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post #21 of 27
Here's my suggestions:

AMD Phenom II X4 965 + MSI 890FX $289.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.591616

PowerColor 6970 + G.Skill 8GB DDR3 $434.98 ($30 Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.604560

CM 690 II Advanced + Silent Pro 700w $184.98 ($20 Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.609277

Seagate 500GB HDD $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148395

Sony DVD drive $18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827118040

CM Hyper 212+ Cooler $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

Grand Total Shipped:$1,016.42 (with optional $50 MIRs)

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spend an extra 50 bucks and buy a 2500k
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post #23 of 27
This RAM (Ripjaws 1600 CL9 2x4GB). Promo code makes it cheaper at just $75 shipped, and much better
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
spend an extra 50 bucks and buy a 2500k
What a wonderful idea, then he can sit on a processor that he can't get a motherboard for, for a month. I don't think it would do him much good.
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post #25 of 27
Cheapest I could come up with from a single website is $978 - could be around $50-$100 lower if you shop at a few places to get the best deals.

This $978 rig includes all the bells and wistles, but at a fraction of the cost - it includes:
  • Biostart TA890FXE mobo - awesome 890FX mobo for much less then the rest
  • Phenom II x2 555 black edition CPU, which can usually be unlocked to quadcore and being a black edition it has unlocked multipliers for easy overclocking.
  • HD6950 for gfx card, which can be flashed to HD6970 specs for kick ass 6970 performance
  • Crucial C300 64GB SSD for OS (very fast SSD) and a regular 1TB HDD for storage
  • CoolerMaster HAF case
  • Corsair TX750 psu
  • The rest are basic parts to finish of the rig

Amazon.com cart list:


As I mentioned earlier, shop around and you'll prolly get better prices on some parts - but at the end of the day, it comes in under $1K and would be a kick ass rig with the 6950 and unlocked 555BE.

All you'd need then is an XSPC RS750 240 RASA watercooling kit


EDIT: Some get worried with unlocking, and rightly so as it is not garanteed it'll work properly or be stable - if you are worried, just get an AMD Athlon II X4 640. The 640 is still pretty decent, being a 3Ghz quad core CPU. It just doesn't have unlocked multipliers.


P.S. Saying all the above - I think you'd actually be a little silly to build a $1K rig atm, with Bulldozer on the horizon, you might as well wait and see how much a Bulldozer rig will cost you. If you need something now, look at other options and try and save your cash until Bulldozer is released.

At worst, you'll not afford a Bulldozer based rig, in which case you can build the above rig at a discounted price as things will inevitably be a little cheaper. Best case, you can build a decent Bulldozer rig and it'll crap all over the above rig and still only cost $1K - and you'd have a much better upgrade path in future.
Edited by un-nefer - 2/16/11 at 10:34pm
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post #26 of 27
if you live near a microcenter you can get your processor there, its much cheaper than newegg and a lot of times they have offers going for a cheap mobo if you buy a CPU
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post #27 of 27
My recommendation would be to shop around here a bit. There are usually people who want to get rid of their "old" stuff (955 BE is old to some). Finding parts that havent been abused too much isnt hard, the people on here are pretty honest. I agree with the other post of not spending 1k on a rig right now. Shoot, for a mid range it should be around right?
     
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