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phantastic1955

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I need some help putting together a new rig. The video card in my fz190 just burnt out, so I got an eee pc 1005ha. Now I would like something I can use to play games and do school work on. I have $1,500 to spend on a rig and monitor. I've been eyeballing the samsung monitors, t240hd or t260hd.

Taking the monitor out of the budget, I have about $1,200 to spend on the rig. I was surfing around and saw this, which I think would work well for me. I don't plan on overclocking until later in the future when I need more speed.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-sff,2312.html

I am open to whatever platforms, i7 or phenom ii, nvidia or ati. I want to keep it as a micro atx. any suggestions?
 
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phantastic1955

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Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 341 MicroATX Mid Tower (44.99)
Mobo: Gigabyte 785G Micro ATX (79.99)
Video Card: Sapphire Vapor-X HD 4890 (214.99)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE 3.4Ghz (185.00)
Heat Sink: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro (36.98)
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W (89.99 - 30 = 59.99)
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 1600 [PC3 12800] (95.99)

This is what I came up with. Comes out to be $720ish, still needing a HD and monitor.

My question, is it with the extra money to get the CPU to i7 920 or get a better vid card with a radeon hd 5870? will either be a huge difference in what I've put together?
 

cyberfish

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For gaming, video card will help more for sure. Modern CPUs are WAY faster than enough for gaming already. You will almost certainly be limited by the video card, especially at higher resolutions.
 

psionic98

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I've put together an i7 build for approx 1200.. less if you can get lightly used parts from classifieds etc..


i7 920 from Microcenter = $199
Gigabyte UD3R = $174
Gskill 6GB DDR1600 = $150
Lite-on DVD Burner = $32
Cogage True Spirit = $38
Cooler Master 700W Modular PSU = $100
XFX 4890 = $175
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB = $56
Cooler Master HAF922 = $90
Windows 7 Home Prem 64bit = $105

thats about 1100 give or take.. prices changed since it was put together.. mostly newegg
 

GrimX9

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I've put together an i7 build for approx 1200.. less if you can get lightly used parts from classifieds etc..


i7 920 from Microcenter = $199
Gigabyte UD3R = $174
Gskill 6GB DDR1600 = $150
Lite-on DVD Burner = $32
Cogage True Spirit = $38
Cooler Master 700W Modular PSU = $100
XFX 4890 = $175
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB = $56
Cooler Master HAF922 = $90
Windows 7 Home Prem 64bit = $105

thats about 1100 give or take.. prices changed since it was put together.. mostly newegg

I'd bump the HDD up to a WD black, and you could shave some off the case, such as a antec 300.
 

psionic98

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i did change that setup.. but that was initial.. WD black is better.. and case is just preference..
 
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phantastic1955

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is it possible to fix your configuration into a microatx tower? I live in a small apartment and a full tower would take up too much space. also would be your suggestion for a microatx mobo for the i7?
 

psionic98

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the EVGA x58 SLI mATX is what i got from a member here.. its a micro atx board that i'll be using in my case.. the setup the user had was better than what i listed using this matx board.. so its very possible!
 

fire2havoc

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Do NOT get that OCZ PSU. For your listed system, consider the following:

Corsair 650TX
Antec TruePower TP-750
Seasonic M12 700W