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    Photoshop, 3D Max, Music, Americas Army. Obsessing to make my computer better with little money.
  1. No guarantee I'll have the funds by this weekend. Do you do this for more people or is this the first offer? I'm not usually the greatest trusting person, been screwed over too many times before. However, what's the tax rate where you are? EDIT: After tax and shipping costs, I wouldn't be saving too much. Seems like more effort than required. I thank you for your offer though.
  2. Little cheaper, but the tax alone would make it the same.
  3. Heh, I wish. Don't live near one, I'm in Seattle, WA.
  4. While I may not have taken everyone's suggestions directly, the entire experience overall has provided great input. Through these times, I've been able to open my eyes more, see more benchmarks, and understand the tech better. Here is the final build: (Some parts of the build are on a separate budget and could not be given towards the budget for the internal components, thus why in this post I was specifically looking at CPU/Mobo/GPU/PSU/Ram) Keyboard/Mouse/Hard Drive not listed, too general. ASUS VE276Q Black 27" 1920X1080 2ms Full HD HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor Microsoft Windows 7 Family Pack/ Home Premium Upgrade LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B Black Aluminum/ SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory 2x SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply Thank you oodles for your help. I was very tempted to go AMD, however I figured I could go i7, and only get one Radeon 6850 for now, and buy another one later.
  5. Well, as for the budget, probably not realistic to get 2x460's if their power draw is that high. Probably better off with 6850's, I hear their power draw is a little bit lower. As for my question though, are 2x6850's better than a single 6870? I'm not even talking about upgrades in the future for this question, I mean as is, which is better? EDIT: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1445/7/ Seems dual 6850s is faster than a single 6870.
  6. I think down to the wire, it really depends on the GPU solution. As long as the CPU and memory don't bottleneck the GPU(s) you should be fine. So, whats the best out of the following? By best I mean, can you put them in order of best to not best? 2x6850 (650w psu?) 1x6870 1xGTX470 2xGTX460 (650w psu?) I would just assume, find the best GPU solution, and pinch every bit of whats left on decent RAM and a CPU? Maybe it wasn't the best idea to ask for personal preference in everything. I know when a lot of people ask how to build their computer, something that comes up is 'What do you want it to do exactly?" Well, for $870, I want to be able to ensure my FPS is as high as it can possibly be in any game, preferably on the highest settings with at least 2xAA. Then again, I've also been told, going with an i7 and a 6870 is a good platform for upgrading down the road. Just buy a newer GPU when I get the funds, and it will go into an already nice build.
  7. Using tips from your builds, I came up with this. There's only 3 things that concern me with this build. First, is the power supply not being strong enough for CF. Second, the cpu heat, combined with the CF heat just being too much. I was aiming for 2x460's, but couldn't find a cheap SLI board (All the ones I found said CF). Also unsure if 8GB memory is necessary. 6 would be good, 4 might be too little. Some games these days are pretty demanding ontop of desktop apps running. ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard 2x SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX $864 total. (A little over, but the jump to dual gpu could be worth the extra wait for more cash) If the PSU is too weak for that, could go with the 3.2ghz quad core AMD, get 6GB ram instead, and get the 750w Corsair PSU.
  8. I have those peripherals also. Could someone explain to me why it's better to go with an AMD Processor build for gaming, rather than an i7 setup? I know i7's cost a bit more, but is the idea to get similar speed with an AMD processor, and use the saved money to get a faster video card for better gaming performance? One of the issues I'm facing is my friends are telling me to go with an i5/i7 setup, while all of you guys suggest AMD processors. I mean, technically speaking, if I saved enough money on a gaming build with AMD, and DDR3 1333 memory, I could essentially get the GTX 470 with the saved money, if that works with a 650w corsair psu.
  9. I'm assuming the 460 series is faster than the Radeon 6870's, right?
  10. First post updated, included the case.
  11. Well, I have $850. I've heard from so many people different builds to build, but not enough input altogether. So, how about a simple game, let's see how different peoples rigs come up? You already have the following: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit LG DVD-R/RW 2x500GB Sata3 Hard Drives Lian-Li Lancool PC-K7B Use the rest of the $850 to build the best gaming computer. Use existing websites such as tigerdirect or newegg, or another online retailer. I do thank you for your efforts!
  12. Why is it better? At $40 more 'no justification needed' isn't necessarily a good reason to someone who doesn't know why. One is locked, one is unlocked, all I can see. Also, why recommend DDR3-1600 with a CPU that says it can only support 1333mhz max, is there something I'm missing?
  13. Is that ram better because of the 10 timings? EDIT: If I understand correctly, lower timings are better. On a side note, I understand that the i7-870 only supports 1066/1333 ddr3 memory, so why go with 1600? EG: These would be the best as in what's supported natively? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148327
  14. I guess that reply confuses me a bit. Are you simply stating that the motherboard/cpu are not compatible with triple channel ram? That 4GB stick looks pretty tasty. If I get it, could I get another one later and have 8GB? Even though two of them wouldn't be dual channel, it would work properly to have two, right?
  15. Well, I hate to throw things around but my budget expanded (Forgot I had a birthday on Saturday and got some more income), not to mention was able to strike a deal with a friend to pay a difference to increase my budget even more (He would get the old components out of it). This makes my new budget $875 With this new budget, I've chosen the following components, let me know if I should change any. Again, going for pure gaming speed, multitasking and desktop speeds are no priority. I'm also not keen on overclocking. (Only because I'm so bad at it) Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102909 Corsair 650w PSU for i7 and SLI/CF http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005 Crucual 6GB 3x2GB Triple Channel Memory DDR3 1066 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148246 Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 Motherboard (USB 3.0 ports also) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412 Intel Core i7-870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115213 Total = $876.95 Is the build good, or could it be better? I looked up benchmarks online and saw that the i7 outperformed the i5 dual and quad in game benchmarks, which made me choose it. I didn't go with the 1366 boards, just a bit too pricey for the small boost of speed. Not to mention most of those boards are native to more expensive RAM. However, if you know of any 1156 boards that are better, and at or cheaper let me know, I'm terrible at choosing motherboards. i usually just buy gigabyte or msi boards just because I've never had one fail, doesn't mean there aren't any better though. I know my friends like Asus.
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