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a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 9:54:50 AM

I was just wondering what people spend on their computers and if they think more of the GPU, HDD/SSD or CPU when they spend.
My components are

AMD FX-4 4100 Black Edition @ 4.2ghz £77

Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 Socket AM3+ 7.1 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard £50.07

G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory £29.74

MSI HD 7850 Twin Frozr III OC 2048MB GDDR5 £149.99

OCZ 120GB Agility 3 SSD £65.99

Antec 520W High Current Gamer PSU £55.24

Coolermaster Elite 430 All Black Interior Mid Tower Case with Side Window £39.47

LiteOn iHAS124 SATA DVD Write Optical Drive £14.20

Lamptron FC6 5.25" Bay Fan Controller £29.99

4 Cooler Master 12cm Sickleflow Blue LED System Case Fans £23.04

LED backlit keyboard £19.99

Xenta Wireless Mouse with Tiny USB Receiver £6.99

LG IPS234V-PN - 23" LED LCD HDMI IPS Monitor £112.99

A total of £674.70

I am very happy with my computer for what i paid for it.I didn't have more money to spend on it just yet so i got what i could afford.I know an intel system would of been quicker but i'm playing crysis 2 at the moment in 1920x1080 with the texture pack and dx11 in ultra and it seems smooth. Also total war shogun 2 on max settings smooth.

What have you guys spent on yours and what do you spend the most on?

Please don't tell me i should of gone intel and start a fanboy war which seems to start here quite a bit.AMD and INTEL are both welcome in this thread as long as we all get along and respect each others choices on what we buy:) 




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a b à CPUs
October 21, 2012 9:59:07 AM

Yeah, your build is pretty good, and that price range I feel offers the best value.

I spent a lot more on mine but I game less and work more so I wanted an i7.
a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 10:01:34 AM

I forgot my windows OS which is


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium w/SP1 64 bit £77.49

This takes me total to £752.19
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a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 10:06:53 AM

Gaming is my main reason for my rig as well as basic internet/e mail.
Your system looks nice FinneousPJ. Any benefit with 12gb of ram over 8gb? Ram is so cheap at the moment i could add another 8gb if it would benefit
a b à CPUs
October 21, 2012 10:10:37 AM

Please dont take offence but for a gaming box I think you spent badly

You could have saved a tenner and peformed better with a Phenom II

When you're buying a low end graphics card you shouldn't be getting SSD's, fan controllers, expensive LED fans, fancy keyboards....... all that stuff does nothing for gaming performance or prolonging the rigs life, it was cash that could have got you a better graphics card. All those extra trimmings are what you add once the actual performance driving factors are up there.

Just my 20 pence on the subject anyway
a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 10:20:33 AM

The phenom 2 was £89.99 at the time of buying and my FX 4100 was £77. I might upgrade to an 8 core piledriver if they are any good at some point.
As for my graphics card for me it isn't a low end card and i think it's awesome for what i paid for it.The SSD is the best upgrade i've bought in ages and i don't regret it at all.
As for the extra trimmings i like them and the fan controller was important to keep my system quiet as the fans were noisy when i first built it.
I also build systems for other people and they seem to like it that my computer looks nice and it encourages them to buy extra bits.
Like i said i am happy with my computer and just wondered what other people spend and why they spend what they do
a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 10:58:46 AM

I thought this might be a good thread. Anyone else have an input on what they like/can afford to spend on their systems?
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October 21, 2012 11:04:16 AM

jay2577 said:
Gaming is my main reason for my rig as well as basic internet/e mail.
Your system looks nice FinneousPJ. Any benefit with 12gb of ram over 8gb? Ram is so cheap at the moment i could add another 8gb if it would benefit

Thanks. My CPU has a 3-channel memory controller which is why I went for 3x4GB.
wr6133 said:
Please dont take offence but for a gaming box I think you spent badly

You could have saved a tenner and peformed better with a Phenom II

When you're buying a low end graphics card you shouldn't be getting SSD's, fan controllers, expensive LED fans, fancy keyboards....... all that stuff does nothing for gaming performance or prolonging the rigs life, it was cash that could have got you a better graphics card. All those extra trimmings are what you add once the actual performance driving factors are up there.

