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A buddy of mine asked me to build him a sub $1000 gaming machine. I came up with the following from Newegg. NOTE:There is $50 in rebates, plus a couple combo deals that don't work in the links below for some reason?

I'm open to suggestions, but it must be AMD // ATI (one of his requirements):



Links:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157198
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827118040
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835119065
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116754
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835150070
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106142
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136795
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146061
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...20110218115143
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171037
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103894
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150520
    
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Swap out the generic RAM; that one is one of the worst overclockers of all the generic RAM on Newegg. With a 970 build you shouldn't be getting anything generic either.
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I would reconsider getting that motherboard due to the fact it is a 4+1 phase motherboard and those have a tendency of starting on fire if you overclock it.

An article that the member above me wrote about 4+1 phase motherboards posted here.

http://www.overclock.net/amd-cpus/94...issue-why.html
Edited by Bobicon - 2/18/11 at 12:03pm
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Swap out the generic RAM; that one is one of the worst overclockers of all the generic RAM on Newegg. With a 970 build you shouldn't be getting anything generic either.
Any suggestions?
    
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post #5 of 11
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I would reconsider getting that motherboard due to the fact it is a 4+1 phase motherboard and those have a tendency of starting on fire if you overclock it.
I'm using this mobo right now on my sig rig and I'm at 4 GHz...I know it has limitations, but do you have a particular mobo in mind that you would replace it with?
    
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I would recommend:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-402-_-Product

But that depends do you need the 6Gbs sata slots or not.
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post #7 of 11
Get a different CPU cooler. For $50 you can get one that greatly outperforms the one you chose. I would recommend this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-011-_-Product

It comes to $31 after the rebate and it is much better than the one you have listed.
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post #8 of 11
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I'll update the build and add it to the list
    
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post #10 of 11
I haven't done a build in a few days, so here you go. Also nice to do one with more than a $400 budget

pII 955 + 5870 combo $399 after $30 mir
Mobo $84 after $15 mir
Ram - PNY cas8 1600 $40 after $20 mir
Storage HDD $50 after $10 mir
OS/ games SSD $95 after $15 mir
Case/ Antec PSU combo $160 shipped after $20 mir (enough juice to xfire later and still overclock)
HP optical drive $21 (or a dollar less if you don't care about the lightscribe support)
Dark Knight CPU cooler $25 after $20 mir


Total after rebates = $874 shipped after tax. Rebates total = $130.

Swapping out the SSD and storage HDD for a fast 1tb unit would save you about $100 but the performance/$$ ratio for the ssd is worth it.

Edit: just noticed you need an OS, so add $100 (the swap from SSD/HHD setup to a HDD only will be the difference)
Edited by Badwrench - 2/18/11 at 1:21pm
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viewsonic 27" Cooler master qfr cooler master 700 corsair 250d 
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960t M4A89GTD-proUSB3 pny 660Ti samsung wonder ram 
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