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psionic98

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So I've been trolling for a while, posting when I can and now finally can make the request. This will not be bought till after christmas, but I need something on paper to start the process. (yes i know prices change, and may post again at purchase time to see if anyone knows of any deals going on!)

Note: I do have a microcenter within 30mins, I do not need kb/mouse/monitor/printer...resolution is max on standard 20" (gateway) monitor

Use will be primarily gaming (newest when possible), video encoding as secondary responsibility and normal pc use/net surfing as the rest. I have approx $1000 to spend.

I was looking at i7 920 from microcenter, but not sure its feasable with the budget

So what I'm looking for is maximizing the parts within budget.. the lower the budget the better while maintaining the performance.. basically looking for a $2k system that costs 1/2 that!

do your worst!
 

MARCI

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Wishlist 1k build on Newegg I put it together for ya, all one spot. 951. 3 day shipping to my location comes out to around 10 bucks, not sure about yours.

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB
XFX GX260XADJC GeForce GTX 260 896MB
SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500)
GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


As I said, I didn't spend the whole budget, so people will likely recommend changes. I've also left that design with room to grow, it can take another 2 DDR3 sticks. and you can add a second Video Card later for some SLI or xfire action.
 

Rattle

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i'd go for a 4890 before 5770, 4890 can go higher res where the 5770 will start to choke, dx11 wont matter till next gen anyway. even the 260 will outperform the 5770.
 

MARCI

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Guys, he's playing on 20in lcd.. the gtx-260 is all the card he needs. Also, if he upgrades the monitor in the future, the mobo supports SLI.

TBH, the 5770 would work just as well, since the mobo supports Xfire.
 
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psionic98

psionic98

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Correct..the resolutions are quite small..though I see a 24" somewhere in the future.

Is the 260 still the upper end of the midrange cards? Wouldn't the EVGA 216 be better for only $10 more?
 

Kuroimaho

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The Evga 216 is also a GTX260 with the new ati cards I would say the 20 is still midrange card. Enough for 20" and I think still good for 24 with some compromises but with a bit still left in your budget a 4890 could still fit in.

Check hardocp for some game reviews vga card's performance with recent games in 20-24" res.
 
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psionic98

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I keep seeing mixed reviews on that gigabyte board, ports dying, not posting after OC even though it was a stable oc.. thoughts
 

EarthDog

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I havent seen that (but I wasnt looking :)).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...&cm_re=x58_motherboard-_-13-188-051-_-Product

Another solid board, but for $20 more.


See, here is your quandry, you can get a lesser system (i5, p55 chipset) and get a better GPU, or you can get a better system (i7 x58), have a better upgrade path for the system and an adequete GPU. Thats your choice with a $1k budget.

Do you plan on or want to overclock? If not, you can save some significant money on the motherboard...something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...&cm_re=x58_motherboard-_-13-186-170-_-Product

...would be sufficient.
 
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psionic98

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I'd like to OC, maybe not out of the box, but I do want to.. I can probaby squeeze the budget up to 1100, which puts me into getting a HSF as well as getting some thermal compound..

mATX.. aren't they tougher to work with seeing they are smaller form factors? I never built a pc from scratch like this, but more than willing to take the time..

Any diff between ASUS and any other 216 card or picked cause of the price? Would think evga would be more reputable, but like another 20 more

Also opted in my own build to go for the corsair 750tx as its on sale for 109+mir

I used your buildplan above and added the following:

750TX @ 109+mir
Xigamatek dark knight i7 compat @ 45
and a tube of as5 unless theres something more suitable

Brings the total to about $1053 w/o mirs and with orig MB, new mb squeezes up to 1073ish.. still in the ballpark i guess
 

EarthDog

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If you are not going crossfire or SLI in the future, there is absolutely no need for a 750W PSU. Frankly, you can get away with a 550VX pretty easily with one card and overclocking as well, but I gave you that headroom just in case. In your build, every dollar (well in this case $10) count.

As far as mATX form factor being harder to work with... I guess if you have 2 GPUs or something sure, but otherwise, not really. I dont think I linked a mATX board though.

I wouldnt worry about the dark night version of that. Just get the s1283 with backplate and save a few dollars.
 
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psionic98

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you linked this
EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Micro Intel Motherboard - Retail
 
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psionic98

psionic98

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the s1283 and backplate come out to be almost (~$5 shy) of the DK model.. other than the 5 bucks whats the differences?
 

mattspalace

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My recommendations:

i7 920 from Microcenter = $199 (got mine there too!)
Gigabyte UD3R = $174 A/R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128375
Gskill 6GB DDR1600 = $150 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225
Lite-on DVD Burner = $32 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106333
Cogage True Spirit = $38 http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/cobythtrspfo.html
Cooler Master 700W Modular PSU = $100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171037
XFX 4890 = $175 A/R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150438
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB = $56 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
Cooler Master HAF922 = $90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
Windows 7 Home Prem 64bit = $105 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

Total about $1125 + whatever shipping

I did my best to stay away from rebates - the video card has a $20, the mobo $15.

I would buy as much stuff off the classifieds as possible to help save some cash.
 
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psionic98

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You got the mega shadow.. thought that was just a re-paint of the original that they charged more for..

Good list though.. thanks! Since I have to hold off until after the new year (christmas and my bday on jan 3rd to make sure the $$ is in order) hopefully prices will flux more in that timeframe and I can pick up some deals. Wonder if newegg does after holiday sales...
 

mattspalace

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You got the mega shadow.. thought that was just a re-paint of the original that they charged more for..

Good list though.. thanks! Since I have to hold off until after the new year (christmas and my bday on jan 3rd to make sure the $$ is in order) hopefully prices will flux more in that timeframe and I can pick up some deals. Wonder if newegg does after holiday sales...

Mega Shadow - nickel plated version. Microcenter had it in stock when I bought the CPU, so I bought it too.. :D

I'd go for the 4890 over the GTX 260, it's faster and a bit cheaper.. :chair:
 
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psionic98

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i dont use linux alot.. and was actually thinking of going for the 4890 since the 5800 series is WAY out of budget and not really a need for dx11 just yet.

I may have to buy some of this stuff sooner than later.. apparently newegg has the haf922 and rs-700 as a bundle for 170, saves 20 bucks right there...

What about the good bit of negative posts for the GA board? Kinda turning me off to it.. guess i should check our mobo section for some feedback on anyone thats used it.. not into buying something that may be a 20%ish chance of failing off the bat