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August 21, 2009 5:31:17 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next Week (could try be patient sometime later this year) BUDGET RANGE: US: $800-1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, speakers, LCD Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, Crossfire Maybe sometime in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Current 1680x1050, sometime in the future planning to upgrade to 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I currently mainly play a MMO game (FFXI), but mainly building a new system for future games Diablo 3 and Final Fantasy 14, at the time I don't know the system Requirements of either games, hoping I don't have to do some major upgrade for when this games do come out.


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

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

OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3RPR16004GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Combo
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Combo
Antec Nine Hundred Two
AMD Phenom II X3 720
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Combo
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Grand Total $981.85


August 21, 2009 6:16:25 PM

Looks good, just be aware the CCF may over hang the first ram slot which may be an issue with the heat pipes on the OCZ, consider some lower profile ram, hopefully DDR3 prices will stop skyrocketing and some normal ones will come back in stock again. Good build and nice combo finding.
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August 21, 2009 6:28:36 PM

You've got a solid build there, just a few suggestions that might get a little more out of it for you.

Using the same PSU/GPU combo, OS/HDD combo, Optical, and HSF, here's the other parts I'd pick instead.

Antec 902 without the combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1333 CAS 6 4gig kit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD 945 x4 w/ Asus 790GX AM3 mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total delivered is $1018 - $60 mir is you calculate them in also.

As for D3, thats slated for Dx9 graphics if memory serves me, so the 4890 will dominate the game, even after a monitor upgrade for you. Not sure about FF XIV.
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