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Finally going to put together my new computer!!


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#1 trashcan7

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 04:15 PM

My previous post is here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic348641.html

Basically, I'm looking for a decent computer to last me a while, and I'm involved in basic video editing, lots of programming, and light gaming. As for gaming, right now, it would just be nice to get Starcraft II running on high settings. But nothing heavy.



List of parts I already got (these were all at Micro Center):
Processor: Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition $159.99
Motherboard: M4A87TD/USB3 Socket AM3 870 ATX AMD Motherboard $99.99 in the bundle with the above AMD processor and after rebate savings
Hard Drive: Barracuda 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST310005N1A1AS-RK - $49.99 at a Black Friday sale!!
Case: Elite 335 ATX Mid-Tower Case $37.99 on sale
Monitor: E211H Bb 21.5" Widescreen LCD Monitor $99.99 at a Black Friday sale - not a high-quality monitor, but it works for me.



List of parts I still need (gonna get them on Newegg, unless somebody finds better deals elsewhere). Offer any suggestions, any better deals, any parts that should be changed!!

RAM: CORSAIR 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $49.99

Optical Drive: LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM - $18.99 - Does it matter if it's OEM?

Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W $69.99 - originally recommended
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC $69.99 after rebate, another $10 off if I buy before 12/20. Is this too much for my needs? It's the same price as the other power supply, strangely enough.

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $121.99 after rebate. Reviews say this should be powerful enough to run Starcraft II on Ultra settings. I like the price too. And the free flashdrive makes me happy :D

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - $99

Final cost before shipping/tax/whatever: $809 (including the monitor)

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:26 PM

Whoops... mistake...

While I'm here, any advice if this build is good?

Edited by trashcan7, 19 December 2010 - 07:49 PM.


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Posted 19 December 2010 - 08:05 PM

Whoops... mistake...

While I'm here, any advice if this build is good?

This build is fine for Starcrafting! :thumbup2:

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 19 December 2010 - 10:54 PM

I'm not sure if it is Starcraft II or Civ 5 which places a high demand on the system at higher levels. I think it is Civ 5. The Radeon 5770 is a good card for HTPC's, but if you are going to be playing higher-end games, you may want to consider a Radeon 6870 or 6850. The Corsair 650 is an excellent PSU and you should strongly consider getting it, especially if you go for a better graphics card. Other than these few considerations, you've got a great computer there!

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 10:59 PM

Beat me to it. I was going to suggest upgrading to at least a 6850 for $40-50 more.

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 12:41 PM

I don't think I'll be playing many high-end games, but I suppose it wouldn't be too bad to switch to the 6850, if that seems to be a general consensus. Besides, I guess the money I saved on other parts will make up for it :thumbsup:

I found this one here: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity, which seemed to be popular (had lots of reviews). And plus, with all the rebates, I believe it's $154.99 if I get it before 12/22, which is certainly not bad. Do you guys think this one would be good?

Thanks for all the advice so far!

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 05:06 PM

In my opinion if it is a sapphire, it is good :thumbup2:

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 20 December 2010 - 10:17 PM

The 6850 is pretty good. Almost all GPU's are similar within a given series, all you are paying for, aside from actual hardware based on the reference design, is the warranty and bundle. The 6850 is a serious leap in performance over the 5770. The 6850 performs somewhere between the 5830 and the 5850 in most games. Occasionally, it goes beyond 5850 levels.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 06:10 PM

Awesome, thanks guys for the advice!!

Haha, the RAM went down another $2 since yesterday... good thing I didn't buy it yet. Though maybe I'll just spend another $3 for the exact same RAM, but it looks pretty (and has a heat spreader, but honestly, who needs that). :P




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