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Old 10-23-2011, 06:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $150

Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-3SR - $270

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Processor, Black Edition (HDE00ZFBGRBOX) - $190

Corsair Enthusiast Series 850-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms - CMPSU-850TXV2 - $130

Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case External 3 X 5.25; Internal 6 X 3.5 2*Usb2.0 - $60

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit for Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD Platforms SDRAM CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 - $50

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721010DLE630 (0F13180) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $70

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (RR-212E-20PK-R1) - $40

If I added these correctly, should be a little under $1000.

I will mainly be playing WoW, SC2, BF3, MW3, and Diablo 3 when it comes out.
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Old 10-24-2011, 12:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You don't want a 6-core CPU for gaming, you'll get no benefit out of it.
Honestly don't know about Hitachi HDDs, I'd stick to a Caviar Black, Spinpoint F3, or Barracuda 7200.12
850w is going to be overkill for the build as-is, even with 2x 6950 you could get by with a 650w.
Antec makes great components, but never been a fan of their cases, you can do better for less.

Whats your "not going over this" budget? @$1,000 you're on the cusp of a decent Intel build.
And, does this budget include a copy of Windows 7?
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You don't want a 6-core CPU for gaming, you'll get no benefit out of it.
Honestly don't know about Hitachi HDDs, I'd stick to a Caviar Black, Spinpoint F3, or Barracuda 7200.12
850w is going to be overkill for the build as-is, even with 2x 6950 you could get by with a 650w.
Antec makes great components, but never been a fan of their cases, you can do better for less.

Whats your "not going over this" budget? @$1,000 you're on the cusp of a decent Intel build.
And, does this budget include a copy of Windows 7?
Hey Roark,

I really appreciate your response. I did not understand what you meant about the CPU? Is the 6-core overkill? If it's overkill it's fine because I will be using this computer for a while and I don't feel like upgrading for 2-3 years.

I also wasn't so fond of the Hitachi, I just didn't put enough research into it. If I can shed some of these prices, I really want to shoot for a 64 GB SSD of some sort along with a 500 GB 7200 RPM HDD.

What do you think of the GFX card?

Any decent cases that you recommend? Also, I already have a copy of Windows 7 that I can use so that is not a worry. And my budget is probably $1000 before monitor, but the lower the better if I can get a nice bang for my buck.

If I were to go Intel, what would you recommend? Sorry for all the questions, but I need this to be perfect.

Vaheb

Edit: I switched out that Mobo because after reading some things, it feels like it would be too overkill so I switched out with its lil bro:

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GA-97...5&sr=1-1-fkmr0 @ $115, shedding $35.

I switched out the power supply for the 750W, just in case for the future, which was $107, shedding $23.
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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what he meant with the cpu is that 6 cores for games is not needed, most games these days only support 4 cores, and you can do better for the money you have, go look at the Intel i5 2500k but you will need a p67 or z68 motherboard, which would be about 120 dollars. hitachi hard drive is perfectly fine.
the graphics card you have is perfectly fine but if you know a bit about computers than with the price you could go with a ati 6850 crossfired meaning 2 6850's. but if you dont know what crossfire means than dont worry about getting it and that graphics card will do, also you need to go on the internet and find out what the best driver for crossfire is as some games dont like it.
try to go for a corsair 650 -750 power supply as they will never let you down.
and for the computer case try to go with a coolermaster HAF model as they would be the best bet for cooling and best cable managment for the price.
pretty much this is all you need to do with your system


this is the build i would suggest.

intel i5 2500k- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072 PRICE 219.99

intel z68 motherboard to go with the intel i5 2500k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...%20extreme%203 PRICE 124.99

btw the intel i5 2500k is a k series which can be easily overclocked because of the unlocked multiplier.

corsair tx750 power supply for crossfire 6850 or you can get a tx650 and save some money http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139021 PRICE 109.99

ati 6850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125353 159.99 crossfire 319.98
which is more than the ati 6950 but you have saved money on the other products i have chosen which are better.

for the computer case you could get this awesome case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119233 for 60 dollars.

plus all the other things you want is a total price of $995 with much more incredible performance than what you had before.
but if you dont want crossfire 6850 than you can always go with this a gtx 570 which dominates a ati 6950 2gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125384 which would make the total price of your computer 20 dollars more making it 1015 dollars.
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what he meant with the cpu is that 6 cores for games is not needed, most games these days only support 4 cores, and you can do better for the money you have, go look at the Intel i5 2500k but you will need a p67 or z68 motherboard, which would be about 120 dollars. hitachi hard drive is perfectly fine.
the graphics card you have is perfectly fine but if you know a bit about computers than with the price you could go with a ati 6850 crossfired meaning 2 6850's. but if you dont know what crossfire means than dont worry about getting it and that graphics card will do, also you need to go on the internet and find out what the best driver for crossfire is as some games dont like it.
try to go for a corsair 650 -750 power supply as they will never let you down.
and for the computer case try to go with a coolermaster HAF model as they would be the best bet for cooling and best cable managment for the price.
pretty much this is all you need to do with your system


this is the build i would suggest.

intel i5 2500k- Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K PRICE 219.99

intel z68 motherboard to go with the intel i5 2500k Newegg.com - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard PRICE 124.99

btw the intel i5 2500k is a k series which can be easily overclocked because of the unlocked multiplier.

corsair tx750 power supply for crossfire 6850 or you can get a tx650 and save some money Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply PRICE 109.99

ati 6850 Newegg.com - GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 159.99 crossfire 319.98
which is more than the ati 6950 but you have saved money on the other products i have chosen which are better.

for the computer case you could get this awesome case Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case for 60 dollars.

plus all the other things you want is a total price of $995 with much more incredible performance than what you had before.
but if you dont want crossfire 6850 than you can always go with this a gtx 570 which dominates a ati 6950 2gb Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-N570OC-13I Rev2.0 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card which would make the total price of your computer 20 dollars more making it 1015 dollars.
Wow! This looks like a great setup. I must also say, the GTX 570 is a very nice idea. All games are very friendly with Nvidia, right?
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yep a gtx 570 is a very good card. can run all the latest games without a problem.
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I like Vaheb's suggestion. The board is very nice as it supports pci-e 3.0 for future cards and was actually my board of choice but newegg.ca doesnt have it It performs on par with the asus p8z68 which is more expensive with less features. Also the board looks very sleek. 2500k is the cpu of choice currently as it overclocks like a madman. GTX 570 is a very good card and you can always sli is down the road when the cards get cheaper to get a decent video boost. If you can spare it, the HX750 is modular over the TX750, should only be roughly a 10$ difference. there are usually rebates around the HX versions too. Very nice build though
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