Just my 20 pence on the subject anyway

I kind of agree but on the other hand you could as well turn it the other way round - all those extra trimmings as you say will last over a number of system upgrades.
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October 21, 2012 1:07:24 PM

Hi :) 

I will tell you what I tell customers who come in my shops in the UK for a GAMING machine for us to build for them....

We say...for a GAMING machine , you NEED to spend 50% of your total budget on the GRAPHICS CARD....

Which was what wr6133 was trying to tell you above...

And yes yours IS a low end card.... we sell cards at over £1000...yours is now sold for around £130...

All the best Brett :) 
a b à CPUs
October 21, 2012 1:14:07 PM

The 7850 isn't a low end card. What is the nVidia 610 then for example? Not a card at all? :lol: 
a b à CPUs
October 21, 2012 1:34:07 PM

Prices are what I paid at the time:

$170 - AMD FX-8120
$30 - Cooler Master Hyper 212+
$150 - Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
$200 - 32GB (4x8GB) G.Skill Ares DDR3-1333
$30 - EVGA GeForce 210
$410 - Visiontek Radeon HD7970 (Reference Card)
$190 - Corsair AX850
$30 - Intel EXPI9301CT Gigabit NIC
$260 - LSI 9211-8i (in IT mode)
$140 - 4 x Hitachi 2TB (got them for a steal)
$220 - 2 x Western Digital 640GB
$90 - OCZ Vertex LE 50GB
$50 - Lite-On Bluray Combo Drive
$60 - Cooler Master Centurion 590
$125 - Icy Dock 4in3 Hot Swap Bay
$170 - Asus 23.5" 1080p monitor
$140 - Ducky DK9008G2 MX-Blue Mechanical Keyboard
$80 - Logitech G9x
$80 - Logitech G35

Total: ~$2600
Though a lot of this was accumulated over time

If you are wondering what this system is for, it is a VMware ESXi 5.0u1 host using VMDirectPath I/O for the GPU
VMs always on:
Windows Server 2008 R2 - DHCP/DNS/NAT server - 1 vCPU 2GB ram
Ubuntu 12.04 - Linux Development System - 2vCPU 4GB ram
Open Indiana b151 - iSCSI server - 2vCPU 8GB ram - LSI 9211-8i passthrough
Windows 7 x64 Professional - Windows Gaming - 4vCPU 8GB ram - HD7970 USB 3.0 passthrough
a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 1:34:39 PM

People seem to be missing the point of this thread. I am happy with my machine and i don't want to hear what i should have got from people.Respect my choices on my build like i respect other peoples please.
Brett my card was £149.99 on sale from £169.99 and not £130, maybe your thinking of the 1 gb version on sale.This is not a low end card to ME but some people with more money than me might think so. I bet their are people on this forum with Nvidia 550 ti's and AMD 6670's which are happy with them.
I wanted to know how much money people spend on their computers and the reasons they buy the components they do.
a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 1:37:45 PM

Wow nice system mindless728. Thank you for sticking with the topic:) 
It's nice to see what systems people have. May i ask why you have a geforce 210 as well as the 7970 graphics card. Is it for nvidia physics?
October 21, 2012 1:40:15 PM

i think thats a fairly specced build but still quite expensive for what it is a budget gaming rig

now my total for any new gaming rig is £1000 and incremental upgrades over the course of its life i never spend more than £250 on a component

this was my first build 6 years ago and apart from the case and fan controller and motherboard sound card its all been replaced

asus commando e6300@ 3.1 ghz 2gig ocz gold 320 gig hd 8800 gts 640 ( upgraded to a 260 gtx ) xfi akasa eclispe case 650 watt antec neo

at the time that was best bang for buck system and it has done me tremendously well


