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First Timer - Need Advice for $1,000 Gaming/Multi-Tasking PC

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August 3, 2009 9:44:42 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of this week. BUDGET RANGE: (Would like to keep it under US $1,000)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming, Multitasking, Watching Movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (I've only experienced NewEgg, I will more than likely buy it through my companies distributor. However, I have created my wishlist through NewEgg)

PARTS PREFERENCES: (I really do not care at all. I just want the parts to mesh well together.)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, would prefer to avoid the stress SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1440x900, 1680x1050?, 1920x1200?)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (It must NOT be flashy, if it can be quiet then thats a plus)

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SeaSonic M12II SS-500GM 500W ATX12V 2.2 /EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power ... - Retail $70

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $75

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $155

SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $26

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM $95

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail $115

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $140

Hanns·G HW-191DPB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1 Built in Speakers - Retail $120

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 $215

SUBTOTAL: $1,015.91

$16 Over my budget. I can live with that. Assuming my mind is going to be changed regarding some parts.

August 3, 2009 9:50:56 PM

The build looks pretty good other than the fact that the RAM you picked is a triple channel kit designed for the Intel i7 CPU's. I would ditch the kit for a 4GB dual channel kit.

OCZ Flex EX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Ehanced Bandwidth Desktop Memory Model OCZ3FXE1600EB4GK - Retail $89.99

I would try to save a little money on the case so you can get a 22" monitor. Here's a couple options:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $59.95

Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 - Retail $159.99
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August 3, 2009 10:03:57 PM

Okay perfect. I like this suggestion, I just wasn't sure exactly how much RAM to get. I've always heard to never go cheap on it. However if you agree, I think 4GB of this stuff should be plenty.

In regards to the case: I definitely don't want it to overheat, die, or explode. I read in a thread somewhere that the COOLMASTER was a larger case. Since I'm new at all of this... Will my stuff fit inside of the Antec 300 and not be overcrowded/blow up?

I don't mean to second guess you as I'm sure you are aware if it will fit or not, but I just have to double check and ask. I have a fear of getting these parts and something not being compatible with each other.
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August 3, 2009 10:11:33 PM

I can understand questioning whether all the components will fit in the Antec 300. It's better to be safe than sorry, right? I can assure you that all the components will fit just fine in the Antec 300. It also does a good job of keeping components cool with its 120mm rear fan and 140mm top fan. You can also add two 120mm fans to the front of the case and another 120mm fan to the side if you want.

The Illusion version of the Antec 300 that hunter315 posted above already has the two extra 120mm intake fans installed.
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August 4, 2009 2:02:09 AM

hunter315 said:
You can save $28 by switching your case and PSU to the ones in this combo which should bring you under budget.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Maybe I fail at newegg but it appears this combo deal is no longer available. Don't tease me :(  haha

Do you guys recommend that I buy additional fans? Those shouldn't be too hard to install right?
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August 4, 2009 2:09:37 AM

Damn it, newegg combos are still up in the air, they should settle down in a few more days and there should be some good case/PSU combos again or atleast a good motherboard/CPU combo.
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August 4, 2009 2:16:43 AM

What a great place to plug my new project. I actually did a paper design system at this price point and here's what I came up with.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...
You can do well by shopping both sites.

One note on your build, I would save some money and stick with a 4850 for 14x9 monitor.
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August 4, 2009 4:57:39 AM

skora said:
What a great place to plug my new project. I actually did a paper design system at this price point and here's what I came up with.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...
You can do well by shopping both sites.

One note on your build, I would save some money and stick with a 4850 for 14x9 monitor.


When you say 14x9 you mean a 14XX x 9XX resolution right? I'm looking at the specifications of the one I chose and I believe is supports 1440x900 perhaps you meant 1680x1050 like a previous poster suggested?

So I am definitely going to do some minor tweaks to this build and re-post tomorrow with the tweaks included when I have some time at work. :whistle:  So far it looks like I'm going to chase the case and RAM. I will check tomorrow and see if I can get a link to a combo to stick :p  .

Thanks for all of the suggestions so far everyone. Really, I asked some co-workers and they all just say "looks good". Any advice you have I am willing to reflect upon.
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August 4, 2009 3:48:23 PM

I'm trying to compare the numbers versus the 945 and 955. How much in your opinion will this affect my ability to play games at a high resolution? If the difference is minute, then these combo deals that you have suggested appear too sexy to overlook.

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August 4, 2009 4:08:11 PM

The difference is minimal, the 955 is a mere 6.6% faster. With these combos it not worth paying the extra for the 955 even though its a BE.
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