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Hey OCN, so as it would seem, I have grown tired of playing games on my PS3 and Xbox 360. I got to thinking last week, remembering the good days of when Bioshock's demo first came out and I had my new 8800GTS 640MB. I was so amazed by the graphics and it really made me miss my desktop I had to sell before I went to college.

Two years later, I am ready to get back in the game and finally build my own computer from scratch rather then upgrading part by part like my last one I was given. I gave myself a $1,000 limit and I was able to put together a pretty good list. I read reviews on everything and I am completely satisfied with it, but it never hurts to get an outside opinion.

I went over just a bit because I decided to spring for a new case since my current one uses 2x 80mm for exhaust and that wouldn't work with my CPU cooler.

Let me know what you guys/girls think and I appreciate any suggestions. I don't want to spend anymore then the current total either, even with mail in rebates.

Phenom Build

Edit: Sandy Bridge Build
Edited by sledgehammer1990 - 7/24/11 at 6:39pm
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Looks very solid, I'm not sure if that SSD was one of the ones having trouble or not though so that may be an issue. You should be able to get that 955 to 4.0 GHz as well. You may want to get an optical drive, they're really cheap and worth having in the rig.
Edited by Scrappy - 7/24/11 at 4:37pm
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Not bad - I feel that you could do much better by utilizing combo deals, cutting back a little on case, psu and cooler and upgrading your platform to Sandy Bridge.

The Phenom II is simply dead now with Bulldozer around the corner, and whilst it performs admirably in gaming still and will be fun to overclock, you are missing out on cutting edge technology that IS within your budget.

The build is solid, but ultimately a waste of money (in my opinion) because it's platform is old tech - really old tech.

Aim for a 2500k build, and forgo a cpu cooler for now if necessary (use the stock one).
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Switch the board for an AM3+ board and you can pick up bulldozer later for a nice performance boost.
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Looks very solid, I'm not sure if that SSD was one of the ones having trouble or not though so that may be an issue. You should be able to get that 955 to 4.0 GHz as well. You may want to get an optical drive, they're really cheap and worth having in the rig.
I've still got a brand new SATA optical drive here from my last build I attempted, but ran out of funds.
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Switch the board for an AM3+ board and you can pick up bulldozer later for a nice performance boost.
This too ^^
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Switch the board for an AM3+ board and you can pick up bulldozer later for a nice performance boost.
This, or go sandy bridge. Phenom II is last gen hardware and you should really consider the latest. Other than that, you have a very solid build there
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Not bad - I feel that you could do much better by utilizing combo deals, cutting back a little on case, psu and cooler and upgrading your platform to Sandy Bridge.

The Phenom II is simply dead now with Bulldozer around the corner, and whilst it performs admirably in gaming still and will be fun to overclock, you are missing out on cutting edge technology that IS within your budget.

The build is solid, but ultimately a waste of money (in my opinion) because it's platform is old tech - really old tech.

Aim for a 2500k build, and forgo a cpu cooler for now if necessary (use the stock one).
I understand, but like I said, I have 1K for this build, I'm not gonna be able to come up with another 1.5K suddenly for newer stuff.

Edit: I now understand you meant the Intel processor 2500K, sorry. I am not familiar with their processor line.
Edited by sledgehammer1990 - 7/24/11 at 5:37pm
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Spend the extra $10 and get this board instead and you will have the option of BD down the line.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131754
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Spend the extra $10 and get this board instead and you will have the option of BD down the line.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131754
I was just looking at that board. I really like the uEFI BIOS too. It would be a very nice feature to have.
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