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Buddys' First Build

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June 13, 2009 9:30:26 AM

Hey guys, my friend wants to build his very first PC, he would post but his current comp has been KIA. He has very little knowledge as far as PC building goes; so if you guys have a pre-built list for his budget, he would greatly appreciate it.
So anyways, here it goes:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month or two to finish gathering up the rest of the financials.

BUDGET RANGE: Anywhere between $1200-1300, he wants a system that can run games such as Age of Conan on high settings at a good, steady FPS.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photoshopping images, video editing, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, keyboard, monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, anything reputable and reliable.


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, if budget allows for it.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Probably nothing higher than 1680x1050.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Like to have it be somewhat quiet (noise isn't a major issue with him lol).


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June 13, 2009 10:40:58 AM
June 13, 2009 10:42:52 AM

i7 920 - $280

EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - $240

Radeon 4890 - $200

OCZ Gold 6GB 1600MHz Ram - $100

WD 640GB Caviar Black Hardrive - $75

LG Black 22X DVD Burner - $24

COOLER MASTER 700W 80 PLUS SILVER Certified PSU - $130

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Case - $150

Adds up to $1200. To be perfectly honest, this system is overkill for your needs, i recommend it only because it fits your budget. Couple of notes here...

There are many decent motherboards to choose from between $200 and $250, so if you don't prefer the one i recommended you still have options. That 4890 is an example of overkill, but it does fit your budget. Now given your resolution, no game will phase you, hardly even crysis... so i suppose that is a good thing. That power supply i recommended is very efficient, which is a plus, but again, it is more than enough, because of it you can crossfire later if you wish.

Thats my take... simply put, the more you spend, the more value you lose, but if this is what you're looking for, then by all means. If you're looking for better bang for buck, money can be saved here. If you still desperately want i7, you could still save by choosing a cheaper mobo, gpu, psu, or case. Just giving you the heads up.
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June 13, 2009 10:50:04 AM

This build allows for both SLI and over clocking. A quality case with great cooling and plenty of room for SLI. The psu in this build will easily push this rig with dual vid cards and the heat sink and thermal compound in this build will allow for a decent over clock. $79.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $109.99 ($79.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail Combo Price: $492.99 Free Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail $239.59 ($219.59 after MIR) Free Shipping
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card Retail $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $74.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $24.99

Total: $1,162.91 | $1,112.91 w/mail in rebates <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7 <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte UD4P mobo used in this build
June 14, 2009 1:04:27 AM

Wow thanks guys! Now i must ask, as my building knowledge is not as sharp as all of yours is, which is the best to go with of the 3 given there? I can see some highs and some lows of some builds but i dont feel confident enough to make a decision on which to choose. I like the Antec Nine Hundred case ... and of course the CPU's ... but i just want the most bang for my buck.