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Old December 3, 2009, 04:29 PM
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I want to build a new computer as I can no longer run some games that I want to play (Dragon Age, MW2) that I would prefer to play on PC vs 360/PS3.

I can reuse my monitor (1680x1050), hard drives, dvdrw. The power supply is an Enermax Noisetaker 485 W and my case is a Thermaltake Tsunami. I'm not too fond of the case, so I'll replace that. Not sure if the Noisetaker will be able to handle the i7, but the Phenom II build it should be able to. RAM I have in the event I go with the Phenom.

Would like to stay under $1000 if possible. I prefer Intel/Nvidia but am open to using either parties.

In any case, here is what I've been looking at today:

Phenom II

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
Newegg.ca - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Mobo: ASUS M4A79 Deluxe
Newegg.ca - ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

GPU: SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890
Newegg.ca - SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

i7

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz
Newegg.ca - Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Mobo: ASUS P6T LGA
Newegg.ca - ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

GPU: EVGA GTX 275
Newegg.ca - EVGA 896-P3-1171-AR GeForce GTX 275 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

RAM: Corsair XMS 6GB (3x2 GB)
Newegg.ca - CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - Desktop Memory

Common parts:

Case: Antec 900
Newegg.ca - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

PSU: Corsair HX750
Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

CPU Cooling: Xigmatek Dark Knight
Newegg.ca - XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
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CPU Cooling: Hyper 212
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler at Memory Express Computers

To go with Phenom, would cost about $900. To go with i7 would cost about $1350. I could just go with the 4890 instead of the 275 and get the ASRocks Extreme mobo and save about $160 bringing the i7 to about $1200.

Any thoughts?

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Old December 3, 2009, 04:37 PM
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if it's just for casual gaming then save money and get the amd cheaper. jmo
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The xigmatek cannot push air east-west on the amd system. Get the Coolermaster 212+ instead :) Plus its cheaper and comes w/ a back plate.
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My build of i7 920 is under $1000 before taxes and shipping (including rebates). This is back in May this year. Prices might be even lower by now:
New lowest cost i7 built
You have to shop around and do price matching. There are always deals to be had.
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I wouldn't drop down to a 4850 just to be able to get an i7. For gaming a 955 and 4890 will beat an i7 920 and 4850.


@OP, have you considered an i5 750 instead of i7 920?
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What about going with a i5
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I've thought about doing i5 but for the cost, might as well go to the i7.

I guess the biggest places to change price is in the cpu, mobo and gpu...the 4890 seems to beat the GTX 275 in most cases from what I've been reading...and I could also pick up another one later on if I want to get better performance than the GTX 295.

The Gigabyte UDR3 mobo is a decent choice too for either i5 or i7...I don't really need more than 3 slots for RAM. I could cut some cash by going non-modular with the PSU and getting the Corsair 750TX instead of the HX.

The computer will be used for everything else as well as gaming (movies, Photoshop, etc). Will probably run Vista x64 until I get 7.

And I've heard that nvidia is releasing a new card in the next few months so that will bring down GPU costs.
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The computer will be used for everything else as well as gaming (movies, Photoshop, etc). Will probably run Vista x64 until I get 7.

And I've heard that nvidia is releasing a new card in the next few months so that will bring down GPU costs.
then by all means go i7 you'll be happy you did
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My system runs mw2 maxed 1080p. Check specs... its the amd option.
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Well, as it happens, I have a lower-mid-range AMD build already planned, though there are alterations (due to price differences between the U.S. and Canada). These are personal suggestions, make changes or ignore as you see fit:

MSI 790FX-GD70 Motherboard
Corsair 750HX PSU
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
NZXT Lexa S Case (M59 or Gamma are good to, if you can't afford the Lexa, or don't like the looks. Just be sure to add some fans later down the road)
Phenom II 720 CPU
HD5850 Graphics Card, or if you can't afford it;
HD5770 Graphics Card

Don't really have time to check prices on all components, but just a suggestion / springboard platform.
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