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#1 feagsbane

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 11:51 AM

http://www.tigerdirect.com/sectors/wishlis...1B9&Desc=pc 2

my budget is around 1500$
im looking for great gaming, great performance, great speed
i wont be overclocking
i also want this build to last a very long time

look over what i got and make any changes u think would be cheaper and better quality

your help is appreciated

edit- i also dont need a os as i already have a one. ill be running windows xp 32bit
and i will be doing alot of dvd/cd burning and i need alot of room for media

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 12:19 PM

edit- i also dont need a os as i already have a one. ill be running windows xp 32bit

Not good if you want it to last a long time. XP only supports up to DX9C. A 32-bit OS only supports up to 3.5GB RAM. Get Windows 7 64-bit.
Speaking of RAM, I don't think you listed any. You'll need DDR3 Memory.
You should get a video card which supports DirectX 11, such as the Radeon HD 5770.
You may want to get a better power supply as well. The OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w Power Supply is very good.
Many would advise against getting a single large HDD for all your files because if it fails, everything is gone.

You could possibly save money by going AMD.
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Posted 26 November 2009 - 12:29 PM

hmm i added the RAM and the video card to the list
and i wont have to buy the OS i can get that from a friend of mine free of charge
if i were to get a second HDD should i make them 500gb each to even things out? or should i keep the 1TB and get a second smaller HDD

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 01:03 PM

ok ive made some changes, i really hope this build turns out to be a winner. i might consider getting an external HDD for storage/backup incase the internal fails.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/sectors/wishlist/wishlist.asp

so u think this is a good setup for now? or should i make any more changes

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 04:02 PM

Well, you may not want to get that old XP from your friend. First, it is 32-bit. Most good gaming PC made today come with 4GB or more of RAM, which 32-bit will not work with. Second, XP only goes up to DirectX 9. There are games out today that use DirectX 10 and GPU's are being produced that will do DirectX 11. Third. XP has left mainstream support so there will be no more service packs, functionality enhancements, or features added, only critical security updates until 2014. Below is an alternate suggestion.

Case: COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 Evolution RC-830-KKN3-GP - This is a full ATX case which means it can handle the large graphics cards. Remember, cases are very heavy and have shipping costs, so go for free shipping offers whenever you can. $129

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA790FXT-UD5P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX - I'm going AMD on this build since, in your wishlist, you included a monitor. The added cost of a monitor means that you would need to cut back on something. This is one of the best AMD motherboards on the market made by an excellent company. This supports the latest AM3 CPU's, DDR3, and CrossfireX. $174

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz - This is AMD's best CPU and is on par with many i5 and some i7 models in some applications. This CPU is also Black Edition which means it is very easy to overclock. $185

RAM: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - Your motherboard can support up to 8GB of RAM. If you want, you can buy two of these kits. Remember, you need a 64-bit OS to use 4GB or more of RAM. $93

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W - Corsair makes excellent power supplies. This is more than enough for most PC's. $107 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB - The Radeon 5970 series is the best you can get. However, they are extemely expensive and difficult to find. The Radeon 58xx series is less expensive and still very difficult to find, so there is the 5770. When Crossfired, two 5770's are more powerful any single GPU solution on the market. Only Crossfired, or SLI'd, cards beat it in terms of performance. As such, I suggest purchasing two 5770's. $319 ($164 times two for two cards)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AADS 750GB 32MB Cache - More space than you think. You can buy an external HD for backups, but if you want to seriously backup your files, that external drive should be located out of your home, preferably out of your town. $69

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - This will read and write most optical media. $25

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - You need a 64-bit OS to use 4GB or more of RAM. Most gamers want 64-bit, anyway, and many are leaving XP behind. $104

Monitor: ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - This is a good gaming monitor in that it has a high refresh rate and decent contrast. It also has HDMI and is made by a respected company. Plus, it is cheaper than the LG model. It doesn't come with a TV tuner, but you can easily add one to the computer and then use Windows Media Center to DVR programs, which I believe would be better than watching TV directly on the monitor. $209

Grand Total: $1,423 (Before rebates)

Edited by DJBPace07, 26 November 2009 - 04:06 PM.

