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How's this for a gaming/general pur build? Looking for recommendations

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July 5, 2012 3:19:47 PM

I'm trying to get the best value I can. I want to go cheap, but quality, if possible.
What do you guys think of my build? Can I spend less than this for the same computing power or better?

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Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total comes out to 878$, after mail in rebates.


I think the motherboard is kind of expensive, not sure if there are cheaper USB 3.0 motherboards available for my needs.



Budget Range: Trying to go under 800$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Diablo 3), office, movie editing, surfing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, DVDRW

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg only

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: intel/nvidia

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Not at this time
July 5, 2012 3:59:40 PM

thanks, updated
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July 5, 2012 4:27:20 PM

Switch out your GPU with a Radeon 7850, and switch your SSD to a Crucial M4 and I'd say you're good to go.

I also might drop your motherboard to the UD3H and then invest a bit more in the case - go with a Corsair 300R or a NZXT Phantom 410.
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July 5, 2012 5:05:58 PM

I agree with the above. I would not touch a sandforce SSD with a 10 foot pole. The M4 is a much better choice, however at the $800 range i would not recommend one at all.That money could go into a GPU. Understand an SSD only improves boot and load times. and if you use sleep mode boot times are irrelavant. If you use lots of games, like WoW that have a ton of load time it may help you. Otherwise skip it. Just yesterday had a guy on VERY dissapointed with the very minor things an SSD helps with, because of all the hype toms whips up. You need to understand what it does, and if it will help YOU.

For a case i really like my rosewill thor v2. its pretty cheap for what it offers. But the case is generally a very personal, asthetic choice(accept for cooling issues). So totally up to you.

EDIT: FYI some of your links are going through some sort of weird money for advertising referal link. That doesn't at all match the text. Fix it if you can. For instance the case goes through some advertising link that dumps me to the main newegg page, but actually copying the full link text works.
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July 5, 2012 5:32:14 PM

And I agree with unksol. If you were at the $900-$1000 range, I'd say go for a SSD, but you're in a range where putting money elsewhere makes more sense for games. What resolution is your monitor? I think we're all assuming it's 1920x1080 where you want a powerful graphics card, but if it is 1600x900 or 1680x1050, you might get a small (e.g. 60-64GB) SSD for SRT, especially since Diablo III is not as demanding as the newest FPS titles.
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July 5, 2012 5:52:03 PM

unksol said:
I agree with the above. I would not touch a sandforce SSD with a 10 foot pole. The M4 is a much better choice, however at the $800 range i would not recommend one at all.That money could go into a GPU. Understand an SSD only improves boot and load times. and if you use sleep mode boot times are irrelavant. If you use lots of games, like WoW that have a ton of load time it may help you. Otherwise skip it. Just yesterday had a guy on VERY dissapointed with the very minor things an SSD helps with, because of all the hype toms whips up. You need to understand what it does, and if it will help YOU.


I have a Sandforce drive and hate it, I'm going to be replacing it with an M4 shortly. I definitely agree with dropping it entirely on that little of a budget - you trade speed for space and that's never a good thing.
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July 5, 2012 6:20:07 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I have a Sandforce drive and hate it, I'm going to be replacing it with an M4 shortly. I definitely agree with dropping it entirely on that little of a budget - you trade speed for space and that's never a good thing.


These are the kinds of complaints i see CONSTANTLY. Some toms moderators will come out to back sandforce. Some reviews will. But the people i trust don't. There have been so many problems with sandforce. That make ALL SSDs look bad..... When intel used them they INSISTED on quality firmware, that hurt the total performance..... But at least it worked. Intel is just overpriced though.

I see crucial M4 as the bargain price, quality SSD, and the samsung 830 as the high end. Both are under a $1 per gigabyte on sale. Both are reliable and solid.
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July 5, 2012 6:34:35 PM

The monitor is 1920x1080 :) 
I just picked the SSD because of the price/favorable reviews. What is the difference between the two of those?
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July 5, 2012 6:37:09 PM

Reliability.
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July 5, 2012 6:38:35 PM

^this... You can go through a ton of issues with an unreliable SSD. Constant Restorores/reinstalls.... Or you can just pick a good one.
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July 5, 2012 6:39:22 PM

However, for me personally, I have the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe, which is a Sandforce drive, and have zero issues.
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July 5, 2012 7:02:44 PM

It's the "hit or miss" nature of Sandforce drives that make them not worth the risk. I've had to return 2/4 of them myself.
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