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May 16, 2011, 11:19:25 PM
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Well, simply put, I want to get the best possible build for under $1000.
I'm really confused right now because everything in the 5000's series is sold out. I don't know what the recommended GPUs are anymore.
I really liked this build but 5850's are sold out:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=17337046

In short, can anyone recommend the best sub-$1000 build? Or, at least point me into the right direction by telling me which GPUs are the best to get currently.
Or, to link me to a place where I can still purchase 5850s and telling me if the build above is good.

BIG thanks in advance!!! Smiley
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May 16, 2011, 11:57:52 PM
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Bumpp!! Smiley
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May 17, 2011, 12:06:49 AM
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Bumpp!! Smiley

Everything looks about right. If you want the absolute cheapest video card you can find then you're most likely going to have to wait for newegg to get them back in stock. If you're in or near a decent sized city you might be able to find a good deal locally or on craigslist.

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May 17, 2011, 01:11:43 AM
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How about this 5830: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102878&cm_re=radeon_5830-_-14-102-878-_-Product

The hardware comparison chart puts it at 290 Mhash/s, and it only costs $109.

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May 17, 2011, 06:44:59 PM
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Thank you guys so much! Cheesy
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May 17, 2011, 06:55:45 PM
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Have you run the numbers to figure out how long it would have to run (how many blocks) it would take to pay it off and be profitable?

I see a lot of "Ok I'm buying this hardware!" and very little forethought in the profitability of the setup (which only starts after you recoup the cost of the rig).

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May 17, 2011, 08:52:50 PM
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Have you run the numbers to figure out how long it would have to run (how many blocks) it would take to pay it off and be profitable?

I see a lot of "Ok I'm buying this hardware!" and very little forethought in the profitability of the setup (which only starts after you recoup the cost of the rig).

This right here. 

Also think about "plans for the future".  Spending an extra $50 now for a larger PSU and a motherboard with an extra PCIe will save you a ton of cost/waste late if you choose you expand.  Keep in mind your future goals as well before rushing out to grab new stuff.

Include power costs in this, we're entering the summer months and large parts of the US (if you're in the US) have variable rates for the power that is FAR more expensive in the summer.

Also, when doing any math here, given how fast difficulty has been changing, you're going to have a hard time getting long term numbers.  For something kinda close, assume a 50% difficulty increase in every 2 weeks, its not really that exact and is almost a "worst case" scenario but it needs to be factored in.  You're also taking a huge risk in that the BTC price is going to continue to increase relative to the difficulty, if that fails to happen, your daily income is going to be massive degraded in the very near future.

Buying no hardware is not a sure thing, like any investment you're assuming risk, keep that in mind.  At least with BTC mining you have a physical item (PC, vidcards etc) that has a potential resale value if all of this goes tits up tomorrow.
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May 17, 2011, 11:40:07 PM
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How about this 5830: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102878&cm_re=radeon_5830-_-14-102-878-_-Product

The hardware comparison chart puts it at 290 Mhash/s, and it only costs $109.

290Mhash is a hell of an overclock.  I have 2 cards right now running at 965/175.  I'm getting 285 max.  Still a very good value for your money, but don't expect 290.

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May 17, 2011, 11:53:00 PM
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Well, simply put, I want to get the best possible build for under $1000.
I'm really confused right now because everything in the 5000's series is sold out. I don't know what the recommended GPUs are anymore.
I really liked this build but 5850's are sold out:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=17337046

In short, can anyone recommend the best sub-$1000 build? Or, at least point me into the right direction by telling me which GPUs are the best to get currently.
Or, to link me to a place where I can still purchase 5850s and telling me if the build above is good.

BIG thanks in advance!!! Smiley


I don't think you can fit 4 x 5850 in that case, it has only 7 expansion slots!
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May 18, 2011, 12:21:10 AM
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That case is terrible and the power supply is way more than you need. For 4 cards you're better off running caseless. Oterhwise you will have to get something huge like an HAF X or Rosewill Thor.

Save yourself $50 by getting an HX850 (you could do with a750 but this one is a good deal), and a better case, and 4x5830s if you cant wait for 5850s to come back in stock (5830s have possibly the highest MHash/$$ ratio right now, but they're somewhat weak overall and have high power draws comparitively).
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May 18, 2011, 12:26:10 AM
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http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-100297L/dp/B0039YOMZI/ref=wl_it_dp_o?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2K68936DMDI9C&colid=1OLYEQWJ78U8A

Check amazon... they have many different 5850's in stock
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May 23, 2011, 02:14:38 AM
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Hi tread starter. I hope you don't mind me linking my tread to yours. I'm consolidating build discussions Smiley

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