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 02:02 AM

building this sytem, budget is around 2 grand

mainly for gaming alot of online gaming, but i do alot of video/picture editing and i like to have alot of programs running at the same time
i might overclock just a lil bit
specs:

MoBo: Gigabyte MA790FXT-UD5P AMD 790FX, socket AM3,ATX,crossfirex,

CPU: AMD phenom 2 x4 black edition quad core processor 3.40 ghz socket am3 6mb cache 2000mhz

PSU: Corsair TX750W 750 watt ATX,140 mm fan SLI ready SATA ready

GPU:GigabyteGV R577D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper xt) 1GB 128 bit gddr5 pcie 2.0 x16 hdcp ready crossfirex

RAM: Corsair Duel channel 4096 MB pc12800 DDR3 1600 mhz

HDD: western digital WD5000aaks caviar blue 750 GB 7200 RPM SATA-300 internal

HDD: western digital my passport essential 500 GB WDME5000TN external

disc drive: LG CH08LS10 blu ray/dvd

Monitor: Asus VH236H 23"

keyboard-mouse: logitech mx 5500 revolution cordless

CPU fan: undecided

Memory fan: not sure if needed

Case: coolermaster HAF 932

well thats it, opinoins? suggestions? feel free to tell me

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 11:08 AM

Well, is this $2000 or £2000?

Anyway, it's a huge budget nonetheless and some amazing builds can happen with that budget :huh: Here's what I'd do, it's got lots of win in it!

First off it's over $2000, but with the rebates it takes it down by $90. And I'm amazed that the best PSU on the market has such a great rebate :thumbsup: I'm hoping some day to get that psu myself :huh:

I choose the i5 over the PII cause the i5 is better. You could change all that out for the PII if you wanted, but with such a great budget I'd stick with what's better!
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Thanks to Newegg never having a 5850/5870 in stock I chose Crossfire 5770 instead. Which should handle any game nicely and is DX11 capable too! by the time you order if they have a 5859/5870 in stock get one of them instead.

8GB of RAM for all your photo shopping needs too!

Use the 500GB WD Black for your operating system and the 1TB green for all pictures/files.

The PSU, well... It's just win really.

I use that Keyboard myself and it's really good!

The mouse is a good budget gaming mouse with high precision and sensitivity!

Windows 7 for cheap in there too!

And a kick ass cooler to overclock that CPU with. I have a variant of that same cooler on my i7 and I have one awesome OC on it(see sig)

The case is made by the ever so brilliant Lian Li and is light too, and a full size for plenty of space! Pricey, but awesome!

Alternativly an i7 setup. Cheaper CPU fan and slughly less RAM and cheaper case but all is great nonetheless, I'd probly go with this myself the 1366 socket has more future proffness in it!
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after rebates it comes under 2000 by a good bit! B)

Edited by IrishGrimReaper, 28 November 2009 - 11:25 AM.

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 04:50 PM

The Phenom II and the i5 are both great processors. Know that you will be paying more for i5 and, in many cases a Phenom II X4 965 matches it in performance. However, the i7 950 or above, is an entirely different story. You also don't need SATA power adapters if the power supply comes with SATA power cables.

i7 Build

Case: XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case - For people with large graphics cards, this is a must. A full ATX case can hold the monster-sized GPU's, but it also allows for more fans and other equipment. It is heavy though. Look for free shipping offers since cases are expensive to ship. $80

Keyboard: Saitek PZ30AU Black 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Standard Eclipse Keyboard - I prefer simple keyboards and mice. I have this one. $33

Mouse: Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000 - v1.0 - OEM - Laser mice, in my opinion, are better than optical and gamers prefer wired over wireless peripherals. $30

Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - ASRock makes good motherboards, this will do almost everything you want. It has triple channel DDR3 memory, allows for Crossfire or SLI, and takes the performance line of i7 CPU's. $169 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - The i7 is better than the i5. The i7 920 is, in some cases, equal to the Phenom II X4 965 in terms of performance. The i7 950 is better than either one. $549

Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) - Asus makes decent monitors. This one has a fast refresh rate for games. $199 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W - Corsair started off making memory, now they're into PSU's. This is more than enough to power two 5770's in Crossfire. Other brands to consider are OCZ, Silverstone, and PC Power. $139 (Before $30 mail-in rebate)

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - You could get the 5970, the most powerful GPU on the market, but it is super-expensive and out-of-stock. You could get the 5870 or the 5850, but they too are out-of-stock. Or, you could get the 5770, put it in Crossfire, and equal the performance 5970. This card about as powerful as a 4890, but is smaller, produces less heat, requires less power, and uses DirectX 11. $319 ($164 times two graphics cards)

