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post #1 of 51
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Ok first off I'd like to say this is my first build that I will be getting and building and I'm not exactly sure if my parts are optimized for what I'm paying. My top end budget is $1650.
Case:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146067 NZXT Phantom
Mobo:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128498 GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Cpu:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072 Intel i5 2500k
Cpu Cooler:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065 Cooler Master 212+
Gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102945 x2 sapphire 6950 2gb
Ram:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428G.Skill 1600 8gb
Psu:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139016 Corsair AX 750 W
Monitor:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236049Asus 24"
Disc drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204 Asus 24x DVD burner
Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E168221365331tb 7200 rpm WD caviar black

My current cart stands at $1606 with shipping.
Edited by tyler31763 - 7/24/11 at 6:22am
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post #2 of 51
Everything looks good. I am assuming you have DVD Roms and hard drives? I would probably back off on the monitor, and if you could upgrade your 6870 to a 6950, that would be good. I am not familiar with the AMD boards but it looks like your board is probably more than you would need? It looks like that support TRI crossfire. Will you be buying a bulldozer CPU in the future?
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Everything looks good. I am assuming you have DVD Roms and hard drives? I would probably back off on the monitor, and if you could upgrade your 6870 to a 6950, that would be good. I am not familiar with the AMD boards but it looks like your board is probably more than you would need? It looks like that support TRI crossfire. Will you be buying a bulldozer CPU in the future?
+1 on everything there^, did you factor in the cost of an OS?
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Aghh yes sorry im not sure about a hard drive but the optical drive im getting will be a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204. I may be upgrading to bulldozer eventually. Os cost isn't a factor. I just found this monitor wondering if it is a good substitute http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236049 seems nice since I lose nearly half the cost and its only a bit smaller.
Edited by tyler31763 - 7/22/11 at 8:14am
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Ya, looks good. Check out this mobo too:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131754

seems to be close to what you had, but 40 less. The big things I'd be concerned with are CPU socket and PCI slots. Make sure any board you get has 16x or Dual 8x minimum. Stay away from any board that clocks the 2nd slot to 4x for crossfire or SLI. I think your cooler may be overkill for this chip, but thats just opinion. Do research to make sure it will fit in that case and not interfere with memory.
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Ok first off I'd like to say this is my first build that I will be getting and building and I'm not exactly sure if my parts are optimized for what I'm paying. My top end budget is $1400.
No, they're not. You're paying more for a motherboard than you are a video card. The best formula for a gaming rig is to spend as much as you can on the video card by cutting corners where possible. Buy a cheaper motherboard (even consider Open Box or used), a cheaper power supply, look for a better sale on ram, and a cheaper case. I built my rig for less than your budget and mine is much faster than your proposed build. It's great that you came here before pulling the trigger. Some wait until it's too late. Here's what I propose:

An Open Box motherboard such as Asus P8P76a for $104
2500k for $199 (unless this is a bulldozer build)
4gb or 8gb ram kit for $60
A 600watt power supply for $80
A case for $70 such as CM 690II
Take all that savings and beef up your video card to a GTX580 or 6970. You'll end up with a faster rig for the same money. I bought my GTX580 for $360, so sales can make a huge difference.
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Since your budget is so high why don't you go for intel? Maybe you prefer AMD or something, idk, just wondering. I have seen charts that show that like all the intel processors out perform AMD in some games that have been posted on here, but then again I could be wrong

Edit: Just realized that the monitor was included, that could also be an issue..
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It doesnt seem my cooler will fit without some work so I think i may go for this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608019.
Edit: O sorry didnt see your two posts yes i prefer intel but i didnt think my budget could afford it to be better than what i have now in an intel build.

2nd Edit: sccr Thanks a ton I put on the mobo you suggested the 2500k and changed the monitor to the 24" I linked and I'm right now at $961 which is great thanks again you made my build so much better.
Edited by tyler31763 - 7/22/11 at 8:55am
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It doesnt seem my cooler will fit without some work so I think i may go for this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608019.
Consider finding a Hyper 212+ to free up some more money since the extra spend on a Noctua won't change much if you're looking at real world return. Don't get me wrong, it's a beastly cooler, but I just think your money is better spent elsewhere and a Hyper will get the job done for cheap.
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post #10 of 51
That mobo + that CPU + that CPU cooler?

OC the hell out of that thing.
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