Upgrades it now runs a e8500 @ 4.56 ghz air thermaltake Frio heatsink 8 gig of ocz pc 9600 memory x 1tb F3s x2 64 gig 830s in raid 0 antec 750w neo and last but not least gigabyte 660ti superclocked

i did have a 2500k 560gtx system but hardly used it because was in the bedroom so wen i was offered £80 more than i paid i took it as an opportunity to revive this old rig and make it last until haswell comes out next year

now from a day to day perspective this old rig feels as fast as my 2500k only times i can actually see a difference is bench marks tbh i wasnt that amazed wen i put this 660ti i could really see much difference going from a 260 gtx some games like batman and bf3 i could see some different effects etc

anyway enuf of my prattling on moral of the story is spend as much as you can for a solid foundation and with small upgrade ever 3 years a pc will last a long time
a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 1:46:23 PM

That's a very nice overclock on your e8500 cpu gumbi. I would be interested to know the temps on your cpu

October 21, 2012 2:03:59 PM

ahh temps can be quite high 76 degress i really dont bother about them to much i just set my fans for temp targets and wen its at load i cant hear the fans screaming away the killing im doing on bf3 drowns them out :D 

im from a pro overcloking background so things like noise etc just dont really bother me yeah this oc was just set recently after i had left it at 3.8 ghz for ages just wanted to see what this old girl could handle on air asus commando best motherboard ive ever purchased
October 21, 2012 2:38:58 PM

I'd say a 2:1 GPU:CPU ratio is about right nowadays with the GPU usually being the limiting factor on most games, so good balanced build Jay.

Although mine is somewhat outdated I paid (a while ago) £130 for a 6850 and £67 for an X3-460 so about the same ratio as you.

Dunno who would think a 7850 is a low-end card, it's a solid mid-range card, hell my 6850 was a good midrange card a year ago, and it sucks comp]ared to a 7850!
October 21, 2012 2:47:50 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

I will tell you what I tell customers who come in my shops in the UK for a GAMING machine for us to build for them....

We say...for a GAMING machine , you NEED to spend 50% of your total budget on the GRAPHICS CARD....

Which was what wr6133 was trying to tell you above...

And yes yours IS a low end card.... we sell cards at over £1000...yours is now sold for around £130...

All the best Brett :) 


load of rubbish

a 7850 at current is NOT a low end card.

Ok my system is overclocked but when I can get similar scores to my friends I7 2600k/580(all stock) in 3Dmark 11 I wouldn't call it low end. compared to the price difference of both of our systems.

My CPU £59 - Phenom II x4 965 @ 4ghz my GPU £150 7850 2gb @ 1100/1300 (benchmarking) there's £209 costs less than ONE 580.
a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 3:04:18 PM

£59 for your cpu was a very good price joeh_87.I hope you like gaming on your machine as much as i do mine. I think the 7850 is awesome and price is always a deciding factor for me and i guess many others without unlimited funds.

SteveH3671 the 6850 is still a solid card and it's what i had before my 7850. I've sold it to a friend who had a Nvidia 8800gs 384mb (also an old one of mine) and he's enjoying deus ex human revolution at max on directx 11 and he's enjoying it a lot.
Low, mid and high end cards are a matter of perspective for most of us.
a c 92 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 3:15:26 PM

joeh_87 said:

a 7850 at current is NOT a low end card.



well, there's nothing wrong with bret said..
if you compare with gtx690 or powercolor 7990, 7850 IS a low end card...:D  :D  :D 

well..this is my build..
x6 1090T oc to 4ghz $160
biostar ta990fxe $120
corsair vegeance 1600 8gb $60
3 harddrive $100
2 optical drive $32
Seasonic PSU SS750-AT $85
Handmade case $0
Sapphire 5850 $150
3xLG 1753ws 17'inch (well, at least this is eyefinity..:D  )

Serve all of my computing needs..
All around machine..watching movie..doing my work and sometimes light gaming..
a b à CPUs
October 21, 2012 3:24:56 PM

joeh_87 said:
load of rubbish

a 7850 at current is NOT a low end card.

