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Hey guys, after giving up on my other disaster of a PC, and running over my laptop, I'm looking to build something new. Basically a gaming setup that offers strong results for the money.. not necessarily the highest spec PC in the world, just something that'll perform well and be upgradeable, as well as be a good learning experience to put together.


Parts I have now:
  • GPU: Gigabyte 9800GT
  • PSU: Thermaltake LP-500NL1NH (14+15A on 12V rails)
  • Lian Li Armoursuit case - the dragon one



Parts I think I've decided on

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB $99
Western Digital Green Power 2TB $115
Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition $155
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula Motherboard $309
Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler $108
G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB) PC3-10666 $79
Corsair HX-750 Power Supply $195

and a GTX460 of some variety.. ~$200-260 depending on flavour




Other points of note:
  • I will overclock this setup.
  • Have gone way over budget and don't even have a screen yet LOL I knew this would happen. *checks bank account*




Any and all suggestions appreciated.

Sam
Edited by savage1987 - 12/25/10 at 6:28pm
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The 965 is nice, I love mine, its easy to overclock, for GPU I would suggest getting a 6850 or above and using the 9800GT for physx.
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It would help to know your budget imho.

Anyhow the 965BE is a good choice (fairly easy to hit 4GHz), but I wouldn't pair it with just any mobo. Considering the upgradeable part, I'd consider a mobo supporting USB3 and ofc CrossFire, like the ASUS M4A89TD Pro.

As far as DDR3 is concerned, I4d go with a 4GB set of Ripjaws.

HDD pretty much comes down to whether you prefer the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 or the Western Digital Caviar Black.
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The 965 is nice, I love mine, its easy to overclock, for GPU I would suggest getting a 6850 or above and using the 9800GT for physx.
I hadn't thought of that.

If it helps at all I have a 7600GT floating around somewhere, but my guess is that wouldn't be as good a setup at all (9800GT with 7600GT physX..)

just looking at the 6850s now, they are only a single gpu card - is it worth the shift to a dual GPU?

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It would help to know your budget imho.

Anyhow the 965BE is a good choice (fairly easy to hit 4GHz), but I wouldn't pair it with just any mobo. Considering the upgradeable part, I'd consider a mobo supporting USB3 and ofc CrossFire, like the ASUS M4A89TD Pro.

As far as DDR3 is concerned, I4d go with a 4GB set of Ripjaws.

HDD pretty much comes down to whether you prefer the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 or the Western Digital Caviar Black.
Realistically I want to keep what I spend on the tower in total to under, let's say, $1000.

Thanks for the recommendations I've no doubt that'd work very well.

I haven't looked into HDDs in great detail, so I'll have a read of a few reviews later.




stupidest question ever: is there a motherboard that would suit both my needs and my beautiful lian li case (better than the blue highlights on the ASUS)?
Edited by savage1987 - 12/22/10 at 4:05pm
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I think that this configuration will do justice ... The parts in BOLD are the ones that you have already purchased...

AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition + Asus M4N98TD Evo ~$260
Geil Black Dragon 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3/1600 ~$50
Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 768MB ~$120 After Reabtes
9800GT in PhysX
Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 40GB ~$100
Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB ~$90
Asus DVD Burner ~$20
Corsair TX 750W ~$110
Lian Li Armorsuit PC-P50
Noctua NH-D14 ~$90
Total ~$840

And when you have enough cash, or if you even want to, you can swap out the 9800GT for another GTX 460 and have an SLI setup... because the 750W PSU should allow for that...
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I think that this configuration will do justice ... The parts in BOLD are the ones that you have already purchased...

AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition + Asus M4N98TD Evo ~$260
Geil Black Dragon 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3/1600 ~$50
Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 768MB ~$120 After Reabtes
9800GT in PhysX
Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 40GB ~$100
Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB ~$90
Asus DVD Burner ~$20
Corsair TX 750W ~$110
Lian Li Armorsuit PC-P50
Noctua NH-D14 ~$90
Total ~$840

And when you have enough cash, or if you even want to, you can swap out the 9800GT for another GTX 460 and have an SLI setup... because the 750W PSU should allow for that...
I like this

If I wanted to spend a touch more and bump up to the 965BE, does the motherboard remain the same?
Given the plan to overclock to some extent at least, is the 965 worth it over the 955 or am I just fixated on a number?
And lastly, given the gaming orientation is it worth making a move up to a 1gb minimum grahpics card over the GTX460?

cheers
sam




edit: noticed the ASUS doesn't have USB3.0 support? Reckon I should even worry about that?
Edited by savage1987 - 12/23/10 at 7:23pm
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bump...

parents giving me a Christmas present of my choosing so time to pick some parts

motherboard thread http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...b-suit-oc.html
Edited by savage1987 - 12/25/10 at 2:20am
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Just noticed that little dude in there..

I went and read a bunch of confusing stuff about solid state drives. What's the practical advantage? I understand some OSs can use it as extra cache memory or something along those lines but what actual benefits will I see? Any drawbacks?

I'll be running Windows 7 32 if that makes a difference..
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Don't get a SSD. If you're on a budget, it will just take money you could use for other stuff. The good thing is that they're extremely fast, but that's it.

For the RAM, go with Corsair or GSkill. They're the most favorite ones. I'd personally buy this kit:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145260

For the drives, like I said don't get a SSD. Instead, get a Western Digital caviar black for OS, games and all this stuff and a caviar green 2tb for music, videos, photos and everything else.

On what resolution do you play? If you play at 1920x1080, you could spend a little more and invest in a 1gb GTX 460. Just DON'T get the SE version.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127518

Hell, you could even afford a 470 with that budget. Or you could save a little money and get a second 460 to SLI in the future. They're awesome cards.

You could still use your old GPU for PhysX, or if you don't care you could sell it for profit.
If you also want to spend a little less on the CPU cooler, go with the Scythe Mugen 2 rev B.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185142
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no get the 955 instead of 965 no difference except for default clocks...and btw both b.e. so can be overclocked easily....
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