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First build, want to do it right. Blew my budget. 4 Hours to order.

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June 22, 2009 12:28:04 PM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today before noon. It's now 6am

BUDGET RANGE: 500-700 Preferably

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Gaming, Gaming, Calculatoring, Surfing the net.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Cables/Keyboard/Mouse/Speakers/OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Trying to go Ati/Amd as Nvidia let me down last, last generation and Amd is rocking the house

OVERCLOCKING: Potentially

Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually (If Needed)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Case design is going green for sure. Blue is a bit lame to me. Green is my favorite color :)  Mainly want to play WoW & have the opportunity to show my e-peen when friends are over. I definitely like the modular idea on the psu. I blew my own budget with this and would just like to get some open ideas on how to decrease costs while not shaving off too much performance. This is the first time I'm treating myself to something THIS nice.

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RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Foxconn A7DA-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mushkin 550250 580W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPI-B - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 22, 2009 2:35:58 PM

First of all, that case does looks awesome lol. (Green's a very under-used color IMO)

I've never heard of your PSU manufacturer, which automatically makes be not trust them, and the wattage is a little low. It looks like it might be ok, but I always recommend Corsair 650,750,or850TX's. They're not modular, but if you take a little time to manage your cables, it'll be fine.

Other than that, it sure looks like a nice build. Good luck.
June 22, 2009 2:39:40 PM

kufan64 said:
First of all, that case does looks awesome lol. (Green's a very under-used color IMO)

I've never heard of your PSU manufacturer, which automatically makes be not trust them, and the wattage is a little low. It looks like it might be ok, but I always recommend Corsair 650,750,or850TX's. They're not modular, but if you take a little time to manage your cables, it'll be fine.

Other than that, it sure looks like a nice build. Good luck.

Well, from my understanding Muskin makes some some pretty solid Ram.
I didn't even know they made psu's but it's efficient and has a green led :D , and it's modular. I originally had an OCZ xStream 600w in the wishlist. the muskin has 38A on the combined 12's. I was just going to take a stab and hope it wasn't complete crap.
Assuming I'm not retarded and am reading it right, xs has muskin listed in between tier 2 & 3 for psu's

Edit: And what I'm really trying to figure out is if I should/could cut costs somewhere and on what, what would it be?

I could go to a 4870 for significantly less (as low as 124.99 or a 4850 for as low as 109.99) but I've never actually had anything as new as a 4890 and I hear it's pretty oc friendly
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June 22, 2009 2:44:55 PM

hunter315 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$10 cheaper after MIR, and a much stronger PSU, i would also switch out the DVD-ROM drive for a DVD burner

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
slightly more expensive but far more useful


Thank you for the suggestion! That psu looks quite hmm...menacing...if that is a proper word to use. thank you for pointing it out on the muskin. I've been up for about 5 hours debating on what all I should buy. I think the main thing muskin has for it is the green led (which I GUESS I can live without *cry*) and the modular design. But I guess with the case it shouldn't be too hard to route everything.

As for the dvd burner. I actually have a samsung about a month old I'm just swapping in. The dvd drive is for wife's pc >.> *insert snicker here* She'll never know.

And shame on you! I ask for ways to cut costs. Not increase them.

I'm definitely taking it to heart though.

Also, Even though I've never shopped on Tigerdirect this psu is tier 2 and 20 bucks more than the corsair, with 1.99 shipping.

Opinion...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
June 22, 2009 3:50:45 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
AMD Phenom II X3 720
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec Three Hundred

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI R4850-512M OC Radeon HD 4850 x2
if you're not afraid of rebates - 120$ MIR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner

Thats ~700$

Then save up and get:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Scythe MUGEN-2
37$

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