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I'm looking to build a computer primarily for gaming and I want to stay around 800-850 for just the tower components. I haven't had a desktop computer for awhile so I don't really know where to start. I don't plan on OCing at the start, but I might eventually OC once I read more about it.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 18
Just the Components? or do you need a tower also?

Here you go:


Phenom II X4 965 and Asus Mobo $310
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.591629

Radeon 6950 $260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102921

Antec 550w Modular and 4GB DDR3 $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.592829

DVD burner $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136177

Samsung Spinpoint HDD $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152181

CPU Cooler $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

CM 690 II $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119215

Grand Total $852


Edited by PowerTrip - 2/13/11 at 1:34pm
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CPU+Cooler 143$ (CPU shipped)
Mobo+GPU 224$ AR (mobo shipped)
Case 35$ after promo code (shipped)
PSU1 77$ AR shipped
PSU2 80$ shipped
SSD 64GB 80$ AR (shipped)
RAM 40$ AR (shipped)
HDD 65$ (shipped)
ODD 17$ (shipped)

total 670$ after rebates
(get rebates and add another 6850 for CF)
6850 CF(320$ AR) perfomance vs GTX 580(500$)
Edited by RabbitGT - 2/13/11 at 1:57pm
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post #4 of 18
$850 budget should definitely not have any generic 1333 CL9 memory in it at all.
I'd add suggestions but I'm pretty satisfied with most of the current ones
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If I'm not in a rush to build the PC, would it be worth it to wait for the new bulldozer chips or would it be too expensive?
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If I'm not in a rush to build the PC, would it be worth it to wait for the new bulldozer chips or would it be too expensive?
By then you should probably go intel way and grab a sandy bridge (fixed sata bug) and your life most likely will be easier. Sandy bridge is way more efficient than current i7's and doesn't break your bank. Unless bulldozer is SURPRISINGLY efficient, it most likely will not beat intel's offers if you go high-end. Just a thought on the matter....I prefer AMD for entry-level though
    
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If I'm not in a rush to build the PC, would it be worth it to wait for the new bulldozer chips or would it be too expensive?
You could if you want to, in anticipation of price dropping of processors/motherboards but if your mainly gaming I think you'll do fine with any proposed build for AWHILE until games start utilizing more cores, Quad cores are pretty much ideal(Games only use 2 cores still believe that?), unless you want to heavily future proof your system and save up more money or do something intensive outside of gaming I see no need to wait personally. As hitting 4GHz on this processor I listed is FAIRLY easier and will provide excellent performance.

Anywho here's my build for you.

Motherboard/CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.592296
RAM you want DDR3 1600 as a standard personally.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220436
PSU something good enough to later Crossfire or SLI with
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371025
GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102914
HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136177
Case

I'm just going to leave the case up to you as a lot of people don't like my case idea's, and you are the one who has to look at it everyday.
Suggestions though:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147047
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112249
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119216
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-196-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112154
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156241
CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

Price Total with shipping
$759.66 without the case.
Edited by Dtrain - 2/13/11 at 6:07pm
    
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post #8 of 18
Actually, try this:
Antec TruePower 750W + GTX 570 + Free 3DMark 11 - So much win for $400
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Actually, try this:
Antec TruePower 750W + GTX 570 + Free 3DMark 11 - So much win for $400
^This. RabbitGT had a good idea with the to 6850's but with a budget, you should buy a board with 2 or more pcie slots, a decent power supply, and the single most expensive GPU that you can afford. This will give you nice initial performance and some nice headroom for an upgrade down the line by crossfiring/SLI then.

As far as the Processor, I'd recommend the Phenom 955 with a cooler master hyper 212+ and some MX-2 thermal compound. It'll set you up to overclock when you want to. If you dont want to right away, atleast get the 955 and stock cooling.

For the motherboard, look for a gigabyte or an ASUS board (make sure the ASUS is not EVO) with 2+ pcie slots. The specs will leave you a solid rig and a lot of head room for budget upgrades with big performance increases down the line.
Edited by fordy314 - 2/13/11 at 6:16pm
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post #10 of 18
Do you have a Microcenter near you? If so you could get an i7-950 for $199.

Details
i7 950 + GTX570 + 6GB DDR3-1600 CL8 = More than you would have expected!


CPU - Intel core i7-950 - $199
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0346210
Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R - $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-423-_-Product
GPU - GTX570 - $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.592975
RAM - PNY XLR8 6GB DDR3-1600 CL8 - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-271-_-Product
PSU - Antec TruPower 750w - COMBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.592975
Case - Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel - $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-023-_-Product
HDD - Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-181-_-Product
DVD - LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X - $17

This will put you over budget by $50-$100 but the extra horsepower with a GTX570 & i7-950 will be totally worth it.
Edited by Evtron - 2/13/11 at 6:22pm
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