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April 5, 2012 10:28:30 AM

hi there, deciding to build my own pc for the first time been doing quite a bit of research and i've went through quite a bit of different ideas but this is where im at now and new opinions are always good, so here we go...

Approximate Purchase Date: sometime before mid may

Budget Range: current build is sitting about $920 wanna keep it around there or lower w/o sacrificing

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, music, gaming

Parts Not Required: currently only have a laptop so im purchasing EVERYTHING

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: been using newegg, seems to have reasonable enough prices

Country: 'merica

Parts Preferences: no preferences really except cpu i decided to go with amd just seems more bang for my buck

Overclocking: maybe.. with the build i have set up now, no, simply beacuse i dont want to spend the extra $$ for extra cooling devices

SLI or Crossfire: nope

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 gonna go with DVI

Additional Comments: basically trying to ball on a budget, pretty reasonable one, but dont need it for much, got this whole idea due to my recent discovery of d3 release date (hence the mid may purchase date) and it wouldnt hurt to have a desktop. Oh and my wife plays the sims alot =/ and she plays on her laptop, which is so horrible to even look at, soo thought this would be a win win

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April 5, 2012 10:44:12 AM

Grab a core i5 2500k best bang for your buck. or 2400.

GPU is kinda low end though.


Would you like me to see what i can do with $900 from scratch? is Intel ok?
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April 5, 2012 11:01:43 AM

from what ive looked up and reviews ive read the gpu i selected runs pretty decenlty for the price range i want and most people say they run there games on high res like bf3 with no hiccups...

if your down for it im open to suggestions for an intel based system
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April 5, 2012 11:20:04 AM

u can buy a simple pc upto RS 25000/- and i can speed the fps 3 times its but u have to post me best answer :D 
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April 5, 2012 11:24:25 AM

i dont completely unstand your reply.. buy a premade pc and overclock it? or just simply lowering the res.... :non: 
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April 5, 2012 11:34:38 AM

since you said no sli/crossfire, you can go with this single x16 slot mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 AM3+ AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
66.99$

or this mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
79.99$

I think the 1st one is more reasonable

by removing both the gpu and the mobo in your list, you get this total = 679.9$ (after rebate)

if you add the 1st mobo and the 6850

for a total of 881.88$ (much cheaper) and I don't think you need more pcie 2.0 if you won't be adding a 2nd one and from your monitor resolution you can live with a single gtx 6850



this is sapphire hd 6850 149.99$>134.99$ after rebate

i suggest going with the 2nd mobo + sapphire hd 6850 if you did you would get this in total

894.88$
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April 5, 2012 11:52:19 AM

mcav209 said:
i could totally spend a little extra on the gpu after comparing some of the specs.. but why go from the 8 core to the 6 core?

Just to save a little cash really. I havent even seen games fully utilize 4 core yet. ^_^
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April 5, 2012 1:12:24 PM

milkshakez7z said:
Just to save a little cash really. I havent even seen games fully utilize 4 core yet. ^_^


i think im going to stick with the 8 core just because i do do alot of multi tasking while gaming and i wont have to upgrade later, im totally ok with sacrificing a little speed and money for that.. and i updated my list to include the radeon hd 6770 a bigger high res monitor (1920x1080) better motherboard and better memory
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April 5, 2012 1:32:30 PM

well if you don't like using crossfire then it's better to use a mobo with a single pcie 2.0 x16 slot i posted one above just in case you didn't see and it also let's you use 6850 sapphire, or if you want just go get a mobo with x2 pcie 2.0 mobo, the crosshair v formula is a great mobo but it's worth it if you put a 2nd card or plan to put a 2nd card in the future.

you won't be sacrificing anything on a cheaper mobo between the one I posted above the 79$ one. except the pcie slots and maybe because it's asus, or you can grab some cheaper asus mobo with less pcie 2.0 slots if you want it to be cheaper, but overall that one is ready and just buy it but I do advice not to get open box ones
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April 5, 2012 1:41:44 PM

Tavo_Nova said:
well if you don't like using crossfire then it's better to use a mobo with a single pcie 2.0 x16 slot i posted one above just in case you didn't see and it also let's you use 6850 sapphire, or if you want just go get a mobo with x2 pcie 2.0 mobo, the crosshair v formula is a great mobo but it's worth it if you put a 2nd card or plan to put a 2nd card in the future.

you won't be sacrificing anything on a cheaper mobo between the one I posted above the 79$ one. except the pcie slots and maybe because it's asus, or you can grab some cheaper asus mobo with less pcie 2.0 slots if you want it to be cheaper, but overall that one is ready and just buy it but I do advice not to get open box ones


i really wanted to stay with the 990fx chipset and i wont be using crossfire only because i dont see it necessary at this point but its always nice to have room for expansion :D  thanks for the input though sorry somehow i totally skipped over your first post haha
how much of a difference will i see from the 6770 to the 6850 gpu?
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April 5, 2012 1:51:27 PM

should be a lot as a 6850 1gb (on a single 1920x1080 should be able to play bf3 at high settings not ultra) with avg of 40fps

but if you can get a 6870 (this one would be like a gtx560ti, and it has a 134.99$ after rebate price which is a steal (in my country this one is priced 195.34$ no rebate and other stuff. and pay 11.05$ or 5% of the total amount of items bought whichever one is higher as a shipping fee. so I can really say lucky you guys.

I have a fx-8150 on a crosshair V formula with a 6850 as a test system and it works wonders on my 23" samsung led monitor at 1080p was getting 40fps on bf3 multiplayer. it goes down to 25-37 depends on situation and even goes up above 40fps on most situations. so i can say it's a good card
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April 6, 2012 5:06:09 PM

Nice list, but please for another $10 swap out the 550ti for this:

PowerColor Radeon HD 6850

The 6850 will run circles around the 550ti. You have more than enough power for it and you will see much better fps at higher resolutions than the 550ti will.
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April 6, 2012 10:58:01 PM

Majority wins! Pretty much every post I've found on the subject says the same soo, list updated =] thanks
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