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Old June 24, 2011, 12:59 PM
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Hi Guys, my goal is to build something mid-range for multi-use (gaming, home, etc.): I've come up with a few ideas on my own but am open to suggestions and to ideas on completing the build. Thanks!

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
multi use: some gaming, home office, media, etc.


2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
$800-1000

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
Canada


4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
Usually I've gone with AMD builds in the past but I'm open to intel if it doesn't break the bank.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
Have an SSD (intel 80 GB and velociraptor 300 GB so HD is taken care of)

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
Yes and gotten more confused

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
No not really, unless I can find a simple idiot proof guide on how to do that.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
Within the next few weeks.

9. What resolution do you use?
1920x1080

Here are some components I've been mulling over for the build:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black $130
MoBo: Asus M4A89GTD-Pro $140
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GB XL $65
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24" $210
Video: XFX Radeon HD 6850 $145
CoolerMaster 370 Mid-Tower $40
Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 $30
DVD/CD Sony $20
Keyboard+Mouse $100


Let me know what you think. Thanks!
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Old June 24, 2011, 01:06 PM
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CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black $130
MoBo: Asus M4A89GTD-Pro $140
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GB XL $65
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24" $210
Video: XFX Radeon HD 6850 $145
CoolerMaster 370 Mid-Tower $40
Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 $30
DVD/CD Sony $20
Keyboard+Mouse $100


Let me know what you think. Thanks!


youre spending too much on kb and mouse.

use your old ones and get a 6950 :)

and welcome aboard!
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Old June 24, 2011, 01:20 PM
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll shop around for more budget k+m. Any ideas re intel vs. AMD? and the mobo combo?
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Old June 24, 2011, 02:07 PM
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a 2500k and p67 would be a better but more expensive choice.
or even a slower locked sandy bridge i5 will be faster. more expensive though.
but the difference would be probably 50 bucks. no overclocking though.
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Old June 24, 2011, 03:00 PM
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You're missing a PSU and an OS. Straight from this week's NCIX sale. No price-matching done.

Samsung DVDRW 22X SATA Black OEM$19.99
Coolermaster Elite 370 Black Mid Tower ATX Case 3X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS$35.99
Logitech Wireless Desktop MK320 Keyboard and Mouse Combo USB *IR-$10*$44.99
ASUS VE247H 23.6IN Widescreen LED LCD Monitor 1920X1080 2MS 10M1DC HDMI DVI-D VGA Speakers$179.99
Gigabyte Z68A-D3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 CrossFireX Motherboard$119.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM$97.99
Intel Core i5 2300 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 2.8GHZ Sandy Bridge 6MB$179.99
XFX Radeon HD 6850 Black Edition 820MHZ 1GB 4.4GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI Display Port HDMI PCI-E Video Card$179.99
Cougar SX Series SX850 850W ATX 24PIN 69A 12V 80PLUS Silver 140MM Modular Power Supply$99.99
Corsair Cooling Air Series A70 HIGH-PERFORMANCE DUAL-FAN CPU Cooler LGA1155 LGA1156 LGA1366 AM2 AM3$29.99
Patriot Sector 5 PGV34G1600ELK 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit$26.99

$1,015.89
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hey charlie who is the oem for the cougar? :)
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HEC, I believe.
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+1 for charlie's build if you are going to be doing mostly CPU intensive stuff however although that PSU is a really good deal 850W is way overkill, that build would be more than happy with 450-550W...I would have personally done a few things differently like go for the 20$ cheaper sapphire 6850 or with the Zotac GTX 560 @ 169$ and different mouse/keyboard/monitor etc but that's just preference (after years of using wireless now i swear by wired)...

However if this is going to be a gaming PC, most games are far more GPU bottlenecked than CPU at 1080p. An overclocked Deneb is more than enough for pretty much any game current game (with the exception of SC2 4v4 endgame and the such) maxed out but a 6850 will have trouble with most modern games at 1080p.

Personally I'd go for a 955BE+790fx-gd70@200$ with more or less the rest of the build the same that would free up 100$ (+a little more here and there by fine tweaking other parts) to invest towards a GTX 570 DCII/a 6950/or crossfire...
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I know it's overkill, but keep in mind the board allows Crossfire and going with a second 6850, it would have fit the bill perfectly. GPU-wise, the OP did mention "some gaming"... hence the value-entry GPU. I also went with Intel to show the difference in pricing for similar performance.
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790fx-gd70
I take that back, now that the GA-990FXA-UD3/M5A99X EVO have hit e-tailers at 150$ I'd go with those! They will open up SLI and bulldozer upgrade options!

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