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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE
: Probably by the end of this weekend, or before whenever memorial day sales end.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT
: General Purpose is for my sister to use for homework/sufweb. however, i'd like to use it for gaming purpose (whenever im not away from school)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED
: Vista ultimate 32 bit, Microsoft Office 2007, Symantec Endpoint Protection, all are given by my school, mouse/keyboard
price: 900-1300
Parts:
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115057&Tpk=19-115-057

EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434

ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118223

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146025

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

LG W2353V-PF Black 23" 1920 x 1080
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005125

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

Additional notes: im a little reluctant on blu-ray, maybe give it another year or two. SLi is a possible option in the future depends if I would need it of course. im good at putting things together, just not comparing different parts >_<
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  1. Good choices over all, but I wouldn't go that route.

    Right now, it's mostly AMD builds for the low and mid range. They just have the better deals at the moment. Especially compared to the Q8400.

    AMD X4 940 and Gigabyte 790X combo:
    Sorry, newegg is acting up and I can't get this combo atm... you'll find it.

    OCZ 1066 4GB CAS 5
    As above

    NZXT Tempest case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146047

    BFG LS-550, 500W PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817702008
  2. oh wow, didnt see that AMD. thanks
  3. should i switch my graphics card to ATi to benefit from Hybrid Crossfire?
  4. Yes, get a 4870 1GB. HYBRID crossfire is something different. Don't bother with that. But get an ATI card now so that at some future date you could add another if you need for regular crossfire.

    Also, get this CPU cooler:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004&Tpk=CCTF
  5. You won't have access to all of that RAM because of 32bit vista.
  6. ^ but if/when he upgrades the OS to a 64 bit OS then it will.
  7. Yeah I was just saying in case he can ask for a 64bit version straight away.
  8. so change the fan and graphics card? k.

    vista ultimate 32 is free for me, so it doesnt bother me much. hehe
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