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  ban-chan

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OP  1/17/13 6:05:52 AM#1

It's been soooooooo long since I updated my computer...it's time.

 

I have a 1000.00 budget....with that money what kind of powerful machine can I expect to build. I would also need a new case.  If you could link to parts that would be great as well.


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  jdnewell

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1/17/13 8:54:35 AM#2

I will give it a go and link some parts for ya. This comes out to  $1000.90 before $60 in mail in rebates.

case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

Optical drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151256

GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202010

PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182263

Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

cpu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

OS- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

cpu cooler- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147188

total - $1000.90, then $60 MIR

That does not include a regular HDD storage drive, only the 120g SSD. IMO thats something you can add later if you even need it. Or add one now and with the rebates would still fit your $1k budget roughly.

This is assuming you can put it together yourself and wont have to pay someone to do it out of your budget.

 

  Anthur

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1/17/13 9:01:59 AM#3
Nevermind, he already mentione no hard disk included. ;)
  jdnewell

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1/17/13 9:16:36 AM#4

Its worth mentioning thats an Intel I 5 build.

You could go with an AMD build and stretch that budget a bit further. A bigger SSD, a HDD included, or a better GPU, ect.

Personally I would go with the Intel build and add a HDD later or stretch the budget a bit and add one now. If you include the $60 in rebates in the budget then adding a HDD would end up costing you around $1100 ( roughly ) before the rebates and $1040 after.

Depends on how you view the rebates I suppose.

  Ridelynn

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1/17/13 9:27:14 AM#5

$1000 I'd center around an i5 as well. JD's build is roughly what I would pick out as well.

  ban-chan

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OP  1/17/13 11:37:09 AM#6
Originally posted by jdnewell

I will give it a go and link some parts for ya. This comes out to  $1000.90 before $60 in mail in rebates.

case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

Optical drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151256

GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202010

PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182263

Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

cpu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

OS- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

cpu cooler- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147188

total - $1000.90, then $60 MIR

That does not include a regular HDD storage drive, only the 120g SSD. IMO thats something you can add later if you even need it. Or add one now and with the rebates would still fit your $1k budget roughly.

This is assuming you can put it together yourself and wont have to pay someone to do it out of your budget.

 

Thank you for this. How powerfull would you say this machine is. Do you think it could run any game now or in the near future on max settings with high frame rates?


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  jdnewell

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1/17/13 1:44:41 PM#7

You will need a better GPU to run everything at max settings with 60fps.

The 7870 will let you run many things at max and everything on high. I have one and play TSW, GW2, FC3, BL2, heavily modded Skyrim, and others. All on High - max settings.

For full max settings in DX11 you need to grab a 7970 on the AMD side or a 670 maybe ?  on nvidia. But that will double the price of your gpu. Not worth it to skimp on other stuff in a $1k build . If you had say a $1200-1300 budget then I would say get the 7970.

For $1k that will be a nice computer. If you want top of the line then up the budget a bit I would say.

  Quizzical

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1/17/13 2:24:47 PM#8
Originally posted by ban-chan
Originally posted by jdnewell

I will give it a go and link some parts for ya. This comes out to  $1000.90 before $60 in mail in rebates.

case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

Optical drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151256

GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202010

PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182263

Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

cpu- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

OS- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

cpu cooler- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

SSD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147188

total - $1000.90, then $60 MIR

That does not include a regular HDD storage drive, only the 120g SSD. IMO thats something you can add later if you even need it. Or add one now and with the rebates would still fit your $1k budget roughly.

This is assuming you can put it together yourself and wont have to pay someone to do it out of your budget.

 

Thank you for this. How powerfull would you say this machine is. Do you think it could run any game now or in the near future on max settings with high frame rates?

The relatively weaker points on that build are a lower end motherboard (not appropriate for much of an overclock) and not very much storage capacity.  But if you want to improve on either of those, you'd have to give up something else, such as by getting a lower end video card to make room in the budget.  So it's all a matter of trade-offs, and that's a pretty good build if you agree with the trade-offs chosen.

  ShakyMo

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1/17/13 2:27:16 PM#9
Jd
You don't need a 7970

A 7950 will play everything max at 1080p likes of metro, rage, farcry 3, planetside 2, skyrim with all the hd mods etc..
  Ice-Queen

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1/17/13 2:31:11 PM#10
Originally posted by ShakyMo
Jd
You don't need a 7970

A 7950 will play everything max at 1080p likes of metro, rage, farcry 3, planetside 2, skyrim with all the hd mods etc..

