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My friend wants a new rig (current one struggles with high settings on minecraft), this rig is for gaming/websurfing. (United States)

Budget $1500 (slightly flexible, not much)

Some wants/requirements:

Preference to Intel & Nvidia (open to other options though)
SSD 60gb (requirement, 120gb if it fits in the budget)
One monitor 23in+ (as fits in the budget)
Quad-Core with unlocked multiplier (Hyperthreading not a requirement, but a bonus if fits into budget)

This is a complete build, he does not currently have any parts that will transfer over to the new rig.

Thanks for your time and suggestions!
post #2 of 9
Does your friend need a mouse, keyboard, and OS as well?
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i5 750 p55-GD65 Sapphire Vapor-X 5750 2x2GB G-Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB WD Caviar Black Sony Optiarc Windows 7 Acer H233Hbmid 23" 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB WD Caviar Black Sony Optiarc Windows 7 Acer H233Hbmid 23" 
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Saitek Eclipse II Kingwin LZ-750 NZXT Tempest Evo Razer DeathAdder 
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post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by OldMold View Post
Does your friend need a mouse, keyboard, and OS as well?
Mouse/Keyboard he already knows what he wants, OS Windows 7 Professional x64 -OEM is fine.

I'm working on a build list too, just to get discussion started.
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2122 MK.II
(33 items)
 
G75VW
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 2600k @ 4.4 GHz Asus P8P67 Asus ENGTX680 DirectCU II Asus ENGTX560Ti DirectCU II 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
Asus ENGTX580 DirectCU II (RIP) 4x4GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX 1600 Mushkin Chronos 240GB Western Digital 1.5TB Green 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Intel 320 Series 120GB SSD Seagate 3TB Barracuda Seagate 2TB Barracuda Seagate 2TB Barracuda 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate 2TB Barracuda Green Seagate 2TB Barracuda Green Seagate 2TB Barracuda Green Western Digital 1TB External 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair H100 Windows 7 x64 Samsung SyncMaster SA700 Asus VE2471 
MonitorMonitorMonitorMonitor
Samsung SyncMaster SA300 Samsung SyncMaster 2233BW Acer X213W LG L194WTX 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer BlackWidow Antec Truepower 750w Corsair 800D Logitech G700 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Razer Sphex Corsair Vengeance 1500 Logitech G35 Logitech X-540 
CPUGraphics
i7 3630QM Asus GTX660M 2GB 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2410M 2.3~2.9 GHz Acer Nvidia GT540M 1GB Samsung 2x4GB 1333 
Hard DriveOSPowerMouse Pad
Seagate Momentus 750GB - 5400 Windows Home Premium x64 Pretty sure it's a battery. What mouse pad? 
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2122 MK.II
(33 items)
 
G75VW
(2 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 2600k @ 4.4 GHz Asus P8P67 Asus ENGTX680 DirectCU II Asus ENGTX560Ti DirectCU II 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
Asus ENGTX580 DirectCU II (RIP) 4x4GB DDR3 Kingston HyperX 1600 Mushkin Chronos 240GB Western Digital 1.5TB Green 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Intel 320 Series 120GB SSD Seagate 3TB Barracuda Seagate 2TB Barracuda Seagate 2TB Barracuda 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate 2TB Barracuda Green Seagate 2TB Barracuda Green Seagate 2TB Barracuda Green Western Digital 1TB External 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Corsair H100 Windows 7 x64 Samsung SyncMaster SA700 Asus VE2471 
MonitorMonitorMonitorMonitor
Samsung SyncMaster SA300 Samsung SyncMaster 2233BW Acer X213W LG L194WTX 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer BlackWidow Antec Truepower 750w Corsair 800D Logitech G700 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Razer Sphex Corsair Vengeance 1500 Logitech G35 Logitech X-540 
CPUGraphics
i7 3630QM Asus GTX660M 2GB 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2410M 2.3~2.9 GHz Acer Nvidia GT540M 1GB Samsung 2x4GB 1333 
Hard DriveOSPowerMouse Pad
Seagate Momentus 750GB - 5400 Windows Home Premium x64 Pretty sure it's a battery. What mouse pad? 
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I just threw a rig together totaling $1,387.90. I left a little wiggle room for case, keyboard, changes, etc.

