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post #1 of 11
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Here are my prospects for a new build. Not really set on anything and looking for a lot of advice. From the US and looking to keep it under $1000.

Case:
Apevia Dreamer 3

Motherboard:
Either an asus pro p67 or gigabyte ud4

CPU:
intel i5 2500k

Hard drive:
Either Sammy F3, Caviar Black, or Seagate barracuda 7200 rpm 1 TB

CD drive:
LG Black DVD burner w/ lightscribe

Cooling:
Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 or CORSAIR CAFA50

RAM:
Something by Patriot or corsair, maybe even g skill 1600 and 4gb

Power Supply:
No idea at this point prob and hx by corsair or anything else?

Graphics card:
gtx560 by EVGA, MSI, or Palit

Again a lot of advice is appreciated. It's my first, I want to make it count
Edited by c_sioufi - 1/29/11 at 9:28am
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post #2 of 11
-The case by virtue of being from a cheap, non-reputable brand is most likely going to be crap. Replace it with something better, such as a CM Storm Scout, which is one of the better inexpensive cases you can get.

-Mobo, CPU, HDD, Optical drive look solid

-The Hyper 212 is a really good value cooler, excellent for the money; however, it won't let you go quite as far on overclocks on something a little beefier obviously, so consider the likes of something like a Megahalems if you want to OC.

-Yeah, for RAM just make sure it is compatible (so, DDR3 and dual-channel is about all that you'll need) and avoid cheap sets that will be problematic. Get some good ones with good reviews.

-Eh.. CORSAIR do have great PSUs, yes, so I suppose if you pick one of those it will be good. =P

-GTX560 sounds fine, but there is a lot of saturation around that price/performance point so if you find better deals on, let's say, a 6870/6950 1GB/6950 2GB, don't hesitate to pick up one of those as the difference in performance is only around ~9% between all four cards.
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post #3 of 11
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Ok cool

Do you have any links on the megahelms? Couldn't find it on newegg and was hoping to keep the cooler cheap.
Would you suggest anything in particular on PSUs?
And regarding the graphics card, is the gtx 560 the best of those and the others will save me money because the 6950s are more expensive? 6950 have better performance?
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post #4 of 11
Where abouts are you from and Whats the max budget, maybe edit the first post with the max price for each component, Im guessing USA from NewEgg
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post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Done. But basically under a 1000 would be nice.
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by c_sioufi View Post
Ok cool

Do you have any links on the megahelms? Couldn't find it on newegg and was hoping to keep the cooler cheap.
Would you suggest anything in particular on PSUs?
And regarding the graphics card, is the gtx 560 the best of those and the others will save me money because the 6950s are more expensive? 6950 have better performance?
Prolimatech Megahalems @ Newegg



So, look at this way: the HD6870 is only 5% slower than the GTX560, and if we go on Newegg, the cheapest HD6870 after rebate is $199.99 while the most inexpensive GTX560 is $249.00. So you'd be paying ~25% more for the GTX560 while getting 5% more performance. If you were to buy the cheapest 1GB HD6950 from Newegg which for all intents and purposes at 1920x1080 performs the same as the 2GB version, you'd be paying 32% more for 14% more performance over the HD6870.

It all depends on what you can justify. For me personally, if I were to upgrade considering my budget, I would go with the HD6870 and then crossfire later. But it all depends on what YOUR budget is and what YOU can justify.
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post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Most of the 6870s, 5870s, and 6950s are within my price range...

that being said, if were to say I won't go over 300 for the graphics card, what would be the best brands for those models?
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2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Raid 0 LG GH24NS50 Windows 7 64-Bit Sony Bravia KDL-32L5000 
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post #8 of 11
I would go 6950, I have it for eyefinity and I can run all my games at high settings with a resolution at 5760 x 1080.
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Crucial M4 Corsair H60 Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Dell Ultrasharp U2412M 
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Crucial M4 Blu-Ray RW Drive Corsair H60 Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
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post #9 of 11
combo for cpu and mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.575884
6950 for $259.99 after rebate (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161355) unlock that to a 6970

RAM
64.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231303
69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231430
79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231444

PSU if you want corsair check this one out http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139010

This is the PSU I have I love it and it got decent benchmarks in PSU testing
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207001

HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136533 10$ off right now

cpu cooling is your choice. I recommend the NH D14, its huge but works great.
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by c_sioufi View Post
Most of the 6870s, 5870s, and 6950s are within my price range...

that being said, if were to say I won't go over 300 for the graphics card, what would be the best brands for those models?
I would usually go with one of the ASUS Direct CU models; however, each iteration is different so saying that some Direct CU card (let's GTX460s for example) is good does not mean that other Direct CUs will be good as well. That's why it is important to read reviews on specific cards.

Also, it depends on what games you are going to be playing primarily. ATI cards do better in some games, and NVIDIA cards do better in others.
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ASUS CD/DVD RW 24X Windows 8 Pro x64 ASUS VE247 24" Microsoft Sidewinder X4 
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