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#1 eisbar

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 07:05 PM

So some people can be unsure on system parts, while this forum does have guides on picking psu's, cases and some others. Why not one on system builds?
Buying a new system can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. Technology increases as each day passes so how do you know whats the best for you budget? or just simply would this component be better off in the trash can. Asking a community such as OCC is the best place to start as we can run through your build, picking out errors while also trying to save you some money amd giving you recommendations. But what happens when you have no grounds to start building (I.E you dont know where to start) ? Well, this thread will help you out. Not only will it give you some simple build suggestions but also links to other in-forum pages that will help pick power supplies (PSU), Cases, LCD's, the list just goes on. But wait, there is more! Further down the page, there is a list of CPU's and their sockets both from Intel and AMD. Also you will find a list of the GPUs that you would want to put your money into whether its just a standard everyday use or a heavy, hardcore gaming rig, this thread has it all.

NOTE:
- Rough prices from newegg US
- I will try my best to keep the systems updated.
- Although these are labeled as gaming, they will do just fine for other uses.


Some useful guides;
Crazy_Nate's How to build a system guide
Jammin's PSU list
El_Capitans Case list
Radodrill's Watercooling Information & Suggestions
Psywar's LCD Monitor Information
OCC's Memory FAQ
[RIP] Verran's fantastic Raid guide


Overclocking guides (Note: Some are from Overclock.net)
The basics of overclocking (What is it?)
Overclocking socket 1366
Overlocking 2600K/1155 (with thanks to El_Capitan for sharing)
Overclocking Phenom II CPU's
NOTE 1: Black Edition (eg x2 555BE, 1090T BE ) and Extreme Editions/K series (eg 990x, 2500k) have unlocking multiplyers meaning you can just bump up the multiplier without changing the FSB
NOTE 2: Overclocking is done at your own risk, as it may void the warranty or damage your chip. It is essential that you have the right cooling before messing with the settings (Refer to CPU Cooling at the bottom)



Please post your opinions, say what you would change. Chances are I've missed something, or picked a bad part.


basic 1 (intel)

cpu: Intel Celeron E3300 Wolfdale 2.5GHz - $40
mobo: ASRock G41M-GS - $57
ram: G.SKILL 2GB - $29
gpu: onboard
hdd:Seagate Barracuda 7200 500gb -$40 / 1tb
psu: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D - $40
case: El Cheapo - $10-20
total: $216

basic 2 (amd)

cpu: AMD Sempron 145 Sargas 2.8GHz- $43
mobo: MSI 760GM-P33 AM3 AMD 760G - $55
ram: Kingston HyperX 2GB - $25
gpu: onboard
hdd: Seagate Barracuda 7200 500gb -$40 / 1tb
psu: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D - $40
case: El Cheapo $10-20
total: $223

budget gaming/home 1 (amd)

cpu: AMD Phenom II X2 555 - $90
mobo: ASUS M4A87TD/USB - $100
ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $50
gpu: GTS450 $119 / 5770 $119 / GTX460 $150 / GTX550 $150 / 6850 $170
hdd: samsung spinpoint F3 1tb - $65
psu: SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W - 70$
case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 - $50
total: $544 - $595

Budget gaming/home 2 (intel)

cpu: Intel Core i3-2100 - $120
mobo: MSI P67A-C43 (B3) - $125 / BIOSTAR TH67+ (use onboard gpu) - $105
ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $50
gpu: GTS450 $119 / 5770 $119 / GTX460 $150 / GTX550 $150 / 6850 $170
hdd: samsung spinpoint F3 1tb - $65
psu: SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W - 70$
case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 - $50
total: $460 - $600

Midrange gamer

cpu: i5 2500k $220
mobo: MSI P67A-C43 (B3) - $125
ram: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $42
gpu: GTX460 $150 / 6850 $170 / 6870 $204 / GTX560 TI $239 / 6950 $240
hdd: samsung spinpoint F3 1tb - $65
psu: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600 - $70 ?
case: refer to El_Capitan's list
cpu cooler: Hyper212+
total: $612 (w/o case) - $762

amd midrange gamer

cpu: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition - $200
mobo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO - $119
ram: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $42
gpu: GTX460 $150 / 6850 $170 / 6870 $204 / GTX560 TI $239 / 6950 $240
hdd: samsung spinpoint F3 1tb - $65
psu: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600 - $70 ?
case: refer to El_Capitan's list
total: $646 - $736


