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February 13, 2009 12:34:07 AM

I'm looking to build a new system. I recently built a new computer for my wife, that is a Dual Core E7400, with a 4850 video card. I really liked the Antec 900 case so I think I am going to stick with that. I also ordered a Westinghouse 26" monitor already.

Here is what I had in mind, but after reading a bit here I was thinking about making a few changes. This is all from Newegg.


119.99 Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

194.99 ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

154.99 SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

129.99 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

229.00 AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail

64.99 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail

79.99 Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

24.99 LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM

99.99 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total is $1068.92

Some of the changes I was thinking about that I had read on here were to change out the motherboard. Sounds like I can get something cheaper, but not sure what would be a good idea.

The memory I was thinking about switching out, but not sure what to go with. Is the 1066 really needed? Also with the prices is 8GB really worth it?

Finally I was thinking about changing the video card to the 4870.

Mostly the computer is used for WoW and a few other games here and there, but I also do some database work, and plan on doing some photo editing soon, possibly video, but not sure on that.

Pretty much everything is flexible, other than the $1000ish price range.

Thanks for any help.

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February 13, 2009 12:54:57 AM

Get this combo
http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/AddToCart.aspx?Submit=ADD&ItemList=Combo.155232
(Phenom II 940 + GA-MA790GP-DS4H AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX $333)

Consider the PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W. It's $30 less than the 750TX.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011&Tpk=S75CF

Use the savings to upgrade to HD 4870 1GB. You need more than a HD 4850 for 1920x1200.

You don't need 8 GB for gaming. 4GB is almost as good. Get DDR2-800.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2008/07/08/is-more-memory-better/1

February 13, 2009 2:50:03 AM

definitely dont need 8 gig of ram .

Some one published a lik here a few days ago and 8 gig actually decreased frame rates in some games and didnt help much in others .


Once you have subbed in Aevm's comb suggestion and the 4870 1 gig its a great machine
Its still pretty good with a 4850 since most games will be fine at 1920 x 1200 if you drop details a bit
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February 13, 2009 2:52:37 AM

Stick with aevm suggestions...
Get tis memory...very gud one....
G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $54.99
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1x Winner of Customer Choice Award - Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 13, 2009 2:57:10 AM

I'd stick with DDR2 1066 RAM since the AMD system will actually benefit from the extra RAM speed. This kit is pretty much the same as what you originally posted, but has better heat spreaders:

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99
February 13, 2009 10:41:05 PM

I switched to the 4870, and also changed out the RAM. Thanks for the help. I placed the order today.
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