Ok my system is overclocked but when I can get similar scores to my friends I7 2600k/580(all stock) in 3Dmark 11 I wouldn't call it low end. compared to the price difference of both of our systems.

My CPU £59 - Phenom II x4 965 @ 4ghz my GPU £150 7850 2gb @ 1100/1300 (benchmarking) there's £209 costs less than ONE 580.


It's at best low mid but my point remains spending on hardware should be a priority for a gaming machine, flashing lights and the like come after you can say your GPU and CPU are high end. The OP spent over £120 on cosmetics and an SSD then settled on that GPU and CPU, he could have stepped up a tier on both and ignored cosmetics/load speeds in favour of higher FPS figures...... that would be a gaming machine. As to the OP building rigs for people his customers must be a little clueless as if I saw a cheap case full of flashing bling but packed with low-mid end hardware I would not even credit the seller with the time of day.

TLDR - Gaming machines focus on getting the best FPS you can

If this thread is about flashing e-peens, rather than discussing how a gaming machine should be built, as my sig says

INTEL - i5 3570K | GTX670 | Gbyte Z77X-UD3H | 16GB Corsair Vengence LP 1600MHz | 120GB OCZ Agility 3 | x2 1TB HDD's | CM212 EVO Push/Pull

AMD - Phenom II X6 1600T | X2 GTX 550ti SLi | Gbyte 990XA-UD3 | 16GB DDR3 | 120GB OCZ Agility 3 | x2 500GB HDD's |

GTX670 was originally in the AMD when I built the Intel I tossed in 2 old 550ti's I had about the place in the AMD.

CPU's cost me

AMD - £90 (a while ago)
Intel - £160

GPU's

670 - £275
550ti's - One cost me £85 way back, the other was free after upgrading a clients machine.

The Intel lives in a HAF X (£120) with alot of lighting (Around £70-ish), the AMD was relegated to a Xigmatek Pantheon

Don't see much need to list the prices of every other part
October 21, 2012 3:25:37 PM

jay2577 said:
£59 for your cpu was a very good price joeh_87.I hope you like gaming on your machine as much as i do mine. I think the 7850 is awesome and price is always a deciding factor for me and i guess many others without unlimited funds.

SteveH3671 the 6850 is still a solid card and it's what i had before my 7850. I've sold it to a friend who had a Nvidia 8800gs 384mb (also an old one of mine) and he's enjoying deus ex human revolution at max on directx 11 and he's enjoying it a lot.
Low, mid and high end cards are a matter of perspective for most of us.



I do i was surprised at how much of a performance gain I got from going from an Athlon II X4 640 3ghz(bought 2 years ago for more than the Phenom >_<) to the Phenom II x4 965, Esp in BF3/WoW

After i upgraded my 5770 to 7850 I was disappointed at my overall GPU usage in games so as soon as OCUK had the this week only offer on the Phenom i took it right a way :) 

and yes Quaddro ofc when you compare it to those cards. they are both Dual GPu's ofc a 7850 will not compete and price factor to count ;)  IF i had £1000 to spare on ONE part I would, but then I would have to force myself to buy a 120hz monitor to take advantage of the 100+fps i'd be getting lol, It's an expensive hobby sometimes we have to draw the line at what we can spend!
a c 448 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 4:41:07 PM

Not much of a hardcore gamer. I spend moneyt where I see fit. I generally buy a more power CPU compared to a GPU since I encode videos a little more often than I play games. So when Haswell comes out I will likely buy an i5 "k" model, and I just might continue to use my Radeon HD 5850.

In terms of the most money I have ever spent on components....

NEC LCD2690WUXi 25.5" LCD monitor = $1,300
Planar PX2611w 25.5" LCD monitor = $800
Silverstone crown cw02 HTPC case = $375
Intel Q9450 = $340
Radeon HD 5850 = $280
a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 4:49:40 PM

The Radeon HD 5850 is still a very respectable card jaguarskx and i bet you can play at high detail settings on most games. That's a LOT of money on monitors.

