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I got the OS taken care of. I now have a budget of $700 all together for the parts. big step up now.


today has been busy and i wasn't able to read all the new posts until now.
Once again, thanks to everyone for all their help.

also, is there anyway i can change the thread title to reflect my increased budget? I already edited my first post.
    
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I got the OS taken care of. I now have a budget of $700 all together for the parts. big step up now.
today has been busy and i wasn't able to read all the new posts until now.
Once again, thanks to everyone for all their help.
also, is there anyway i can change the thread title to reflect my increased budget? I already edited my first post.

700 bucks is a huge step up. That puts you into top AMD category or lower/mid for intel. Any preference on brand?
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I am sticking with AMD just because of the value factor and now i can get an even better gpu. I will post a build i put together in a little bit. It has room in it and i am just wondering what else i can add or maybe even save a little on and get an ssd with it.

Here is the build i put together:



Here is a second one i did with an SSD. It puts me over with taxes, but i can probably skimp on some things elsewhere to make it work:


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I am sticking with AMD just because of the value factor and now i can get an even better gpu. I will post a build i put together in a little bit. It has room in it and i am just wondering what else i can add or maybe even save a little on and get an ssd with it.

Wise choice my friend, an SSD will blow your mind. I was skeptical when buying mine but when I first booted up I was stunned. Post what ya got later and Ill help ya tweak it. thumb.gif
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Bit of an unwise move to trade faster RAM for an SSD where faster RAM benefits the higher throughput of an SSD, don't you think? At the least, choose a DDR3-1600 kit while the prices are the same or less than that.

 

I can spot several ways to reduce the cost. For one, $150 for a 6850 in this day and age is too much. Not when the GTX 650 Ti is superior for the same price and the 6870 just $15 more.


Get that FX-6300 on Superbiiz as you can save some $10 and get it for the same as a 4300.

 

Also, ask specifically for a rev 1.3 and up 970A-D3 for the VRM cooling in your order specs.


Edited by xd_1771 - 10/30/12 at 6:13pm
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The Rosewill Green 530w is a superior PSU to the one you have selected (the Corsair CX v2 lineup is not their best offering - it's not bad but has a fairly high chance of developing coil whine). $10 less up front but no rebate.

The RAM I linked in my first post in this thread is $1 cheaper but also a tad better than the Crucial Ballistix linked in the list with an SSD above.

No DVD-burner is listed so you'll need to salvage one or install the OS with a flash drive and do without.

I also recommend stretching for the SSD.

Slightly better than a 6850 and cheaper: an MSI 7770 ($125 - $15 rebate):
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=72479&vpn=R7770%2DPMD1GD5&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar&promoid=1393

If you get that video card, you can get free shipping one one of the following two cases:
Bit Fenix Merc Alpha to save money ($37)
or a Coolermaster 912 to be a bit better than the one you have currently selected ($50)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63256&vpn=BFC-MRC-100-KKX1-RP&manufacture=BitFenix
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=55583&vpn=RC%2D912%2DKKN1&manufacture=COOLERMASTER&promoid=1368
no big rebate or promo code though (don't forget to enter your newegg promo codes).

The change to PSU & video card will lose you a rebate but bring your checkout total (w/SSD) to under the $700 mark.
    
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I am sticking with AMD just because of the value factor and now i can get an even better gpu. I will post a build i put together in a little bit. It has room in it and i am just wondering what else i can add or maybe even save a little on and get an ssd with it.
Here is the build i put together:

Here is a second one i did with an SSD. It puts me over with taxes, but i can probably skimp on some things elsewhere to make it work:

FX-6300
ASRock 970 EXTREME3
WD Blue 1TB 64MB
COOLER MASTER Elite 431 Plus
Rosewill Stallion Series RD600
8GB G.SKILL Sniper 1866
XFX Double D 7870 GHz Edition 2GB

SubTotal: $679.93

Way more horsepower then either of your builds in the GPU department. What's killing you is the tax they are charging you. I would suggest pulling a hard drive from a computer laying around your house, and getting something like I posted above (minus the hard drive). You can buy a SSD and a brand new storage drive later. Them two things don't and wont effect frame rates, so they aren't critical to have right away. If you drop the 1TB drive you should be able to afford a build of this size, with tax without a problem. Or you can do like suggested above and try finding all of these parts from other retailers that sell them cheaper. The 7870 will run pretty much all modern games out, on ultra preset at playable frame rates (30+). If you live in Cali I would strongly suggest waiting until black friday before buying a new system. Less then 30 days could make up to $100 or more difference in your price tag. Which could get you much further with a much better build. You might be able to afford this build plus a 128GB Samsung 830 on black friday, only time will tell. Something to take into heavy consideration.
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The XFX Double D cooler is notoriously bad & XFX's support is terrible. There's a reason why XFX's 7xxx series GPUs are cheaper than everyone else's. They're worse than everyone else's.
    
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Bit of an unwise move to trade faster RAM for an SSD where faster RAM benefits the higher throughput of an SSD, don't you think? At the least, choose a DDR3-1600 kit while the prices are the same or less than that.

I can spot several ways to reduce the cost. For one, $150 for a 6850 in this day and age is too much. Not when the GTX 650 Ti
is superior for the same price and the 6870 just $15 more.


Get that FX-6300 on Superbiiz as you can save some $10 and get it for the same as a 4300.

Also, ask specifically for a rev 1.3 and up 970A-D3 for the VRM cooling in your order specs.

I agree with XD. Keep the first build you posted but substitute the 6850 GPU for a GTX 650TI it performs much better than anything else for that price. Skip the SSD or at least don't sacrifice fast ram for it. 1333 ram is to slow for a AMD build you need at least 1600 for it to stretch its legs.
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The XFX Double D cooler is notoriously bad & XFX's support is terrible. There's a reason why XFX's 7xxx series GPUs are cheaper than everyone else's. They're worse than everyone else's.
You sure? because you sound pretty biased in comparison to actual owners. Plus its the same price as the other 7870's, tho the others have bad reviews with flaky hardware. Plus XFX offers a lifetime warranty, and their support is far from insuperior. You can dig up threads here on OCN where they offer most customers to replace discontinued cards that finally had a failure, with top of the line current gen cards.
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The card hasn't gone over 55 degrees so far.
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Very Very Very quiet with fans 100%.
Stays cool, BF3 for 2 hrs, it was 62C with 42% fan speed
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The only time it got anywhere near 55 degrees Celsius was playing Sleeping Dogs with all settings at max.
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Temps on idle are 28C at default 37% fan speed. On load I top out at 55 - 65C with fan speed at about 45% and it seems quiet at those speeds.
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I run battlefield 3 on Ultra at 50-70 fps!
Load temps are 50-60c
Idle temps are 25-30c

Edited by Warmonger - 10/30/12 at 8:17pm
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