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April 21, 2012 2:54:26 AM

----Budget Under $1000----
Note: For this build i am taking $100 for labor
(so he only has $900 for his entire build)


---Disk Drive---
ASUS 24X DVD Burner [$17.99]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

---Case---
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 [$100] [$10.00 Mail-In Rebate]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

---Hard Drive---
Western Digital 500 Gb [$84.99]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Note: for the hard drive he has no need for anything bigger than 500gb and i dont want to put any money into a SSD
i wanted to a more money for other things.


---Motherboard---
ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD [$89.99]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

---CPU---
AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Note: Let me know what you guys think of this processor i have never used one so i have no idea if the 8-core processors are really good or not from expirence but after reading reviews on newegg it seems like a nice processor

---Memory---
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) [$46.99]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

---Video Card---
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 [$149.99] [$15.00 Mail-In Rebate]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

---Power Supply---
ORIGINALLY HAD
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 740W [$149.99] [$20.00 Mail-In Rebate]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Note: Let me know if you think i over did on the Power Supply because i feel as though i did

REVISED TO (LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS REVISION)
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Modular 600w [89.99] [$20 Mail-In Rebate] So comes out to be less than half the price of the one original PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Note: Why did i change it? I thought the 740w might have been to much and the price is a lot more, i would have went with a non modular one but some power supplys dont have the cable length to reach the 8-pin cpu power because the power supply is mounted at the bottom of the case.

---OS---
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM [99.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


---Price---
Build With Original Power Supply
Asus DVD Burner: $17.99
Cooler Master Case: $99.99
500Gb Hard Drive: $84.99
Asrock Motherboard: $89.99
Radeon Hd 6850: $149.99
Corsair PSU: $149.99
G.Skill Memory: $46.99
AMD FX CPU: $198.99
Windows 7: $99.99
Labor: $100.00
Shipping $4.84

Total Without Rebates $1034.75
Total With Rebates $989.75

Build with Cooler Master Power Supply
Asus DVD Burner: $17.99
Cooler Master Case: $99.99
500Gb Hard Drive: $84.99
Asrock Motherboard: $89.99
Radeon Hd 6850: $149.99
Cooler Master: $89.99
G.Skill Memory: $46.99
AMD FX CPU: $198.99
Windows 7: $99.99
Labor: $100.00
Shipping $4.84

Total Without Rebates $900.75
Total With Rebates $929.75

FEEL FREE TO EXPRESS ANY OPTIONS I DONT MIND AT ALL PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS THINK!

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April 21, 2012 3:23:36 AM

Please tell us what the computer will mostly be used for. If it's for gaming, then an intel cpu is recommended for better performance. Look up the i5-2400, it should be just a bit less expensive than the FX 8120.

An i5-2500k overclocked to 4ghz-4.5ghz would be the best, but would cost you a bit more, considering you'd also have to get an aftermarket cooler (though you can get a good one for like 30$).

As a side note, if you're willing to wait, the Ivy Bridge cpus are supposedly coming out at the end of April/May. I'd wait if you're not in a hurry to purchase, as the release might cause Sandy Bridge cpus prices to go down a bit.

EDIT: Here are some benchmarks comparing the i5-2400 to the FX 8150 (which is a bit better than the 8120). The i5-2400 lets you get more FPS out of your video card compared to the 8150, so it should be even better against the 8120. Just scroll down for the gaming benchmarks. The single threaded benchmark (which is what games use) is also interesting.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/363?vs=434
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April 21, 2012 4:48:53 AM

He will not be overclocking nor will i be overclocking it for him its going to be mostly used for gaming/video editing and sadly it cant wait.. i was going with amd because thats what im familiar with as long as the processor can handle bf3 max with no lag (obv nothing else in windows will be running at the time) then that processor i will do i think i just need to know if anyone has had issues with it because i know the buldozer processors didnt turn out very well
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April 22, 2012 5:10:32 AM

darkworld260 said:
He will not be overclocking nor will i be overclocking it for him its going to be mostly used for gaming/video editing and sadly it cant wait.. i was going with amd because thats what im familiar with as long as the processor can handle bf3 max with no lag (obv nothing else in windows will be running at the time) then that processor i will do i think i just need to know if anyone has had issues with it because i know the bulldozer processors didnt turn out very well


Well then I'd personally be going for the intel one (i5-2400), especially if the computer will more be used for gaming than for video editing. And I'm not an intel fanboy, just a value and performance fanboy. At the link I posted in my reply above, there are some benchmarks that may relate to video editing ('Media Creation', 'Video Creation') that indicate the i5-2400 might be better at video editing (though I'm not an expert on the subject of video editing). Something which doesn't help the bulldozer is that not lots of applications are coded to use its potential. Anyway. It's up to you. One thing is sure, the i5 would be better for gaming.
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April 22, 2012 5:36:31 AM

So far I definitely agree with the general consensus that the i5-2400 is a better choice than the FX-8150 - especially if you don't plan to overclock. Even the Pentium G620 will be a better choice than the FX-8150 would. I'd put that money in the GPU - you can get far better than a 6850 on a sub-$1K build, and the Silent Pro is not a good choice for PSU - Cooler Master is apparently really dishonest in their PSU department.

Here's a build I suggest for sub-$1K:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: Seasonic M12 II 620W - $89.99
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX - $144.99
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 - $189.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600Mhz 1.5V - $46.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 1TB 7200RPM - $99.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Power Color Radeon HD 7850 - $259.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium - $99.99

Total: $1,039.91

A little bit over budget but the case, PSU, CPU, and GPU are *FAR* better than a lot of the previous choices. If you had a copy of Windows - I'd suggest the 7870 - it's a seriously killer GPU for the price.
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