$700-800 new pc build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: July 2009 BUDGET RANGE: $700-900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: running data analysis software with very large data set (using R), gaming, recording tv, watching movies, listening to music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, I suppose. I also have a few IDE DVD burners, but might want to make the jump to SATA. I also already have a 22" samsung lcd monitor, but would consider purchasing a second down the line. I also already have a copy of both 32bit and 64bit Windows XP

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: don't care

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: greater or equal to 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: none
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  1. You'll need a powerful CPU if you want to crunch numbers. May I suggest an i7 920, and a 9800GT?

    Motherboard: MSI X58M LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX - $170
    CPU: Intel Core i7 920 - $280
    Memory: mushkin 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $64
    Hard Disk: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM - $70
    Graphics Card: EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB - $130
    Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V

    A total of: $714!
  2. with a budget of 900 and the above suggestions, opt for a full ATX motherboard like the Gigabyte X58-UD4P -260$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374

    and a full 6 GB RAM kit, say this OCZ platinum kit -120$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381&Tpk=ocz%20platinum%201600

    thats about 150 more than the above, which still puts you at 870ish. Heck you can pick up a cheap SATA DVD drive with the extra 30$
  3. Actually TonCharr's config comes to $814 and not $714...He has missed to count in the PSU...
    And my suggestions would be to change these...
    1. Mobo - Gigabyte UD3R...Its BIOS can be updated to support both SLI and crossfire...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.203725

    2. +1 for 6GB...
    But this one GSkillz for about $100...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247

    3. HDD - WD Black Same price better
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    4. Get a faster graphics card - Maybe the HD 4870 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102825

    And if you have plans to crossfire, am sure you would, get atleast a high quality 700W PSU...
  4. looks good guys, thanks.

    is more than 6gb of RAM overkill?
  5. This build is set up so that you can add another vid card later on for Crossfire.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 $59.95 Free Shipping*
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.201928 Combo Discount: -$5.00 Combo Price: $224.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Free Shipping*
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power - Retail
    GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103471 $189.99 Free Shipping*
    AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166 $54.99 Free Shipping*
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161276 $189.99 ($169.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    HIS H489F1GP Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 $69.99 Free Shipping*
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151171 $25.99
    SAMSUNG 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 - OEM

    Total: $815.88 | $775.88 w/mail in rebates

    * same build but with 4870

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150394 $149.99 Free Shipping*
    XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    Double Lifetime Manufacture Warranty

    Total: $775.88.88 | $755.88 w/mail in rebates

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows RC 7
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