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Hey guys.

I used to have AMD systems, but now I'm going intel.

What's the best computer you can make for under $900 for:
Gaming (mostly emulation) and some (not very much, very little) video encoding.

I can buy from any website and microcenter isn't very far; so whatever deals you can get, please share! I'll be buying next week, so no limited offers please.


Since Bulldozer performed pretty crappy, I decided to go with an Intel build (always saw more reliabiity with Intel anyway).

I was thinking:

CPU: i5-2500k : $180
CPU Cooling: CoolerMaster 212+ : $26.99
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 : $125
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB 1600 @ 1.35v : $54.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB : $60
SSD: don't want
Video Card: ???
Optical Drive: LG Burner @ 22x : 18.99
PSU: ????
Case: Corsair 650D (I found this on sale for $100)


This is all on my 27" monitor (1920 x 1080)

Also, please don't exceed $900 including taxes.

Thanks.

For video card I was thinking either:
SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

or
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Edited by Shahzad7 - 10/13/11 at 9:10pm
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CPU: i5-2500k - $180 at microcenter
CPU Cooling: Hyper 212+ / Evo / Corsair H-Series
Motherboard: The Asus P8Z68-V PRO is $170 with the 2500k at microcenter, but I was also considering an Asrock board if its cheaper.
RAM: 8GB Ripwjaws X - $40-$50
HDD: Spinpoint F3 - $55-$60 - 1TB
SSD: Crucial M4 - $114
Video Card: GTX 560Ti / GTX570 ($180-$275) (MicroCenter coupons can be found for 20% off)
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Optical Drive: Any, $20
 
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Originally Posted by Shahzad7 View Post
Hey guys.


What's the best computer you can make for under $900 for:
Gaming (mostly emulation) and some (not very much, very little) video encoding.

I can buy from any website and microcenter isn't very far; so whatever deals you can get, please share! I'll be buying next week, so no limited offers please.


Since Bulldozer performed pretty crappy, I decided to go with an Intel build (always saw more reliabiity with Intel anyway).

I was thinking:

CPU: i5-2500k - $180 at microcenter
CPU Cooling: ????
Motherboard: The Asus P8Z68-V PRO is $170 with the 2500k at microcenter, but I was also considering an Asrock board if its cheaper.
RAM: ??? I'm looking for 8GB minimum.
HDD: ???
SSD: ??? (If any)
Video Card: ???
Case: Corsair 650D (I found this on sale for $100)
Optical Drive: ???

Also, please don't exceed $900 including taxes.

Thanks.
Cpu spot on, best bang for buck right now
Motherboard is also good and will unlock that cpu nicely, Asrock or asus they are both great performers that overclock very well, so it comes down to personal preference.

Ram would have to be g-skill ripjaws X 8gb 1600mhz 9-9-9-24 1.5v
Hdd, the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb drive is very well recommended on this forum + i have one and it cannot be beaten for the price.

I recommend getting a small 64GB SSD as a boot drive, this way you will benefit from super fast boot times and desktop multi tasking/load times, You also have space to install addition games on it if you so wish.

Gpu, theres plenty to choose from! if your gaming at 1920x1200 resolution i would go for a gtx 570 or 560ti, Ati would be 6950 or 6970.

Cpu cooling, the hyper 212+ is a great cooler for these cpu's and can hold a 4.5ghz overclock easilly and its very very well priced.

Pretty much any optical drive will do they all perform so much alike these days.

Case once again is completely down to personal preference. Personally i love the nzxt phantom for its space, Cable management and airflow

Enjoy your build
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Cpu spot on, best bang for buck right now
Motherboard is also good and will unlock that cpu nicely, Asrock or asus they are both great performers that overclock very well, so it comes down to personal preference.

Ram would have to be g-skill ripjaws X 8gb 1600mhz 9-9-9-24 1.5v
Hdd, the samsung spinpoint f3 1tb drive is very well recommended on this forum + i have one and it cannot be beaten for the price.

I recommend getting a small 64GB SSD as a boot drive, this way you will benefit from super fast boot times and desktop multi tasking/load times, You also have space to install addition games on it if you so wish.

Gpu, theres plenty to choose from! if your gaming at 1920x1200 resolution i would go for a gtx 570 or 560ti, Ati would be 6950 or 6970.

Cpu cooling, the hyper 212+ is a great cooler for these cpu's and can hold a 4.5ghz overclock easilly and its very very well priced.

Pretty much any optical drive will do they all perform so much alike these days.

Case once again is completely down to personal preference. Personally i love the nzxt phantom for its space, Cable management and airflow

Enjoy your build

Is the Hyper 212+ Safe for 4.5Ghz at 24/7... with decent temps?
I don't want the CPU running really hot.
I was thinking of either the GTX 570 or ATI 6950, but I don't know where to find good deals.




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Originally Posted by Dustin1 View Post
CPU: i5-2500k - $180 at microcenter
CPU Cooling: Hyper 212+ / Evo / Corsair H-Series
Motherboard: The Asus P8Z68-V PRO is $170 with the 2500k at microcenter, but I was also considering an Asrock board if its cheaper.
RAM: 8GB Ripwjaws X - $40-$50
HDD: Spinpoint F3 - $55-$60 - 1TB
SSD: Crucial M4 - $114
Video Card: GTX 560Ti / GTX570 ($180-$275) (MicroCenter coupons can be found for 20% off)
Case: Corsair 650D (I found this on sale for $100)
Optical Drive: Any, $20
Can you include some links where I can find this stuff?
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Originally Posted by Shahzad7 View Post
Is the Hyper 212+ Safe for 4.5Ghz at 24/7... with decent temps?
I don't want the CPU running really hot.
I was thinking of either the GTX 570 or ATI 6950, but I don't know where to find good deals.






Can you include some links where I can find this stuff?
Yes the 212+ is safe for 24/7 use, If you can afford a better cooler then this will help you achieve a higher overclock but the 212+ is good for 4.5ghz with a quality tim applied.
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I updated the main thread a little, I'm stuck on the video card + power supply :S
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Go for the 6950 2gb. The extra vram will be useful if you like AA and in future games as well.
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Try this out: Go to Microcenter's website and put a 2500K and a Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H in your cart and it will be $300 subtotal! It also works with the UD4 and a pair of Asus boards, but that is the cheapest one and you are getting a $160 board for $120! Its very hard to beat that combo. It doesn't mention the discount anywhere but it shows up when you put them in your cart, and it is in store only.

For the cooler, CM 212+ is a decent cheap cooler. There is also a Sunbeam Twister, which is $24 on Newegg right now, which got some decent temps when faced with some rough testing.

As for a PSU, check out the Rosewill Green series. They are very good PSUs and very cheap. According to Phaedrus' PSU calc, a Rosewill Green 530W should have you covered if you decide to crossfire 6950s and its $50, or you can even jump up to the 630W for $10 more if you wish. There are other good PSU lines but the cheaper ones are Rosewill Green, Antec NEO ECO, and Antec Earthwatts Green. If you want to spend more money, there are TONS to choose from
    
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