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June 5, 2009 7:32:38 PM

Hi, this is the first time I will be buying components for a computer and building it on my own.




APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: by end of june?don't really have a deadline. BUDGET RANGE: (I wanted it to be less than $1000 USD, but am willing to go to a max of $1300

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (gaming, internet use, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (OS and mouse)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ( newegg.com, but I'm not set on just them. Just haven't found anyone cheaper)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (have no preferences other than for the system to be based on the CPU Intel i7 920-that's what I have

OVERCLOCKING: No (don't think so at least..) SLI yes CROSSFIRE: Maybe (probably not..)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (don't know enough to make an informed decision)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (I am pretty much an RPG fan. I am currently playing Icewind Dale II which plays on the simplest systems, but after this I plan on moving to more advanced games like Neverwinter Nights II, etc. My wife plays primarily RTS games.

I knew almost knew nothing about computers and spent the last month researching the following list. I still feel like I don't know much. I'm mostly worried about compatibility issues among the components, but am certainly willing to listen to other who have advice i.e "you can save $40 if you buy motherboard Y instead of X and they pretty much do the same thing".

thanks for looking, any comments are appreciated.

motherboard- MSI X58 Platinum SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel –
newegg- $217.99
http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=prodmbspec&maincat_no=1&cat2_no=&cat3_no=∏_no=1703#menu


video card-ASUS ENGTX260/HTDI/896M GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=JUcxgZJLijY3s7b9
newegg-$200-worries: a little too big, can it fit in case?

RAM-G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8TU-6GBPI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247&Tpk=F3-12800CL8TU-6GBPI newegg $94
or
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9
http://www.corsair.com/_datasheets/TR3X6G1600C9.pdf newegg-$124


Hard Drive-Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive – OEM  http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=299&language=en newegg-$55


Monitor-Acer X203H bd Black 20" 16:9 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Swivel Adjustment 300 cd/m2 10000:1 w/ HDCP Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009158

Case Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/specs/900_spe.html

Power Supply CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail ―combo deal with above Antec case
$180 http://www.corsair.com/products/tx/default.aspx
OR
Case LIAN LI PC-61 USB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112025&Tpk=LIAN%20LI%20PC-61%20USB $100

CD/DVD Burner-Model #: DVR-2910 Pioneer Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Products/HomeEntertainment/Blu-rayDisc+DVD/Blu-rayDisc++DVDComputerDrives/DVR-2910 $42
Or
SAMSUNG Model #: SH-S222A 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175&Tpk=SH-S222A newegg- $22.99
Or
SAMSUNG Model #: SH-S223F Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151171&Tpk=SH-S223F newegg - $24.99

Keyboard-Microsoft Sidewinder X6 AGB-00019S Black 104 Normal Keys 15 Function Keys USB Wired Ergonomics Keyboard http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/gaming/ProductDetails.aspx?pid=102&active_tab=systemRequirements newegg - $56
Or
Logitech 920-000914 Black Wired Ultra-thin Illuminated Keyboard - http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/keyboard/devices/3071&cl=us,en $50

Anti-static wrist wrap-Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap
http://www.rosewill.com/products/560/productDetail.htm


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June 5, 2009 7:39:01 PM

it's a bit mixed, Try basing it on an Intel core 2 Q9550 if you're ok with ddr2 or AMD 955 BE for ddr3 if you get the corresponding mobo.

this will free up some money for a better monitor and HDD.

but you'll probably want to swap the Gfx for a 4870 aswell because the amd 790 and intel chipsets for core 2 only support Crossfire for ATi not SLI for NVidia.
June 5, 2009 7:45:34 PM

thanks for the reply, but I already have an Intel i7 920...

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June 5, 2009 7:48:25 PM

I would just copy the tomshardware system builder marathon $1300 PC (maybe swap the tiny case they used with the antec 900 you listed above)

The GTX 260 will fit perfectly in the 900 case I have the same thing. Running instead a GTX 275 which is the same size as the 260. I even have a 120mm side fan blowing air onto the graphics card with about an inch and a half to spare.

Get the 22" 1680 x 1050 acer monitor instead of the 20" for like $30 more. You won't regret it.
June 5, 2009 8:16:18 PM

I never heard of the tomshardware system builder marathon, but i'll look into it. thanks
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