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Building for Diablo 3 / Upcoming Games (Wife's Gaming Rig)

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April 7, 2012 7:53:28 PM

I am building my wife a gaming computer (awesome, huh?!) - I would really appreciate your feedback on maximizing value. We already have an authentic copy of Windows / software we'd need, and I browsed the forum looking for good builds. I'd like to order in the next 48 hours if possible because I recently made a Newegg purchase and have some 10-15% off coupons.

Here's what I'm thinking - utilizing rebates and coupons from Slickdeals, etc and a few promo codes, the final price of this ends up being: 588.18 - 50MIR = $530.18


SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151244
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$14.99


Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147153
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$59.99
$49.99


Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148767
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$84.99


XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814150561
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$179.99
$174.99


Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy
$9.99



ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157280
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Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995
Item #: N82E16820226191
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-$15.00 Instant
-$8.00 Combo
$139.98
$116.98



AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103911
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139028
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
-$15.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$159.98
$134.98
a b 4 Gaming
April 7, 2012 9:17:19 PM

your wife not going to get the most of of a rig with an amd chip. look here on toms hardware under budget builds and amd vs intel in games. the intel i3 is better in games then the new amd chips that are out now. a good low end rig would have a x68 mb and an i3 or an i-5 2400. microcenter has a great price on cpu if you have one close.
April 7, 2012 9:45:40 PM

smorizio said:
your wife not going to get the most of of a rig with an amd chip. look here on toms hardware under budget builds and amd vs intel in games. the intel i3 is better in games then the new amd chips that are out now. a good low end rig would have a x68 mb and an i3 or an i-5 2400. microcenter has a great price on cpu if you have one close.


Could you link to some builds?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 7, 2012 9:48:51 PM

The X3 Will get good performance from a Radeon 6870 and she will be able to play every game at 1080p resolution .
For the budget you have the build is good .

But you can drop the artic silver . The heat sink has thermal paste pre-applied .

For gaming you only need 4 gig of RAM
2 x2 gig of 1333 or 1600 Mhz RAM that is rated for 1.5 volts or less is ideal .

The rosewill challenger case is not as good as the Antec 300. The challenger is made of cheap plastic and thin metal .
April 8, 2012 12:47:57 AM

Outlander_04 said:
The X3 Will get good performance from a Radeon 6870 and she will be able to play every game at 1080p resolution .
For the budget you have the build is good .

But you can drop the artic silver . The heat sink has thermal paste pre-applied .

For gaming you only need 4 gig of RAM
2 x2 gig of 1333 or 1600 Mhz RAM that is rated for 1.5 volts or less is ideal .

The rosewill challenger case is not as good as the Antec 300. The challenger is made of cheap plastic and thin metal .


Why not get the 8gb or RAM? It's super cheap nowadays, plus saves buying more 1-2 years down the line.
April 8, 2012 12:57:58 AM

Outlander_04 said:
The X3 Will get good performance from a Radeon 6870 and she will be able to play every game at 1080p resolution .
For the budget you have the build is good .

But you can drop the artic silver . The heat sink has thermal paste pre-applied .

For gaming you only need 4 gig of RAM
2 x2 gig of 1333 or 1600 Mhz RAM that is rated for 1.5 volts or less is ideal .

The rosewill challenger case is not as good as the Antec 300. The challenger is made of cheap plastic and thin metal .


Would you recommend the Intel chip like smorzio did? I agree that 8gb is a better deal because some of the sales right now make 8gb marginally more expensive than 4gb; I'm more concerned with the processor performance/mobo combo and am having a lot of difficulty selecting.
April 8, 2012 1:11:44 AM

Intel is almost always (if not always) the better choice in every situation, except for someone who is extremely budget minded and lacks a concern with overall performance, especially long run. Although, I personally don't have any major complaints with AMD because i understand the idea of taking responsibility for your own actions. For example, after building an entire 6 core processor gaming system for a price as low as $350... how can one complain about the occasional hiccup, compatibility issue, or even if the computer dies within one or two years. It was basically free, lol.
April 8, 2012 1:13:43 AM

In addition, overall I do recommend going with Intel. An i3 or an i5 depending how budget minded you are, you won't be disappointed.
April 8, 2012 1:21:22 AM

robertnewton said:
In addition, overall I do recommend going with Intel. An i3 or an i5 depending how budget minded you are, you won't be disappointed.


Critcizing the processor is welcome so long as you suggest an alternative build. Average opinions about better/worse only mean something if you demonstrate a recommendation and can link to it :pt1cable: 
April 8, 2012 1:23:39 AM

If you want him to suggest you a build, hes going to need to know what your budget is.
April 8, 2012 1:37:44 AM

i'm very supportive of AMD, i don't mean to come off wrong. i have multiple AMD machines and multiple intel machines, i like all of them and i've never had more than an expected amount of problems with any of them. athlon tri core is definitely a good processor, so long as you aren't doing anything ultra demanding but as i was saying... your decision really depends on how much you want to spend bro
April 8, 2012 1:45:28 AM

that link didn't work
a b 4 Gaming
April 8, 2012 2:05:15 AM

8doctor8 said:
Would you recommend the Intel chip like smorzio did? I agree that 8gb is a better deal because some of the sales right now make 8gb marginally more expensive than 4gb; I'm more concerned with the processor performance/mobo combo and am having a lot of difficulty selecting.


8 gig of RAM wont hurt gaming performance and it can add some speed in some applications . If it fits the budget then sure incluse it .

Yes the i5 2400 + a Z68 chip set mb is a better option . It also costs more .
I assumed you were working to a tight budget because of your parts selection

I would not build with a dual core i3 . Quads [ and to some extent triple ] cores remain much more responsive in daily use .
Rather than an i3 I'd build using the newer AMD quad core FX 4100 processor . You would have the same gaming performance and better responsiveness . It would also save you some money too
a b 4 Gaming
April 8, 2012 2:07:17 AM

Copy the url and remove the ], then you can see it.
April 8, 2012 2:07:57 AM

I would go for this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It has L3 cache and it is unlocked. This way you will get full blown phenom x4(9 out of 10 it unlocks all cores) plus you can easily overcklock to 3.6 -4.0Ghz depending on cooling.

so you will pay ....just realize that your prices are steep!!! where are you located? Canada or Australia?
April 8, 2012 3:03:30 AM

polishboy1098 said:
Here is an i3 build I made http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6zEb]
It's a little more expensive than your build but I included a power supply, which you didn't.


I like your build - mine did include a power supply (combo'd with processor for a discount) - I see that you shopped around for the prices and did a good job. How does the performance compare versus the setup I showed you?
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