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$1000 AMD 955 Build (w/ monitor). Fixing to buy..this look OK?

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August 14, 2009 3:06:45 AM

Hey all, this is my final build...I think. I've never built a PC before but this is the only way I can afford what I want so I will grab the help of a tech-savvy buddy and try to put this thing together. It's time for an upgrade after using a mac for too long and I'm dying to play some MMORPGs as well as FPS's. I also need it for school. This comes out to exactly $998.02 with shipping and before rebates so it matches my budget to a tee. I just need to make sure all these parts are compatible and fairly easy to make work. Also, any last minute suggestions are welcome. Thanks for looking!!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $800-1000 including monitor and shipping.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the web, music/movies, homework.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, and speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD/Nvidia for driver purposes.

OVERCLOCKING: Would like to learn more and go for it
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe but not any time in the near future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050 I believe..

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I just need something current and able to play games at high settings. Also prefer fast multi-tasking. Built with an emphasis on graphics and speed out of the box, not necessarily plans to crossfire or much else. Would like to go without upgrades for at least 2-3 years...


LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - 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 ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail

Rosewill BRONZE series RBR750-M 750W Continuous@40°C, 80Plus Bronze Certified,ATX12V v2.3/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready, ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
August 14, 2009 3:14:23 AM

Rosewill bad. The corsair 750 will cost you a bit more but is significantly better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Get a SATA dvd burner, IDE cables are short these days sata cables are easier to work with. Any reason for the over priced GTX260? Are you doing MIRs? if not then for $10 more you can get a 4890 which will beat it out, or you can just get a normal one for significantly less and OC it yourself.

Dont forget to check for combos before you buy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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August 14, 2009 3:20:50 AM

Agree Agree Agree !!!! +1 "hunter315"

Very nice........
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Anonymous
August 14, 2009 3:43:44 AM

Ok how about this setup then? It's only 50 more dollars for a grand total of $1,050. Will the 650w Corsair be good enough? I didn't list the combos that were included but there is a couple on there. Also upgraded the dvd burner just a bit.

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

EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 14, 2009 3:54:56 AM

the 650 will be plenty since you cant run more than one card. Are you going to be doing MIR's? If so then that GPU is fine, nVidia GPUs just always throw me for a loop because they are more expensive than their ATI counter parts.

That sata burner is fine, im really annoyed that all of the cheaper parts are sold out right now, there had been good sata burners for $25 and ram for $65 but it seems those days are done.
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Anonymous
August 14, 2009 3:56:30 AM

Sorry to sound like a noob here but what exactly are MIR's?? Also, is all that enough to build it and run it. Do I absolutely need to buy like coolers or anything else? Thanks for your help.
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August 14, 2009 4:07:22 AM

Mail in rebates, sorry about that its just alot faster to type when you type it dozen of times it adds up. You only need to buy an aftermarket cooler and thermal paste if you intend to overclock, if not then the stock cooler will work fine, its rather hefty.
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August 14, 2009 4:12:28 AM

pretty alright system you put together, since this is your first time.
i agree with hunter315 suggestions, he beat me to it :D 

i would suggest taking another look at your monitor choice, acer is not that great for a gaming monitor. maybe go to a local store and look at some monitors or wait for more expert advices or read reviews about monitors


why not get 4870 or 4890 instead of the gtx 260?
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