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Is this a good $700-$800 system?

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February 10, 2009 12:06:24 AM

I'm looking to build a system in the $700-$800 range. It won't be a gaming system per se, but I'd like to have the option open just in case. The 700-800 should include a monitor with HDCP, as I plan on eventually putting a blu-ray player in here. It doesn't need to include an OS, I'm planning on using the Windows 7 Beta in it for a while. Crossfire support would be nice. My budget is slightly flexible, but I'm hoping to keep it not too far out of the 800 range if possible. Here's my current build:
https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...
It comes out at 730 after MIRs and shipping.

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February 10, 2009 12:35:58 AM

The system looks good, but there are a few things I'd suggest changing. The ASRock motherboard will probably do the job, but I'd pick up the GA-EP45-UD3P if at all possible.

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $134.99 - $20 MIR

You really don't need DDR2 1066 RAM. The E7400 has a high multiplier, so you won't have to try to get a high FSB to overclock it. I'd stick with some quality DDR 800 RAM that runs at 1.8v.

G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

That WD3200AAJS is the old, slow, 8MB cache HD. You can pick up a newer, faster model for the same price:

WESTERN DIGITAL WD3200AAKS 320GB SATA 7200 RPM 16MB Hard Drive
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $49.99
February 10, 2009 3:00:08 AM

Actually am nt able to see the list but here goes my recommendations...If i hve repeated then stick wit those components..

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $224.99
($214.99 after $10.00 Mail-In
Rebate $224.99
($214.99 after $10.00 Mail-In
Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102801

http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ [...] ChangeItem
$119.94 Free Shipping*
Antec EA650 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371015
Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129042
Return Policy: Limited 30-Day Return Policy

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $79.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136319

Go wit ShortStuff recomendations on the mobo and ram...and wit these components u will have a powerful large on space... and nice rig...
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February 11, 2009 12:16:55 AM

OK I updated the link in the first post. Add in the hard drive shortstuff said. Comes out at 770 after combos and rebates. Sound like a good build now?
February 11, 2009 12:45:06 AM

Compare your list to the one used in the System Builder Marathon: $625 Gaming PC : Higher FPS
They explained why they selected each part. And there's a good chance it would get better performance in gaming over the items you've selected so far. It's about the same price (without monitor) as your list.
February 11, 2009 12:50:00 AM

The list of parts in the THG $625 build:

February 11, 2009 8:30:31 PM

I just got an offer for a phenom 9750 and a MSI DKA790GX motherboard for $255. Is this a good deal?
February 11, 2009 11:22:47 PM

I've done some more research and determined that AMD is to be avoided even at that price, with the exception of Phenom II. So now I'm more or less going to stick to the $625 build, just using an Antec Three Hundred case instead. My choice now is to go with a e5200 and a 4870 or a e7400 and a 4850. I'm inclined to go for the faster processor as I won't be gaming very much, but if the e5200 can overclock just as well i would be inclined to get that.
February 12, 2009 12:26:27 AM

Get the E7400 if this isn't a primarily gaming pc, or even drop the video card to 4830 and get an E8400.
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