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$700-900 AMD Gaming PC

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September 10, 2009 10:13:56 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Anytime within the next week.
BUDGET: $700-900 Really hoping to stay in the lower end of that range...

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMES (WoW, Crysis, COD, MMORPGS, maybe racing, etc..) Internet browsing/homework, Creating DVD's/CD's, and general use.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD/ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (Never tried) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (future)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not sure yet, whatever monitor would go best with this build. PLEASE make recommendations

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm hoping this is a decent setup for my first attempt at a new homebuilt system. I have a tight budget around $800 but I want a future proof system that will fulfill all my needs and then some. And of course blow away any games I throw at it. This build seems to be the best bang for my buck from allllll the research I've done. The only things I'm not sure of now are what case I need to put all this great hardware in and what monitor would be good in between the $100-$200 range for this video card. I don't need anything crazy like a $150 case or a huge screen, just a modest 20-22" monitor with at least 1680X1050 rez and preferrably hdmi as I have the setup for it. Lastly, just let me know if you think this will all be compatible and easy to setup and work properly! ANY suggestions, new hardware are greatly appreciated!!! Here goes:

HARD DRIVE: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspxItem=N82E1682...

(Curious about this new Ripjaws series, affordable ddr3 1600 ram for $80, I do like the other ram the have though that is $83.99 with very good reviews, suggestions?)

POWER SUPPLY / OPTICAL DRIVE COMBO:
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

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

(I know I know, Corsair power supply all the way but this one has great reviews on newegg and is fairly new, also for $10 less than the corsair 650w I get this one and the optical drive I was wanting so some substantial savings there, suggestions?? not to mention the $20 MIR too..hehe)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspxItem...

CPU/VIDEO CARD/MOTHERBOARD COMBO: (This one just seems meant to be for me and my budget)
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz

ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 Dark Knight 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Crossfire Supported Video Card
(ASUS Dark Knight Quad-Pipes Cooling Design)

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
(Xtreme Design w/ CrossfireX support, DDR3 1800 OC)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspxItem...

Shopping cart total: $690.94
Shipping: $7.87
Grand Total: $698.81
MIR: $40
***$658.81***

This seems like a great budget setup, am I wrong? Again, I need to know where to go in terms of case and monitor matchups to this build. I think I am going to try and find some way around purchasing Vista 64-bit off newegg for the steep $110 mark and try to find it cheaper local. I will also be trying and buying a keyboard, mouse, and speakers I find in person as that can be tricky to decide on online. Thanks for your time, sorry for the extremely long post, just wanna make sure I cover all bases!

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September 10, 2009 10:57:14 PM

Nice build. :)  You can save a few dollars with a memory / vid card combo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $219.98 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
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September 11, 2009 2:13:37 AM

I don't have that Asus monitor, but I do have a similar one. I have been very impressed with its quality (especially for the price). I was skeptical of them at first, but they seem to be quite decent at making monitors.
September 11, 2009 2:15:36 AM

nun said:
everything seems good but you might want to consider a i5 build which should be right in your budget. also i'd recommend this monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... just got it a week ago and love it, also has a hdmi.



http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $124.90 Free Shipping*
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P55M-D2 Combo Price: $299.98 | $284.98 - $15 off with P55 combo purchase w/ code OMGi5COMBO Free Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 Socket 1156/ Intel P55/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ MATX Motherboard
Intel Core i5 Processor i5-750 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1156 CPU, Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $219.98 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
SAPPHIRE 100279-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

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

Total: $709.84

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM | Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon
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