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May 14, 2009 10:42:29 PM

i've decided not to buy from cyberpowerpc my goal if possible is tpoo be able to play games like burnout at 1920x1200 res and be able to do it fore 1200$ including this monitor from newegg. i have been looking at both tigerdirect and newegg and realized that tigerdirect does not charge tax so it is cheaper.
i do plan on overclocking and if its cheaper to buy the majority of the computer parts through tigerdirect and the videocard/monitor through newegg I wouldn't be opposed to that.

by the way the monitor is SAMSUNG ToC T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor 330$

i do not need a os/keyboard or mouse as i will run windows 7

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a b C Monitor
May 14, 2009 11:11:00 PM

This build would put you just under $1,100 with your monitor:

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $218.99 (CPU + motherboard combo)

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $58.99

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $199.99 - $20.00 MIR

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $119.99 - $20.00 MIR

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $74.99

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 - OEM $24.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $58.95

Total - $756.89 - $40.00 MIR's
May 14, 2009 11:19:35 PM

Add a GTX 275 to the build, if you want to play BP on all high. You can spend an extra 50$ to get a MUCH better video card. Otherwise, Shortstuff's build is very good for the price.
Maybe you could also add an Antec 902/900 because that would provide better airflow, and has a bit more space.
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May 14, 2009 11:21:20 PM

That monitor you are considering is a great monitor. However on your budget I think you should be looking at a cheaper one, otherwise you may not be able to afford a GPU that will allow you to play your games on it.
a b C Monitor
May 14, 2009 11:26:12 PM

If you want to upgrade the GPU, I'd get the 4890 so you still have the option of adding another GPU in crossfire later. The GTX 275 is slightly faster than the 4870 1GB (not "MUCH" better). The GTX 275 and 4890 go back and forth in the benchmarks.

"On a pure performance level the 4890 and GTX 275 trade blows at different resolutions. The 4890 tends to look better at lower resolutions while the GTX 275 is more competitive at high resolutions. At 1680 x 1050 and 1920 x 1200 the 4890 is nearly undefeated. At 2560 x 1600, it seems to be pretty much a wash between the two cards."

SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $244.99 - $20 MIR + $20 off with promo code "VGA582".
May 15, 2009 12:05:48 AM

Why not go 4770 in CF - best cheap gpu solution for 1920 x 1200 resolution in my book. $200-220 and it beats the 4890 where it counts (at playable resolutions). Its cheaper and uses actually less power at load. Only downside is lack of upgradability - but in a years time or so you would likely better spend another $250 on a new DX11 generation ATI card than buying a second 4890. Thats my opinion having seen the difference between the 3870 and the 4870, not to mention the difference between the 2900 and the 3870.

Otherwise I think shortstuff's build is brilliant - definitely the best choice for your budget.