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well tbh i'm sick of typical builds and thought i'd add a little sugar n spice to the mix so heres something that may/may not surprise you guys:

 

CPU: i7 930 $335

HSF: Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Red Scorpion Edition $39

MB: ASRock X58 Extreme3 $239

RAM: G.Skill PI Series F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI 6GB $259

GPU: ASUS ATI Radeon HD5870 1GB V2 Voltage Tweak $509

HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB $99

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular $119

DVDRW: ASUS DRW-24B1LT LightScribe $49

CASE: Xigmatik UTGard $129

MONITOR: BenQ V2420H 24 Inch Widescreen LED $329

KEYBOARD: Microsoft Sidewinder X4 $49

MOUSE: CM Storm Sentinel $75

SPK: Logitech X-230 2.1 $49

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM $135

OTHERS: Huntkey Power Surge Protector $30

 

TOTAL: $2444 all from pccg

 

i've only modified the core items and left the rest unchanged plus the ssd was left out as i think is a total waste of money(you could always add one in later).

Hey d-code, I like it m8 very nice. The ASRock X58 Extreme3 looks awsome good, I like the fan on the northbridge. I hate the colour of gigabyte boards :P

Regards the SSD.....once you go SSD you wont go back :D

Add this$239 G.Skill Falcon II 64GB SSD

Total $2683

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Thank you SceptreCore for your sarcasm.. I read that thread before starting this thread. Infact ive been a regular at atomic for over 8 years (had to change avitar few years ago, wouldnt let me log in, I forgot password I think) and owned my first PC in 1995, Pentium2 and CC64 in 1989.

 

I think most of you have missed the point of this thread. Its NOT about I can BUY such and such part cheaper so get a killer system for same price.

THIST POST is more about, I think that part is no good please dont get it becasue....I recommend this instead. As has been talked about with PSU and Powerboard.

The build is what "I" recomend, what "I would" get and "my" opinion. After extensively researching every part (reviews/youtube/forums/personal taste/atomic) that is what I come up with.

 

I chose i5 750-HD5850-4GB rig becasue it is more than you need to play games and do it very well (24"1080p res) and expect it to last 2-3years and easy to upgrade the GPU later as required.

I could easly build an i7 930-HD5870-6GB rig but consider it highend, not needed and too costly(my opnion).

 

 

 

I currently have E6850-8800gts-2GB rig that plays any game I throw at it (22"1050p res) I think I should just throw in a new graphics card and 2x1GB stix of 800MHz DDR2 RAM in it.

Im going to upgrade my current rig in a few weeks with this-----

PCcasegear

GPU $359 Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD5850 Overclocked 1GB

SSD $439 A-RAM Ultra II Series 100GB SSD

KB $ 49 Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard

Shipping $26

Austins

OS $122 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM

Mice$ 69 CoolerMaster CM Storm Sentinal Gaming Mouse

RAM $? 2x1GB stix of 800MHz DDR2 RAM

$1064

The reason you chose i5 is all well and good, but no one here if they had 2.5k to spend would go with i5 when they could get i7 (like the one I posted). The build you posted is a reasonable build, but considering what you can get for the money it's a waste, that's why people changed your build completely.

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fairly sure asrock has been owned by asus for a few years now they made some interesting and cheap mb in the past but quality and overclocking was a bit iffy that may have improved over time since the takeover

 

 

anyway for the ~$2500 range this is what i would look at

 

Intel Core i7-930 $335

Thermalright Cogage TRUE Spirit $39

Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $258

OCZ PC3-12800 Platinum 3x2GB OCZ3P1600LV6GK $274

Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 $429

Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 $429

Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB $99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVDRW Black $39

Seasonic X-Series 650W Gold $206

Lian Li Lancool Dark Armor K60 $115

Benq 21.5" G2222HDL BLACK LED LCD - 5MS / WUXGA 1920x1080 / D-SUB / DVI $185

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM $135

Microsoft SideWinder X5 $39

Logitech NewTouch Keyboard 200 $19

Logitech PC Headset 120 $16

 

$2617

$2188 with one gtx470

$2437 with two xfx black 5850 $339

$2098 with one 5850

save i5 750 for the 1-2k builds

prices from centrecom and pccasegear

 

 

monitor isnt huge but it will do till upgraded to a nice ips panel

ssd are nice but there easy enough to add and they are quickly becoming better value

went with headphons as they are somthing you want anyway and a cheap set is handy i would save up for some decent speakers

fo surge protection psu is fairly good at this if you want better than the psu can handle look at a decent ups or somthing like this may help with protecting other things

Belkin Superior Series 6-Way Surge Protector + Telephone (2m) $74.80

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This is a little different as I worked it up for my local forums (modified very slightly for here) and thus the prices are in $NZ; given lower Aussie prices and the exchange rate it should be about $AU 2,500:

 

 

SRS Gaming (~ $NZ 3,300):

 

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Mobo - Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 - $210

 

CPU - Intel Core i7 860 - $460

 

