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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hey, so after a few weeks of catching up to todays hardware standards (my last desktop build was from the pentium 4 era), I think I'm ready to build a nice gaming rig. Excuse the huge wall of text below, but I've put a LOT of thought into this, since this is a huge amount of money for me. Just looking for some last-minute tips and advice from you veteran builders out there.

A few details:
BUDGET: As much under $900 as possible (including shipping)
LOCATION: Pennsylvania, USA
PURPOSE: Gaming and watching HD movies
UPGRADING FROM: Had a G72GX-RBBX05 laptop with a C2D, GTX 260m (can be compared to desktop 9800gt), broke and replaced for new Gateway FX6840-15e desktop with i7 870 and Radeon HD 5850 (under Best Buy warranty plan, cost me only $50), selling that before even opening it to get money for this build.

Now for the build:
This is my current setup.

Explanation for my choice of hardware:
Hard drive: I needed a budget hard drive, and the hard drive in my build is single platter 7200rpm, 500gb, and only $55 so it suits me well.
Monitor: I'm upgrading from a 19" Dell 1440x900 LCD. NOTE: This is the part of my build I am least sure about. My other choice is this ASUS. If the ASUS offers better image quality, I'm willing to overlook the 1 inch size difference over the one in my build.
Motherboard: x8 x8 crossfire, heatsink on the mosfets for overclocking a 6 core in the future, usb3 + sata III + esata III, all for $100. Not much else to say.
Video card: Simply the best bang-for-the-buck card out there right now with plenty of overclocking room (I'm not even considering the god awful fermi architecture).
Power supply: Should power a crossfire 6850 config + overclocked 6 core thuban fine, thats all I'll ever need it to do.
RAM: 4gb should be fine for gaming, from what I've read. While its only one stick so it won't run in dual channel, it does leave me room to upgrade to 16gb in the future and is a little cheaper than a 2x2gb config.
Processor: As the unlocked Thuban 1090t is out of my pricerange, and the higher clock speed of the 4 core will serve me better in games than the 2 additional cores of the 1055t, I'm going with the Phenom II x4 955/965. NOTE: I know I can get the 955 and just set the multiplier one higher to get the same exact performance as in the 965, but the 955 is out of stock right now.

Explanation for hardware NOT in the build:
Case:I have an old cheap mid-tower already at home that should suit me fine for now. I won't be overclocing too much or going crossfire yet, so a small midtower should be enough. When I do upgrade the case, it will be for a full-tower (either the HAF X or the AZZA Hurrican, or whatever new cases come to market by the time I upgrade).
CPU cooler: I won't be overclocking yet (except for maybe setting the multiplier of the 955 to match the 965/970). By the time this CPU becomes a bottleneck, I will buy the Hyper 212+ cooler and maybe upgrade the CPU to the 6 core 1090t. Stock heatsink/fan should be fine for now.
Optical drive: I have an SATA DVD burner at home already, 'nough said. Maybe will upgrade to bluray drive later when prices drop.
Second graphics card: Since my case is small, I have relatively bad cooling and am low on funds, I will buy a second 6850 some other time. One should serve me fine for now.
Keyboard/mouse/speakers: Have a good PS2 keyboard somewhere at home + trackball mouse for gaming + cheap dell speakers and subwoofer + Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones already.

Any and all advice you guys can offer would be great. I'm already a little over budget, so something like spending $20 more for a Corsair PSU of equal wattage or a Gigabyte motherboard with the same features is out of the question, the parts I am buying now should last me through all of the upgrades I planned out for the future quite fine (I'll still take these suggestions though, at least so I can learn more).

OH, and naturally, if any of you have any parts I'd be interested in that would fall within my budget, I'm more than willing to buy used from someone on here.

Thanks so much!

P.S. I am also posting this on at least one other website to gather as many opinions as possible before I take the plunge. Just FYI.
post #2 of 7
Better PSU and go 2x2 for the RAM. You won't ever need 16gb, you will probably never need 8 unless your uses change from gaming and movie watching to professional applications. 4gb is more than enough for gaming, surfing the web, watching movies, basically all non work / editing tasks. Dual channel is a significant performance increase over single channel, get the 2x2.