I know you think i spent money on cosmetics rather than power wr6133 but my old case was broken and the fans do a job(only led because they were cheap) and the fan controller was something i needed to quiet the fans down because sometimes i leave it on downloading while i sleep. The SSD is something i wish i had gotten sooner because of total war shogun 2 loading times so i won't regret that. You do have a nice system with your 3750k and your nvidia 670 gtx. I bet you can max out any game with it
a b à CPUs
October 21, 2012 5:00:48 PM

yours is a solid build OP. should last you a good while. i too made myself a budget gaming pc recently and it serves me perfectly so far. my budget was low so had to cut corners.
pentium G630
hd7750
H61 mobo gigabyte
8gb ddr3 1333mhz
coolermaster 350 watts
a generic brand case
runs all my games smoothly at 1440*900.
and i dont consider the 7750 as a low end card either. its a solid card at upto 1600*900 res with near max settings.
for a low budget pc i dont consider buying an ssd, or custom cpu cooler, fancy keyboard/mouse , fancy mobo ,overkill psu etc as essential.
just stick to the basics


a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 5:03:45 PM

wr6133 said:
It's at best low mid but my point remains spending on hardware should be a priority for a gaming machine, flashing lights and the like come after you can say your GPU and CPU are high end. The OP spent over £120 on cosmetics and an SSD then settled on that GPU and CPU, he could have stepped up a tier on both and ignored cosmetics/load speeds in favour of higher FPS figures...... that would be a gaming machine. As to the OP building rigs for people his customers must be a little clueless as if I saw a cheap case full of flashing bling but packed with low-mid end hardware I would not even credit the seller with the time of day.



A lot of the time i build computers for friends kids who like being able to see inside a lit up case. It helps them get interested in computers. I also give people whatever options they want and will build them at any price/performance range.I do build some quite basic looking machines which are way more powerful than mine. Each person has a right to choose what they want in their build and i give impartial advice.. This also isn't my main job as i work in a car bodyshop but rather a hobby.
a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 5:08:55 PM

mohit9206 said:
yours is a solid build OP. should last you a good while. i too made myself a budget gaming pc recently and it serves me perfectly so far. my budget was low so had to cut corners.
pentium G630
hd7750
H61 mobo gigabyte
8gb ddr3 1333mhz
coolermaster 350 watts
a generic brand case
runs all my games smoothly at 1440*900.
and i dont consider the 7750 as a low end card either. its a solid card at upto 1600*900 res with near max settings.
for a low budget pc i dont consider buying an ssd, or custom cpu cooler, fancy keyboard/mouse , fancy mobo ,overkill psu etc as essential.
just stick to the basics


The pentium G630 is a very good budget gaming cpu and i have built a machine for someone with that graphics card and they were very happy with it. The 7750 is VERY energy efficient and so is your cpu. I think some people here forget that some of us are on strict budgets and are happy with not having the best and most expensive hardware. Enjoy gaming on your system:) 
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October 21, 2012 5:10:23 PM

Most expensive is my EVGA 4Way SLI with i7 990X setup and 4x EVGA hydro copper GTX 580's and custom waterloop. the USD conversion would be around $3800.

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October 21, 2012 5:14:28 PM

sarinaide said:
Most expensive is my EVGA 4Way SLI with i7 990X setup and 4x EVGA hydro copper GTX 580's and custom waterloop. the USD conversion would be around $3800.


WOW a 4 way SLI. I didn't realize that people actually did that. The power requirements must be enormous. What kind of FPS do you get in games?
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October 21, 2012 5:20:59 PM

The motherboard was a E-ATX board with 8 PCIe slots, obviously only 4 can be used and most are dual slot cards so that makes the 4 way, EVGA hydro copper 580's are single slot cards with copper blocks for water cooling.

FPS wise, you hit diminishing returns 4 way vs 3 way so its not really beneficial other than epeen status. 2x HD 7970's beat lumps out of 4 580's.

