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So. My first >$1000 build. I'll be using it for gaming. I don't need anything spectacular, but I don't want to have to worry about performance. I'm not really attached to any of the items here, so if anyone can suggest anything better, I'd appreciate it. As for budget, as long as it stays under $2000, I don't mind too much. I am planning on implementing Crossfire when performance requires it, so keep that in mind. No, I'm not serious about that headset, I just need something to tide me over until I feel like buying a nice set that I've researched and sweated over.

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SSD:Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC
HDD:Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
PSU:SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91
Case:Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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Keyboard:Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard RK-9000BR with Cherry MX Brown Switch
Headset:PLANTRONICS .Audio 655 USB Connector Circumaural Stereo Headset

So, am I making any mistakes? Could I have made some better choices? Lemme know, please!
post #2 of 24
I would just recommend that you get a 240gb or 256gb ssd, so that you can put your games on it for the nice load times and use the HDD for music/videos/file storage etc. Other than that it looks good.

And you can get Corsair Force 3 series 240gb ssd for only 199.99 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233268

Has 5 egg rating on newegg, and I own one as well and have had zero problems. But the crucial m4 ssd's are nice too and not too much more and are 256gb.
Edited by icehotshot - 5/14/12 at 9:29pm
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My main change is that since the 7950 is the same price as the 670, you might as well get the 670 since it performs better.
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My main change is that since the 7950 is the same price as the 670, you might as well get the 670 since it performs better.

This. I'd bump up the size of your SSD to at least a 128GB, so you can store things on it. Also, I'd change the CPU to a 3570k thumb.gif
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Okay, so with 240 GB SSD, which totally makes sense, and with a i5-3570k, my cart total is $2042. I didn't go for a 670, since the only one Newegg has in stock is 10 bucks more, and no one else has bought it. Nor am I that sold on it, either.

So, am I ready to order this as soon as I get home from work this evening?
post #6 of 24
No do not get a 256GB SSD. It increases boot times, it will not increase your performance in games, at most grab a 128GB. Put all of your games on the 7200RPPM drive. Stick with a Crucial M4 and do not grab a sandforce drive, Crucial M4 uses a marvel controller, significantly better.

670 > 7950. It is a much better deal. Don't waste your money grabbing a 7950 when you can grab a 670 for the same price and have better FPS.

In most cases, Nvidia has better min fps than AMD's cards. Having a better min FPS is better than having a better average or max FPS. Having a high min FPS will reduce the user being able to notice frame rate lag.
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M4 has recently has the 5000 hr bug, sandforce has a rough start, and much stable now.
Edited by xnuw - 5/15/12 at 11:02am
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^ I disagree M4 has the 5000 hr bug

lawl which was one bug that was fixed. And resulted in 0 data loss. A marvell controller is better on an intel platform and anything above 128GB is a bad buy.
Edited by Ironman517 - 5/15/12 at 11:01am
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post #9 of 24
I agree, pay $45 more for 64GB more buying the 128 GB M4.

Save $40 going with the Capstone 650M if you go 670's (and you should)

Even 2 670's will run on a 650w PSU high OC's and all. The X 750 does go on sale for $40 off frequently though, just isn't right now.

Can consider a gorgeous 27" IPS 2560x1440 resolution Crossover Monitor for $61 more.

Love my xtrac ripper, good pad.
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Man, that Crossover monitor is so tempting... I wish it wasn't on Ebay. I hate Ebay. I think I'm gonna have to suck it up... I had given up hope of finding anything with that res for under $600...

And with that, I think it's time to order...
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