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - This i7 motherboard uses triple channel memory and 6GB of the stuff is more than adequate for most users. Remember, you need a 64-bit OS to use it all. $149 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB - You don't need two enormous hard drives when two moderate sized drives will do just as well. I have three 750GB drives and one is always empty. One is at 25% capacity and the other half. $108 ($54 times two drives)

Optical Drive: LG Black 8X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk Model WH08LS20K - This will read and write to CD's, DVD's, and Blu-Ray's. $129

Aftermarket Heatsink: Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - This works well. The larger the fan you can get, the better. $34

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - You need a 64-bit OS to use 4GB or more of RAM. $104

Grand Total: $2,053 (Before Rebates)

AMD System - If you want to save some money, you can go AMD. Just replace the following components.

Motherboard: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - This supports the latest AM3 CPU's, DDR3-1600 RAM, and CrossfireX. $129 (Before $15 mail-in rebate)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz - The best CPU AMD offers. It is quad core and since it is Black Edition, it is unlocked making overclocking to 3.8GHz. super easy. $185

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - AMD boards take dual channel, not triple channel memory, so buying two identical sticks in a 2 stick package is best. You will be getting two of these packs. $188 ($94 times two kits)

Hard Drive One: Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G1 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - With the money you're saving, you can get some more bells and whistles. This super fast drive can start Windows in about 10 seconds and applications will run much faster. You will install only your operating system and maybe one or two of your most frequently used apps on this drive. You may need a cradle to get it to fit into a standard hard drive bay. $259

Hard Drive Two: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - This will store all your media and other apps. $79

Grand Total: $1,918 (Before Rebates)

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 03:57 AM

Hello, very soon will be building my first computer. My budget is around 2000$. This build will be used for gaming on high settings, picture/video editing, AutoCAD, DVD and Bluray burning, and I like to run allot of programs at the same time.
I’m going to overclock just a little bit. i do have one question, would a 64 bit version of windows xp work with this build? because i hate vista and win7
Here are my specs

Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932 full tower ATX case - $99.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...p;Sku=C283-1187

Mobo: Gigabyte MA790XT-UD4P AMD 790X, Socket AM3, ATX, Audio, CrossFireX, PCI Express 2.0, Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, SATA, RAID - $129.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...p;sku=G452-1010

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor - 3.40GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz - $194.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...mp;sku=A79-0965

PSU: Corsair HX750W 750 watt modular power supply - $164.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...mp;sku=C13-2510

GPU: Diamond Radeon HD 5770 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI - getting 2 to crossfire - $359.98
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...mp;sku=D10-5770

RAM: Corsair Dual Channel 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB) - getting 2 sets of this - $179.98
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...mp;sku=C13-6102

HDD1: Western Digital WD7501AALS Caviar Black Hard Drive - 750GB, SATA-3G, 7200rpm, 32MB - $79.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...sku=TSD-750AALS

HDD2: Iomega 34169 Prestige External Hard Drive - 500GB, 5400 rpm, USB 2.0 - $99.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...mp;sku=I21-6208

Disc drive: Plextor PX-B320SA Blu Ray Combo Writer - BD-ROM 8x, DVD+R 16X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, SATA, Lightscribe - $134.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...mp;sku=P67-2024

CPU cooler: Zalman CNPS8700 LED CPU Cooler - Socket 775/AM2/AM3/AM2+/754/939/940 92mm Fan - $64.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...mp;sku=Z20-1106

Ram Cooler: Kingston KHX-FAN HyperX Memory Cooling Fan - $24.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...6&CatId=496

Pci Fan card: Vantec Spectrum PCI Fan Card with Blue UV LED - $18.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...mp;sku=V13-4200

Monitor: Asus VW246H 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 1080p, 1920x1080, 20000:1 Dynamic, 2ms, 16:9, VGA, DVI, HDMI, Black - $229.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...p;sku=A466-2400

Keyboard: Logitech G15 gaming keyboard - $99.99
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboard...98&cl=US,EN

Mouse: Logitech G7 gaming mouse - $79.99
http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mice_poi...63&cl=us,en

Speakers: undecided

Total $1,963.83

Well that’s what I have in mind for my specs. Will all do what I intend to use it for? Am I paying a reasonable price? Am I going to get the “biggest bang for the buck” your advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

Edited by feagsbane, 29 November 2009 - 04:01 AM.


