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Build Your Own AMD/Intel Computer Thread III

athlonfx 306 July 6, 2007 at 04:16 PM in Computers (10)
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The other thread hasn't been updated since 5/24/07, so here's a comprehensive thread that is updated often.

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#61
Quote from Joelsjunk View Post :
Where did you find Sandy for $179 and mobo? Links please. Cheapest I fount was a newegg combo or at stores not near me.
Must be Micro Center or Frys for that price. I have been searching for days and no where near that price from an online merchant. It's going to be AMD 955 for me :|
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#62
I'm building a Sandy Bridge computer that's NVIDIA 3-D compatible. Originally I was planning on buying a GTX470 video card, but the price of the GTX460 has become a lot more appealing as of late.

So my question is, should I go with a GTX460 with 768MB of RAM, or a GTX460 with 1GB? I just want to know if the extra RAM is worth the extra ~$50.
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I'm building a Sandy Bridge computer that's NVIDIA 3-D compatible. Originally I was planning on buying a GTX470 video card, but the price of the GTX460 has become a lot more appealing as of late.

So my question is, should I go with a GTX460 with 768MB of RAM, or a GTX460 with 1GB? I just want to know if the extra RAM is worth the extra ~$50.
For nVidia's 3D to work your card has to render two seperate images for each frame displayed, which creates a profound performance hit on modern games. A single 460 will not be able to handle this well unless you are using low resolutions. I would recommend 460 1GB SLI or a 570. The 560s are going to be released soon as well, which you might consider getting 2 of.
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#64
Quote from roedtogsvart View Post :
For nVidia's 3D to work your card has to render two seperate images for each frame displayed, which creates a profound performance hit on modern games. A single 460 will not be able to handle this well unless you are using low resolutions. I would recommend 460 1GB SLI or a 570. The 560s are going to be released soon as well, which you might consider getting 2 of.
Thanks for the info. I assume prices of the 560 will be somewhat similar to the initial prices of the 460? I had looked into getting a 570 since it apparently runs a lot cooler than any of the 4xx cards, but I wasn't sure if my wallet would like it or not. I should be able to afford the 560 when I get my tax return in a couple weeks, at which point the card will probably have been released.
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#65
Quote from roger2016 View Post :
Hey guys, would you critique this build I've got going? Nothing is purchased yet.
In fact, still need a couple pieces such as the CASE, PSU, and HDD.
I just want to know that everything works. I always go for a second opinion.

So far, I've got:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6819103727

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6814125333

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820226092

MB : ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6813157198

The purpose is a gaming comp for SC2 on high/ultra settings. Also, watching movies, etc.
Not to mention some coding, but not too heavy.
I already have a CD/DVD drive. So, once again, I'm in need of recommendations of a CASE, PSU, and a HDD. Also, if I should swap any of these parts out, let me know.

Thanks!
That's a solid build! I'll just take a second to remind you that SC2 is very CPU intensive and while the Phenom II chips can handle it fine, new Sandy Bridge processors totally mop the floor with everything else.

For the case, an Antec 300, Lian-li K-58, or CM690 II are solid choices without a stated budget range.

PSU: Stick to Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, or Silverstone brand-wise. They have proven to be consistently the best. Always go for 80+ certified, bronze or silver if you can afford it.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F series or WD Caviar Black. Big as you like!
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Quote from chris1152 View Post :
Thanks for the info. I assume prices of the 560 will be somewhat similar to the intial prices of the 460? I had looked into getting a 570 since it apparently runs a lot cooler than any of the 4xx cards, but I wasn't sure if my wallet would like it or not. I should be able to afford the 560 when I get my tax return in a couple weeks, at which point the card will probably have been released.
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Hopefully they will be! The $200-$300 price range is getting especially crowded right now. The 560 is about to be released alonge with a 1GB 6950 from AMD. If they want to keep their price-points I can't imagine the 560 going over $230 or so.. and various information sources have it at 20-25% performance improvement over the 460, before overclocking. Definitely wait for that if you can Big Grin
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Quote from roedtogsvart View Post :
That's a solid build! I'll just take a second to remind you that SC2 is very CPU intensive and while the Phenom II chips can handle it fine, new Sandy Bridge processors totally mop the floor with everything else.

