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  1. Greywolf55555 New Member

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    Ok everyone, I am about to build my first computer. I will be gaming and doing some photoshopping on it, as well as, surfing. I have always used intel no experience with AMD, but after everything I have read, i am open to anything. I would like something solid and dont have to have top of the line(expensive). I have looked at i7 intel and phenom AMD. I appreciate any and all thoughts on mobo, cpu, memory, video and audio, case, power, cooling
     
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    if you want to go with i7
    here is what i would go with for a mid-range price

    CPU: Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.66ghz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202
    CPU Cooler:COOLER MASTER RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103057
    Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131346
    RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145221
    Graphics Card: EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434
    Power Supply:CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009
    Hard Drive:Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingItem.aspx?ItemList=N82E16822136218
    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021&Tpk=antec 900
    Sound Card:ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface Sound Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132006

    or you can go ATI for the graphics card

    Graphics Card:SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801

    Total(with GTX 260):$1,300.93 USD
    Total(with 4870):$1260.93
     
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    thanks for the advice, I was missing some of the components you have listed, but its right along the lines of what I am looking for.
     
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    glad i could help :)
     
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    Greywolf, what's your budget like?
    Also, if you plan on gaming the only real advantage of having an i7 chip is the multi-gpu scaling. (they get up to about 25% more scalability over previous gen chips in certain games) If you're looking to just build a machine that can game with the big boys then just get a high end C2D(e8400 and up) chip and a high end graphics card.
     
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    I have a nice E8400 for sale if you decide to go C2D route...Thats all you need for todays gaming...Check my sig for items for sale!!
     
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    What's the budget and what are you using this for?
     
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    My budget is up to 1000, but being my first build and knowing there will be mistakes made, I am wanting to build something for Gaming, Photoshopping and General surfing as cheaply as possible. Right now anything would be an step up from what Im using. I am just learning all the terms and I am a complete noob. Dont quite fully understand OCing, so for now, just want to get that first build under my belt and then explore what else is out there lol. Again all thoughts are welcome and I promise not to ask which is better intel or amd.
     
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    What is your current system specification?

    Go to "Private messages" and then "Edit system specs" and input your details :)

    Whether you go Intel or AMD is a personal choice, the I7 is stupidly expensive especially considering that the performance gain compared to the last generation of CPUs is small.

    I'd advice you to go for an Intel Q9xxx or Phenom II build, it will cost almost 50% less and performance will be almost equivalent.
     
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    My suggestions are-
    CPU- e8400 about $170
    motherboard- DFI BI P45 chipset board about $130
    RAM- 4 gigs of G-Skill, Crucial, or OZC DDR2 800 about $60
    graphics- EVGA GTX260 216 shader model about $260
    PSU- Corsair 650 watt about $100
    HD- western digital 320 gig 16 mb cache $55

    Re-use your case and CD/DVD drives

    $775 before shipping on newegg and it'll play any game you want on high settings
     
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    If you want to build on the cheap, something like this might be a good option then.

    PH II 940 quadcore + Biostar TFORCE board + HD 4870 1gb - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.150713 -$565~ shipped, $530 w/mail in rebates

    add some DDR2 1066 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166 - $55 shipped

    500gb WD drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073 - $65 shipped.

    650w corsair PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005 - $100 shipped, $79 after mail in rebates

    $785 total, potentially $730. That leaves you with $220-270 to play with for other things you might need. (case? extra cooling? new monitor? new mouse?)
     
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