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grody

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That's all I was warning you about. I'm not harping on the build, but it would be ashame to disqualify a nice build because of a little technicality. You could try to cheap out on the mobo to get a DVD in there.
 
Newegg reviews mean little to nothing. First off, people are usually more prone to writing a review to bitch about a product than to praise one. If it works great, most people are happy and would rather game than make a product review. Secondly, people are idiots so who's to say their issues aren't their own faults? There's at least a couple people who aren't happy because they couldn't unlock it to a 6970. I mean, really? If people are messing with their vBIOS and something effs up, it's their fault. But don't expect them to accept that.
 

Well, I picked this mobo because it's the cheapest one with 8x/8x PCIe lanes. Anything cheaper does 16x/4x. But anyway, I like to do something "different" with these builds to get either max FPS or, for example with the "high end intel build" I went with CF 6970s for an eyefinity build instead of SLI 580s that a lot of ppl are favoring. If I don't win, well, no big deal.
 

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1. Nnymrod's "Idon'tknowhow$1000isconsideredbudgetbutw/e build"
2. Processor: i5-2400 - $190
3. Motherboard: Biostar Z68 ATX MOBO with two PCIe 2.0 slots at 8x/8x and SATA III and USB 3.0 - $130+8S&H
4. RAM: Mushkin 2x2GB 1333Mhz CL9 - $39-10MIR
5. Graphics Card: 2x HIS HD 6870 - 185-20 MIR +5 S&H
6. Hard Drive: Western Digital Cavier Blue 500GB SATA II - $44
7. SSD: OCZ Agility 3 60GB - $140-20 MIR
7. Case: Coolermaster HAF 912 - $60-10MIR
8. Power Supply: OCZ ModXStreme Pro 600W fully modular, active PFC, 80 PLUS certified - $75-15MIR+3 S&H
9. Cooling: Boxed HSF, CPU is locked, thus no OC
10. DVD Burner: Samsung OEM DVD Burner - $19+4 S&H

Total before rebates, without shipping - $1067
Total in rebates - $95
Total S&H - $25
Total after rebates, shipped - $997 :)

Beast of a computer for $1000. It was tight, and theres no wiggle room, but it gets a very efficient graphics setup, and 60GB of the fastest reasonable SSD. Also, I didn't use some no-name $35 case that is going to fall apart, be extraordinarily loud, and look like an over sized toy. As for the Z68 chipset - I couldn't find H67 with 2 PCIe slots at at least 8x/8x, and the Z68 board was affordable, so you also get access to the on board HD2000 graphics and therefore Quicksync, as well as SSD cacheing, which I wouldn't use, but having the option is nice. And yes, 600W is plenty of power for this rig.
 

grody

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Get rid of all the rebates and shipping. I'm sure it's a good build, but all the extra calcs make a mess of the post.

Besides rebates aren't rebates anymore. They are prepaid cards, often only usable as gift cards for the manufacturer's products. As far as shipping, it says specifically in the first post that you should leave it out.
 


-True about the money

-False about the PSU.

(total CF 6870 + i7 970 system power usage = 449W at the wall, which is around 360W PSU power assuming 80% efficiency)

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1445/17/

 

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Yeah I was using newegg's calculator and I'm starting to realize it's a piece of trash.
 

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The Last Cookie's "Litl' Beast!"

CPU: INTEL i5 2500k (BX80623I52500K) - $ 219.99
MOBO: ASROCK P67 Extreme4 (B3) - $ 159.99 + $ 8.50 shipping
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 1600 (F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM) - $ 89.99
GPU: SAPPHIRE 6950 2gb (21188-00-40r / 100312SR) - $ 274.99 + $ 2.99 shipping (some of these still around)
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 (HD103SJ) - $ 59.99
PSU: CORSAIR TX750 V2 (CMPSU-750TXV2) - $ 109.99
CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 (RC-922M-KKN1-GP) - $ 99.98 ('cause of the extra vent)

TOTAL: $ 1026,41
 

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Broken case and DVD-R links. Questionable power supply. Perhaps the one thing you should not go cheap on is the power supply seeing as how a bad one can torch the whole setup.

Nice SSD.
 

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@ChiefTexas_82- Links Updated

@striker410: i dint get u.. mobo has LGA 1155 and CPU supports this socket.. Plz xplain me.. afterall i m a newbie.. its my first build..
 

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I mean biostar is a cheap brand, not very high quality. Better off with Asus, Gigabyte MSI, ASRock. And throw the extra $15 for the 2600k. It allows OCing. Although you really wanna drop to 2500k anyway....
 

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Ok.. i would hav gone for the other brands,but then i think i would have passed the $1000 tag. And i chose this board because it has the 3.0 USB.. And also for the processor, i dint aimed at OCing thats y i dint put in any Cooling kit and selected i7 2600.. plus i dont think that any game in the near future would require more than 3.4GHz (3.8 Turbo) Quad core 8 threads of processing power
 

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exactly so go with the i5 2400 and save some money
 

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yes.. if benchmarks are considered, there is too little difference, but it will perform better and faster multitasking(more threads and cache),, but not much effect in gaming,, thats y i said,, it can be considered :)
 

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LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

HIS H695FN2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

TOTAL: $1,010.24 Shipping Included. Before MIR.
 

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You don't need to include an operating system. See where that extra hundred can go with your hardware. :D
 

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