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New Gaming PC Builds (intel vs amd)~ $1000-1300

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July 1, 2009 5:23:28 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (2 weeks)

BUDGET RANGE: (US $1000-1300)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMING, anime, web surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: N/A

PARTS PREFERENCES: Explained in additional comments.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, but only as needed for gaming.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Extremely probable in the future (6 months or so)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 22' 1680 x 1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have two builds here, one intel and one amd... I know the generic response go intel/ddr3 if you have the money, but what I am more interested in is.... if I do go with the intel/ddr3 build about how much longer (1 month, 6 months, 1 yr?) will it be considered a "top end" computer as compared to the amd/ddr2, in respects to gaming. Basically I am just trying to optimize my buying power and get the most bang for my buck as well as making sure my purchase does not become obsolete too fast.

~~~~BUILD 1 AMD/DDR2~~~~ *Parts/prices via newegg.com
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CASE AND POWER SUPPLY- 219.98 for both
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Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Rosewill RBR750-M 750W, ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V, SLI Ready, Active-PFC, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Power Supply, UL,CUL,FCC,CB,TUV,ROHS - Retail

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MONITOR- 159.99
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Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

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CD/DVD DRIVE- 29.99
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Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM

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MOTHER BOARD- 169.99
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GIGABYTE GA-MA790FX-UD5P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

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CPU- 189.99
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AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail


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GPU- 229.99
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SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

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RAM- 54.99
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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
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HARD DRIVE- 74.99
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Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM 74.99

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KEYBOARD- 58.99
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Logitech Silver & Black Gaming Keyboard - Retail

AMD/DDR2 Total ~ $1160


~~~~INTEL/DDR3 BUILD~~~~
All components the same as above except....

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MOTHER BOARD- 229.99
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DFI LANPARTY JR X58-T3H6 LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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CPU- 279.99
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Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

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RAM- 64.99
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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail

Intel/ddr3 Total ~ $1319

Thanks for all your input!

*PS Is there any big difference between the antec nine hundred and the antec nine hundred two? Also, will my selected powersupply be sufficent for this system with 2x 4890s Crossfire?
July 1, 2009 5:40:53 PM

change the PSU to a good make like PCP&C, antec or corsair.

and the i7 mobo to a P6T vanilla or SE.
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