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It's been at least 5 years since I've built my sig rig. My 8800GT died and it now has a 7600GT, from a pile of spares. I felt this was a great opportunity to finally upgrade, but then quickly realized it was an even BETTER opportunity to build an all new system from scratch. This way the kids can gain a computer, at least that is how its being sold to the wife hehe.

Basically, this system has to do a bit of everything. The usual internet browsing, music listening, etc. but it also has to handle FL Studio (encoding, synth rendering, etc.) video encoding and it has to play games rather well. This list will not have an HDD as I will be using the 1.5TB I have in the current system. It will also not include any high end audio equipment as I won't be pushing my luck so to speak.

BIOSTAR TA870U3+ AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard: $89.99

AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor: $124.99

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800): $47.99

GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card: $239.99

LG Black Internal 12X Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback Blu-ray Disc Rewriter SATA WH12LS38 LightScribe Support - OEM: $79.99

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE: $99.99

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case: $43.99

XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler: $29.99

XIGMATEK LED Fan Crystal series CLF-F1702 170mm Red: $14.99 x3

As you can see, I went with the "unlockable" prospect while still ending up with what I feel is a pretty nice system if the 960T doesn't run stable with 6 cores unlocked and if the 6950 isn't flashable to a 6970 although I've heard there is a pretty good success rate with the Gigabyte card.

Thoughts? Opinions? BTW, this system has to remain within a $800 budget. In it's current state it is at oh I dunno... $802 something.
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Looks pretty good, here's somethings to check out:
Thermaltake V3 + LG Blu-Ray save yourself $9
Buy the cpu from amazon and save $10
And, I would take this Asus motherboard over that one.
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GIGABYTE GV-R695OC-1GD Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card: $239.99

Um, 1gb 6950's unlocking is rare... Also just buy one of the 2gb ref from the marketplace here. They almost always unlock and you can get one for like $220 shipped.

Pretty sure that card only unlocks if you take off the heatsink and do some soldering to make the bios rewrittable and even then it's rare, if you want unlockable Reference is the way to go.
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That build looks good. Its about time for the intel guys to come over and tell you how bad it is though.
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That build looks good. Its about time for the intel guys to come over and tell you how bad it is though.

Nah, for what he wants that's fine. I have a 2500k and just switched from the 1090t for gaming performance and I'll tell you what I don't notice any difference except in gaming on the 2500k. No reason to spend more when he wont use it.
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Thermaltake V3 is a poor value case.  For a lower price of $40 shipped (no rebates, unlike $44 + $6 shipping and then a $10 rebate) the NZXT Source 210 on Amazon triumphs the V3's features for a lower price.  Not sure if the V3 can take on 170mm fans either :/

 

Overclocking a 6950 to 6970 clocks provides more of a performance boost than unlocking the 6950 hidden cores.

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Nah, for what he wants that's fine. I have a 2500k and just switched from the 1090t for gaming performance and I'll tell you what I don't notice any difference except in gaming on the 2500k. No reason to spend more when he wont use it.

The 2500k is what I initally planned on purchasing but I was taking too many short cuts to stay within budget. As I went through some of the benchmarks I noticed that the 960T is a pretty powerful CPU for the price and I feel is the best value in that price range. The i3-2100 would be my choice IF you could overclock it, which you can't. The reason my current system has lasted as long as it has was the ability to slap a big air cooler on it and nearly double the preformance.

The only real gaming this setup will see is BF3. I can't stand it on the PS3 and 360.
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Thermaltake V3 is a poor value case.  For a lower price of $40 shipped (no rebates, unlike $44 + $6 shipping and then a $10 rebate) the NZXT Source 210 on Amazon triumphs the V3's features for a lower price.  Not sure if the V3 can take on 170mm fans either :/

Overclocking a 6950 to 6970 clocks provides more of a performance boost than unlocking the 6950 hidden cores.

Good to know about the 6950. Either way I wanted to get something that was going to last the test of time. If you go too cheap in the GPU region then you're upgrading every year or two. And the case is personal preference, I like the looks and I am familiar with the brand. The 170's actually mount to a 120 space, I have one in my current case, they're pretty neat.
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