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$900 - $1200 Gaming PC (first build)

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June 22, 2009 11:23:44 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully, before the end of June
BUDGET RANGE: $900 - $1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I don't have any old/reusable parts. The only other pc in my house is in frequent use so I can't take anything from it. I'm going to need everything.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Preferably just NewEgg so I can save on shipping.

PARTS PREFERENCES: None, I'll use anything that will have good performance and is going to last a while

HERE'S THE CURRENT PART LIST:

There's no moniter, OS, keyboard mouse on this list since I'm not too worried about purchasing these. Though I would like to know if the Vista 64-bit OEM would be a good OS due to price.

CPU: AMD Phenom 2 x3 720
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 4GB of DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card: Radeon 4850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Later, after a few paychecks, I'm planning to get another graphics card so I can CF

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

Hard Drive: Western Digital 640GB 7200RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Coolmaster haf 922

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

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, I was planning on overclocking to 3 or 3.1

MONITOR RESOLUTION: no preferance

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is all a totally alterable list, I'm open to anything that will give me better performance or a lower price as long as it doesn't go over budget.

Also: a friend of mine recommended wiping off whatever thermal compound comes with the stock heat sink/fan and applying arctic silver instead. Is this good advice?

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June 23, 2009 1:50:07 AM

Very good build for your budget. I would recommend looking to upgrade to a Corsair TX650 or TX750 to help with future upgrades... not required but makes upgrades easier down the road.

Windows Vista 64-bit is worth the purchase if you get the free upgrade to Windows 7 when it comes out, other words just download Windows 7-RC & wait till next year to buy your OS.

I agree with your friend on removing the thermal paste & putting on Arctic Silver instead.
June 23, 2009 2:17:18 AM

Here's some RAM with better timings, same price... only con is that it's taller than other RAM:
.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And... do you have to get the CPU and motherboard separate? Take a look at this combo...
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retail
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And here's a card with double lifetime warrant (yes, XFX) at the same price
XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but with the money you save with the combo I selected above, you could try a 4870:
XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
$149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Anyhow, good luck! I'm out. Usually I'll recommend stuff about hard drives and matching cards with resolutions and whatnot, but I'm too lazy after listening to this idiot named viruzzz talk building an "extreme pc."

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June 23, 2009 12:15:47 PM

For $1200 for the total system, I would do this...

CPU + Graphics card

1. SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
2. AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo
GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

HDD -
WD Black 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor-
ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

CASE -
CM 690
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Corsair 750TX - If you want to crossfire the HD 4890...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or get the Corsair 650TX combo with the CM Case...

Total - $1130 | $1085 After $45 Mail-In- Rebates...
June 23, 2009 12:43:28 PM

+1 gkay09's build
June 23, 2009 5:37:10 PM

Thanks gkay, these are some awesome ideas, though the nicer cpu and graphics card may put me a little over budget as I still need an OS, and mouse & keyboard. Then again that may not be a problem if I take tecmo's advice and download windows 7 rc...
June 24, 2009 5:35:31 AM

tecmo34 said:
Very good build for your budget. I would recommend looking to upgrade to a Corsair TX650 or TX750 to help with future upgrades... not required but makes upgrades easier down the road.

Windows Vista 64-bit is worth the purchase if you get the free upgrade to Windows 7 when it comes out, other words just download Windows 7-RC & wait till next year to buy your OS.

I agree with your friend on removing the thermal paste & putting on Arctic Silver instead.


I'm going to sound like a heretic, but I prefer MX-2 over AS5 now.



June 24, 2009 3:49:37 PM

Actually I prefer the tx-2. By Tuniq. It's less... "gloppy" than the AS5 is and although the whiteish color is a bit... meh, it's non-conductive, and it doesn't need an extreme curing time.
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