CPU Cooling - Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus - $60

 

RAM - DDR3 1600MHz CL8 2x2GB - $210

 

GPU - ATI HD 5870 - $630

 

SSD - Intel X25-M G2 80GB - $410

 

Data HDD - Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB - $125

 

Optical - Samsung SH-S223F - $50

 

PSU - Antec TruePower New Series 650W - $180

 

Case - LanCool PC-K62 - $200

 

Monitor - Asus VH232T - $265

 

Speakers - Logitech Z323 - $90

 

KB - Logitech G15 - $125

 

Mouse - Logitech G500 - $95

 

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM - $170

 

 

Total - $NZ 3,280

Edited by philo-sofa

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Barebones

CPU $359 i7 930

MB $239 ASRock X58 Extreme3 Motherboard

RAM $259 G.Skill PI Series F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3

GPU $369 XFX ATI Radeon HD5850

HDD $ 99 Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB HD103SJ

DVDRW $ 45 BenQ DW240S 24x Internal DVD±RW Drive Retail Box

CASE $129 Xigmatek UTGard Tower Case - Mesh Panel

PSU $119 OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular

OS $135 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM

 

Sub-total$1753

 

Complete System build

HsinkF$ 39 Thermalright Cogage TRUE Spirit

SSD $239 G.Skill Falcon II 64GB SSD

LCD $225 BenQ G2420HD 24 Inch LCD Monitor

SPK $ 49 Logitech X-230 2.1 Speaker System

KB $ 49 Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard

Mouse $ 75 CoolerMaster CM Storm Sentinel Gaming Mouse

Plugs $ 30 Huntkey Power Surge Protector - 8 Outlets

 

Sub-total$706

 

Total$2459 from PCCG

 

If I where to get this I would shop around and get cheeper prices ofcoarse

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MB: ASRock X58 Extreme3 $239

You might want to rethink that one there buddy...

 

+1 to what mudg3 said. Unusual choice there.

Go with Asus or Gigabyte.

 

What's wrong with the Asrock board? It's scored really well in all the reviews I've read, and value wise its hard to beat.

 

This^

 

From what I've heard as well, they're scoring pretty well with their X58 boards

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Thank you SceptreCore for your sarcasm..

You're very welcome. I provide sarcasm at no cost to the community.

 

 

you charged me. you bastard!

:P

 

But that particular sarcasm was gold... and worth charging for! :P

 

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition - $379

HSF: Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Red Scorpion, and Shin-Etsu X23-7783D Thermal Compound- $45

Mobo: MSI 890FX, 4*DDR3, 5*PCI-E16, RAID, SATA3, USB3.0 - $234

RAM: G.Skill F3-12800CL6D-4GBPI (2x2GB) DDR3 - $184

GPU: 2x Sapphire ATI Radeon HD5830 1GB - $550

ODD: Sony AD7240SGB DVDRW Black OEM - $39

SSD: Corsair Reactor R60 60GB SSD, and Scythe Bay Rafter 2.5 - $238

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB ST31000528AS - $99

Case: CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced with Window Panel - $159

PSU: Zalman ZM750-HP 750W Power Supply - $165

Monitor: LG W2253TQ-PF 21.5 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor - $189

Keyboard: Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard, Microsoft SideWinder X5 Mouse - $88

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM - $135

 

Total: $2504 without delivery. And one hell of an AMD system for someone who wanted one.

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MB: ASRock X58 Extreme3 $239

You might want to rethink that one there buddy...

 

yeah initially when i heard about asrock i was like 'er sounds shoddy' then looked at the reviews and was quite surprised, in the end though i'd buy anything with a warranty on it.

 

well tbh i'm sick of typical builds and thought i'd add a little sugar n spice to the mix so heres something that may/may not surprise you guys:

 

CPU: i7 930 $335

HSF: Xigmatek HDT-S1283 Red Scorpion Edition $39

MB: ASRock X58 Extreme3 $239

RAM: G.Skill PI Series F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI 6GB $259

GPU: ASUS ATI Radeon HD5870 1GB V2 Voltage Tweak $509

HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB $99

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular $119

DVDRW: ASUS DRW-24B1LT LightScribe $49

CASE: Xigmatik UTGard $129

MONITOR: BenQ V2420H 24 Inch Widescreen LED $329

KEYBOARD: Microsoft Sidewinder X4 $49

MOUSE: CM Storm Sentinel $75

SPK: Logitech X-230 2.1 $49

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM $135

OTHERS: Huntkey Power Surge Protector $30

 

TOTAL: $2444 all from pccg

 

i've only modified the core items and left the rest unchanged plus the ssd was left out as i think is a total waste of money(you could always add one in later).

Hey d-code, I like it m8 very nice. The ASRock X58 Extreme3 looks awsome good, I like the fan on the northbridge. I hate the colour of gigabyte boards :P

Regards the SSD.....once you go SSD you wont go back :D

Add this$239 G.Skill Falcon II 64GB SSD

Total $2683

 

cheers mate if you do get this board i'd suggest you try out this new little feature called instant boot and let us know how it goes, presumably it lets you boot into windows in 4 seconds.

