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#1 ATARi

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:05 PM

Hey all, again back for some advice.  Thanks for the laptop/ultrabook suggestions you guys gave me not too long ago.  It helped out a lot.

 

I have been favoring building a new rig in the coming days.

 

I plan on using the rig for mainly playing Blizzard games (StarCraft II WoL/HoTS mainly) and probably some Left 4 Dead 2, MW3, and CS:GO. (Probably some more games in the near future but not sure which.)  I would love to play the games in high/ultra settings as well.

 

Next, I don't know which way to go.  Intel or AMD?

 

Someone sent me a video for a $750 rig from YouTube (http://youtu.be/K33ZpYq7n_8), is this an good build for that price range?  I would prefer to use around that area of capital but my probably top maximum would be $1000/1100 and under range. Also in that YouTube build (if I go Intel), I'd prefer to use a modular PSU as I like to keep the wires down to a minimum.

 

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:22 PM

I should also note that if not building a rig, I may be just getting the ASUS G75VW laptop or the lower model, the G55.



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Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:09 PM

Didn't want to bump this, but any recommendations?  Suggestions?



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 02:54 AM

G'day mate, sorry about the delay. Below is the list of components:
 
CPU: Intel Core i5 3470 - $200 - More then enough processing power and can easily run the games.
 
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LE - $150 - Lots of bells and whistles.

 

Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB(2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 - $56 

 

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM - $75 - 1TB of space for your games.

 

Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $290 - This card should be able to run those games easily.

 

Power Supply: Seasonic X650 - $120 - Has room for upgrades like adding more hard drives.

 

Case: Coolermaster HAF 912 - $70 - Has lots of airflow going through the case to keep the components cool.

 

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST OEM - $18 - A simple drive. 

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit OEM - $100 - You could go with Windows 8 if you prefer to have the latest OS.

 

Total: $1079 excluding shipping, taxes and rebates. 


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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
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:43 PM

While waiting, I was looking into the same PSU.

 

On the tower, would http://goo.gl/TEuSq fit all of the above components?  Also I can easily add an SSD also?  I believe I would dish out a little extra just for that.

 

Lastly, I probably have to raise the budget to $1500, just to get another monitor and my last one was taken by my cousin.



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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:28 PM

Look at this AMD build with an SSD  
ZALMAN Z9 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811235027 $66 $46 after mir

 

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767 $60

 

ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131851 $145 /$135 after mir

 

SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB  
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006  $290/ $270 after mir

 

Antec HCG M Series HCG-620M 620W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371059  $83

 

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)  DDR3 1866
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231550 $55

 

ADATA XPG SX900 ASX900S3-128GM-C 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211596 $100/ $90 after mir

 

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM +

  • AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1224793.19-113-284 $295
 

Total approx $1100 with $80 in MIR= $1020

 

You can use the $80 to upgrade mobo to Asus sabertooth 990fx,a bigger case,  a mouse or more ram

 

or maybe a better cpu cooler eg  Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 140mm UFB 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709011 $82


Edited by diggi, 07 March 2013 - 10:32 PM.


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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:39 PM

Yes that case would work with all of the components. You could have a look at the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD which is basically one of the fastest SSD you could get.

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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 08 March 2013 - 12:54 PM

A couple notes.  FX processors are unique and need a scheduler update to Windows 7 for them to work a little better.  Windows 8 has this built in and is a little bit faster with FX than Windows 7.  The XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 is a great CPU cooler that is less expensive.  I use this on an FX-8150 to good results.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:14 PM

I think, I'll stay with the Intel build, as I'm a bit more familiar with them.

 

Instead of the 7950, are there any alternatives to this as I need to purchase another monitor as well and want to see if I can cut some costs in the build.



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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:54 PM

7870 or 7850 or GTX 660



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Posted 09 March 2013 - 03:54 PM

Could I benefit from a 6000 series or should I just future proof and just get the 7000 series?

 

Also for the time being, do you think it's possible to survive with just a 128GB SSD for the time being with just Windows 7, StarCraft II and Left 4 Dead 2 for the time being?  I don't have much music or movies files at the moment since I only really stream these days.

 

Also before I go further to purchasing a monitor, any suggestions there?  I was just going to pick up some ASUS or something if not.



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Posted 09 March 2013 - 06:55 PM

The 6000 series on the high end side would be able to handle the games you want to play but your best bet is is to get the 7850 or 7870 which offers the best value for performance. Yes, you could survive with 128GB for those 2 games as L4D2 isn't that large. A Asus monitor like this would be do the trick,


Edited by killerx525, 09 March 2013 - 07:40 PM.

>Michael 
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
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:37 PM

Superb, I guess I'll stick to that plan and just get the SSD first then get a regular hard drive later on down the road.  As well as downgrading to a 7850/70 and if anything upgrade further down the road as well.



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Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:41 PM

The card shouldn't really struggle with those games as they not demanding.


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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 10 March 2013 - 03:41 PM

could l;ook at hd 7770 series too






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