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November 13, 2008 6:38:04 PM

Hello all. Well this is my final pricing before purchase and I was just wondering if this is the best way to go. This is the system:

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106263 $23.99

Western Digital Caviar SE WD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136178 $59.99

SAPPHIRE 100243-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102795 $299.99

2x CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145184--- total 8gb $109.98 ($54.99 each)

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116488 $99.99

Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835207004 $39.99

Rosewill Conqueror WSL Triple 120mm Fans Steel ATX Mid tower Computer Case with Side Panel - Retail
Item #: N82E16811147105 ---COMBO--- Rosewill RX750-S-B 750W ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91 SLI 8800GTX SLI CrossFire Ready Active PFC PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817182067 $144.98

BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813138128 ---COMBO---AMD Phenom 9950 2.6GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HD995ZXAGHBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103291 $248.98

Total: $1,051.96 w/ shipping (After MIR $981.96)

It looks good to me but then again this is my first time so please let me know of any suggestions. Thank you.
November 13, 2008 7:05:01 PM

I would change that around.

Switch the motherboard to a p5q, get a cpu like the E8400 (or q6600), ditch 4gig of ram (4 is waaay enough), switch the hdd to a 640gig WD (faster, bigger), get the 512mb version of the vidcard.

That should keep you around the same price level and you should get a lot more performance out of that money.

edit: btw, switching to an intel based computer will not be more expensive if you are careful with your choices. I STRONGLY recommend it.
November 13, 2008 7:07:50 PM

Although the PSU is Rosewill, which isn't too highly regarded, it does appear to be a newer model with APFC, so it may be ok. I think it will raise eyebrows more than set off any linear panics.
Get a Retail optical drive if you need software with it.
I'm assuming you've decided on AMD, and that's fine, given that you are aware that an Intel system will outperform it for not much more.
That being the case, you've chosen the lowest level 790GX board, with 64MB of DDR2 sideport. You may not care, since you're getting a 4870; just in case you do. Their TA790GX3 has 128MB of DDR3.
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November 13, 2008 7:18:05 PM

looks good from here. The Phenom 9550, 790X mobo, HD 4870, 8GB RAM. should fly. What about your monitor? I would get at lest a 22" LCD with that 4870.
November 13, 2008 7:59:02 PM

Ok, so i switched to a q6600 and a ASUS P5Q-E LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard. Question I have is if the standard memory is DDR1200 but im only running DDR 800 is that compatable?? and if not which is the board i need?
November 13, 2008 8:04:36 PM

what about a ASUS P5K DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard ?
November 14, 2008 12:56:34 PM

the P5Q-E uses DDR2 which is rated at 800mhz (so pc-6400). You can run it faster (pc-8500) if you wanted but it doesn't matter.

About the P5K deluxe/wifi-ap, the question is more about if you need the extra features to justify the price tag.
November 14, 2008 9:20:06 PM

Hey, I'm going with a AMD build. I have a couple questions though. Do i need a 800Watt to power all of this? Is that too much? Too Little? Is the Biostar TForceTA790GX good with the Phenom 9950? I was also thinking about the Asus M3n-HT Deluxe?? Any advice on the whole system would be appreciated. This is my first build.

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106228

Western Digital Caviar GP WD5000AACS 500GB 5400 to 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136149

XION Supernova XON-800R14N 800W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply - Retail

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116488

Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120mm "Core Contact Freezer" CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835207004

NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811146047
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Skytek 52usbreadwrite2.0 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader - Retail - COMBO

BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813138128
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AMD Phenom 9950 2.6GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HD995ZXAGHBOX - Retail - COMBO

VisionTek 900250 Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
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CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail - COMBO

Total - 1273.91 Budget is $1350
Thanks again!

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