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July 29, 2009 9:06:37 PM

This pc is gonna run about 1G but should do fine for a while since most games dont even use all the advancements yet. My main concern is the PSU and maybe the RAM... im also buying a 22" hdw monitor... please post up any problems i might have with this setup before i start ordering the parts! :) 
Below is the specs(subject to change, prices are raised 20-30 for tax)

Processor: Intel core Quad9550 2.83 ghz, 12mb cache, lga775, 95w
$250.00(with tax)

MotherBoard:EVGA nForce 790i Ultra SLI Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI, Socket 775, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, S/PDIF, USB 2.0, Firewire, eSATA, RAID
$180-$200

Video Cards: 2x EVGA 512-P3-N884-TR GeForce 9800 GTX+ Superclocked 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
$140(300 for both)

Ram:o CZ Fatal1ty Dual Channel 4096MB PC10666 DDR3 1333MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB)
$80

HDD:Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB, SATA-300, OEM
$70

DvD/Cd Rom:Lite On IHES206-08 Blu-ray Disc Reader with DVD Writer Combo - 6x BD-ROM, 16X DVD+R, 8X DVD+RW, 16X DVD-R, 6x DVD-RW, SATA, Lightscribe
$100

Tower:Apevia X-TELSTAR-BL X-Telstar ATX Full-Tower Case - Aluminum (Blue)
$150

Power SupplySeventeam ST-850ZAF 850W ATX 12V V2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$140

Links to Items:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
July 29, 2009 9:48:51 PM

There is better value in AMD quads in this price range , especially since intel is dropping socket 775 processors from its range as it moves to i7 and i5 production

July 29, 2009 9:52:34 PM

I would probably change every single part listed above.
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July 29, 2009 9:55:54 PM

jbakerlent said:
I would probably change every single part listed above.


i think i agree... sorry, g2g so i can't give you any other suggestions but you can do a lot better. get a cosair psu and the 640 wd hard drive for starters...
July 29, 2009 10:10:01 PM

jbakerlent said:
I would probably change every single part listed above.

Unfortunately, I have to agree also. This is where I'd start considering your budget.

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.95

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $269.99 (CPU + RAM combo)

GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $15.00 MIR

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 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... $149.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM (Includes free Windows 7 updrade coupon)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $179.98 (HD +OS combo)

LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V 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... $119.99 - $10.00 MIR

Total - $1,039.88 $25.00 MIR's

If that's stretching the budget too close, you can downgrade to the Phenom II x3 720 and save about $60 using this combo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
July 30, 2009 3:36:24 AM

um.... if you want Intel, i7 fits within your budget. You should note that this build is through newegg.

DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- 23.99

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- 59.99... you could also go with an Antec 300 for about the same amount

Harddrive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- 54.99

This is the caviar green with 32mb of cache, it should still be pretty fast

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- 89.99

This PSU is by OCZ which is pretty reliable. 700 watts, modular, 80 plus certified

Paste: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- 8.95

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- 169.99

I saw a good review of this board on Anandtech. If you are overclocking it should hit 4.0ghz. It also has 6 dimms, something that a lot of x58 mobos lack when they are under $200

Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -- 29.99

All I know is that it has good reviews so this is subject to change

GPU + Memory Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... -- 302.98

This is the Sapphire 4850x2 and OCZ DDR3 low voltage 1600mhz RAM

CPU: Core i7 920 -- 279.99

Total: 1020.83 without S&H

Of course if you live near a microcenter, you can pick up a core i7 for 200 bringing the total to 940ish. You could also exchange the GPU and mem for a 4870 1gig and different mem for about 250 bringing the total to 970ish. If you do both those changes you end up with a pc under 900!! (before S&H)

You can get the i7 and avoid the problem of a dead socket 775 line.

I actually do believe the AMD builds are also definitely viable choices, it just seems that some of these responses chose pretty expensive parts. I truthfully believe that you could probably build an AMD system for less than the i7, but I haven't really kept up with AMD so I can't really recommend a build.

