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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!

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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 a case, and dvd drive already. 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!

i'm saving my $850

you can title my build "Waiting for Sandybridge"

6 cores is not enough...

waiting....

 

but if i was gonna build:

evga gtx 460 superclocked ed. http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130563 $184.99

mushkin enhanced blackline triple channel ddr3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226030 $139.99

corsair 750 tx http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139006 $109.99

asus rampage III gene (open box) http://www.newegg.co...82E16813131658R $178.99

intel core i7 950 microcenter walk-in http://www.microcent...l?addsku=935320 $229.99

= $843.95

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Well if it supports ATX platforms then I would go with an AM3 set-up quad core. Likely a phenom II x4 955, ddr3 1333 corsair dominator, Asus M4N98TD EVO motherboard, corsair or cooler master Psu with at least 800 watts continuous, and a gtx460 or 470. If I still had money for the fans then I would improve those in said current case you have. Just a note to keep and accommodate this you would need at least a good mid-tower with a few 120's or many 80's if they still make cases with those. Only reason I stress this is the set-up will be built around gaming and is going to produce a substantial amount of heat.

 

Parts round up.

ASUS M4N98TD EVO AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a

EVGA 01G-P3-1378-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) FTW EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS

CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB or Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (minus 10 dollars if you get the black series HD)

 

Spent so far.... ($859.94 usd) Minus shipping.

 

So far as the HSF goes I would have to leave that too you.The biggest issue I would have is finding the right cooler for those big memory modules. Maybe this in a push-pull if you have plenty of room in the old tower. :DProlimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler

 

BTW: it would help a bunch if you could please post what said tower you want to use it. Thank you and good luck.

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MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC

PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II PPCMK2S750 750W

ASUS Sabertooth X58

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Intel i7 920

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler

 

The videocard and the power supply have a combo for a $50 discount, and the motherboard and the memory have a combo for $30, and the processor is only $170 if you can get to a Microcenter, or have someone ship one for you.

 

Comes out to around $800, which gives you money to buy fans for the megahalems.

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I'm assuming the 460 series is faster than the Radeon 6870's, right?

A 6870 is a little faster than a 460, but the 460 overclocks a hell of a lot better than a 6870. Personally, I would go with a 460, but that's because NVidia has Physx and CUDA support. If you want Eyefinity, then I would get a 6870.

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Were you wanting keyboard/mouse and monitor as well?

 

 

 

ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

MSI R6870-2PM2D1GD5 Radeon HD 6870 1GB

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

 

The above can be had for about $715 on Newegg.

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Were you wanting keyboard/mouse and monitor as well?

 

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.

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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.

 

You have the idea, basically you're right. amd will get the job done for less $, so you can up your graphics. Intel gives you more headroom in the event you feel like pushing the envelope. the downside of that in this instance, is that you get less graphics and shop harder to stay on budget...

for instance, micro center has the core i7 930 for 199.99 walk-in which essentially gives you about $30 more dollars for graphics, etc...

if you were to choose the best of everyone's builds you would probably over shoot your budget some because it would be the best stuff. i think most of us shaved off a little bit here and there to make the budget work...

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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.

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