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First, let me start off saying that I know I'm going to get butchered for this, but I need help on purchasing a new PC. I normally would build my own (and have the last several rigs I had) but unfortunately I just don't have the time for it right now. With a new job with long hours and very little free time to research and build, I felt I would be better off just buying a prebuilt machine.

Now with that said, recently I had a HD crash on my PC and it took me about 2 weeks to be able to get everything backed up from it and get another HD in and get it back up and running, but it got me thinking; I built this PC about 3 years ago and I figure it's probably time to upgrade. So my plans are to get a new PC and fix my old one up for my wife with selling some of the excess parts she shouldn't need. I'm trying to keep my budget around $1,000. I went to iBuyPower and put together a few different PC's and wanted to get some opinions on them since I've fallen out of the loop and really don't know where things are standing right now between AMD vs. Intel and ATI vs. Nvidia, etc. I'm hoping maybe some of you that have kept up with things can give me some advice...

First, on processor. I was able to put together 2 pretty similar machines, one with a i7 960 and one with a Phenom II 1100T BE and was wondering what performance was looking like between them (pre-OC). I'm hoping to be able to OC some (I don't think I can resist), but I really just don't have the hours to sit down and try to max one out, so any OCing I do, will most likely be very lite.

Second, in both machines I chose the Radeon HD6870 for the video card. Last I heard Radeon was ahead of the game in that department, but is that a good card? Is there a better choice? I know it depends a lot on what I use the PC for, but I'll get to that.

MB's... I'll have to update this later since I'm not even sure what processor to choose yet, lol. Once I get a firm idea which way to go, I'll post the options and hopefully some of you can help me out!

HD's, I was planning on just getting a 1-2TB drive, but is it worth the extra expense to pick up a SSD for the boot drive and just throw in a 1TB for data? Currently I'm using 2x 500G in Raid0, but I think I want to stay away from that from now on... I'm not good enough about keeping my stuff backed up, lol. Boot times don't bother me too much (since I don't shut down my PC a lot) but I do like faster load times.... last time I looked into SSD's, tho, it didn't seem like they added too much performance to a system. Maybe that's changed, though.

Lastly, what I use the PC for... well, honestly probably 75% of the time it's WoW. However, I'm getting heavily in PvP, so making sure to keep my latency/FPS to a minimum is important. On top of that, I do some video encoding, play a couple other minor games (when time allows), and pretty much just surf the web the rest of the time. However, in the near future, I do plan on picking up DragonAge 2 and (when it comes out) Diablo III and will play them heavily, so want to make sure and get a system good enough to handle it when they come out.

Also, I mentioned above that I got these builds/prices from IBuyPower (which seems like a decent site) but if anyone knows of a better one where I can get a similar build in that price range, please let me know. I hate I don't have more time to just research and build my own, but with a new job and 2 year old daughter, my free time is slowly dwindling to nothing, lol. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!
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Ibuypower is horrible trust me. Google digital storm. They make the best computers bar none.
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The i7 970 and that HD6870 should handle wow easy and the i7 is imo better than 1100er. If you could go for a 69xxer would be better but $$$ frown.gif
And play with your daughter, not wow poke.gif
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Originally Posted by Enthusiast Extreme;12870369 
Ibuypower is horrible trust me. Google digital storm. They make the best computers bar none.

Thanks, I'll check it out!
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Originally Posted by Mr.Eiht;12870519 
The i7 970 and that HD6870 should handle wow easy and the i7 is imo better than 1100er. If you could go for a 69xxer would be better but $$$ frown.gif
And play with your daughter, not wow poke.gif

Thanks for the info, yea, I'm already borderline over the budget so don't know if I can afford to go much higher on the CPU. So the 6870 is a good card? Also, my daughter is the MAIN reason I don't have any free time anymore, lol. I only have free time/game time after she goes to bed :-p
post #5 of 9
Sure it isn`t the best on the market but worth the money
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-radeon-hd-6850-barts,2776-9.html
There are of course many reviews/benches, but since you got not time to do research, it should be good enough for most games. If you would (what you don`t) want to play crysis 2@20000x20000 resolution and 100xAA this card wouldn`t work smile.gif
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Well, I've been looking into Digital Storm, and they look pretty impressive. Not sure how I haven't heard of them before, so I think I'd rather go with them, however, they are a bit more expensive, so might have to downgrade some parts a bit. In any case, I through this together, and it's a little bit over my budget so if there's any place to make cuts I'd like to, but at the same time I want to make sure and get a good machine that's going to last me. In any case, if some of you don't mind, take a look and see what you think.

http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadsaved.asp?id=508675
post #7 of 9
First what the price of this? Did i miss it?
Second that 6970 would be a better card. I would cut money from ??? and get a better card.
I didn`t get it as a cooler you get the H20? That would be nice.
And the RAM looks fine too.
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post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by Mr.Eiht;12880442 
First what the price of this? Did i miss it?
Second that 6970 would be a better card. I would cut money from ??? and get a better card.
I didn`t get it as a cooler you get the H20? That would be nice.
And the RAM looks fine too.

That's the problem, I'm not really sure where I can cut the price down, except for the case which I probably will, but wanted to make sure I got a case with decent airflow so I was gonna try to research a bit and find out what a good case would be. And what are you talking about the cooler? I just chose air cooling (the water cooling there is mega pricey). I like the sound of Digital Storm, but I really have to sacrifice a lot of power to keep it in my price range vs. iBuyPower... should I go back to them? With them I was able to get a better video card/CPU and it was watercooled and all the while, cheaper... I'm just afraid of the old saying, "You get what you pay for..."
post #9 of 9
Sorry i might missunderstood something about the cooler. Somewhere it said H20, lol sry!
To be REAL honest i don`t know each of both companys since i`m from the otherside of the world (Germany). So i can`t help you on this one. About the price that why i wrote ??? - there ins`t much which could be cut from. Don`t get me wrong this card is not bad the 6870 (sry again made a typo in the last post and wrote 6970) would just be better from what i saw.
I`m really sad that this thread isn`t flooded by guys from the U.S who could really help you find a nice company frown.gif
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