The motherboard and the cpu are good, though the 1055t is probably worth the upgrade for just a few dollars more. The 1055 also clocks basically as high as the 1090 (a lot of people on here have them at 4) with a decent / good cpu cooler.

I would consider the biostar 890fx motherboard on sale at tigerdirect currently for 110. No usb 3 (which is useless currently) but is a great overclocker with 16x / 16x cf. Old world record holder for speed board.

Speaking of cpu coolers, get one. The stock ones are absolute pieces of junk.

Really you are selling an i7 to get this? How much can you sell that i7 for?
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Crucial m4 64gb ssd Samsung F3 1tb Corsair H80 Windows 7 x64 
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Gateway FHX2402L LED-LCD 24in 1080p Logitech K120 Corsair TX 850W NZXT Phantom White 
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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll check out the tigerdirect offer, but since A] x8 x8 isn't that much of a bottleneck over x16 x16, B] the CPU cooler would add on another $30 - 40 (and will probably not even fit in my cheap midtower) and C] the 1055t has a locked multiplier and I have no experience with overclocking, it would be hard for me to justify those purchases right now, while they are definitely planned out as upgrades as you saw in my main post.

And yes, I'm selling the i7 build. Since it's GPU is only a 5750 and I'd have no money to upgrade it (all the money I'm planning on spending would come from selling it), I have no choice. It sells for $1,050 new at Best Buy, and since it's pretty much an exchange for my broken laptop valued at $1k when I bought it around a year ago, I only have to pay $50 out of pocket to get it.
I'd like to sell the i7 computer brand new, unopened for $900 plus shipping, as that should cover my configuration here fine. If you know of anyone who'd like to buy you can tell me

Thanks again for the advice
post #4 of 7
I understand b and c. For an extra 10 dollars that is the motherboard deal to get right now. It is a better board than that ASRock 870, more pci bandwidth, better overclocking. usb 3 is useless while a far superior chipset (the 890fx amd's current best chipset) is well worth 10 dollars.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...244&CatId=5528
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k ASUS P8Z68-V Pro HIS 7870 IceQ X 4x4 Gskill Sniper 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 64gb ssd Samsung F3 1tb Corsair H80 Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Gateway FHX2402L LED-LCD 24in 1080p Logitech K120 Corsair TX 850W NZXT Phantom White 
Mouse
Rude Fierce Gaming Mouse 
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AMD
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i7 2600k ASUS P8Z68-V Pro HIS 7870 IceQ X 4x4 Gskill Sniper 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 64gb ssd Samsung F3 1tb Corsair H80 Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Gateway FHX2402L LED-LCD 24in 1080p Logitech K120 Corsair TX 850W NZXT Phantom White 
Mouse
Rude Fierce Gaming Mouse 
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post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
With shipping it ends up being $117, maybe the $10 I save by waiting till the 955BE comes back in stock I can apply to this motherboard (if the deal still exists by the time I sell the i7 desktop).
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by russilker View Post
With shipping it ends up being $117, maybe the $10 I save by waiting till the 955BE comes back in stock I can apply to this motherboard (if the deal still exists by the time I sell the i7 desktop).
Do you have a compusa in your town? The offer they presented me earlier tonight while asking about this motherboard was free shipping to your house if you order it in store. Might have to pay tax on that, some states you have to pay tax for tigerdirect anyhow.
i7
(14 items)
 
AMD
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k ASUS P8Z68-V Pro HIS 7870 IceQ X 4x4 Gskill Sniper 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 64gb ssd Samsung F3 1tb Corsair H80 Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Gateway FHX2402L LED-LCD 24in 1080p Logitech K120 Corsair TX 850W NZXT Phantom White 
Mouse
Rude Fierce Gaming Mouse 
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i7
(14 items)
 
AMD
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k ASUS P8Z68-V Pro HIS 7870 IceQ X 4x4 Gskill Sniper 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 64gb ssd Samsung F3 1tb Corsair H80 Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Gateway FHX2402L LED-LCD 24in 1080p Logitech K120 Corsair TX 850W NZXT Phantom White 
Mouse
Rude Fierce Gaming Mouse 
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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Nah, no compusa in Pennsylvania at all, it
looks like. And AFAIK there's no tax on things shipped to PA from tigerdirect.
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