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Post Date: 2011-05-08

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  Quote lessthandan Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: $1,350 AMD build
    Posted: 08 May 2011 at 9:54pm
Budget:
My budget is around $1,300. I don't want to go any higher than $1,400.

Expectations:
I already have a keyboard, mouse, 1680x1050 monitor, all the necessary peripherals. I just need a solid high-quality computer.

Usage:
This machine will be used 80% for gaming, 10% for video editing/encoding (with Premiere Pro), and 10% for watching movies.

Special Needs:
Large hard drive to store all of my Steam games (1TB is sufficient). Wireless PCI internet connection. Other than that, I just want a powerful machine. :)

Saved Ticket #: 538045

Specifications:
Major points are the Phenom II x6 1100T processor, Radeon HD 6950 1GB graphics card, and the 750w power supply. Also the 1GB hard drive and wireless card as noted before. In addition, I'm using the "Stage 1" high performance cooler, because I know AMD's stock fans are pretty terrible.

Let me know what you think!

Regards,

Dan

Edited by lessthandan - 08 May 2011 at 9:55pm
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  Quote ablahblah Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 May 2011 at 11:06pm
You could hand-build a much more effective rig than that for the same price using an Intel processor. Go with a 560 ti, i7 2500k, noctua u-12p, the whole hog in fact, even with a 1TB drive and maybe even a 40GB SSD to pop in there.

Here, unfortunately though, I don't think it's possible because of the premium price incurred from purchasing a custom built provider and that you are also restricted to 4GB RAM for some reason.


Edited by ablahblah - 08 May 2011 at 11:07pm
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  Quote AndydViking Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2011 at 1:17am
he can do it here. i configured some for him and he could get a decent rig with 1400 (not including shipping). I didn't post the configs cause I didn't know what mobo to recommend.
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  Quote AndydViking Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2011 at 2:11am
I am sure there are ways to make this better so I'd wait for some other opinions like DST4ME's however this is a better build than what you had IMHO. I only put a 500gb drive there to keep you in budget. It's easy to add another later or you could put the terabyte drive in there now and be only 40 dollars above budget.

Ticket number: 538147 Cost: $1363

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master Elite 430
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K 3.30GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 (Intel P67 Chipset) (New B3 Revision) (Does Not Support SLI)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (500GB Western Digital/Seagate/Hitachi/Samsung (16MB Cache) (7200 RPM)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x ATI Radeon HD 6950 1GB
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Noctua NH-U12P SE Dual 120mm Fans High Performance Cooler
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: FREE: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Xtra Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

Edited by AndydViking - 09 May 2011 at 2:13am
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2011 at 2:14am
much more powerful cpu here:

Here you go Ticket# 538148 --- $1405 (To see this build click here)

Copy of Specifications:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master Elite 430
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K 3.30GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 (Intel P67 Chipset) (New B3 Revision) (Does Not Support SLI)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Hitachi/Seagate (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Noctua NH-U12P SE Dual 120mm Fans High Performance Cooler
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: FREE: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

you can save more money by going with the 500GB caviar now, you can always add HDD of any size later, with the 500GB the price is $1384

oH just saw AndydViking's config, that is cheaper, you can go with his build and add a hdd later.

Edited by DST4ME - 09 May 2011 at 2:16am
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  Quote lessthandan Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2011 at 2:31am
Thanks for the replies everyone. It looks like everyone recommends that I go with the i5 2500K. I'm aware that the 2500k edges out the 1100T's performance by a small margin, however, with the graphics, the 6950 edges out the 560's performance by just a small margin as well.

I dunno... I guess these differences are quite negligible. Obviously the Sandy Bridge architecture is much newer and nicer than anything AMD has, however it doesn't really matter if they perform about the same, regardless of how new/old they are.

Also everyone is recommending the Noctua CPU cooler. If it's really that nice then I might just go with it. Oh, and don't forget about the Wireless PCI card, which adds a few bucks to my build as well. :)

Is the Coolermaster Elite 430 a pretty solid case? I know it's the cheapest, but the Coolermaster CM 690 II looks to be considerably nicer for not a whole lot more. I realize the chassis doesn't play an absolutely critical part of the computer's performance, but I don't want my PC to feel flimsy either.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2011 at 2:37am
what games you play? the 2500k is much better then the amd chip, for example:



not to mention higher oc, easier oc, better temps, you can't compare the 2.

at your res a 560 should be about all you need.

feel free to upgrade the case, we are just trying to stay in budget, otherwise I like the 922.
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  Quote AndydViking Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2011 at 2:48am
The Noctua is a great cooler and I'd definitely go with it. Also like DST4me said the Intel's run cooler and overclock awesome so you have to add that to the performance equation when comparing the two processors as well (gives the i5 2500k even more bonus.

On the case, I watched a bunch of youtube video's before I posted my config and it looks like a solid case to me. Your cable management might come out looking better on the 690 or the 922.
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  Quote lessthandan Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2011 at 2:50am
Originally posted by DST4ME

what games you play? the 2500k is much better then the amd chip, for example:

not to mention higher oc, easier oc, better temps, you can't compare the 2.

at your res a 560 should be about all you need.

feel free to upgrade the case, we are just trying to stay in budget, otherwise I like the 922.


Thanks! I will likely go with those then. I play pretty much everything. Battlefield:BC2, Team Fortress 2, DiRT 2, Supreme Commander, Peggle, The Witcher, Left 4 Dead... a really random assortment. (I am most excited for Brink, The Witcher 2, and Battlefield 3 this year.)

One last question: How bad is it to just go with the Intel stock CPU cooler? I know it's not good for overclocking, but I don't even really want to overclock. I know it's on special for free right now, but if DSO can't overclock the CPU using the stock cooler, then I'm fine with that. Just wondering.

Regards,

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  Quote AndydViking Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2011 at 2:58am
Just my opinion the Intel stock cooler is terrible. Not so much because of performance but because of the way it's mounted. Cheap plastic clips/push pins. I'd really get the Noctua and even if you don't overclock right now you can do it down the road when your PC is older and up the performance of it.

Also, if your not into building your own it's one of the more difficult things to do if you change your mind down the road. Not hard per se but harder than installing a GPU or RAM. It'll still be a good system with the stock cooler but the Noctua would make it better IMHO.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2011 at 3:02am
@lessthandan, what would happen if we could make you think 10 times faster? that is what oc does for a cpu, the range we have given you is safe, DS does a great job of oc, you have to oc your cpu, most of your performance comes from there, and the Noctua is what you want to get, trust us on this, with the oc, this pc will seem powerful for much longer also.
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  Quote lessthandan Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2011 at 3:17am
Ok, thanks guys. You've been a big help!

Regards,

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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 May 2011 at 3:18am
Our pleasure and good luck
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