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Final Build - gaming pc

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June 17, 2009 5:27:56 AM

Hello, these are the parts I am planning on purchasing to build my new computer. Please look them over and let me know if you'd change anything. Also, does this power supply seem alright? I chose it because of the combo with the case. Thanks!

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this month BUDGET RANGE: $750~$1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (not a hardcore gamer), movies, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, optical drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, ATI, quality brands

OVERCLOCKING: maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not sure, have a 21.5 inch monitor. Suggest a resolution?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Not interested in any AMD (even Phenom II) or intel i7. Would like to stick with an intel duo. Would like to have an ATI card. Would like to have a card that makes good use of the quality of my monitor. I don't mind spending more for quality parts, as long as they don't stray too far from my preferences. First time builder.

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Case: Combo Price: $104.94 (combo w/ power supply)
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Power Supply: Combo Price: $104.94 (combo w/ case)
Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Motherboard:
$109.99
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

CPU:
$154.95 $189.99
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

CPU Cooler: $35.10
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

RAM: $49.99
mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996587 - Retail

Hard Drive: $69.99
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Graphics Card: $199.99
SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Monitor: $0.00 (already own)
ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

TOTAL: (after shipping)
$792.65

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June 17, 2009 5:40:48 AM

Nice build, just curious though....you have your cpu (E8500) listed as $154 when on newegg it's $190.
June 17, 2009 5:57:34 AM

swap the hard drive for a Caviar Black 6400AALS instead of the one you have listed. It's quite a bit faster for a minimum price premium.

the rest looks fine, that 4890 (a card I own) will do whatever you need on your monitor. enjoy
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June 17, 2009 5:59:47 AM

Why_Me said:
Nice build, just curious though....you have your cpu (E8500) listed as $154 when on newegg it's $190.


Oops that was a typo! :ouch: 

Glad to hear you like my build Why_Me, your advice seems well respected around here!
June 17, 2009 6:27:31 AM

astrodudepsu said:
swap the hard drive for a Caviar Black 6400AALS instead of the one you have listed. It's quite a bit faster for a minimum price premium.

the rest looks fine, that 4890 (a card I own) will do whatever you need on your monitor. enjoy


Thanks for the feedback! I looked in to that hard drive, but couldn't find it on newegg.

I'm glad to hear the card I chose will work well with my monitor!
June 17, 2009 6:54:29 AM

raydarken said:
Thanks for the feedback! I looked in to that hard drive, but couldn't find it on newegg.

I'm glad to hear the card I chose will work well with my monitor!


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
June 17, 2009 7:03:44 AM

Why_Me said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM


Excellent! Thanks for providing that link. That is much better, well worth the extra $5.00.

Thanks again to you both, glad I posted!
June 17, 2009 5:20:44 PM

Drop the CPU cooler. The stock cooler should be fine for you if you aren't OCing.

The 4870 is probably a better choice for a 21.5" monitor. That's only a 1440x900 resolution.
June 17, 2009 9:35:44 PM

deuce271 said:
Drop the CPU cooler. The stock cooler should be fine for you if you aren't OCing.

The 4870 is probably a better choice for a 21.5" monitor. That's only a 1440x900 resolution.


Thanks for the advice. I agree and think I will put off getting a cooler at this time, I doubt the games I will be playing will cause me to desire to oc anytime soon.

As for the video card, I figure I won't be upgrading it again for a while so I might as well spend a bit more for a slightly better card. I'm glad to hear that an older version of the card I chose would do well also though, and really glad you pointed out the resolution of my monitor for me.

Thanks for your help! I'm going to place the order today. :sol: 
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