Good Luck with your new PC!
July 30, 2009 3:37:55 AM

Oh damn, I didn't realize you wanted to include blu ray... as for the OS, I'd just stick with windows 7 RC until you can just buy a retail copy later next year
July 30, 2009 4:59:47 AM

About $960ish all in with Win 7 upgrade OS and BR ODD
July 30, 2009 2:28:15 PM

Thanks for the comments, i reviewed the i7's and i believe it ws the 940 series, the 920 is slower then the 9550 quads... reason i went with that instead. im trying to get everything some what the same and also keep a sweet lookin appearance, reason for almost everything being evga and their colors matching(with mobo).... idk anythin about the psu i chose cept the reviews and that it has the amps to power the dual geforces. the ram i think i was going to change to a faster 4gb set.... i dont need any more thern 500 gb of hd space, just making sure it has 7200 rpm rate. but 7200 32mb cache and 300-500 gb space would be ideal :)  also the motherboard that im getting is the evga nforce FTW sli, its the step up above the one i posted... so i guess whats wrong with the currrent setup except for the fact that 775 processors are pretty much not goin to be made after the i series?

I love amd processors btw but i havent found any board i really liked(looks) and also im a geforce guy, never really like radeon.. so i would have to change everything if i switched to amd, just to much trouble but if the quad amds performs better then the 940 i7 then i might just have to try it
July 30, 2009 2:49:22 PM

just looked up the 640 7200rpm 32mb cache WD, its really nice and i think i will buy that one for sure lol... to low of a price for such high specs :)  and wd is good stuff thats one upgrade haha

Edit: Which is better quad amds or 940 i7? im willing to spend up to $300 on a processor thats gonna be worth it... this pc is strictly for gaming and movies... will be doing some computer graphic work also so i need a processor that will run smoothe for all this
July 30, 2009 3:00:15 PM

CPU clock speeds are not comparable across processor architectures. While the Core i7 920 has a slower clock speed than the Q9550, it outperforms the latter in almost every task.
July 30, 2009 3:13:41 PM

Err rendering and encoding is where i7 is in a class on its own vs C2Q/Phenom 2 but for games/movies....
July 30, 2009 3:30:08 PM

Slong,

I was in your shoes and have been researching the technology for a couple of months now. I was adamint on the C2Q 9650 socket 775. I have determined that the I7 and x58 LGA 1366 is going to be more future proof then the C2Q if that is one aspect you are looking at. Also the i7 940 and 950 are a waste. from what i have read the i7 920 are exactly the same. And if you plan OC'ing you can get stability at 3.8 -4.2 Ghz with proper cooling out of the i7 920.

I am not an expert i have just been reading and reading for the last two months. It is amazing how informed you get when you are in the market.
July 30, 2009 6:15:43 PM

well if the i7 out performs the q9550 in gaming etc then ill just get a i7... should i get the 940 and oc it or just the 920 and oc? i also have decided on getting a single gtx 200 series... which one should i go with though? i want the 275 or higher for sure though... one thats about $250... idk which one is the best cause there is like 5 different models of each lol
July 30, 2009 6:24:16 PM

If you're ONLY gaming, you might as well with an AMD system with the phenom II 720 (is that right?) since it's more than enough for simple multitasking and gaming. Better to just spend the extra cash on a high end graphics card.

But if you're going the intel route, you should get the i7's because they are faster than the C2Q's at everything except gaming and once you overclock them any differences are negligible. i7 is also better just because it has a upgradeable future.
July 30, 2009 6:25:15 PM

Oh yea, and as for color matching, some MSi AMD boards, I think, have a black PCB which can be found on some NVIDIA cards.
July 30, 2009 6:29:28 PM

Slong,

I have built only two computers in my life and one failed and i could figure out what it was Stupid AMD. any ways for my gaming Rig i was going to go with cyberpowerpc.com I will be spending about $100 with them putting it together opposed to me shopping at the only trusted PC parts store that i shop at Newegg or tiger direct whichever has the better deal.

You can go with the GTX 275 (great card) or sprint to the 285 very little difference. But make sure you get an SLI board so in the futer a year or two you can just add another card and get double the performance. I wanted to get the 295 but for $500 you can get two 275's in SLI and have a 2-3% edge over the 295 with a faster clock speed. This is just my opinion.
July 30, 2009 6:34:34 PM

mjohn19468 said:
I have built only two computers in my life and one failed and i could figure out what it was Stupid AMD.

