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August 28, 2009 3:42:44 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: latest 09/03/09 BUDGET RANGE: US$1300

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies and homework

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Not re-using any parts unfortunately, all new

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, to keep it simple

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am using an Intel i7, and would like to stick with NVIDIA for the gpu. LG for the monitor

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: None too picky

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like to stick with the Antec 300 case, Intel and NVIDIA, besides that, I'm flexible

Hard/Software List:

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM


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


Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM


LG W1943TB-PF Black 18.5" 5ms GTG 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 30000:1 w/ HDCP Support - Retail


EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
:Not too sure on this card, thinking of going cheaper for now, then upgrading later

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail


Saitek PZ30AU Black 104 Normal Keys 4 Function Keys USB Standard Eclipse Keyboard - Retail


pArctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM


G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail


GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail


Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon


Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail


Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail


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August 28, 2009 3:49:17 AM

Sorry, didn't do links right, and i guess since I'm new I can't edit. Sorry.
August 28, 2009 6:04:05 AM

Hi...

Any specific reason for these parts ?

1. Monitor - Why do you want a low resolution monitor like that one ?
I would suggest something better like this...
ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. PSU - As you wont be going SLI, I dont think you would need 750W PSU...It is an overkill for that configuration...
Get any of these PSUs...These can handle any single card config out there even upto GTX 285...
Corsair 550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. RAM - You can get better option for RAM with Free Shipping and with Mail-In-Rebates too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And do look out for combo deals...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

5. HDD - The WD Black 500GB are old ones...spend $5 more and get the WD Black 640GB ones...they are faster, bigger and more efficient...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 28, 2009 10:54:58 AM

Shop around and get a better rig. One stop shopping is nice and easy, but if your spending this kind of money on a gaming build then you might as well get your money's worth eh ?

And if you don't plan on going SLI, than the 750w psu is a waste of money.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $159.94
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail | $10 off with promo code ANTECAUG
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM | Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 ($49.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $269.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $36.99
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-MX2 $4.49
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound

http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3P1600LV6GK-PC3-12800-1600... $113.99 Free Shipping
OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99
XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $64.99 Free Shipping
WESTERN DIGITAL Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB SATA II 7200 RPM 32MB Buffer Hard Drive Bulk

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $29.99 Free Shipping*
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 Free Shipping*
Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 - Retail

TOTAL: $1,240.30
August 28, 2009 11:28:36 AM

Here are some more suggestions to save you some money.

Combo Deal on OS/Case.
1. Microsoft Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit w/free Windows 7 upgrade coupon 66I-03525: $109.99 Free Shipping*

2. Antec Three Hundred Illusi: $64.95
($10 off with promo code ANTECAUG, limited offer)

Combo Discount: -$15.00
Combo Price: $159.94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Also some very good prices over at Amazon.com on OCZ Triple channel ram.
OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits $113.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3P1600LV6GK-PC3-12800-1600...

OCZ OCZ3P1333LV6GK DDR3 PC3-10666 1333 MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3P1333LV6GK-PC3-10666-Plat...





August 28, 2009 4:39:10 PM

Thanks for the help on the PSU, I was thinking 750 was high, but wasn't sure. I'm going to stick with Corsair, so would 500W or 650W be better? I didn't know what kind of RAM to get, only dove into the realm of computer parts last Friday, still naive about a lot of stuff. I like how Why_Me shaved $200 off my build. On a budget, max of $100+/-, what would be a good gpu: ATI or NVIDIA?
August 28, 2009 4:47:13 PM

camgren said:
Thanks for the help on the PSU, I was thinking 750 was high, but wasn't sure. I'm going to stick with Corsair, so would 500W or 650W be better? I didn't know what kind of RAM to get, only dove into the realm of computer parts last Friday, still naive about a lot of stuff. I like how Why_Me shaved $200 off my build. On a budget, max of $100+/-, what would be a good gpu: ATI or NVIDIA?


If you go the Corsair route...then get the 550W Corsair. Check newegg, zipzoomfly, amazon, and buy.com for prices on that psu. But the OCZ is a modular psu, has great specs and modular makes for a cleaner build.

As far as the vid card goes... it comes down to preference and games you play. The ATI card that is comparable to the gtx 260 would be the 4870. Personally I like the Nvidea cards for the fact their drivers seem to be more up to date (stable), and they normally use less power under load and produce less heat than their ATI counterparts.
August 28, 2009 4:48:16 PM

I'm using your guys' suggestion,s and they're awesome thanks! For the motherboard though, would it be worth waiting almost two weeks for the ASRock mobo, or is their a similarly priced mobo that works great too?
August 28, 2009 4:54:45 PM

first off, I would for sure pick another monitor. As gkay09 pointed out it is a really low resolution and not only that but it doesnt have an hdmi connection. As others have mentioned the psu is too much and this is just my opinion but I would go with a 650W. I tend to try and plan for the future though.

The card Why_Me suggested is good and you would do just fine.
August 28, 2009 5:55:52 PM

Well I did a new build and it came out to the exact same price, lol. With MIR though, I'll be getting around $90 back, so it's not all lost. I feel much more confident in this build than I did about my one from last night. Should I purchase the mobo now, or wait for the ASRock in September? I decided to go with the EVGA GTS 250, roughly $50 cheaper. Any other advice?
August 28, 2009 6:40:01 PM

camgren said:
Well I did a new build and it came out to the exact same price, lol. With MIR though, I'll be getting around $90 back, so it's not all lost. I feel much more confident in this build than I did about my one from last night. Should I purchase the mobo now, or wait for the ASRock in September? I decided to go with the EVGA GTS 250, roughly $50 cheaper. Any other advice?

It is in Stock right now, so act quick.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 28, 2009 6:44:42 PM

If you plan on gaming, I wouldnt necessarily skimp on the graphics card, I'd say go for a 260 at least, if not the 275.

Also, the current 500 gig samgsung drive are reviewed to be faster than the wd ones, so be sure to check those out as well.
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