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Windows 7: Possible budget gaming PC build?

03 Dec 2010   #21
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

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04 Dec 2010   #22
ratman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
 
 

How about this:


CPU - Intel Core i5 760 CPU - $211.00
MOBO - Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 - $159.00
RAM - 2 x 2Gb DDR3 1333 Corsair Memory - $56.00
GPU - Asus ATI Radeon HD5850 1Gb - $289.00
Hard Drive - 1000Gb 1Tb Seagate SATA2 32Mb - $63.00
Optical Drive - Benq Black 24X SATA DVD Writer - $34.00
PSU - Antec True Power 3.0 750W ATX - $169.00
Case - Antec VSK-2000 ATX Black - $69.00
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit DVD OEM - $108.00


This one includes Windows 7 HP, so the total is $1158. I can spend that much if necessary.

I know, despite all the people saying go for AMD, I still want to stick with intel. I don't know why, it just seems better.
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04 Dec 2010   #23
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think bang for the buck is with Intel anyway. The Core i5 line from Intel, more or less outperforms the 6 core AMD in most tests..while consting less, giving off less heat and consuming less power. What's not to like there.
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04 Dec 2010   #24
parabellum

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Pick your parts from MSY. I'd go for a AMD Athlon x4 640 + Gigabyte 870A-UD3 + 4GB DDR3 Kingston Value RAM + 6870 + Antec Two Hundred + Antec True Power New 650w. Intel's speed advantage evaporates in games. At 1080p, the GPU counts, not the CPU.
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04 Dec 2010   #25
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by parabellum View Post
Pick your parts from MSY. I'd go for a AMD Athlon x4 640 + Gigabyte 870A-UD3 + 4GB DDR3 Kingston Value RAM + 6870 + Antec Two Hundred + Antec True Power New 650w. Intel's speed advantage evaporates in games. At 1080p, the GPU counts, not the CPU.
Granted not all games will benefit from raw CPU speed or 4 cores, and are more GPU dependant, but it does depend alot on the type the games the gamer wants to play.

Civ V for example will not only love a powerful GPU, but fast multiple cores, Ideally at least a Quad, will beneifit it greatly.

Few other games are like this as well.
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04 Dec 2010   #26
parabellum

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by parabellum View Post
Pick your parts from MSY. I'd go for a AMD Athlon x4 640 + Gigabyte 870A-UD3 + 4GB DDR3 Kingston Value RAM + 6870 + Antec Two Hundred + Antec True Power New 650w. Intel's speed advantage evaporates in games. At 1080p, the GPU counts, not the CPU.
Granted not all games will benefit from raw CPU speed or 4 cores, and are more GPU dependant, but it does depend alot on the type the games the gamer wants to play.

Civ V for example will not only love a powerful GPU, but fast multiple cores, Ideally at least a Quad, will beneifit it greatly.

Few other games are like this as well.
That Athlon is a quad and the 6870 will massacre any game at 1080p.
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04 Dec 2010   #27
Fumz

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by parabellum View Post
... Intel's speed advantage evaporates in games. At 1080p, the GPU counts, not the CPU.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by parabellum View Post
That Athlon is a quad and the 6870 will massacre any game at 1080p.
I don't want it to seem like I'm picking on you, cause I'm not, but these statements wreak of fanboyism?

Most of the time the 6870 isn't as fast as the 5870, and sometimes it's not as fast as a 5850. As for Intel's speed advantage "evaporating" in games...

ATI Radeon HD 6800: Generation Next?. Page 13 - X-bit labs
Intel Core i5-760 CPU Review. Page 4 - X-bit labs
CPU Benchmark, Part 3: High-End Processors. Page 6 - X-bit labs
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04 Dec 2010   #28
TechnoMan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ratman View Post
How about this:


CPU - Intel Core i5 760 CPU - $211.00
MOBO - Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 - $159.00
RAM - 2 x 2Gb DDR3 1333 Corsair Memory - $56.00
GPU - Asus ATI Radeon HD5850 1Gb - $289.00
Hard Drive - 1000Gb 1Tb Seagate SATA2 32Mb - $63.00
Optical Drive - Benq Black 24X SATA DVD Writer - $34.00
PSU - Antec True Power 3.0 750W ATX - $169.00
Case - Antec VSK-2000 ATX Black - $69.00
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit DVD OEM - $108.00


This one includes Windows 7 HP, so the total is $1158. I can spend that much if necessary.
Some of the things you listed can be bought for less from PCCasegear. Total cost of this from PCCaseGear + Shipping is about $1100. Also have a look around at other local PC stores for better prices. Save $30 on your PSU (you won't need 750W) and use that to upgrade your 5850 to a 6870. You may also want to get a bluray instead of a DVD if you're going to spend $34 on a DVD player already (since a bluray player can be bought for an extra $30). If you can somehow save $150 somewhere, you MUST get a SSD as it can make a cheap computer seem like a professional one.
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04 Dec 2010   #29
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by parabellum View Post

That Athlon is a quad and the 6870 will massacre any game at 1080p.
I'm not picking on you either but terms like 'massacre' are simply gross exaggerations and more often that not, flat out wrong.

"That Athlon is a quad and the 6870 will perform reasonably well for quite a few games at 1080p. For other games, you may have to lower a few details." would be a much more realistic statement.
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04 Dec 2010   #30
ratman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
 
 

So, enough with the arguments over Intel vs AMD. I know I am not a moderator or anyone important but I would like to remind you that the original post was about helping me build a PC for around $1000. If you are going to argue over intel vs AMD, please start another thread!

So can someone, other than Technoman, help me with my build? I think i have it all sorted now, but any last comments?

Thanks everyone for all the help so far!
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