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Old July 22, 2010, 04:12 PM
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Alright, I'm looking at ordering a completely new build. My budget's going to be around the $2500 (after tax) mark, and it is going to include a monitor. (But no peripherals) This is going to be primarily a gaming rig, with some general use mixed in. I'm always up for suggestions and critiques on my builds, as I'm just trying to get the best bang for my buck.

I'll be doing some CPU overclocking on the system, but very little else. I might up the GPU a bit, but not enough to warrant water or anything like that.

All parts will be ordered from NCIX, as I can save myself the shipping. However, price match is my friend as always. I'll be putting in the order mid-month August. It'll be my 30th birthday present from myself and my wife.

*UPDATE*
As much as I detest the thought of going Intel; I'm now considering the possibility of an X58 layout so I can have the freedom to choose between SLI or Xfire. Check out my second list and give me your thoughts!

DELL UltraSharp U2410 - Corporate Purchase - $500

Silverstone Fortress FT02B - $230

XFX 850W Black Edition - PM - $140

Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 - PM - $180

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T - PM - $200

2x Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1600
- PM - $200

2x Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD 5870 OC - PM - $880

2x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S - $190

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 - PM - $60

Add a $30 optical drive and we're done!

Total cost - Let's just say... A LOT!


OR

NEC MultiSync EA261WM-BK - Corporate Purchase - $570
Corsair Obsidian Series 800D - $280
XFX 850W Black Edition - $140
ASUS P6X58D-E X58 - PM - $240
Intel Core i7 930 - PM - $295
Corsair XMS3 Dominator 6GB DDR3 3X2GB - PM - $185
Zotac GeForce GTX 480 AMP! - $545 (Not sure if I can get 2 of these in SLi given the 3 slot size?)
2x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S - $190
Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H50 - PM - $65
Optical Drive - $30
Total cost - $2540 +tax = $2844.80


*OPTED OUT OF THE SECOND BUILD*

Please note! If you're inclined to give advice (which, as stated earlier, is welcome) leave your reasoning as well. This is not just so I don't get hammered with fanboi dumps, but because there are certain subjects I'm relatively ignorant on (such as SSD's) and could genuinely use the information!

Thanks in advance!

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Old July 22, 2010, 04:19 PM
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First of all, you are one lucky SOB.
Also, couldn't you get a cheaper CPU and O/C it to the Black Edition speeds?
Plus, your board only supports CrossFire, so in the future if you plan on upgrading you don't have the option of getting another 480.
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for that cash id go 1366 or whats coming up(watch out for locked cpus)

not too sure about the ferminator at this point in time unless you score a major deal or something
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Me thinks you should OC the 1055T. I mean it is not much more than the 965BE and you get 2 more cores!!!

The Sunbeam Core Contact **CAN** do East/West mounting and so can the CM 212+.

**EDIT: The Core Contact is EXTREMELY hard to mount in a small case and even harder to take off.

Is there any specific reason why you want the CM V8?
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Me thinks you should OC the 1055T. The Sunbeam Core Contact **CAN** do East/West mounting and so can the CM 212+.

**EDIT: The Core Contact is EXTREMELY hard to mount in a small case and even harder to take off.
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Old July 22, 2010, 04:52 PM
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First of all, you are one lucky SOB.
Also, couldn't you get a cheaper CPU and O/C it to the Black Edition speeds?
Plus, your board only supports CrossFire, so in the future if you plan on upgrading you don't have the option of getting another 480.
As I stated in my original post, I'll be going single card until the next gen of 5xxx cards come out. At that point, I'm sure I'll be taking advantage of the 890fx.

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for that cash id go 1366 or whats coming up(watch out for locked cpus)

not too sure about the ferminator at this point in time unless you score a major deal or something
I'm not so much an AMD 'fanboi', as I am simply disgusted with Intel's marketing tactics. I think they've been an extremely low-brow company over the past few years, and they charge a serious name premium. It would take an unbelievable deal to get me on the Intel CPU train.

I'm actually very impressed with the 480's numbers. It outperforms the 5870 at every turn when extra eye candy is involved. (aa, af) And the AMP is a very nice take on the card since it runs almost dead silent.


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Me thinks you should OC the 1055T. I mean it is not much more than the 965BE and you get 2 more cores!!!

The Sunbeam Core Contact **CAN** do East/West mounting and so can the CM 212+.

**EDIT: The Core Contact is EXTREMELY hard to mount in a small case and even harder to take off.

Is there any specific reason why you want the CM V8?
I'm under the impression that the stable OC on an X4 965 is higher than that of the 1055t. Not to mention, every benchmark I've seen seems to push the 965 as the better gaming CPU. As for the 6 cores; what is available that even takes advantage of that? Outside of general multitasking, doesn't it have very limited use?

And the V8 was decision based on a few factors: mounting position, performance vs price, fan positioning to allow a single fan to push/pull... and it doesn't hurt that it looks pretty sweet.

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As I stated in my original post, I'll be going single card until the next gen of 5xxx cards come out. At that point, I'm sure I'll be taking advantage of the 890fx.



I'm not so much an AMD 'fanboi', as I am simply disgusted with Intel's marketing tactics. I think they've been an extremely low-brow company over the past few years, and they charge a serious name premium. It would take an unbelievable deal to get me on the Intel CPU train.

I'm actually very impressed with the 480's numbers. It outperforms the 5870 at every turn when extra eye candy is involved. (aa, af) And the AMP is a very nice take on the card since it runs almost dead silent.


I'm under the impression that the stable OC on an X4 965 is higher than that of the 1055t. Not to mention, every benchmark I've seen seems to push the 965 as the better gaming CPU. As for the 6 cores; what is available that even takes advantage of that? Outside of general multitasking, doesn't it have very limited use?

And the V8 was decision based on a few factors: mounting position, performance vs price, fan positioning to allow a single fan to push/pull... and it doesn't hurt that it looks pretty sweet.
Oops, my bad.
For the CPU cooler, why not a CM Hyper 212 Plus with another fan? I heard it's good for the price.
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You could always fold with the extra cores. Many people have pushed their 1055T's past the 4.0GHz point but the 965 C3 have limited success in overclocking to the 4.0Ghz. but then again YMMV :)

But the CM 212+ can be had for ~ $25. + $10 for the extra push/pull fan...

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I'm guessing you're going to put the 850 in another rig? Otherwise I'm not sure the advantage of buying another PSU at this point. Everything else seems fine in my books.
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The only thing I'd question at this point is if you might want to throw in an extra $100 and go for the 1090t. My understanding is that average stable OC for the 1055t tops out around 3.8, but you should have absolutely no problems getting 4.0G out of a 1090T, and will more than likely get closer to 4.1G.

Would it be worth it??? Probably not, but if you're building this uber rig, it might last long enough that the extra .3G and the extra two cores might end up helping out.

I don't do any multi-player gaming so I can't verify, but I suspect that folks who do, and who play games that can take advantage of a quad core proc, will get a benefit from the extra two cores while gaming for things like teamspeak etc.......
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