For the case, an Antec 300, Lian-li K-58, or CM690 II are solid choices without a stated budget range.

PSU: Stick to Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, or Silverstone brand-wise. They have proven to be consistently the best. Always go for 80+ certified, bronze or silver if you can afford it.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F series or WD Caviar Black. Big as you like!
Thanks!

I was really torn on whether or not to throw down for the i5 2500k. Sort of like not wanting to know that there was something out there that was better. Is it really worth it for the extra $60?

I've added the Antec 300 and a WD HDD. Just on the lookout for a suitable PSU.

I do have a question though. I've never been to radioshack in my life, but for Christmas, I have received $200 in gift cards to a local mall that has a radioshack. So, I was wondering if I could get any parts there. I've been on the site and haven't seen much. Maybe I could get a case. But, seeing as it's about half an hour drive from here, I thought I'd ask first.
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Thanks!

I was really torn on whether or not to throw down for the i5 2500k. Sort of like not wanting to know that there was something out there that was better. Is it really worth it for the extra $60?

I've added the Antec 300 and a WD HDD. Just on the lookout for a suitable PSU.

I do have a question though. I've never been to radioshack in my life, but for Christmas, I have received $200 in gift cards to a local mall that has a radioshack. So, I was wondering if I could get any parts there. I've been on the site and haven't seen much. Maybe I could get a case. But, seeing as it's about half an hour drive from here, I thought I'd ask first.
Personally, I think the $60 is worth it. However, the motherboards for P67 are more expensive than AMD variants, which must be considered as well. Thing is, Bloomfield (i7 920) already bent the Phenom II x4s over and gave it to them hard in 2008. It's 2011 and the Phenoms have gotten marginal clock increases, but Sandy Bridge now makes the i7 920 look like a little girl. Add in the fact that they can overclock to 4ghz+ with no effort on stock cooling.. and it's a massacre.

As for Radio Shack, I go there every so often to get stuff like batteries, compressed air, cable ties (I have one right across the street).. but you could also get a new point and shoot camera or something. They've really gone downhill in recent years. You could even sell the GCs on eBay and get some cash.
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#69
Quote from Brian11 View Post :
I wanted to know if you guys thought this combo was good deal?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Com...mbo.578093

If you guys have a better suggestion it would be much appreciated.

The purpose of the computer is for multitasking with 4 monitors. Mainly Office applications
That should be a fine computer for your purposes. However, you're going to need 4 monitor outputs, which will require a video card. Do some research and find one that has the complement of inputs that your monitors would use.
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Quote from Porksword View Post :
Must be Micro Center or Frys for that price. I have been searching for days and no where near that price from an online merchant. It's going to be AMD 955 for me :|



it was the bundle price when microcenter was first releasing the sandy bridge
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I want to build a new computer for gaming, such as starcraft 2, HON, WOW and D3 when it comes out. I have everything except the tower and i am willing to spend about 500ish. I have a frys near by and a micro center within 30 miles. Let me know what you guys come up with.
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I want to build a new computer for gaming, such as starcraft 2, HON, WOW and D3 when it comes out. I have everything except the tower and i am willing to spend about 500ish. I have a frys near by and a micro center within 30 miles. Let me know what you guys come up with.
How flexible are you on the budget?

What kind of settings did you want to be able to play those games on?

But wait, did you say you HAVE everything except the tower? Or did you mean to say that you NEED everything except the tower?