Are you trying to blame AMD for your inability to properly build a computer?! :lol: 
July 30, 2009 6:46:15 PM

Case and PSU combo..... $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU and MOBO combo..... $344.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Graphics..... $134.99 ($20 MIR=$114.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD and RAM..... $182.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Blu-Ray drive...... $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I know the MOBO only supports dual channel... but better price on the 3 RAM than just 2 :p 

Total build
$962.94
July 30, 2009 6:50:05 PM

Crap.. while I was busy finding everything a whole bunch of people posted...lol
July 30, 2009 6:54:14 PM

billdo02 said:
Case and PSU combo..... $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU and MOBO combo..... $344.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Graphics..... $134.99 ($20 MIR=$114.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD and RAM..... $182.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Blu-Ray drive...... $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I know the MOBO only supports dual channel... but better price on the 3 RAM than just 2 :p 

Total build
$962.94


Pairing a high-end motherboard that supports 16x crossfire (but not SLI) doesn't make any sense with an Nvidia GPU.
July 30, 2009 6:59:28 PM

thanks shortstuff... didn't even notice that. but there were so many different MOBO combos with that processor I guess I just overloaded on data. my bad
July 30, 2009 8:34:16 PM

Alrighty, since the quads are going out soon, ill just go with the i7 series... either the 940 or 920 and oc them... depends on how money goes when i buy them (will be last thing i buy) im sticking with sli and nvidia... i like amd but i dont like the appearance of anything that goes with it, ima get my updated list of what ill buy and repost and get the rebuild reviewed lol but i still need some help on picking the GPU. Im Looking at the BFG and Evga gtx 200 series(275or ^) i will eventually get dual ones also so consider best dual combination for the price, only looking to spend about $250 on the first card though
July 30, 2009 9:36:45 PM

Anyone know of a good Mobo for the i7? not wanting to pay anymore then $200 is possible.. $250 tops... also wanting it to look cool and not look like skittles made it(gigabyte)
July 31, 2009 2:39:17 PM

i was looking at the mobo yesterday actually but the reviews werent all to good about the pcie slots... idk if it'll be a issue with the gtx 200 series gpu im getting... and eventually dual gpus... if that wont be a problem ill prolly just get this one
July 31, 2009 3:53:39 PM

I think the major concern is with the PCI-E 1x slot being placed right under a PCI-E x16 slot so it will be blocked by a dual slot GPU. The PCI-E 1x slot is just for things like a sound card or TV tuner card, etc... The spacing on the PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots should work just fine for SLI.
July 31, 2009 6:47:17 PM

ok i wont need a sound card or anything like that.. if i can do sli fine ill buy it
July 31, 2009 8:51:18 PM

Ok im come up with a new buil based on the i7... its a bit more pricey then i would like... suggestions will be greatly appreciated
Note: this is all newegg items, going to check out tigerdirect also

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 [279.99]

(Dont know which one is better for this build, Opinions welcome)
Foxconn FlamingBlade LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard [209.99]
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard [234.99] (can only run 1600 Ram)

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler [44.98]

(If evga mobo, only can use 1600(on specs this is only mhz listed))
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ [74.99]

(Should be enough power for now and for future sli updrade/RAM)
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply [119.99]

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner [27.99]

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM [74.99]

APEVIA X-TELSTAR-GN Green/ Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer CaseNo Power Supply [139.99]

XFX GX275XADQC GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card [234.99]

Monitor is about 200 or so, havent decided on which one yet but got a few in mind

Total= 1432.90 (evga Build)
Plus Tax+Shipping = 1550.00~
August 3, 2009 2:22:04 PM

no opinions :( 
August 3, 2009 2:34:26 PM

I think that is a great build I am also looking at a core i7 build so I might take into consideration your build. :D 
August 3, 2009 2:59:28 PM

4gb of ram? i would recommend getting 6gb for tripple channel
August 3, 2009 3:07:22 PM

4lc4pon3 said:
4gb of ram? i would recommend getting 6gb for tripple channel

I would also recommend that.
August 3, 2009 5:36:39 PM

yea well im goin with 4gb for starters and once i get more money ill upgrade to 8 or 12, ill be running W7 64 bit of course :)  vista= fail
August 3, 2009 7:00:08 PM

if you say vista is a fail then your kinda saying that win7 is a fail aswell.
August 3, 2009 7:14:24 PM

w7 is much better then vista... there very close to the same thing but win7 processing is much smoother and faster... not near as many bugs im an xp guy but after messin with win7 after vista.. im skippin vista 64 for win7 64 :) 
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