I agree, or go with the 570GTX and save $30 (I prefer Nvidia over ATI though so I'm a bit biased) :)

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N570GTX-TWIN-FROZR-PCI-Express/dp/B008809SUM%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAJM4UVF4RQCUWVBQA%26tag%3Dcpubenchmark-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB008809SUM

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  Quizzical

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1/17/13 2:32:59 PM#11

One quick tweak:  you can get exactly the same CPU and motherboard in a combo deal:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1177311

 

  Quizzical

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1/17/13 2:34:15 PM#12
Originally posted by Tayah
Originally posted by ShakyMo
Jd
You don't need a 7970

A 7950 will play everything max at 1080p likes of metro, rage, farcry 3, planetside 2, skyrim with all the hd mods etc..

I agree, or go with the 570GTX and save $30 (I prefer Nvidia over ATI though so I'm a bit biased) :)

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N570GTX-TWIN-FROZR-PCI-Express/dp/B008809SUM%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAJM4UVF4RQCUWVBQA%26tag%3Dcpubenchmark-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB008809SUM

That's slower than the Radeon HD 7870 in jdnewell's build, a lot more expensive, and an old architecture that will put out a ton of heat for no good reason.

  jimdandy26

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1/17/13 2:49:11 PM#13

Here is that previous build just taking into consideration other vendors than newegg. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y6DE

I prefer pcpartpicker entirely because of hot swapping options, not to mention the comparisons between vendors.

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  jdnewell

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1/17/13 4:03:02 PM#14

You could probably use jimdandys suggestion and see if you can fit a storage HDD in that build on partpicker. After the rebates that will be a really decent desktop for the money.

You cant do extreme OCing on that mobo, but you should be able to get a decent overclock if thats your wish.

 

Something like this http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y7sD

Less than $1k after rebates, with a decent 1 tb storage drive.

  grndzro

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1/17/13 11:43:35 PM#15

For 1000$ an FX-8350 system makes sense if you are cool with overclocking and using Windows 8 instead of 7

Intel Core i5-3570K 230$

ECS X77H2-A3 v1.2 80$ +7$ This brand new ECS line looks to be very good

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 50$

SAMSUNG DVD Burner 15$

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W 60$

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 80$

Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM 99$

XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler 21$ Extra fan for heatsink 10$

ADATA XPG 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 115$ 

MSI R7850 PE 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 220$ +8

Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound 10$

Total 1005$ including shipping

Notes

No need for an expensive case, all it does is sit under a desk.

Might as well get Win8 it's rock solid now and better than Win7

The SSD JDNewell listed is slow compared to this one

Trust me it's worth 35$ for CL7 DDR3 1600.

The MSI PE is better than the Sapphire one by a fair margin.

Best way to apply Thermal grease is to assure both processor and heatsink are COMPLETELY flat with a NEW razor blade then apply a VERY thin film to both surfaces. Use 2000 grit sandpaper on a flat surface taking EXTREME care with the processor AFTER verifying that it works. At your own risk since it voids warranty.

Mix and match as you see fit though. IMO this would be a pretty nice build.

Pay attention to case and fan airflow ensuring that it works properly.

And the last bit of advice is TAKE YOUR TIME!!!

 

  Quizzical

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1/18/13 12:10:30 AM#16
Originally posted by grndzro

For 1000$ an FX-8350 system makes sense if you are cool with overclocking and using Windows 8 instead of 7

Intel Core i5-3570K 230$

ECS X77H2-A3 v1.2 80$ +7$ This brand new ECS line looks to be very good

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 50$

SAMSUNG DVD Burner 15$

Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W 60$

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 80$

Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM 99$

XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler 21$ Extra fan for heatsink 10$

ADATA XPG 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 115$ 

MSI R7850 PE 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 220$ +8

Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound 10$

Total 1005$ including shipping

Notes

No need for an expensive case, all it does is sit under a desk.

Might as well get Win8 it's rock solid now and better than Win7

The SSD JDNewell listed is slow compared to this one

Trust me it's worth 35$ for CL7 DDR3 1600.

The MSI PE is better than the Sapphire one by a fair margin.

Mix and match as you see fit though. IMO this would be a pretty nice build.

 

ECS has long been a cheap junk motherboard brand.  You're also paying for an overclockable processor, and then getting a motherboard that will completely disable overclocking the CPU.

I'd get a better power supply than that.  It's not terrible, but it's not that good, either.  Actually, with a promo code, the 750 W version of the power supply jdnewell linked is cheaper than the 650 W version if you weren't going to do the rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264

Paying $80 for 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 is ridiculous.  Even if you did want extra high end memory for no discernable reason (the only good performance reason to get extra fast memory in a consumer system is if you're using integrated graphics), you can get much better specs for much cheaper:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231518

In addition to being $17 cheaper than what you linked, it's rated at a much higher clock speed and better latencies on three of the four timings--including a lot better on CAS latency--while only being slightly worse on row precharge.  But there's no good reason for the original poster to pay $63 for 8 GB of system memory, either.

Paying $21 for a heatsink, then $10 for an extra fan for it and $10 for different thermal compound is really doing it wrong.  If you want to spend $41 on a CPU heatsink and accessories, try a better base heatsink that costs around $40.

