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July 10, 2009 8:26:21 PM

Hey i'm buildin a new computer over the summer. I've been researching and been trying to find the best deals

Budget: $1000 or less

System usage: games, videos, movies, web surfing.

Parts not required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred websites: cheapest prices.


Overclocking: Not really interested, i always think it will blow up if i do somethin like that.

Sli: No

Monitor resolution: 1280x1024

Additional info:

i have this so far

NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Combo deal ^_^
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ Intel Extreme Edition Dual Channel 4096MB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS Hard Drive - 1TB, 32MB, SATA-300, OEM
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

LG GH22NS50 DVD Writer - DVD+R 22x, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6x, DVD-RAM 12x, SATA (OEM)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

If you clicked on all those links, thanks for your time! It's much appreciated. I need to know if these parts are good quality, and are they compatible? Also, am i missing anything? (Ex: another computer part, cables, ect.) And also, if you can find me a better deal or something, or something that would fit me better, please let me know!

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July 10, 2009 8:30:51 PM

And another thing. If i preorder Windows 7 today, i will pay $50, obviously. Is what i'm paying for the same thing as the system builders edition? Or do i have to order Windows vista home premium for $100 off of newegg and receive the coupon? And a thing about the coupon, do you send it in and they send you a system builders CD copy for windows 7, like what you would buy from bestbuy or something?
July 10, 2009 8:53:40 PM

You can omit the AC Freezer 7 Pro & thermal paste if you don't plan to overclock; the cooler included with the CPU is sufficient in that situation.
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July 10, 2009 9:04:30 PM

hecto said:
You can omit the AC Freezer 7 Pro & thermal paste if you don't plan to overclock; the cooler included with the CPU is sufficient in that situation.


I hear reports that the stock cooler could be better, but either way you don't need the AS5. The Arctic freezer comes with paste pre-applied.


Your list is decent. Do you understand about the Caviar Green? Slower, cooler, more energy efficient, and quieter? if that's not why you bought it, look at the Caviar Black.
July 10, 2009 9:08:08 PM

That cooler isnt compatible with am2/am3 cpu's anyways, that is out.

I wouldn't recommend a gtx 260 core 216 at such a low resolution, nor at such a high price. At that resolution, a 4850 would suffice... a bit faster than that is the 4870 512mb (no need for 1gb at that resolution) going for as low as $126 on newegg. If at some point you intend to upgrade your monitor, then you can consider something a bit stronger.

Such a high end cpu paired with such a low budget board. If you want 4 cores, you could settle for an x4 940 instead, and use that difference to get a slightly better board.

look at this board:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That with a 940 is perfect, you will have to change to ddr2 memory if you go that route. If you want, you could also consider the ddr3 790x from gigabyte with your initial x4 955... thats more money though.

So, with that said, i would go with the ddr2 790x and the 940, a decent 4gb ddr2 kit (my preference is g skill or ocz) and either a single 4850 or 4870... and if you ever upgrade your monitor, you could simply go crossfire.
July 10, 2009 9:12:10 PM

okay cool i can save another $50 if the stock cooler is good enough. But do i need the thermal paste for the stock cooler? Or does that have paste already also?

How much faster is black? Is it noticeably faster?
July 12, 2009 12:32:24 AM

Black version is MUCH faster.


And well, you're kinda missing the PSU, power supply.
July 12, 2009 5:22:55 AM

i'm changing to a 750w corsair psu.

And another question, if i don't overclock, do you think the stock cooler that comes with the amd phenom 2 is good enough?
July 12, 2009 7:45:02 AM

jchan said:
i'm changing to a 750w corsair psu.

And another question, if i don't overclock, do you think the stock cooler that comes with the amd phenom 2 is good enough?


Most likely yeah, but you're on a 1000 dollar budget, spending like 30 bucks on a good CPU fan won't hurt in case the stock one blows, right?

P.S. 750 is strictly overkill. You can use a solid 600W PSU and run all of those things :]
July 12, 2009 2:33:46 PM

alright cool.
I decided to get the 550w corsair? Corsair psu's seem to be really good quality. You think 550w will be plenty? And i think i might get a velociraptor w/ my other hard drive :p 
July 12, 2009 3:19:12 PM

Okay i kinda updated some stuff

LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS34G1333ELK -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU + MOBO combo
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And $150 aside for Windows 7 OEM

How do these parts look? Are these reliable and compatible? I'm not sure if the AC will fit the AM3 slot ...

~$1300 w/o MIR
~$1155 w/ MIR
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