Bought those cards for $450 a pop sold them for $550 so it worked out okay.
a c 101 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 6:52:53 PM

I probably spent over $5000 total in my first PC (486DX33), $3000 in my second PC (P100/P200MMX - only one in which I ever bothered upgrading a CPU), $2000 in my third PC (Northwood P4-3G), $1500 in my current PC (C2D-E8400).

The biggest cost driver in my old builds was RAM at $500-800 worth of it vs ~$300 for the CPUs. With today's crazy low RAM prices and cheaper yet plenty powerful CPUs, I doubt my next build will break $1000.
a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 7:43:45 PM

InvalidError said:
I probably spent over $5000 total in my first PC (486DX33), $3000 in my second PC (P100/P200MMX - only one in which I ever bothered upgrading a CPU), $2000 in my third PC (Northwood P4-3G), $1500 in my current PC (C2D-E8400).

The biggest cost driver in my old builds was RAM at $500-800 worth of it vs ~$300 for the CPUs. With today's crazy low RAM prices and cheaper yet plenty powerful CPUs, I doubt my next build will break $1000.


I know what you mean. I got 8gb ram for just under £30. I can remember paying £100 for 1gb of ram years ago. Some really good deals at the moment
a c 101 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 7:53:59 PM

jay2577 said:
I know what you mean. I got 8gb ram for just under £30. I can remember paying £100 for 1gb of ram years ago. Some really good deals at the moment

I remember paying $300 for 4MB RAM SIMM with my first PC :p 

Those were ridiculously expensive times where PCs were still only for people with relatively deep pockets.
a b à CPUs
October 21, 2012 8:42:44 PM

Nice build glad your enjoying it that is what it is all about not my rig is better then your rig drama the egos some have are far to big for their britches lol i just ignore people like that anyway i have two rigs my main one in sig then my other rig Processor:Intel Core i5- 3570K @4.3Ghz
Motherboard:ASUS P8Z77-V
Graphics Card:2x MSI GTX 570 in SLI
RAM:8GB G.Skill @1600mhz 7-8-7-24
HDD\SSD:128GB SAMSUNG 830and1TB Western Digital Caviar Black
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W
Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Stryker
Cooling: NH-D14
Keyboard: Deck Legend 105 Ice Tactile
Mouse: Logitech G9X
a c 85 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 8:57:29 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Nice build glad your enjoying it that is what it is all about not my rig is better then your rig drama the egos some have are far to big for their britches lol i just ignore people like that anyway i have two rigs my main one in sig then my other rig Processor:Intel Core i5- 3570K @4.3Ghz
Motherboard:ASUS P8Z77-V
Graphics Card:2x MSI GTX 570 in SLI
RAM:8GB G.Skill @1600mhz 7-8-7-24
HDD\SSD:128GB SAMSUNG 830and1TB Western Digital Caviar Black
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W
Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Stryker
Cooling: NH-D14
Keyboard: Deck Legend 105 Ice Tactile
Mouse: Logitech G9X


I agree completely with you. It's about enjoying what you have. Nice systems you have i bet you have no problems maxing out any game.
I see a lot of people have an SSD in their system nowadays. One of the best upgrades you can get in my opinion for speeding up a system
a b à CPUs
October 21, 2012 11:22:25 PM

jay2577 said:
Wow nice system mindless728. Thank you for sticking with the topic:) 
It's nice to see what systems people have. May i ask why you have a geforce 210 as well as the 7970 graphics card. Is it for nvidia physics?


It is for the console of ESXi, if you do not know what this is it is a type 1 hypervisor, it runs as the OS and is a virtual machine manager essentially. I use the IOMMU found in the 990FX chipset to pass the 7970 to the windows gaming VM so I can still play video games on the machine. So I still needed a gpu for the ESXi console when I need to use it (which is very infrequent)

the box is always running 4 VM's (including the gaming one(, and I make new ones on the fly for testing code that I write and for testing reasons, hence the need for 32GB of memory as well
a c 78 à CPUs
October 21, 2012 11:52:05 PM

I didn't buy all this at once, but my complete list of components and approximate cost. I had a 550 TI video card originally because I was still gaming on VGA monitors.. I'm sure with 30 some posts in this thread, you don't need my input at this point, but I haven't actually pieced out how much I have wrapped up in my system as it is now, I'm mainly satisfying my own curiosity.

