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June 21, 2009 9:20:53 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:asap
BUDGET RANGE: $450-550 preferred, willing to go to $600 if huge improvement

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, both with music playing in background

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, mouse, monitor, keyboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: none really

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI : No


APEVIA X-JUPITER-JR G-Type X-JPJGT-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product /Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811144197

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product /Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395

Rosewill RNX-G300EX IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, WPA2, AES, TKIP
http://www.newegg.com/Product /Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166020

XFX PVT96OZDFU GeForce 9600 GSO 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product /Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150340

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product /Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341019

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5
http://www.newegg.com/Product /Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184

XFX MB750I72P9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product /Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115206

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product /Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813141016

all together $583.63 +$55 worth of mail-in rebates


EDIT: I had to place a space in between the addresses in order to let the whole address appear, you have to take it out for the links to work
June 21, 2009 9:51:15 PM

All of your links are broken, what resolution is your monitor?
June 21, 2009 10:17:16 PM

hunter315 said:
All of your links are broken, what resolution is your monitor?

dont know why they arent working, they work in edit mode, but not on the actual board >.>

display settings 1280x960
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June 22, 2009 2:10:18 AM

atozero said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:asap
BUDGET RANGE: $450-550 preferred, willing to go to $600 if huge improvement

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, both with music playing in background

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, mouse, monitor, keyboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: none really

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI : No


APEVIA X-JUPITER-JR G-Type X-JPJGT-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill RNX-G300EX IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, WPA2, AES, TKIP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX PVT96OZDFU GeForce 9600 GSO 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX MB750I72P9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

all together $583.63 +$55 worth of mail-in rebates


EDIT: I had to place a space in between the addresses in order to let the whole address appear, you have to take it out for the links to work


Should be fine.
Edit: Yup, links are fine.

As for the build... hmmm.... Give me a few minutes.
June 22, 2009 2:53:11 AM

Do you insist on Nvidia? I remember many of the Nvidia SLI boards being.... not so satisfactory.
If I were to try a AMD/ATI build...

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 $85.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$280 ATI/AMD vs Nvidia/Intel $320? That opens up $40 dollars for some DDR3 RAM (teh future!!!) or an upgrade to a HD 4850:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or try to go for both with a 4830 (which outperform the 3870)
XFX HD-483X-YDFC Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
+
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (7-7-7-18) 64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So uh... AMD/ATI vs Intel/Nvidia
$365 vs $377 before all MiRs, without the case, wireless, HD and PSU?

$582 vs $594 total?

I think one of the components in your original build went up $10 bucks, because I'm getting 594 for your build before MiR no matter what I do.

Anyhow, final list of what I recommend you do:

Or try to go for both with a 4830 (which outperform the 3870)
XFX HD-483X-YDFC Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (7-7-7-18) 64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

APEVIA X-JUPITER-JR G-Type X-JPJGT-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill RNX-G300EX IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, WPA2, AES, TKIP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For $582 before rebates.
June 22, 2009 2:58:11 AM

Justifications:
Phenom II 720 may be slower 1 core vs 1 core when compared with the e7400, but it does have the extra core which I believe is justification enough for the change.

DDR3 with 1333mhz will be a definite improvement over ddr2 800mhz, especially with the ddr3's excellent timings.

The 4830 will eat the 9600 GSO alive, 1GB or no.

Case left alone because it must be a preference thing that you chose that case.

PSU left alone, because 18A x 4 should be plenty for the 12v rails, and the PSU itself didn't get bad reviews on newegg.

Wireless left alone, must be a preference/need thing.

Hard Drive left alone, I don't know a cheaper alternative at that price point. 32mb cache hard drives tend to break the $60 dollar barrier.
June 22, 2009 3:51:50 AM

Whoever posted a 3870, no, that card is old now. Maybe a 4830 or even 9600gt.
June 22, 2009 4:12:20 AM

thanks for the help, mlcloud

I'm definately going with the change in ram, but I was wondering how much a difference there was between the graphics card you said and the one I picked, because theres a $30 difference + a free game
June 22, 2009 4:18:56 AM

ohiou_grad_06 said:
Whoever posted a 3870, no, that card is old now. Maybe a 4830 or even 9600gt.


Yeah, and the 9600 GSO is so new that it automatically becomes the better card by default, right? The 3870 and 9600 GSO trade blows, so all is well.

Read the rest of my post and you'll realize that I settled for a build with the 4830 in it, so there goes the argument between the 9600 GSO and 3870.

Edit: I'm not sure of the exact difference either, but I do know that the 4830 performs near equivalently with the 8800GT, which is the same as the 9800 GT, which is stronger than the 9600 GT by a healthy margin. Up to you, that free game might be the deal breaker here.
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