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Posted 29 November 2009 - 09:13 AM

Why not keep to the one thread?
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/274511/hows-this-build/

The i5 rig I posted in that is better than the PII, people say the higher edition PII's can keep up with it, but you can easily overclock an i5 and it will perform better than a PII. i7>i5>PII. After the rebates it's also cheaper than that rig you posted, it comes to $1958.

And yes a windows xp 64 bit would work, but I don't see the point really. XP has basically stopped been supported by Microsoft save for some security updates. Also, you'll never get the benefit of DX11 when the games start rolling out. Honestly, what is it you hate about them? If it's the appearance that bother you, you could get themes/skins that look like Xp.

You won't need a RAM fan either. Also a Mugen 2 is far better cooler than that Zalman. Newegg seems to be cheaper than Tiger Direct, you can get that Enermax PSU for the same price after rebates... and it's the best PSU on the market =/
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Posted 30 November 2009 - 12:35 AM

Please try to keep your build and its revisions in a single topic.
To repeat what was said earlier...

i7 Build

Case: XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case - For people with large graphics cards, this is a must. A full ATX case can hold the monster-sized GPU's, but it also allows for more fans and other equipment. It is heavy though. Look for free shipping offers since cases are expensive to ship. $80

Keyboard: Saitek PZ30AU Black 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Standard Eclipse Keyboard - I prefer simple keyboards and mice. I have this one. $33

Mouse: Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000 - v1.0 - OEM - Laser mice, in my opinion, are better than optical and gamers prefer wired over wireless peripherals. $30

Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - ASRock makes good motherboards, this will do almost everything you want. It has triple channel DDR3 memory, allows for Crossfire or SLI, and takes the performance line of i7 CPU's. $169 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - The i7 is better than the i5. The i7 920 is, in some cases, equal to the Phenom II X4 965 in terms of performance. The i7 950 is better than either one. $549

Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) - Asus makes decent monitors. This one has a fast refresh rate for games. $199 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W - Corsair started off making memory, now they're into PSU's. This is more than enough to power two 5770's in Crossfire. Other brands to consider are OCZ, Silverstone, and PC Power. $139 (Before $30 mail-in rebate)

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - You could get the 5970, the most powerful GPU on the market, but it is super-expensive and out-of-stock. You could get the 5870 or the 5850, but they too are out-of-stock. Or, you could get the 5770, put it in Crossfire, and equal the performance 5970. This card about as powerful as a 4890, but is smaller, produces less heat, requires less power, and uses DirectX 11. $319 ($164 times two graphics cards)

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - This i7 motherboard uses triple channel memory and 6GB of the stuff is more than adequate for most users. Remember, you need a 64-bit OS to use it all. $149 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB - You don't need two enormous hard drives when two moderate sized drives will do just as well. I have three 750GB drives and one is always empty. One is at 25% capacity and the other half. $108 ($54 times two drives)

Optical Drive: LG Black 8X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk Model WH08LS20K - This will read and write to CD's, DVD's, and Blu-Ray's. $129

Aftermarket Heatsink: Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - This works well. The larger the fan you can get, the better. $34

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - You need a 64-bit OS to use 4GB or more of RAM. $104

Grand Total: $2,053 (Before Rebates)

AMD System - If you want to save some money, you can go AMD. Just replace the following components.

Motherboard: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - This supports the latest AM3 CPU's, DDR3-1600 RAM, and CrossfireX. $129 (Before $15 mail-in rebate)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz - The best CPU AMD offers. It is quad core and since it is Black Edition, it is unlocked making overclocking to 3.8GHz. super easy. $185

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - AMD boards take dual channel, not triple channel memory, so buying two identical sticks in a 2 stick package is best. You will be getting two of these packs. $188 ($94 times two kits)

Hard Drive One: Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G1 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - With the money you're saving, you can get some more bells and whistles. This super fast drive can start Windows in about 10 seconds and applications will run much faster. You will install only your operating system and maybe one or two of your most frequently used apps on this drive. You may need a cradle to get it to fit into a standard hard drive bay. $259

Hard Drive Two: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - This will store all your media and other apps. $79

Grand Total: $1,918 (Before Rebates)

Edited by DJBPace07, 30 November 2009 - 12:36 AM.

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