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Budget: 1700. Can go a little over if needed.
I prefer AMD over Intel.
Monitor must be included.
Operating system must be included: Windows 7.
Must be able to run pretty much any game on highest settings. Especially Starcraft 2 on Extreme in a heavy 4v4.
Thank you for your help.
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Here is what I came up with:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz = $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103913

MotherBoard: ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX = $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131735

GPU: XFX HD-697A-CNFC Radeon HD 6970 = 349.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150517

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 2000mhz = $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231407

OS HD: Corsair Performance 3 Series CSSD-P364GB2-BRKT 64GB SATA III SSD = 164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233153

Storage HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM = $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance = $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018

CD/DVD: Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner = $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039

Monitor: ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI = $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM = $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

Case: RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WU Black / Blue ATX Mid Tower Computer Case = $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156223

TOTAL: $1409.90

Case is really personal preferance so feel free to go to www.newegg.com and choose one you like that has a TOP MOUNTED power supply.

The motherboard is ready to accept AMDs next series of processors.

I didn't list a keyboard and mouse as those are better picked to your taste. I have a logitech bluetooth set that is confortable and has the right amount of buttons for me.

Please keep in mind that the total DOES NOT include taxes or shipping. (No tax outside CA and NJ)

Good Luck and let me know if you have any questions.
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^Above list is good, but I would recommend maybe a slightly higher capacity power supply (that's the one I have btw :D). And about the top-mounted power supply, it shouldn't be a problem if it's bottom mounted, perhaps better... explain WHY it should be top mounted? The case... yeah I'm pretty sure it's just there to tell you that you need one. Get a full tower with good airflow (HAF X) if you're gonna have those high-end components... Anyways I haven't been shopping for parts in a while so... maybe there's some new stuff. Good job to the guy above ^_^
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06/20/2011 11:47 PMPosted by FREEStalkers
^Above list is good, but I would recommend maybe a slightly higher capacity power supply (that's the one I have btw :D). And about the top-mounted power supply, it shouldn't be a problem if it's bottom mounted, perhaps better... explain WHY it should be top mounted? The case... yeah I'm pretty sure it's just there to tell you that you need one. Get a full tower with good airflow (HAF X) if you're gonna have those high-end components... Anyways I haven't been shopping for parts in a while so... maybe there's some new stuff. Good job to the guy above ^_^



I always recommend getting a top mounted power supply because heat rises and if its bottom mounted then its rising into the case and in with the rest. With the other parts all creating their own heat, I prefer not to add any extra if I can. Its just one of those things that has worked best for me over the years.
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Fantastic, thank you very much for the help! This is similar to the system that I picked out. If anyone else wants to throw in their two cents, feel free. Will the Case be fine for this system? Good ventilation, etc.? The last thing I want is a burn out. Also, are you positive that all the pieces will fit together? I'm not the most techy guy out there.
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I realize you prefer AMD to intel, but I think you should be aware that Intel's sandy bridge chips vastly outperform any of AMD's offering in the gaming realm, especially in starcraft II.

I'm not sure why you would form a preference for processors though, its not like GPU's where you have to worry about driver support. Just pop it in and you are done. No reason to pick favorites, which is why it is absolutely 100% worth it to get the 2500k or 2600k from intel with your budget. Much much better performance than that hexacore for only about 40 dollars more with the 2500k, and 140 with the 2600k.

If you are just deadset on getting AMD, don't bother getting a phenom II. they will soon be last gen, with the bulldozer line of AMD CPU's coming out later in the summer. The phenom II line simply is not a good choice with a high budget with the bulldozer coming out, the sandy bridge already out. If you were constrained to like 700 dollars maybe, then yeah grab a phenom II.
Edited by Capslock on 6/21/2011 9:28 PM PDT
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06/21/2011 05:21 PMPosted by Fishman
Fantastic, thank you very much for the help! This is similar to the system that I picked out. If anyone else wants to throw in their two cents, feel free. Will the Case be fine for this system? Good ventilation, etc.? The last thing I want is a burn out. Also, are you positive that all the pieces will fit together? I'm not the most techy guy out there.



Yes, thats why I chose them.

AMD currently does not have anything that performs on the level of Intels i5 or i7s, but they run pretty good. The processor I listed is the best AMD has to offer right now, so I also picked a motherboard that will be compatible with AMDs next lineup, known as Bulldozer. If you decide not to wait for that cpu lineup, then later on you have the choice to get one and drop it in. If you decide to wait for Bulldozer, everything in the build I gave you will still work, you would just replace the processor with a different model. When your ready to build, wait till all the aprts you want are available and order all at the same time. (In case AMD releases a new lineup of GPUs or specs on bulldozer, if you wait, have changed.

If you like the case I listed then it should be sufficient for your needs. Thats one of the perks to getting a modular power supply, you only add the cables you need, keep things as clean as possible inside and you should be good on airflow and cooling.
Edited by Morg on 6/22/2011 2:04 PM PDT
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06/21/2011 12:02 AMPosted by Morg
I always recommend getting a top mounted power supply because heat rises and if its bottom mounted then its rising into the case and in with the rest. With the other parts all creating their own heat, I prefer not to add any extra if I can. Its just one of those things that has worked best for me over the years.

These days, there isn't much of a difference you will find between top-mounted and bottom-mounted power supplies. Many of the nicer cases these days have the PSU mounted on the bottom. If you really do think that it would be a problem with it mounted on the bottom, you can always have the fan of the PSU face downwards; some cases even encourage that with space underneath for better airflow. Just remember that it will always be able to come out of the backside of the case. I think many of the nicer cases have it on the bottom so it would have better stability, allowing for different designs...
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If you would be willing to switch to a Sandy Bridge CPU, make sure you get a "K" series version, as they have unlocked multipliers, allowing for future overclocking (you can easily achieve some pretty high numbers that way, they only cost slightly more, as well).

Intel Core i5 2500K $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

If you are willing to risk a bad board, but have overall better performance: Asus P8Z68-V PRO $209.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730

Or just get this: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 $189.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157250

This way, you save money, and get better performance. However, if you go the AMD way with the motherboard from the first post, you can upgrade to Bulldozer when it comes out... You just need to spend a bit more money. It's your choice =P I personally have a Phenom II 945 so I'm not being biased or anything, but the AMD vs. Intel deathmatch is neverending, and when one overtakes the other, the losing company would soon overtake the winning company. It all depends on when you buy, whether or not you're willing to wait for the next series, and things of that sort.
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I realize you prefer AMD to intel, but I think you should be aware that Intel's sandy bridge chips vastly outperform any of AMD's offering in the gaming realm, especially in starcraft II.

I'm not sure why you would form a preference for processors though, its not like GPU's where you have to worry about driver support. Just pop it in and you are done. No reason to pick favorites, which is why it is absolutely 100% worth it to get the 2500k or 2600k from intel with your budget. Much much better performance than that hexacore for only about 40 dollars more with the 2500k, and 140 with the 2600k.

If you are just deadset on getting AMD, don't bother getting a phenom II. they will soon be last gen, with the bulldozer line of AMD CPU's coming out later in the summer. The phenom II line simply is not a good choice with a high budget with the bulldozer coming out, the sandy bridge already out. If you were constrained to like 700 dollars maybe, then yeah grab a phenom II.


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I don't know why you prefer AMD, but with your budget, you could get an i5 2500k (or i7 if you're going to be doing intensive video editing etc.). As of right now intel's chips blow anything AMD has to offer out of the water. As you have a nice amount of money to spend, I would pick out an intel processor. You won't regret it.
Edited by Migration on 6/23/2011 8:45 PM PDT
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