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Old 08-20-2010, 08:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Looking for Advice on a $1k Mid-High Range Gaming Build

I'm just looking for some general advice on the components I'm choosing and hopefully someone could warn me if I've been a complete idiot. Now normally I like using Newegg because their customer support is outstanding, but sadly this is getting shipped to California which would mean a 8.75% sales tax on everything , so I'm trying my best to find the parts elsewhere. Anyway, I'm open to comments, suggestions, etc.

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 955BE --> Amazon.com: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2 GHz 4x512 KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor…

MB: Either the Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 (Amazon.com: Gigabyte Socket AM3/AMD 870/SATA3&USB3.0/A&GbE/ATX…)
or the Asus 870 Evo (Amazon.com: ASUS M4A87TD EVO - AM3 - AMD 870 - DDR3 - USB3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s - ATX Motherboard: Electronics)

Memory: Run of the mill G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 though the faster of the trio --> Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

GFX Card: GTX460 1gb by Gigabyte --> GIGABYTE GTX-460 GDDR5-1GB DX11 2XDVI 1XHDMI GBT FAN OC - GV-N460OC-1GI (I swear this is one of 3 places on the planet that has them in stock for a reasonable price)

PSU: XFX Modular 650W --> Amazon.com: XFX XXX Edition 650 Watt Power Supply P1650XCAG9:…

HDD: Typical budget 500gb 7200rpm deal --> Amazon.com: Samsung 500 GB SATA II Hard Drive HD502HJ: Electronics

Optical Drive: Dvd Burner, nothing fancy --> Amazon.com: LG Electronics 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive GH24NS50 (Black): Electronics

Case: ATX Fulltower with plenty of cooling --> Newegg.com - XCLIO A380BK Fully Black SECC 1.0mm thickness ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Monitor: Asus 1080p 21.5in --> Amazon.com: ASUS VH226H 21.5-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - Black: Computer & Accessories

All comes to 1034.47 With Tax and Shipping from newegg and free Amazon Prime shipping.
Thanks in Advanced
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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anyway you could get a couple hundred more? trying to look top parts close to ur budget. I think ud pay ~ the same in sales tax if u bought it from one place or more than one

Palit NE5TX460FHD79 GeForce GTX 460
Newegg.com - Palit NE5TX460FHD79 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
194.99

AZZA Dynamo 850 850W ATX
Newegg.com - AZZA Dynamo 850 850W ATX & EPS 12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
84.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
94.99

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX
199.99

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R
Newegg.com - Suggested Products
19.99

AZZA Solano 1000
Newegg.com - AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case
94.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
69.99

Hanns·G HH-251HPB Black 24.6" 2ms
Newegg.com - Hanns·G HH-251HPB Black 24.6" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 15000:1(800:1) Built-in Speakers
199.99
-$20 promo
179.99

MSI NF980-G65 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI
Newegg.com - MSI NF980-G65 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
159.99

1099.57
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anyway you could get a couple hundred more? trying to look top parts close to ur budget. I think ud pay ~ the same in sales tax if u bought it from one place or more than one

Palit NE5TX460FHD79 GeForce GTX 460
Newegg.com - Palit NE5TX460FHD79 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
194.99

AZZA Dynamo 850 850W ATX
Newegg.com - AZZA Dynamo 850 850W ATX & EPS 12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
84.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
94.99

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX
199.99

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R
Newegg.com - Suggested Products
19.99

AZZA Solano 1000
Newegg.com - AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case
94.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
69.99

Hanns·G HH-251HPB Black 24.6" 2ms
Newegg.com - Hanns·G HH-251HPB Black 24.6" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 15000:1(800:1) Built-in Speakers
199.99
-$20 promo
179.99

MSI NF980-G65 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI
Newegg.com - MSI NF980-G65 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
159.99

1099.57
Yea but the difference is that with amazon etc, because they are not based in California, you don't pay any sales tax. While that build looks really nice, especially the idea of the 6 core CPU, it would add another 110 bucks to the build and its a pretty solid budget. Though do you think the 1055T would be worth it if I stuck to the MB I had originally, and just got cheaper ram and a cheaper Palit GTX460?
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Old 08-21-2010, 02:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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Well it all depends. The #1 thing i would say to make sure you do is get a AM3 socket so u can upgrade to at least the bulldozer when it comes out next year. I was trying to give you the best bang for your buck. That motherboard is really good and there is not that many good SLI boards for AMD especially TRI SLI lol. Make sure you get at least a 955. Its a tough choice if your going to just game just get the 955. From a 955 to a 1055t its $45 more so its up2 u if its worth the upgrade. It not too big of a differance but i just like the future-proofing for not a big gap.

Ram wise you arnt going to find much cheaper tha $95 for 4 gigs of 1600 ram

Make sure you get a high quality motherboard IMO though thats why i chose the 159 one its a good SLI board. Build for you to upgrade later though

If you want the stuff from somewhere else. Digerdirect is based in chicago

also does it matter if its ATI or do you want NVidia? The reason I'm asking is as said previously alot of the AMD board you cant do SLI just crossfire

You also could make my build cheaper by getting the case in ur build
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Well first of all thanks for the advice. And it honestly doesn't matter whether its an NVIDIA or ATI card, but I was just looking at the most recent benchmarks and tests and a lot of the reviewers are hailing the GTX 460 as some sort of bang for your buck messiah, though i guess a 5830 would be somewhat comparable. And the main reason I was looking at that motherboard was that A. its an AM3 board, but it also supports USB 3.0 and SATA 6gb/s which is nice for the future proofing department. And I'll look into tigerdirect, thanks.
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Bob, your build has some good selections, looks good.

what did you mean about the ram? those g.skill's look like a good set.

gtx 460 here is a little bit cheaper.
EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460 Video Card - 1024MB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, SLI, DirectX 11, Fermi at TigerDirect.com
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Yea I don't know what I said up there about the RAM, but with the $10 off code on newegg they come to 92 bucks which I think is great for a 7-8-7-24 set of DDR3 1600 RAM. And thanks SOOOOO much for finding that video card, I've been looking everywhere for a decent deal on one of those, I guess I just searched the other EVGA model... Though at this point I've been having some second thoughts about the GTX 460 and thinking of just getting a $200 5830 and a $130 CF supporting MB because there aren't any AMD SLI boards with USB 3.0, etc and the CF would give a nicer upgrade path. Thanks again guys.
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the downside with AMD is you are stuck choosing Crossfire or SLI. I know they have a hack that will allow most board to support SLI but thats if you want to try it and there is no guarantee it will work. If you choose to go NVidia you need a good psu to support SLI in the future since they require more power. Otherwise ATI and Nvidia 5830 and 460 are on par with most things. Its up to you.

What types of game are u going to play?
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