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I am just getting back into PC gaming after a few years break. Last PC I owned was a Dell XPS 400 and well I'll just say it probably wont handle any newer games out there lol. So I have decided to go ahead and start building up a decent gaming rig for my self. I have a modest budget of 1K. I love RTS games (from Westwood's Command & Conquer to Total War: Empire) and shooters like COD and BFBC. Hoping with the current list of parts I might be able to play these games for the next couple of years. I don't know which processor to get so I am hoping someone might chime in. I have the wish list set up on new egg, but I am sure I can get the hard drives cheaper from a local store. All I need is a processor. Any one have opinions on any of this? I am hoping I can learn a lot from the members here.




SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA $18.99

SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 $279.99

Rosewill BRONZE Series RBR1000-M 1000W $129.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $44.99

ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $275.99

Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case $129.99

Subtotal: $879.94



Thanks for the help!
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post #2 of 81
Um... To be frank, I think that your build is pretty terrible. You should get a tx650 v2 and a way worse motherboard. Maybe a asrock z68 extreme4 gen3 and a i5 2500k.
post #3 of 81
First off, ditch the old X58 board. I'd go with an LGA 1155 mobo with an intel i5 2500k... still the best performance for the price out there.

Next, get a better power supply. You really, really do not need 1000W even if you are planning on crossfiring. Pick something out from this list or ask in the PSU forum they will tell you exactly what you need. The last thing you want is a cheap power supply, and as far as I know the only good one's from Rosewill are from the HIVE series.


http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies

The most popular brands around here are Corsair and Antec.
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post #4 of 81
OK heres i much better build.
LiteOn iHAS224-06 $21
Sapphire Flex 6950 2gb $245
i5 2500k $180 microcenter/NCIX
Asrock extreme4 gen3 z68 $185
Corsair TX650w V2 $80
G. Skill Ripjaws X $45
Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced $80
Total: $836 before tax and shipping


All on Newegg except for the 2500k


You do NOT want X58 on a 1k build

EDIT: Oh, and you might want to look at the CM Hyper 212+/evo
and the HAF 912/922/932
Edited by FyreBurn - 11/16/11 at 7:16pm
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This is why I joined this forum. Holy ****! Thanks a lot! Saved my as$. I am on Newegg right now looking up all the stuff. Awesome stuff!
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What about HDD? I know the prices have been a lot higher do to ND, but is there anything that you would recommend in the mean time??
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post #7 of 81
Given HDD prices have gone up, you'll have to look a little harder to find some good deals on a mechanical HDD.

http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/857733/Western-Digital-Caviar-Black-WDBAAZ0010HNC-NRSN/?cm_cat=2000000361

Office Max has the Caviar Black 1TB Western Digital for $89.00 which at this point is a great price.

Otherwise I suggest shopping used in the for sale section or waiting for another good deal to spring up in the online deals section of the forum.


As for the rest of the build I think other members have covered it but you definitely don't need the 1000W PSU, a good 750W Corsair PSU will be plenty even for crossfire down the road. Otherwise a solid 600W PSU will be plenty for a single GPU solution.

CPU definitely go with the 2500K and for a motherboard look at the Asus P8P67 Pro or the ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 both come highly recommended here on the forums. Don't sleep on Gigabyte boards either.

Otherwise, great build for gaming the 6950 should be plenty at 1080p resolutions for near max settings in most games today.
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post #8 of 81
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You guys are truly awesome. Jeffro, I happen to have a HDD from my old Dell XPS400, WD Caviar SE 160gb. Could I use that one in the mean time? It's old though, from 2006, probably wouldn't work correct? Out of curiousity, none of the ASUS boards any good? I know it sounds silly but I really liked the style of the ASUS mobo's. I was hoping to keep everything red inside.
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Originally Posted by FDNY911 View Post

You guys are truly awesome. Jeffro, I happen to have a HDD from my old Dell XPS400, WD Caviar SE 160gb. Could I use that one in the mean time? It's old though, from 2006, probably wouldn't work correct? Out of curiousity, none of the ASUS boards any good? I know it sounds silly but I really liked the style of the ASUS mobo's. I was hoping to keep everything red inside.

Well, as long as it is a SATA interface it should be fine. But do try getting a 7200 rpm =P
You could also look at the Asrock professional gen3 for looks. and maybe the Asus Maximus Iv Extreme-Z for performance and looks. But the Maximus is frickin expensive.
BTW most Asus boards are blue.
Sorry for editing so much, but you could also look at thje Gene-Z
Edited by FyreBurn - 11/16/11 at 8:20pm
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Originally Posted by FDNY911 View Post

You guys are truly awesome. Jeffro, I happen to have a HDD from my old Dell XPS400, WD Caviar SE 160gb. Could I use that one in the mean time? It's old though, from 2006, probably wouldn't work correct? Out of curiousity, none of the ASUS boards any good? I know it sounds silly but I really liked the style of the ASUS mobo's. I was hoping to keep everything red inside.

Asus is excellent. They are just recommending you things to save money. ASRock is just an offshoot of Asus and are, in my experience, just as high quality. Asus will always be a bit more expensive than ASRock as well.
    
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