New gaming build, ~$800 budget

Alright so first I'll start off by saying I plan to use the "new build template" once I make a final decision on AMD vs Intel. However, before I make that decision, I'm still a little torn between which processor to go with. Keeping in mind of a budget around $800 (without monitor) and about 90% of the computer's usage going to gaming (Planetside 2, Diablo 3 most likely) here's my question:
I have two friends who just built systems, one with a Phenom II 960T and the other a Phenom II 975. Both seem to be extremely pleased with their systems, which were built at around $750. I'm trying to decide whether or not, for my needs, building something with similar hardware would be worthwhile, assuming an AM3+ mobo would suffice for an upgrade at some point down the line. Or should I just chalk up the extra money and go for an i5-2400, which would probably pull my end price up to around $850? ( I'm dead set on a quad core, unless I can be overwhelmingly convinced otherwise, so don't worry about suggesting an i3 :P )

I plan to spend around $160-180 on my gpu, most likely GTX 560 or Radeon 6870.

Be as brutally honest as needed. Thanks :)
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  1. Hey there Drentsz,

    Can you fill this out http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice ,

    then we can see what hardware your running and maybe save you money on something else to make up for a new i5. Need to see what all your wanting to do with your system ( OCing etc)
  2. Sure. Wasn't sure if I should fill it out from the get go when I wasn't sure about processor, but I have 2 builds thus far. Here's the AMD one.

    Approximate Purchase Date: ~2 weeks

    Budget Range: $800, preferably before rebates, but if theres great deals with rebates I'm open to them :)

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, work (quickbooks, office), random ish?

    Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, open to other suggestions.

    Country: US

    Parts Preferences: None really, for the purpose of this build though I'm using AMD cpu

    Overclocking: If using AMD, most likely

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

    Additional Comments: Just looking for a gaming rig that can handle high settings with good fps. 500 gb is fine for HD size

    BUILD

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX
    MOBO: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    CASE: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    DVD-RW: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner
    HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    OS: Win 7

    Total price: $791.90

    Again, be brutally honest :) Thanks!
  3. hello op


    a i3 2100 is faster than fx 4100 @ 4.5ghz in gaming and costs same

    even a pentium g860 surpass the phenom x6 1090t :o

    i use that processor and its great but its more costly and gets very hot and eats a lot more power than i3 :pfff:

    i would suggest a15 - 30 % of ur money in gpu as it is a gaming build

    are u gonna sli later

    if not xfire

    Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

    PowerColor AX6870X2 2GBD5-2DHG Radeon HD 6870 x2 2GB 2 X 256bit (256bit) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity :o

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131446

    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

    Seagate Barracuda ST320DM000 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148766

    LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233


    total (with rebates )= $ 785 :bounce:


    if u are gonna sli then

    replace the mobo with this

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    $119.99

    and that would make the total to $836 :D


    it is better to go with that mobo


    and the gpu is a beast 2x6870 :o
  4. serialkiller said:
    hello op


    a i3 2100 is faster than fx 4100 @ 4.5ghz in gaming and costs same

    even a pentium g860 surpass the phenom x6 1090t :o

    i use that processor and its great but its more costly and gets very hot and eats a lot more power than i3 :pfff:

    i would suggest a15 - 30 % of ur money in gpu as it is a gaming build

    are u gonna sli later

    if not xfire

    Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

    PowerColor AX6870X2 2GBD5-2DHG Radeon HD 6870 x2 2GB 2 X 256bit (256bit) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity :o

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131446

    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

    Seagate Barracuda ST320DM000 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148766

    LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS90B - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240

    COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233


    total (with rebates )= $ 785 :bounce:


    if u are gonna sli then

    replace the mobo with this

    ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    $119.99

    and that would make the total to $836 :D


    it is better to go with that mobo


    and the gpu is a beast 2x6870 :o


    This is very solid. I would Suggest going with a corsair still personally just because of personal experience with Corsair, also if you can spend more with that z68 go with an i5, but I know you are on a budget here.
  5. So if I choose to go with the ASRock z68 mobo, its probably worthwhile to upgrade to the i5? And am I understanding correctly that I should not really consider the Phenom II cpus at this point?
  6. dont consider the phenoms no amd processor except opterons can defeat a i3 even in overclocked state and costs less less power and is cool the only thing is that u cant oc a i3 but wont need :D
  7. It takes OC for an AMD CPU to even match the stock performance of the i3-2120.
  8. +1 ^
  9. Thanks for the help.
    Serial with your build, adding in Win 7 and a Mobo puts me around 950 bucks. I need to trim like 100 off of that. If I downgraded my GPU a bit, does that still keep me with a pretty powerful system?
  10. yes it will be powerfull

    its just that this gpu is a beast and is very cheap where 2 6870 are very costly and outperformance a gtx 580 at 3/5 of cost :D
  11. Why not the upcoming 7870? It performs "almost" equal to a 580 alone and doesn't face multi gpu issues(heat, power, scaling, multi-stuttering). The 7870 is what I would get.

    And I wouldn't recommend OCZ psu's, stick with corsair, seasonic or antec
  12. +1 ^
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