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May 31, 2009 7:04:37 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 month
BUDGET RANGE: 800-1000$
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, Einstein@Home
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: preferrably newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: intel cpu
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 27" 720p/1080i HDTV
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for the best bang for the buck that can use a 1080 resolution

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Combo: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80569Q9550 - Retail
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
345$

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
32$

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
60$

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
95$

XFX HD-485X-YDDC Radeon HD 4850 XXX 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
117$

Combo: XCLIO A380BK Fully Black SECC 1.0mm thickness ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
200$

Suggestions are welcome
May 31, 2009 7:32:27 PM

My advice would be to stop playing favorites. Three months ago this was a good build, but not today.

An AMD X4 955 will compete toe-to-toe with a Q9550. It does so with a memory controller built in, and at a lower cost. That means you also get a lower cost motherboard and DDR3 support.

DDR2 prices are on the rise as DDR3 prices drop. This will continue. DDR3 is going to be around for a while, and so any DDR3 RAM purchased now will hold it's value longer.

Do this:

AMD X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus AM3 board and OCZ DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Now you have a board with a bit more future built in for less than you were paying.

Cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Far better than the one you chose, but does not play well with P45 boards.

Antec 900 and TP-650:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Your choices there are fine, but this is a slightly better case and the hybrid modular PSU is decent as well.
May 31, 2009 7:49:29 PM

Proximon said:
My advice would be to stop playing favorites. Three months ago this was a good build, but not today.

An AMD X4 955 will compete toe-to-toe with a Q9550. It does so with a memory controller built in, and at a lower cost. That means you also get a lower cost motherboard and DDR3 support.

DDR2 prices are on the rise as DDR3 prices drop. This will continue. DDR3 is going to be around for a while, and so any DDR3 RAM purchased now will hold it's value longer.

Do this:

AMD X4 955
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus AM3 board and OCZ DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Now you have a board with a bit more future built in for less than you were paying.

Cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Far better than the one you chose, but does not play well with P45 boards.

Antec 900 and TP-650:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Your choices there are fine, but this is a slightly better case and the hybrid modular PSU is decent as well.

Thank you very much! I was very narrow sighted towards amd, but that processor opened my eyes! This has given me much more bang for the buck and I owe you my deepest thanks
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May 31, 2009 7:55:03 PM

The sunbeam core contact freezer doesnt say it supports AM3 socket type in the specifications. Does it?
May 31, 2009 8:15:28 PM

Sraigux said:
The sunbeam core contact freezer doesnt say it supports AM3 socket type in the specifications. Does it?


The mounting should be identical. The socket itself is almost identical, and the CPU can be put into an AM2+ board.

It also comes with high quality TX-2 thermal grease, which makes it quite a good deal at 40 bucks.
May 31, 2009 8:39:15 PM

Proximon said:
The mounting should be identical. The socket itself is almost identical, and the CPU can be put into an AM2+ board.

It also comes with high quality TX-2 thermal grease, which makes it quite a good deal at 40 bucks.

Yeah nevermind though, newegg.com doesnt ship to canada and newegg.ca doesnt carry it or any other am3 cpu heatsinks (so an am2+ heatsink might work?)

(not to mention newegg.ca everything is 20% more expensive than .com D: )
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