It includes:

Intel I5 2500K
ASUS Sabertooth P67 Rev. 3 Motherboard
EVGA GTX 570
Corsair TX750 V2 Power Supply
8GB (2x4) G-Skill Sniper RAM (1.5v)
Crucial M4 64GB SATA III SSD
1TB Samsung Spinpoint HD
23" ASUS or ACER monitor (both are similarly priced)
ASUS DVD Burner
Windows Professional x64 -OEM

That also comes with a Free Batman Arkham city coupon (sell if you don't want), a free 4GB Kingston Micro SD card, and there is a $15 MIR on the power supply.
Edited by OldMold - 10/27/11 at 8:28pm
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 p55-GD65 Sapphire Vapor-X 5750 2x2GB G-Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB WD Caviar Black Sony Optiarc Windows 7 Acer H233Hbmid 23" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II Kingwin LZ-750 NZXT Tempest Evo Razer DeathAdder 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 p55-GD65 Sapphire Vapor-X 5750 2x2GB G-Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB WD Caviar Black Sony Optiarc Windows 7 Acer H233Hbmid 23" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II Kingwin LZ-750 NZXT Tempest Evo Razer DeathAdder 
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post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldMold View Post
I just threw a rig together totaling $1,387.90. I left a little wiggle room for case, keyboard, changes, etc.

It includes:

Intel I5 2500K
ASUS Sabertooth P67 Rev. 3 Motherboard
EVGA GTX 570
Corsair TX750 V2 Power Supply
8GB (2x4) G-Skill Sniper RAM (1.5v)
Crucial M4 64GB SATA III SSD
1TB Samsung Spinpoint HD
23" ASUS or ACER monitor (both are similarly priced)
ASUS DVD Burner
Windows Professional x64 -OEM

That also comes with a Free Batman Arkham city coupon (sell if you don't want), a free 4GB Kingston Micro SD card, and there is a $15 MIR on the power supply.
Thanks for the suggestions, I've looked them both over. +rep

Still accepting other suggestions, thanks.
post #7 of 9
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post #8 of 9
Looks pretty good. The only comment I have is that you might want to look at other SSDs. OCZ SSDs have a high problem/failure rate, probably one of the highest at this current time.

They are still nice and fast when they work, but that is if... and for how long. Just a thought. SpammisT and I both recommended the Crucial M4 SSD as it has an incredibly high reliability rating and is a top performer as well. Although it will cost you about $50 to step up from the OCZ to the Crucial M4.

The choice is yours though. Good Luck!
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 p55-GD65 Sapphire Vapor-X 5750 2x2GB G-Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB WD Caviar Black Sony Optiarc Windows 7 Acer H233Hbmid 23" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II Kingwin LZ-750 NZXT Tempest Evo Razer DeathAdder 
  hide details  
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My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 p55-GD65 Sapphire Vapor-X 5750 2x2GB G-Skill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB WD Caviar Black Sony Optiarc Windows 7 Acer H233Hbmid 23" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse II Kingwin LZ-750 NZXT Tempest Evo Razer DeathAdder 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldMold View Post
Looks pretty good. The only comment I have is that you might want to look at other SSDs. OCZ SSDs have a high problem/failure rate, probably one of the highest at this current time.

They are still nice and fast when they work, but that is if... and for how long. Just a thought. SpammisT and I both recommended the Crucial M4 SSD as it has an incredibly high reliability rating and is a top performer as well. Although it will cost you about $50 to step up from the OCZ to the Crucial M4.

The choice is yours though. Good Luck!
Hmm, I guess I'll have to look at the SSDs a bit more. I knew the V3 was having a lot of firmware problems, but I thought that had been fixed by now.

The M4's weren't very reliable at release either if I remember correctly.
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