b.html) that i guess could work but i think it would limit the graphic's capabilities of the system by a lot
  6. Fdshfn said:
    oh, any ideas with monitors? sorry, first build -> not exactly sure what to look for
    my friend has an old samsung syncmaster 740b (http://www.techtastic.ca/reviews5/740b.html) that i guess could work but i think it would limit the graphic's capabilities of the system by a lot


    Actually that's not really true - the graphics capabilities of your system are limited by what GPU your system uses - not the monitor. The 560TI and the Radeon 6870 are currently the best GPUs in the $170 - $250 range.

    If you want something for a monitor that depends on how much you want to spend - go with something like this for a low-budget monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009317
  7. Monitors are usually personal preference, but I have a few querstions for what you want in a monitor:

    1. Do you play any fast paced action and shooter games?
    2. Do you want a monitor that is good out-of-the-box or would you be willing to change some settings to make it good looking to you?
    3. What is the maximum amount you are willing to spend?
    4. Does image quality matter to you?
  8. (thanks for the quick help with the HD guys)
    Monitor questions...
    1. Yep
    2. I'd be willing to change some things
    3. Hoping for under 150$ but anything under 200 would be acceptable
    4. Yep, but its not my highest priority
    Hope that helps
  9. g-unit1111 said:
    Stay away from Hitachi but Western Digital and Seagate are the best around, something like this will be fine:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769



    I don't see how you can say Hitachi is bad, then say Seagate is best around. This has to be a joke. Seagate is a laughing stock when it comes to HDD's. They did recently buy out some of Samsung's drives which I hope stay at high quality, or make Seagates better which should be easy to do.


    Samsung/Western Digi are the 2 best out there. Seagate Hitachi and low end products are very hit and miss, understandably leading to everyone having differing opinions. I have had bad/good Seagate/Hitachi products.
  10. I've actually heard similar things about Seagate HDD's
    either way i think i'll be going with a western digital drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1u9i9al6pfr9b

    ^WD Caviar Blue 500 GB
  11. hotthree said:
    I don't see how you can say Hitachi is bad, then say Seagate is best around. This has to be a joke. Seagate is a laughing stock when it comes to HDD's. They did recently buy out some of Samsung's drives which I hope stay at high quality, or make Seagates better which should be easy to do.


    Samsung/Western Digi are the 2 best out there. Seagate Hitachi and low end products are very hit and miss, understandably leading to everyone having differing opinions. I have had bad/good Seagate/Hitachi products.


    That's not a joke - I've used tons of hard drives through the course of my life, the Hitachis are always the first to fail. WD are the best around, that's no question - especially the Caviar Black HDs, but those are so expensive right now that it's hard to recommend them.

    Samsung actually sold their HD division to Seagate recently so most of Samsung's HDs are now made by Seagate.
  12. Yes, that helps. ASUS, Viewsonic, Dell, LG, sometimes HP, AOC, BenQ, and Samsung make very good monitors, but most only come with tilt.
    23" is a perfect size if you sit 1-2ft away. I recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001487
  13. Thanks!
    I've g2g now, but i'll be lurking this thread again in 6-7 hours
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