CPU- $150 (Phenom II 965s are only $100 from Newegg now- they're the same CPU, I didn't realize that at the time)

CPU cooler- $30

Mobo- $180 (more expensive than it has to be- but too awesome for me to pass up)

RAM- $110 (Live and learn, 8GB is plenty, I should have bought 2 4GB sticks, for about $50- 8GB sticks are cheaper now, when I built the system they were fairly new to the market, hence the high price)

Hard Drives- $320 500GB WD Cav Blue and 2x Seagate 2TB Green (I store a lot of TV shows I torrent)

Video card- $235

Case- $130

Monitor 1 (in sig)- $295

Monitor 2 (old Dell VGA 19' LCD, Christmas gift from 6 years ago) $Free.99

DVD-RW/CD-RW- $20 (ish) I'm a big fan of Lite-on, for no real reason other than its what I've always happened to have in my computers.

Power Supply- $100 (again, beefier than necessary, a good power supply can last you 10 years)

Speakers- $25 Walmart Altec Lansing 2 speakers + subwoofer, not a bad kit for the price btw.

Total: $1595 unless I missed something.. Damn lol.

Like I said, theres a lot of places the budget can be trimmed here, but I've had my system nearly 10 months now. I'm very happy with it. I play the "grandaddy" of computer games Battlefield 3 MP just fine in 1080p with maxed settings. Skyrim too. No, I don't have an SSD yet, I'm waiting for a 500GB ish model to be released at a reasonable price per GB before I jump on that boat. With all the games I have installed, software etc (even putting my music, and videos on the Seagates), my primary 500GB as of today only has 120GB ish free space left, so yea, I need a bigger SSD.
October 22, 2012 12:54:50 AM

Intel 3570k - $239.99
ASRock Extreme4 Z77 - $139.99
OCZ Vertex4 128 gb - $89.99
2x4gb Kingston HyperX 1600 - $34.99
Antec 1100 - $90
OCZ 80+ Gold 1000w - $90 (huge sale from 280)
Noctua NH-D14 - $89.99
Asus pa238q - $209.99
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Up and coming:
WD Caviar Black 1 TB - ??
Video card - waiting for hd 8xxx cards
As I'm sure everyone's gonna be like errmergerd, whar video cardz?! sorry guys I'm just building this thing on a pay to pay basis and honestly, for now I'm just playing wow and my HD4000 seems to be holding out OKAY sooo.. I can wait for the 8xxx series cards, especially after seeing those leaked SKUs a little while back. Buying things on a pay to pay basis is cool because you get great sales! :D 
a c 141 à CPUs
October 22, 2012 12:55:51 AM

You can see mine in my sig nd with watercooling it comes close to 2000 dollars.
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October 22, 2012 1:13:00 AM

I spend around 1500 bucks on my PC's but I upgrade them fairly often. I try to make balanced systems too and I think that is important. I actually build and sell workstations too, and they start at around 2 grand. As far as computers go though, you get what you pay for...except for gaming pcs, there is definitely a stage of diminishing returns.
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October 22, 2012 1:24:03 AM

I cant say i have actually purchased a full all new PC for a very long time, so its hard to say what it would cost me in total. I tend to upgrade bits and pieces at a time so i'm not paying out so much at once. I just upgraded my core 2 q6600 setup to Asrock extreme4 z77 motherboard (AU$145), 3570k CPU(AU$235), 1tb WD Black Hard drive(AU$109) and 2133 gskill RAM(AU$55). Case, PSU, Vid card, optical drives remained the same. I am currently keeping my eye out for another 6850 on ebay at the right price to crossfire with my current one (despite what some people say about microstuttering, xfire issues etc. i'm going to give it a shot) its more cost effective than buying a whole new card.
October 22, 2012 1:26:06 AM