Even if you wanted to recommend a SandForce SSD rather than a Samsung one, why not a cheaper one with the same amount of NAND flash?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239045

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231613

The capacity difference is just a question of whether RAISE is enabled for reliability reasons.  While I don't have hard reliability data, I do think it's revealing that few SandForce SSD vendors are offering to disable RAISE for you.

And why are you advocating paying more for a slower video card?  Even an overclocked Radeon HD 7850 is going to be markedly slower than a stock Radeon HD 7870, unless you go for an enormous and not particularly safe overclock.  Even if you're scared off by the poor user ratings, just pick a different 7870 for about the same price tag:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404

  grndzro

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1/18/13 1:10:35 AM#17

yea I agree in general with ECS but their new line brings it on par with the top tier.

Read this Review of their latest 1155 offering. I had to translate since it's in Indonesian.

But in the past I would never reccomend ECS. They seem to be making a decent product. I might even switch from Asrock to ECS as my budget go to brand.

THe Xigmatek Gaia with 1 fan is a very good heatsink. Adding 1 fan for 10$ puts it on par with much more expensive ones.

Never underestimate good thermal paste. That is a top tier product that comes with enough paste for many many years.

If I raise my ram timings to CL9 it is noticably less snappy when browsing. IMO it's worth it.

The HyperX SSD is a better deal ^^ But the Gskill one is slower.

The 7850PE is actually faster than a stock 7870. and has voltage control. Look at the benchmarks with OC 7850 vs 7870. It caps the bandwidth. And for some reason the 7870's cant clock that high. I actually have this card and would reccomend it over a 7870.

  wizyy

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1/18/13 1:34:31 AM#18

I've been a long time ATI/AMD fan, but I when I see the difference in some games first-hand I must fold and admit when Nvidia performs better.

For SOME games (and mainly those I play) Nvidia cards perform MUCH better than AMD. Battlefield 3 is one of them, also War Thunder, which I currently play.

You can see the difference in this anandtech.com benchmark - here I selected AMD 7870 and Nvidia GTX 660 (which I own and I'm very happy with), but you can select many other cards and compare them before you make your purchase:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=660

  ban-chan

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OP  1/18/13 5:59:02 AM#19
Wow. Thank you for the all the help. This will definately help me in deciding what to buy. Again,  appreciate all the input guys.


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  Quizzical

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1/18/13 9:31:03 AM#20
Originally posted by grndzro

yea I agree in general with ECS but their new line brings it on par with the top tier.

Read this Review of their latest 1155 offering. I had to translate since it's in Indonesian.

But in the past I would never reccomend ECS. They seem to be making a decent product. I might even switch from Asrock to ECS as my budget go to brand.

THe Xigmatek Gaia with 1 fan is a very good heatsink. Adding 1 fan for 10$ puts it on par with much more expensive ones.

Never underestimate good thermal paste. That is a top tier product that comes with enough paste for many many years.

If I raise my ram timings to CL9 it is noticably less snappy when browsing. IMO it's worth it.

The HyperX SSD is a better deal ^^ But the Gskill one is slower.

The 7850PE is actually faster than a stock 7870. and has voltage control. Look at the benchmarks with OC 7850 vs 7870. It caps the bandwidth. And for some reason the 7870's cant clock that high. I actually have this card and would reccomend it over a 7870.

 

So ECS motherboards had been hit and miss--and mostly miss--for years, then you found one positive review of an ECS motherboard on some obscure site that isn't even in English. And so you recommend buying a different ECS motherboard entirely?

The important thing about thermal paste is that you use it. Which particular thermal paste you use amounts to basically a rounding error in cooling performance, unless you manage to track down something that is unusually bad.

The two SSDs that I linked are basically the same thing. It's entirely possible that the biggest difference between them is the packaging they come in.

A stock Radeon HD 7870 has 20 GCN CUs clocked at 1000 MHz. The overclocked 7850 you linked has 16 GCN CUs clocked at 950 MHz. The 7850 isn't going to be competitive with a stock 7870 unless the 7870 is outright defective.

1600 MHz CAS 7 means a latency of 8.75 ns. 2133 MHz CAS 9 means a latency of 8.44 ns. Lower latency is better, of course. But you recommend paying an extra $17 for the former?

The difference you notice is probably just a placebo effect, anyway. At 1600 MHz, the difference between CAS 7 and CAS 9 is 2.5 ns, or around 5% of the latency to check system memory. If you go out of your way to create some weird corner case where you read one byte from system memory at a time scattered all over the place, never read anything from CPU cache, and are only limited by memory latency, the largest possible performance difference is about 5%. Considering that most reads are probably going to come from CPU cache and you're commonly going to read more data at once, even a difference of 1% would be rare in real-world programs.

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