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August 21, 2009 12:25:11 AM

Hey guys I am new to building computers, I know ALOT about them and I work on them alot I have just never built one so I need your guys help.

I would like to try to keep it under $800 (All together, tax & shipping)



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Around Christmas this year

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies (will get a blu-ray drive later on), Internet, Music, Photoshop, Gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (Have a Sceptre X23 LCD TV), Keyboard, Mouse, or OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Not sure, doesn't really matter, so I guess new egg?

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use a amd phenom x4? (Don't Really Know), COOLER MASTER HAF 922 or the 932 case.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes I want to, but still need to learn how.

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1360x768

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want it to stay cool, but not sound like a jet :lol: 

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August 21, 2009 12:40:34 AM

If you arent buying until christmas then alot is going to change, come back about 2 weeks before you are ready to buy. With current tech you could get one that could easily handle that for about 500 without including the expensive case.
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August 21, 2009 3:54:33 AM

Well I was going to wait until Christmas so I could use the money from there. But lets say that I am going to buy one by next month?

Oh and I WILL be going up on resolution, just not yet.
August 21, 2009 4:04:16 AM

This should work, it comes to about $750. I'm assuming your not crossfiring, since you left that off. Keep in mind that if you're waiting a lot will change in the next two months or so.

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

In reference to the combo, you're better off just buying the parts separately, that combo has several weak points.
August 21, 2009 4:10:48 AM

No, I don't really really like that combo either. The .11 HDD had firmware problems, and I would stick with AM3/DDR3.
August 21, 2009 4:21:30 AM

Thankyou man! Well I know that things will change soon.. but like will it really matter since I'm not gunna be like a hard core gamer? Like I won't need the intel i5 or anything really will I :/ 
August 21, 2009 4:24:56 AM

The super combos(more than 2 or 3 objects) tend to have a really weak seller it seems, the one with the 945 for 720 right now has an iffy PSU, an expensive case, and a low speed hard drive, by getting combos with only 2 parts you can do better and end up with higher quality parts in the end for less. Try to steer clear of the super combos.

The i5 may fit better in your price range than an AMD build, but for your resolution AMD does give you a cheap out, the 790gx can play games at medium settings at that resolution. The main thing that will change is prices and combos, combos can save you a ton, the build by jbakerlent is pretty good and the 4850 will easily max everything out with AA and AF but we never know how the prices will play out in a couple months.
August 21, 2009 4:26:42 AM

jbakerlent I guess I can just wait and see when I am going to get the computer... So I will posy back l;after. But thanks for giving me your insight on things it helped me to see what I am looking for ALOT.

Can you tell me some things that will change within the next few months?

Which I guess I can just go ahead and buy the case and power supply ahead of time right? Would there be anything else I should just stick with no matter what?
August 21, 2009 4:27:14 AM

Just noticed how low gaming is on your priority list, no an i5 won't be a necessity for you... You could make these changes to decrease price, but it's up to you: drop down to a 720 (some multitasking) / 545 (little multitasking) CPU, and/or change to a 4830 GPU.
August 21, 2009 4:28:31 AM

This September i5s will be released, and in November DX11 GPUs and W7 will be released.
August 21, 2009 4:32:20 AM

jbakerlent said:
Just noticed how low gaming is on your priority list, no an i5 won't be a necessity for you... You could make these changes to decrease price, but it's up to you: drop down to a 720 (some multitasking) / 545 (little multitasking) CPU, and/or change to a 4830 GPU.


well I mean I really like the setup you gave me... but I really would like to have a blu-rey drive and a grpahics card that they will look good on. So can you lead me in what to do please..
August 21, 2009 4:35:14 AM

mainly I want to watch movies and to play them loud :D 
August 21, 2009 4:41:23 AM

okay dude thank you!

sorry to keep bugging you... but do you think I should just stick with that setup b/c of what I am using it for... or do you think I should wait on any of the new stuff?
August 21, 2009 4:44:38 AM

It's a personal choice to be honest. I personally would wait, but for your uses you'd be fine buying now.
August 21, 2009 4:47:04 AM

ahh this is so tough! I probably will wait just for money at Christmas.. but I will go ahead and buy the case and power supply... good idea?
August 21, 2009 4:51:08 AM

I would either buy it all now, or wait until Christmas.
August 21, 2009 7:50:28 PM

well nvm i just noticed it says ddr2 ram... and you said to stick with ddr3.

But the mobo you said has had real bad reviews... I just want to get a good mobo without spending more than $150. so please help me.
August 21, 2009 8:07:35 PM

That one will work just fine, and provides you a second PCI-E slot for another expansion card that the 770 doesnt.
August 21, 2009 8:17:49 PM

hunter315 said:
That one will work just fine, and provides you a second PCI-E slot for another expansion card that the 770 doesnt.



thank you! I just wanted to make sure. Oh an on installing the cpu is there a link for a guide on how to do it.. like the whole thing even thermal paste?
August 21, 2009 8:24:46 PM

The thermal paste comes pre applied to AMD heatsinks. Follow the motherboard instructions and you wont have a problem with it, just make sure to install the heat sink onto the motherboard before you put it into the case, mine took alot of force to get on but that wont be an issue if you are on a table.
August 21, 2009 8:28:04 PM

okay thank you.. I just think I may need a good tutorial on how to install it all and set it up. So if anyone can lead me somewhere...
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