 

i was never a fan of gigabyte boards either especially for their choice of colours but then i never really owned one before which is one of the reasons i have a ud5.

 

ssd's are still a bit premature at the present time imo but i guess if general app load times mattered that much to me then that'd be my first option for sure.

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i was never a fan of gigabyte boards either especially for their choice of colours but then i never really owned one before which is one of the reasons i have a ud5.

 

ssd's are still a bit premature at the present time imo but i guess if general app load times mattered that much to me then that'd be my first option for sure.

So you choose your motherboards by colour :P And in what way are SSD's premature ?

Edited by bowiee

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umm if that WAS the case i don't think i'd have a gigabyte board to begin with don't you think?

 

oh that came out wrong, what i meant was its premature to buy one at this present time given the prices arent really that affordable yet.

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Dell u2711 is the screen you want http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/product...&redirect=1 one of the best on the market, get a GTX480 for the extra vram you will need when turning the details up on some games and spend about $1500 on a system such as:

 

-i5 750

-K60 case

-H55m UD2H mobo

-4gb generic ram

-generic GTX480 (they are all the same)

-Antec neo eco 620w psu

-1 TB samsung F3

-random sata optical drive

-win 7 home premium 64bit

 

Just a good solid down to earth computer, cause tbh spending more then $1400 on a system with a 1080P monitor is a waste of money.

Edited by nesquick

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Dell u2711 is the screen you want http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/product...&redirect=1 one of the best on the market, get a GTX480 for the extra vram you will need when turning the details up on some games and spend about $1500 on a system such as:

 

-i5 750

-K60 case

-H55m UD2H mobo

-4gb generic ram

-generic GTX480 (they are all the same)

-Antec neo eco 620w psu

-1 TB samsung F3

-random sata optical drive

-win 7 home premium 64bit

 

Just a good solid down to earth computer, cause tbh spending more then $1400 on a system with a 1080P monitor is a waste of money.

Your next computer nesquick? And why GTX480 not a 5870?

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Your next computer nesquick? And why GTX480 not a 5870?

Doubt it. He´d get something much more new and hardcore.

 

And I wouldn´t give him shit about it... he´s quite over it.

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Dell u2711 is the screen you want http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/product...&redirect=1 one of the best on the market, get a GTX480 for the extra vram you will need when turning the details up on some games and spend about $1500 on a system such as:

 

-i5 750

-K60 case

-H55m UD2H mobo

-4gb generic ram

-generic GTX480 (they are all the same)

-Antec neo eco 620w psu

-1 TB samsung F3

-random sata optical drive

-win 7 home premium 64bit

 

Just a good solid down to earth computer, cause tbh spending more then $1400 on a system with a 1080P monitor is a waste of money.

Your next computer nesquick? And why GTX480 not a 5870?

 

cause the gtx480 has more vram

 

see here:

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardw...480-review.html

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plus here http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardw...-review-23.html

and here http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardw...-review-24.html

 

most tests show the advantage it has at that resolution with AA turned up over a 5870.

and if I was to build another machine it wouldn't be run of the mill, would be something cool like a SG05 with GTX480 and modded to fit a ATX psu.

Edited by nesquick

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nesquick for a 2.5k machine why go down to earth when you can go out of space =P

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hardwarecanucks aren´t exactly what I would call accurate though.

well find me another site that uses 4x and up AA at 2560x1600 and then we can compare.

nesquick for a 2.5k machine why go down to earth when you can go out of space =P

each to their own I guess, the screen is what you interface with though, without a good screen your computer becomes a mighty fine paper weight. Edited by nesquick

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see how much better that 2gb radeon and gtx480 perform in some situations.

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I wish I did'nt put a price in the description of this thread.

 

I ment to make it a solid build thread that is reasonably priced but performs well.

 

hence i5-750 paired with 4GB of RAM and a HD5850 as the base in the original build.

Im sure that as abase gaming rig will be more enough paired with a 1080p res monitor, but I also wanted to include a complete build that included an SSD along with other parts that while not the cheapest where good value.

Edited by Harro2

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see how much better that 2gb radeon and gtx480 perform in some situations.

mmm. Definitely worth the extra dosh for the vram. If you have the screen real estate.

 

and not too bad once overclocked either.

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each to their own I guess, the screen is what you interface with though, without a good screen your computer becomes a mighty fine paper weight.

how so though, the only thing that stands out in your build is the monitor and that alone can buy you a whole system plus driving games in that res will only hurt performance even more wouldn't you say?

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each to their own I guess, the screen is what you interface with though, without a good screen your computer becomes a mighty fine paper weight.

how so though, the only thing that stands out in your build is the monitor and that alone can buy you a whole system plus driving games in that res will only hurt performance even more wouldn't you say?

 

Yeah stuff that screen, 24 inches is enough.

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