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July 21, 2009 8:44:20 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow to End of Next Month BUDGET RANGE: $1200-$1300, but depending, might be able to go over by $100

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Can't really rank them...they're all equally important, but a little more emphasis on gaming) Gaming/Anime and Movie/School Work/Internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: None

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Neweggs

PARTS PREFERENCES: Radeon 4890, Asus or Gigabyte MB

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future with fund, like 85%+ certain (between maybe and yes)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My first custom computer, stuck between an i7 (more expensive) and Phenom II (cheaper)

AMD Phenom II X4 955 build:

CPU and Video Card Combo:
# AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
# 206735SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case and PSU Combo:
# CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
# COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MB:
# GIGABYTE GA-MA790FXT-UD5P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
# OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P16004GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD drive:
# SAMSUNG 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 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

i7 Build:
CPU and MB Combo:
# Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
# ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case and PSU Combo:
# CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
# COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM and Video Card Combo:
# OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
# SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DVD drive:
# SAMSUNG 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 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Others (for both systems):
Monitor:
# ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (rethinking)

Keyboard:
# Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse:
# Logitech G5 7 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser 2000 dpi Mouse - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total cost of 955 system is about $1415 while i7 system is $1535, both including tax and shipping and handling.

I also just discover I'm about an hour away from Microcenter (which I just heard about yesterday) and might be selling somethings cheaper there.

And one more note: sorry about the huge range of buying time. I basically need it before college start, so I have until the end of August, but the sooner the better would help too.

More about : 1200 1300 build

July 21, 2009 8:52:35 PM

If you go for the 955 i suggest this combo instead, it saves you a bit more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

For both builds make sure you get a SATA DVD burner, since the price difference is that small i would suggest going for the i7, apparently microcenter sells them for $200 which would save you another $40, make sure to ask for the D0 stepping.
July 21, 2009 9:13:55 PM

Thank you for that tip. I definitely go to Microcenter to check.

And if I finally decide and choose the 955, I'll also switch to that combo.
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