High end

cpu: Intel Core i7-2600K - $328
mobo: ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) - $240
ram: CORSAIR XMS3 C9 8GB - $95
gpu: 6950 $240 / 6970 $339 / GTX570 $369 / GTX580 $529 / 6990 $700
hdd: samsung spinpoint F3 1tb - $65
psu: CORSAIR AX750? - $169
case: refer to El_Capitan's list
cpu cooler: Noctua NH-D14? - $75 / Watercooling
total: $1212 w/o case - $1672

ihavetoomuchmoney

cpu: 990x x 2- $2000
mobo: evga SR2 - $ - newegg out of stock :P
ram: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 12gb (3x 4) x 2 - $500
gpu: GTX580 $529 / 6970 x2 $687 / sli GTX580 $1058 / 6990 $700 etc
hdd: samsung spinpoint F3 1tb - $65
ssd:Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 240gb - $464
psu: HX 1000W - $230
case: 800D ? HAF X?
cpu cooler: Custom water cooling loop x 2 (one for cpus other one for gpus )
total: ...

HTPC
cpu: i3 2100 - $125
mobo: ASUS P8H67-I DELUXE - $160
ram: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $40
gpu: onboard - $0
hdd: samsung spinpoint F3 1tb - $65 (x2?)
psu: case comes with 150w
Disk Drive: Hp BD240I-h01 combo (?)
case: Antec ISK 300-150 - $80
total: $470 - $535 (w/ 2 hard drives)

CPUs

Intel

1155: - DDR3 dual channel ram (i.e 4gb, 8gb, 16gb etc)
i3 2100 - dual core - $120
i5 2500 - quad core - $209.99
i5 2500k - overclocking God, quad core - $220
i7 2600 - quadcore - $299.99
i7 2600k - overclocking God, quad core - $328

1366: - DDR3 Tri-channel ram (i.e 3gb, 6gb, 12gb, 24gb etc)
i7 950 - quad core - $279.99
i7 970 - 6 cores of power - $594.99
i7 980x - hexcore powerz - $949.99
i7 990x - hexcore powerz - $999.99
Xeons

socket 775 is your core 2 duo/quads (DDR2/3 and dual channel ram) and 1156 is the i5 7**/6** and also i7 8** (DDR3 and dual channel ram)

AMD - DDR3 dual channel ram (i.e 4gb, 8gb, 16gb etc)
Athlon II X4 640 - quadcore - $99.99
Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition - dual core - $89.99
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition - quad core - $139.99
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - hexa core - $179.99
Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition - hexa core - $199.99



GPUs* - Heres the best GPUs from both manufacturers, ATI/AMD and Nvidia

ATI/AMD -
5770 - $119
5870 - $219
6850 - $170
6870 - $204
6950 - 2gb version can be flashed to a 6970 - $240
6970 - $339
6990 - dual 6970's on one board ? - $700

Nvidia -
GTS450 - $119
GTX460 - $150
GTX550 TI - $150
GTX560 TI - $239
GTX570 - $369
GTX580 - $529
GTX590 - $700



CPU cooling - Running too hot? Heres some great coolers.
Corsair H70 (closed watercooling) - $104.81
Hyper 212+ - Best Bang For Buck - $29.99
Noctua NH-D14 - $74.99
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 - $69.74
Prolimatech Megahalems- $64.99 - be aware that you will need to buy fans for this
Zalman CNPS9900 Max - $79.99
Thermaltake Frio - $58

When picking an operating system, make sure you pick 64bit as this doesn't have a cap on the amount of ram you can use. 32bit OS only allows 4gb including video ram.



Cheers

*GPU prices are entry fee for the card.
* Moderators: If there is anything i should not have such as the links in the over-clocking guides or anything that you disagree with please feel free to remove.

Edited by eisbar, 27 March 2011 - 02:42 AM.

