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^ Well since your idea of savings is sacrificing GPU cooling with a rather mediocre case for airflow in comparison to the Antec One Illusion black, and (potentially) requiring a GPU power sacrifice in a way that will certainly come at a gaming performance disadvantage vs the 955 + 660 or 7850 option, and whereas the 955 setup price appears to have been (deceivingly?) inflated with a PSU that is certainly better but does not provide a level of capacity/quality that is absolutely necessary with a new-gen single-card config, I'm going to have to say I'm not a fan of this sudden config re-hash. It was rather unnecessary. Your suggestion as it was initially stood was already a very good use of the current deals. The reality is that taking on a quality multitasking-minded and balanced 1155 setup is going to be a challenge at this budget no matter what (though it's OP's choice in the end). Link to your case/PSU combo choice AMD-side did not update by the way.

 

EDIT: The 240-256GB SSD idea seems quite interesting, pending whether we can confirm it'll have the capacity to handle both the games he wants and the FRAPs recordings he wants as well. NCIX holds an absolutely awesome deal on a Sandforce 3 Mushkin Chronos 240GB SSD at $160 shipped right now. Given the 965 config earlier I had optimized for SSD though, it'd go $14 over budget.


Edited by xd_1771 - 9/25/12 at 11:51pm
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Hi XD,

my "rehash" resulted in a better case, better PSU, better HD and better CPU than I had originally posted (for a few minutes), with everything else remaining the same for the same price.

The capstone PSU is probably a bit overkill for the build (it's just a nice place to put a few bucks, since PSU quality is never a bad approach), the same case is available in a combo with a rosewill green 430W last I checked for less.

I'm not sure that the illusion case is going to have any superior cooling to the rosewill challenger (either is an excellent choice). There are some discrepancies in the listing of the fans on the illusion compared to the picture (side fan vs no side fan), in either case, both cases have side-fan mounts which can be filled for a few bucks, so I don't see the issue here (or fans could be moved around if it's a problem). In either case, both the HD7850 and GTX660 are relatively low TDP units (for their capability) that will work fine in just about any case that has a couple fans (130-140W TDP). These late generation GPUs are very good at dealing with their heat. as long as they have access to some air.

If you're referring to the i5 build, yes, it's certainly slanted on the CPU and strips down everything else pretty bare but functional, and I would argue, "good enough." If the PSU is installed to evacuate air from the case, combined with the rear fan of the case, under a load, heat would not be a problem.



Hello Dmac73,

yes, the 6100 is also a very viable choice here, which, in it's own way, would sort of ensure the "play-ability" with FRAPs running, as my i5 approach would. A couple extra cores wouldn't hurt here at all, as it's just some reassurance of being able to run the FRAPs settings as desired. Just keep in mind, that, there is a delicate balance here of on-the-fly compression vs disk performance. If we increase the CPU capability of the machine, the disk performance doesn't need to be as good since it can be configured to compress on the fly, on the otherhand, if we drop down to say, an i3 or 4100, it would be best to get an SSD in there to handle the higher write rates required of lower compression (less CPU activity).
     
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If OP wants to get a legit OS and still be windows and not cost a cent... maybe take a look at converting windows server to a workstation guides?

http://www.win2012workstation.com/ for example for win server 2012... these are free and should work?
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I feel like i'm necro'ing but.... just if OP hasn't quite decided yet...


i5-3470 + MSI Z77 mobo
8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
1TB HDD
XFX 550W supply + Dirt 3
some case
XFX HD 7850 2GB version
you'll need a Sata cable

639+tax and about $60 comes back in MIR afterwards.

You get a 16GB USB 3.0 usb which you can use to Download a copy of windows 8 from IEEE/ACM if you are a student. Otherwise download windows server 2012 and add the needed packages to use it as a station (ie to get sound) which is free for any student or least anyone with a dreamspark account which seems easy to get.
Total for me is about $722.07 - $60 in MIR = $662.07 paid in total.

CPU is a non-k series but w.e...

It's not a super deal but at least the Mobo+CPU isn't too bad and beats the i3 combos, btw description from NCIX is wrong that i5-3470 is a quad core not a dual... http://ark.intel.com/products/68316

---
To sum up basically... instead of any i3+mobo for about 200 or amd+mobo combo for ~200 you can snap the i5+msi combo which'll be okay is what I'm suggesting. reason over the x6 amd would be native usb 3.0 and pcie 3.0.



--- another one... if you want for sales and keep compromising you get even better specs i suppose...



+ MSDNAA windows 8 or w.e + sata cables... and install via usb.
Only $35 in MIR this time. Which'll be $693.85 after tax and rebates add windows 8 via msdnaa or something and off to the races.
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A $500 build with i5-3570k? dump intel go for AMD
AMD A8-3850 100$
AMD RADEON HD6670 $65
ASUS A55 MOBO $60
4GB*2 RAM $40
500GB HDD $60
ROSEWILL 450W PSU $40
WIN 7 HOME BASIC $75
TOTAL -$400
    
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Originally Posted by mohit9206 View Post

A $500 build with i5-3570k? dump intel go for AMD
AMD A8-3850 100$
AMD RADEON HD6670 $65
ASUS A55 MOBO $60
4GB*2 RAM $40
500GB HDD $60
ROSEWILL 450W PSU $40
WIN 7 HOME BASIC $75
TOTAL -$400

Who had the i5-3570k? Also that's 365+75 for windows
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A Llano build, at THIS time? wth.gif Didn't you hear the memo about socket FM1 being discontinued and replaced with FM2...
 
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A Llano build, at THIS time? wth.gif Didn't you hear the memo about socket FM1 being discontinued and replaced with FM2...

I'd like to think my build is decent the latest one with the i5-3470+7870+90GB SSD+1TB HDD+8GB RAM+420W PSU/case... but I know I'm just cheating a bit kuz of ieee
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yeah thats a good build ..going llano at this time is not a good idea..i personally am going for intel this time..have the parts ordered ..budget gaming build for a 1440*900 monitor
intel pentium G630@2.7ghz
gigabyte H61 mobo
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sapphire hd7750 1gb gddr5
coolermaster cm350 plus
is it a decent budget gaming build ?
    
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yeah thats a good build ..going llano at this time is not a good idea..i personally am going for intel this time..have the parts ordered ..budget gaming build for a 1440*900 monitor
intel pentium G630@2.7ghz
gigabyte H61 mobo
kingston 4gb*2 1333mhz ram
sapphire hd7750 1gb gddr5
coolermaster cm350 plus
is it a decent budget gaming build ?
looks good maybe a 6770 if you can find one they will be better than a 7750 but use more power and need a 6 pin
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