Originally Posted by hxrsmurf
These are currently my final build choices. Both in my price range of under 1000$. Again, if you have any suggestions that would help improve this system, without adding past the current price for both (About 910$). I do not have a sound card because I am planning on using the built in / the HDMI through the monitor.
This is not going to be a HIGH END gaming computer, but it will be alright. And, of course if anyone is able to lower the price that'd be sweet. Thanks again, overclock.net for all the help.
Firstly you do not have a CPU cooler in either - are you really planning to stick with stock? Prob fine on the SB build, though you will be disappointed when you can't overclock that CPU - it's worth trying for the 2500k if you can. The AMD x6 is a wise purchase over the x4 IF and only if you decide to overclock. Otherwise get a PhII x4 955/965 and save some money plus increase your gaming performance. Bummer about the case too ...
In both of those builds you will find combo's that will drop the price by ~$50-100 when you decide to purchase. Combo's of RAM with motherboard and CPU with cooler or PSU and HDD will regularly pop up.
Also, do as previously suggested and go with the Samsung F3 1tb HDD. You're probably going for the drive you have included now because of SATA 6gbps right? You won't notice the difference on anything less than an SSD, but the Samsung drive IS better than the Seagate.
The XFX 6850 is a no-no. Go for the Asus DirectCU, the Sapphire, or the Gigabyte Vanilla Dualforce @ 775mhz (not the overclocked one). These all have better coolers and allow voltage adjustments for you to overclock the 6850 to 6870+ levels.
If you can get a better brand PSU for the same price, the Antec True Power series or the Corsair's are usually on sale with similar price ranges for 650-750watt PSU's, which is PLENTY for your chosen build. You could really get away with a good 550watt PSU for a single CPU single GPU build, even when overclocked.Edited by willibj - 4/18/11 at 11:01am