Case: K62 Dragonlord Mb: MSI-P55 GD85 Cpu: i5 760 @ 3.8Ghz, 1.216v Stable Cpu Cooler: hyper 212+ Push/Pull Ram: 4gb Corsair XMS 1600mhz Graphics: Sapphire 6870 (Xfire later) Hdd: Samsung f3 1tb PSU: XFX Black Edition 750w Monitor: 2x Benq 24" 1920 x 1080 @ 3840 x 1080 Keyboard: Razer Arctosa Black Edition Mouse: Coolermaster Sentinel

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 10:46 PM

Great guide mate! :thumbsup:
Hope it gets a sticky. I haven't got much time to look through it with a fine comb yet but so far it looks good. One thing I would suggest would be to change the colour of "basic 1 (intel)" label to something other than black - which is hard to see.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 10:48 PM

Cheers for that buddy :)
feel free to post what you want and ill add, whether its new components or systems :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 10:50 PM

Great idea! :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 11:25 PM

I quite like this guide. Its a very good place to start, atleast a way of comparing compatibilities if one was to swap in some other parts.
....if only there was a way to put it all into a nice little GUI and it spit out the perfect list of parts based on a few choices....

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 12:10 AM

This guide will put me outta business but I support it :P

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 12:19 AM

bravo good sir! like zackhaf said this is a great starting point to compare and contrast different build ideas.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 12:24 AM

Thanks lads :cheers:
But please do post some suggestions :)
What should i add, i.e a list of good hard drives as i only have got a samsung F3 there? More coolers? Should i add a workstation and HTPC?

Cheers

Edited by eisbar, 18 March 2011 - 12:25 AM.

Case: K62 Dragonlord Mb: MSI-P55 GD85 Cpu: i5 760 @ 3.8Ghz, 1.216v Stable Cpu Cooler: hyper 212+ Push/Pull Ram: 4gb Corsair XMS 1600mhz Graphics: Sapphire 6870 (Xfire later) Hdd: Samsung f3 1tb PSU: XFX Black Edition 750w Monitor: 2x Benq 24" 1920 x 1080 @ 3840 x 1080 Keyboard: Razer Arctosa Black Edition Mouse: Coolermaster Sentinel

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 06:46 AM

Definately stickied after the work you put into it.

i7 4770K | Corsair H105

ASUS Maximus VI Hero | ASUS GTX780 Ti
Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz 4x4Gb | Corsair AX860i
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Posted 19 March 2011 - 04:22 PM

Cheers lad :)

Just a quick note, im going to be away for a week as of tomorrow, any updates (if any) ill have to change when i get back.


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Posted 19 March 2011 - 10:34 PM

Maybe update for price ranges?
Superbiiz will normally put Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB's at $50 after a $15 promo code. So, $50 - $65 depending on the time of month. Newegg will have them down to $55 on occasion.

Lowest prices I've seen for graphics cards after promo codes, MIR's, and shipping:
GTX 460 1GB = $119.99
GTX 580 1.5GB = $435.99

HD 6950 2GB = $229.99
HD 6970 2GB = $307.86

Only noting those prices because they're the top of the line single GPU graphics cards for both AMD and Intel, and the GTX 460 1GB is the best dual graphics cards to buy for price/performance. For $238.98, you can outperform a GTX 580 that costs $435.99... and just about the same cost as a HD 6950 2GB.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 02:51 AM

Maybe update for price ranges?
Superbiiz will normally put Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB's at $50 after a $15 promo code. So, $50 - $65 depending on the time of month. Newegg will have them down to $55 on occasion.

Lowest prices I've seen for graphics cards after promo codes, MIR's, and shipping:
GTX 460 1GB = $119.99
GTX 580 1.5GB = $435.99

HD 6950 2GB = $229.99
HD 6970 2GB = $307.86

Only noting those prices because they're the top of the line single GPU graphics cards for both AMD and Intel, and the GTX 460 1GB is the best dual graphics cards to buy for price/performance. For $238.98, you can outperform a GTX 580 that costs $435.99... and just about the same cost as a HD 6950 2GB.

I forgot to add that these prices were all before promo codes and other deals as i'm not too familiar with newegg so i don't know how long these promo codes and deals will last.


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Case: K62 Dragonlord Mb: MSI-P55 GD85 Cpu: i5 760 @ 3.8Ghz, 1.216v Stable Cpu Cooler: hyper 212+ Push/Pull Ram: 4gb Corsair XMS 1600mhz Graphics: Sapphire 6870 (Xfire later) Hdd: Samsung f3 1tb PSU: XFX Black Edition 750w Monitor: 2x Benq 24" 1920 x 1080 @ 3840 x 1080 Keyboard: Razer Arctosa Black Edition Mouse: Coolermaster Sentinel