If there's anything I've learned, the GPU, CPU and mobo need to be around the same price range to ensure good compatability. It's worked for me.
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October 22, 2012 1:26:46 AM

Main rig:
i7-2600K+Asrock Z68 Extreme 4 Gen 3 $350
CM 690 II Advanced $65
EVGA GTX 560ti 448 Cores FTW+Corsair H50 Hybrid cooling=$187
1TB HDD=Free
Windows 7=Free
Custom watercooling loop=$315
DVD Drive=Free
Fans=$25
Antec HCG 620 $50
16GB DDR3=$50

Total:
~$1040

Hackintosh:
i5-2500K+Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3=$240
CM Storm Scout=$55
Corsair CX430V2=$18
DVD Drive=$15
Mac OS X Snow Leopard=Free
Windows Vista=Free
2x 320GB Seagate HDD=Free
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $25
16GB Corsair Ram=$35
Total:
$388


Yep.
a b à CPUs
October 22, 2012 1:40:34 AM

jay2577 said:
I agree completely with you. It's about enjoying what you have. Nice systems you have i bet you have no problems maxing out any game.
I see a lot of people have an SSD in their system nowadays. One of the best upgrades you can get in my opinion for speeding up a system
Thanks and yes i am pretty sure i could max out most games @ 1920X1200 to be honest i only own seven different games and some are not violent enough i play violent games if i cannot kill it or beat the crap out of it i lose interest in it. I do not know what the deal is maybe i am disturbed jk :na: 
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October 22, 2012 1:55:30 AM

I am really happy with my AMD rigs even with all the "you should have gone intel" comments. I built the best rigs I could for the money I had and it can play any game I want 1080p ultra/max for me that is what I was looking for.

OS: Windows 7 x64
CPU: AMD FX-8120 8-Core Black Edition : Motherboard: MSI 890FXA-GD70
Case: In Win Dragon Rider : Video Card: 2x SAPPHIRE HD 6950 (flash to 6970) 2GB
Monitors: 3x Asus VK278Q Black 27 : Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1600
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 90GB : HDD: 5x Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 64MB Cache
Optical Drive: LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner : Mouse: Logitech Performance Mouse MX
Keyboard: Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard
Water Cooler: XSPC Rasa 750 RS240
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October 22, 2012 6:56:26 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
I cant say i have actually purchased a full all new PC for a very long time, so its hard to say what it would cost me in total. I tend to upgrade bits and pieces at a time so i'm not paying out so much at once. I just upgraded my core 2 q6600 setup to Asrock extreme4 z77 motherboard (AU$145), 3570k CPU(AU$235), 1tb WD Black Hard drive(AU$109) and 2133 gskill RAM(AU$55). Case, PSU, Vid card, optical drives remained the same. I am currently keeping my eye out for another 6850 on ebay at the right price to crossfire with my current one (despite what some people say about microstuttering, xfire issues etc. i'm going to give it a shot) its more cost effective than buying a whole new card.


I just sold a 2 month old 6850 for £60. I heard they are quite powerful crossfired. Good luck
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October 22, 2012 5:35:39 PM

bryonhowley said:
I am really happy with my AMD rigs even with all the "you should have gone intel" comments. I built the best rigs I could for the money I had and it can play any game I want 1080p ultra/max for me that is what I was looking for.

OS: Windows 7 x64
CPU: AMD FX-8120 8-Core Black Edition : Motherboard: MSI 890FXA-GD70
Case: In Win Dragon Rider : Video Card: 2x SAPPHIRE HD 6950 (flash to 6970) 2GB
Monitors: 3x Asus VK278Q Black 27 : Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB DDR3 1600
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 90GB : HDD: 5x Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 64MB Cache
Optical Drive: LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner : Mouse: Logitech Performance Mouse MX
Keyboard: Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard
Water Cooler: XSPC Rasa 750 RS240


I know people who are very happy with their 8 core amd's.Being happy with what you have it's what it's all about. I might get an 8 core piledriver later on
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