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Old October 23, 2010, 02:20 PM
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Default Looking for help with a under $1500 gaming build please

Total noob here wondering if someone could suggest a good gaming build around the $1500 range or a good prebuilt. All i will be keeping from my old setup will be the speakers and moniter. I was hoping to go with an I7 proc....a 5870 video card and the rest i need help with. I have read a few threads with some great advise that you have listed. I will probably order the stuff from ncix as i heard you guys say they pricematch everything anyways.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated
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Old October 23, 2010, 02:27 PM
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if i7 game (if no more than other than game and internet then i might suggest i5 system) anyway

and it might not best time to buy computer... but if you want now then

i7 950
sabertooth x58
ripjaws 1600 6gb (or 3gb)
hx 620 (or up if you want more power for sli or cf)
hd 6870 or wait new ati card at early 2010 or possible nvidia 5xx
1tb of samsung f3 or wd black or seagate 700.12
some fans... such as zm-f3...

about cpu cooler... i would leave it up to other member because i dont research all cpu cooler...

go ahead to research those parts... so you can get some ideas...
NEW: customize case, XFX 750W, i7 4770k, supreme hf, GA-Z87X-OC Force, 16gb gskill ripjaws 2133mhz , xfx hd6950 CF. 128gb intel 520, wd blue and toshiba 1tb, mcp355 + EK-XRES , 2x ar697, 2x PXM360, 12x AC F12 fans, 12 x shroud, STT 123W fan filter. 2442.88CDN
OLD: customize case, hx100, i7 920, supreme hf, x58 sabertooth, 3gbx2 ram of ripjaws, xfx hd6950 CF. vertex 2 60gb, seagate and hitachi 1tb, dual mcp355 with ek rex v2, 2x koolance ar697, 2x mcr320, 6x zm-f3 fans.
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Old October 23, 2010, 02:44 PM
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howdy and welcome.

may i sugest an 1156 build with either an i3 530 heavily clocked past 4 ghz or a xeon 3440 if you need it for more than just gaming? mobo wise i would go with a gigabyte, p55 of course.
gpu wise i may sugest crossfiring 6850's

hdd wise get your choice of ssd, and perhaps a 1-2tb storage drive. psu wise stay with corsair,seasonic. 500-or more depending on the gpus
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Old October 23, 2010, 05:36 PM
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Welcome to HWC Here are my suggestions...

Corsair Graphite 600T, Cooler Master CM690II Advanced
Corsair HX/AX 750 - HX is Silver certified, AX is Gold certified
Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
Intel Core i7 930/950
Cooler Master V6GT cpu cooler
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline DDR3-1600 6GB 3x2GB
WD Caviar Black, Seagate Barracuda 7200.12, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
XFX Radeon HD6850/6870 or EVGA GeForce GTX460 1GB/470 - get 2nd later on
Plextor PX-880SA-26 DVD Writer
MS Win 7 Home Premium

For an extra $100...

Logitech G15 USB Keyboard
Logitech M500 USB Mouse or Microsoft SideWinder X3 - if your not right handed

Good luck with your build and enjoy the new machine
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Old October 23, 2010, 06:03 PM
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Thanks for the input on the builds. I'm going to start pricing them out now. I'm asking you guys because i'm guessing you know what your talking about. Every time i do a little more research i just get more and more confused so i will probably just take one of your suggestions and go with it.
What about the prebuilt fx series that future shop sells for $1499? Any opinions on that one?
Gateway Intel Core i7 870 Computer (FX6840-17C)

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Old October 23, 2010, 06:43 PM
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Old October 23, 2010, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by _dangtx_ View Post
gpu wise i may sugest crossfiring 6850's
That is a powerful GPU combo, but a bit difficult to utilize & maintain for newbies. Most games need particular drivers to be downloaded/installed in order to work those cards. If you're enthusiastic enough about it then go for it.
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Old October 24, 2010, 01:41 AM
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My System Specs

Default $1500 Gaming computer

If you want to have a look at what memoryexpress.com has to offer in the way of components for your build, they may surprise you in a few ways...they just opened in Richmond, B.C.

1) cost: usually even lower than NCIX.com

2) Extended Warranties: in this cae; they call it their IPR (In-store Product Replacement)

3) $39 shipping anywhere in Canada (restrictions apply)

here are the links for the main page and IPR FAQ's
Memory Express Computer Products Inc. - Canada's Source for Computers, Laptops, Monitors & more...

In-Store Product Replacement Detail

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Old October 24, 2010, 06:50 AM
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Ok I thought you were talkin US$ and was going for a crossfire Still your budget can get you the very best gaming @ 1080P. speakin of, what is your display? If it's lower than 1080P then skip the aluminum case and get an i5 760 and 4GB RAM and an HD 6850 and a 450w psu instead and save 450$++ but here's my build anyway: Awesome time to build a PC!

Lian Li PC-8FI 160$
XFX Blackedition 750 120$
i7 950 350$
Sabertooth x58 220$
GSkill Ripjaw 1600 6GB 140$
Asus HD 6870 270$
WD CaviarBlack 1TB 90$
DVD-RW 30$
Windows 7 64 bit 120$
1,500$ + shipping

Very basic components except for the Power supply, which is 750 watts to have the option of adding another 6870 in crossfire. You can also add a 100$ 40GB Intel SSD, which is worth it. PCI-E Sound card for 100$. memory card reader for 20$.

Lian Li PC-8FI Case Review | Hardware Secrets

XFX 750 W Black Edition Power Supply Review | Hardware Secrets

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