Anyway, you can refer to this build: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=35788399&postcount=1631

The sample build was created for a person looking for pretty much the same purpose as you.
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#73
1. Purpose of computer: Image and video editing, 3d modeling (maybe)
2. Budget: ~ $1000 - desktop only, monitor not included (already bought it)
3. List which parts you have and/or which parts you are considering:

a. CPU: intel Core i7-2600k ($347 for CPU + MOBO, got them at a great price)
b. Mobo: intel DP67BG Motherboard
c. GPU: Galaxy GTX 460 768 MB - $90
d. Hard drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 5400rpm 2 TB - $80
Thinking of adding another HD, a 1TB 7200rpm WD caviar black, which I'm guessing should run around $75 or so, will also add a $160gb hard drive I have lying around.
e. Ram: Need help!
f. PSU: Need help!
g. Case: Need help!
h: Optic (CD/DVD/Blu-ray): ASUS Black 24x SATA DVD Burner - $17
i. Monitor (size&resolution): Dell Ultrasharp 23"
Other: DarkKnight CPU Cooler - $17

4. Overclocking: Maybe
5. When will you build it: Already in the process
6. Misc:
So far I'm at $626 w the parts I have (assuming the 2nd HD I get ends up being around $75), I am in need of a power supply, ram and a case. How big of a PSU do you guys think I need w what I have so far? I am thinking around 12GB or 16GB of RAM is what I want to have. I could get two of the 8GB (2x4GB) deals that have been coming around lately. Is 1600 to 1333 RAM going to make that big of a difference to me? I need a nice case as well, don't want it too expensive but don't really want a super cheap looking case either. Where is the best place to get windows 7 for cheap? I saw the amazon deal is that the best?
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Quote from roger2016 View Post :
How flexible are you on the budget?

What kind of settings did you want to be able to play those games on?

But wait, did you say you HAVE everything except the tower? Or did you mean to say that you NEED everything except the tower?


Anyway, you can refer to this build: http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=35788399&postcount=1631

The sample build was created for a person looking for pretty much the same purpose as you.

I have everything EXCEPT the TOWER. I am also willing to spend up to 550 and would perfer at least med to high settings on gaming.
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#75
1. Purpose of computer: To play SC2 at the highest settings possible including graphic intense custom games such as Desert Strike. I also do a lot of music and video encoding.
2. Budget: N/A
3. List which parts you have and/or which parts you are considering:

a. CPU: Intel i5 2500k ($180)
b. Mobo: Asus P8P6 Pro ($160) + (30 tax)
c. GPU: Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 GC Edtion Video Card 768MB GDDR5 Fermi ($154 - 20 rebate - 30 rebate- 40 rebate - 7.50 shop discover = $57)
d. Hard drive: Intel 120GB SSD ($222 - $35 rebate - 4.44 CB= $183)
e. Ram: Kingston HyperX (4 x 2GB = 8GB) DDR3 1600 ($115 - $30 rebate - $30 rebate = $55) .
f. PSU: ZALMAN ZM500-RS 500 Watts ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($43.29 - $10 rebate = $33)
g. Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($59.53)
h: Optic (CD/DVD/Blu-ray): ASUS Black 24X DVD/CD Burner - OEM ($18.39)
i. Monitor (size&resolution): Sony Vaio 19 inch Monitor (Already have) . Not sure if better monitors will be needed to accompany new graphics card. Im hoping this monitor will be fine. It is pretty old, I bought it in 2004. It has1248 - 1024 resolution.
j. Corsair Air Series A50 Performance CPU Cooler CAFA50 ($33 - $15 rebate = $18)
k. Logitech Illuminated Ultrathin Keyboard with Backlighting ($55 - $20 rebate = $35)

Total Price = $1070 paid - $230 rebates - $12 CB = $828

4. Overclocking: Yes (overclocking the GTX 460 & the CPU)
5. When will you build it: ASAP
6. Misc: Computer will be in my room and mostly on 24/7. Looking for a deadly silent computer when not in use and if possible, energy efficient. Would like it if it was quiet while gaming and encoding but this is optional.

OS: Dual booting with Ubuntu and Windows 7 x64

Would all these parts work great together? and is there something that I might be forgetting? Im also not sure if the power supply will be good enough for all these components especially since I am overclocking the GPU and CPU. Any advice would be appreciated.

I have also yet to purchase the CPU and Mobo but plan on doing so this weekend. I have been reading about people having problems with the Asus mobo. Should I hold off on it and get a different mobo or wait for a better mobo to come out?
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