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Hello everyone. As the title states, I'm looking to build a new gaming rig. Unfortunately, my "current" PC is definitely outdated. Right now I'm sporting an X2 3800+, 1GB of RAM, and a 7600 GS.

Games I play/will be playing (@ 1920x1080):
  • World of Warcraft
  • Starcraft 2
  • Half-Life 2
  • Counter-Strike: Source
  • Crisis 2
  • Diablo 3 (someday...)
To be honest, my budget is, at most, $1000; I would like to keep it as low as possible. Of course, this is the part where I need advice. I have made a general list of what I would like, but if you guys can think of anything better for a similar/lesser price, let me know! (By the way, I mainly use Newegg and my local Micro Center. I typically disregard rebates because they either take forever or aren't honored.)

Current List (All prices include shipping.):Total: ~1,031

If I'm going to spend money on a computer, I want to be able to overclock it. I'm not planning on maxing it, but I would like to reach a nice stable speed.

Thanks for the help! It's greatly appreciated !
post #2 of 6
Should be a nice build that will last you a few years!

Might wanna think about this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150515

XFX warranties are great and do is the CS.
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It's a pretty good build, with that budget you're unlikely to be able to get a ssd. I would wait 6 months hopefully prices will drop more and you'll have more money. SSD's don't really affect fps as much as just loadtimes.

Some suggestions:

Why are you buying sata cables? They normally come with the motherboard.

I'm not a big fan of antec cases, I would check out the haf cases or storm scout/sniper, or at a stretch the 650D.

I would also either go all out or cheaper on your heatsink, i.e. either dh-14/megahalems/h70 or go with something cheaper like the hyper 212
     
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Agree ^ . I'd change the case, for that price range HAF 922; or 600T, Phantom, Raven 02 if you can afford any.
Edited by NorCa - 4/4/11 at 10:13am
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post #5 of 6
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I can't seem to find a "what's included in the box" listing for this mobo. I know the board supports SATA II and III; would it come with II and III cables, or just III since they're backwards compatible? (I know the spinpoint is capable of II, but a future SSD would see III.)

What don't you like about the Antec cases? I'll look into the ones mentioned . I'm always open to suggestions!

BTW: is anything that I have selected going to be overkill for any of these games at my resolution? I don't necessarily want to cheap out, but if I can save I would like to. However, I would like to stay as compatible to future upgrades as possible.
Edited by DStevens5833 - 4/4/11 at 11:50am
post #6 of 6
Sata cables are gonna come with your motherboard, I wouldnt worry about them. As for your ram, I would get some CL7 ram over that CL9. The link is a single 4GB CL7 Stick for 60 bucks and I think its well worth it. Also, do you ever plan to crossfire that 6870? If so, I would go for an 850w psu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145327
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