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July 20, 2009 8:37:12 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within one week

BUDGET RANGE: US$600-750

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies, gaming, surfing the internet, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD Drive, harddrive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Have a 24" LCD Samsung T240HD; don't really have a preference, open for suggestions

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No (Not anytime soon)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am looking to build a dependable PC that can do pretty much everything...I am probably going to sell my PS3, and start PC gaming. I want to be able to watch movies/shows in high definition without a hiccup, and I want it to be able to play any game I throw at it.


Here is the wishlist configuration I have so far, but am very open to suggestions:

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...

GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600 - 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-4GBPK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I am really looking forward to building my first computer, I don't know why I never did it before. Thanks and I am excited to hear any feedback.

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July 20, 2009 9:09:26 PM

Thanks for the feedback...Is there much of a difference between Intel CPU and AMD CPU? So, from what I took from your post, my new wishlist looks like this:

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...

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - 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-4GBPK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This setup would cost me $710.94 + shipping - mail-in rebates.

I have never overclocked a computer before, but am going to attempt it. This is my first time building, so I've been doing a lot of reading up online. Thanks and I am open to suggestions.
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