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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 12:17 am    Post subject: I need to build a new system, but lack updated info. Reply with quote

My current system is running good for what I use it for now.

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 2.21 GHz
2 GB Ram
Nvidia GeForce 7800 GS
ASUS DVD-E616P
Plextor DVD+-R/W PX-712A
Maxtor (internal) 200GB HDD
Maxtor (internal) 200GB HDD
Maxtor (external) 160GB HDD

But games, programs coming out will bring it to halt easy. I would like to know what I should be looking for.

My maximum budget would $2000.

I would like to know three setups I could get. Budget, Casual, Gamer


OS: Vista or Windows 7, ??
Power Supply: Antec, Enermax have been good, but I want cable custom Memory: Crucial
Motherboard: ??
CPU: AMD
Video Cards: ??
Hard Drives: Internal & External, Maxtor has always been reliable for me.
Optical Drives: DVD-ROM & DVD+- R/W, seperate drives.
Cases: Midtower with fan(s) & window(s)
*Sound card: N/A but may consider
*mice: N/A but may consider
*keyboard: N/A but may consider
*floppies: N/A
*monitors: N/A

(*) Items not important in the setups.


The new system would be for casual gaming, watching video, web surfing, etc. I want it to be fast, but it doesn't need to be the fastest.


What could I get? Any questions ask. I'll answer them the best I can.

Thx, lachen
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll let the AMD guys help you out. on the proc and mobo.

I generally reccomend one higher powered vid card over two in Crossfire or SLI, you get more bang for the buck, and better overall performance over two cheaper vid cards.......by customized cables, do you mean modular, or custom fit for your machine? The only company I know of (besides extreme modders) is PC Power and Cooling. They'll build whatever you want, but it's expensive. Corsairt's HX series are modular, and good all around.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3
Kingston ValueRAM KVR1333D3N9/2G *2 (or go to Crucial and find the same stuff for this board)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ, 1TB
MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC
Corsair HX750
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW
Sony Optiarc AD-7260S Black

At newegg this will set you back about 800 US$
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LIAN LI Lancool First Knight Series PC-K59W
Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz
EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-TR
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB)
MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560
Western Digital Black 1TB 6Gb/s
CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 PSU

i just built this exact setup (see sig).

Should run around $1,100 - and handle any game currently on the market. grab windows 7, 64bit and let it dominate.

FYI, i had to pick up a newer DVD drive, my old LiteOn from 2005 wouldn't read the windows disc. picked up a $25 one from wally world and it worked perfect...not sure if you planned on using an old drive if you would get windows.

you could easily reach $2,000 by grabbing more/faster RAM kit, a 1000w PSU, and maybe a faster GPU (like a 570 or 580)...i found the 560 to be completely sufficient at the moment though. basically another 100-150 for each higher model.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Intel i7 960
Asus Sabertooth X58 mobo
G.skill DDR1333, 12GB
AMD Radeon HD 6970
Corsair Professional series 1200 watt PSU
Lite-On BluRay burner
Asus Xonar D2X sound card
Thermalright Venemous X cooler
2x WD Caviar Black 1TB drives
3x WD Caviar Black 2TB drives
Thermaltake Level 10 GT case
Saitek Eclipse keyboard
Cyborg RAT 7 mouse and matching pad

All told wiith shipping included. Should run about $3000, give or take. I had a few other things in that order. It's the system I built a few weeks ago. I know, you spec'd AMD, but the 960 will outrun anything AMD has available, including the 6-core. Take off the sound card ($200), four of the drives ($400) BD burner,and go with the stock Intel HSF, it'd bring it down to $2300 or so. I included shipping in there, eoo.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fussnfeathers wrote:
by customized cables, do you mean modular, or custom fit for your machine?


No, not custom cables. I meant modular, use only the cables I need. What wattage would I be looking at 800+ ??


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Would you consider those setups Budget($), Casual($$), Gamer($$$)?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, if modular then you are looking at the HX series from Corsair indeed. The wattage... yeah 800+ is where you want to go, above all you want your rig to be stable so not even getting close to any limit on your PSU.

Mine is Budget/Casual hence the 750W power supply/4GB of RAM etc.

If you really want to go budget we'll have to cut corners in the brands department so go with el cheapo components. This is nice if you want to have a gaming rig for a few months and then build a new one...

If you want to improve on things you can add SSD for your OS, a bit more memory, bigger PSU, more/bigger harddisks, BluRay burner...

I'm a bit surprised to see only LGA1366 rigs for the high-end gaming in here, why no Sandy Bridge system?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

he's got a budget that'll allow for the i7. On my list, scratch the BD burner, and get your two optical drives. Saves another $80-ish.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The very maximum budget would be $2000. It needs to pay for the core
components I need:

Mobo
CPU
Ram
video card
HDD
Power Supply
OS
Optical Drives


But that doesn't mean I want to spend all that if I don't have to. wink


I would also like this system be last me a few years. Money is tight so a new computer needs to give me my moneys worth. My current system has done that for at least 3years, 3 upgrades, etc.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok, ok we do the high-end one then.

Asus P8Z68-V $180
Intel Core Intel Core i5 2500K Boxed/Zalman CNPS10X Performa $220/$40
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL (2x4GB) $50
MSI N560GTX Twin Frozr II/OC GeForce GTX 560 $200
Crucial m4 128GB $212
Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ, 1TB $60
Corsair HX850 $170
COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black $40
Windows 7 64bit $100
Sony Optiarc AD-7260S Black $20

Newegg.com total: $1292
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