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September 20, 2009 5:08:37 PM

Wondering if this build will suffice. I play COD4 mainly. I have struggled with the game on an old DELL for the last 2 years.

As specked out below I am slightly over budget at $707.00. Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance!

CASE: NZXT M59 Gaming Mid-Tower Case with See-Thru Window
Neon Light Upgrade: 12in COLD CATHODE NEON LIGHT (BLUE COLOR)
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
POWER SUPPLY Upgrade: 800 Watts Power Supplies (CyberPowerPC XF800S Performance ATX 2.0 Power - Quad SLI Ready)
CPU: AMD Phenom™II X2 550 Black Edition Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
COOLING FAN : XtremeGear Ultra Twin Heatpipes Cool Copper Heatsink CPU Cooling Fan (Extreme Silent at 20dBA & Overclock Proof)
MOTHERBOARD: GigaByte GA-MA785G-UD3H AM3 DDR2 785 Chipset 1666+/1333/1066 with PCIe slot SATA RAID MB w/GbLAN, USB2.0, IEEE1394, &7.1Audio
MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 CORE 216 896MB 16X PCI Express (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
MULTIPLE VIDEO CARD SETTINGS: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
HARD DRIVE COOLING FAN : None
Optical Drive: LG 22X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive (BLACK COLOR)
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: 600Watts PMPO Subwoofer Stereo Speakers
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Extra Thermal Display : Xion XON-MTR001B Color LCD Thermal Control Panel Display
Flash Media Reader/Writer: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
September 20, 2009 5:37:59 PM

1. Why not go DIY? aka build it your self. It's not that hard.

2. Don't buy now. Wait for the ATI 5xxx cards to be released in a few days.

3. CyberPower has a pretty bad reputation imo.
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September 20, 2009 6:17:01 PM

What monitor would you be using it on? That build is a bit unbalanced, an 800 watt PSU and a GTX260 on an AMD board with a single true 16x slot? You will never get to use that much power and it may be a POS PSU anyway.

The biggest downside to buying a prebuilt, you dont know exactly what you are getting, the 500GB 7200 RPM HDD could be an old seagate 11 series drive or it could be a samsung F3, there is a big performance difference between the two. You also dont know if thats an 800 watt from Seasonic or if its an 800 watt from raidmax.

Definitely wait for the 5xxx cards, they will shift pricing a lot, and definitely consider building it yourself, its easier than you would expect.
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September 20, 2009 7:31:56 PM

LOL another newcomer buying from CYBERpowerPC

okay at tom's most of us hate prebuilts and cyberpowerpc because why do you go on the forums then? it's all about DIY like mentioned before.
wait a little for 5xxx series, read a few articles or youtube how to build computer. you can get a i5 build with that budget i suppose. and will beat that noob prebuilt.
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September 20, 2009 7:38:57 PM

Overshocks, i want you to stop posting "you can get a i5 build with that budget' and actually start posting i5 builds that fall within the budget, because this is the third time i have seen you post that and i know it cannot be done. At about $900 yes, at 700-800 no, not a chance.
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September 20, 2009 7:42:39 PM

hunter315 said:
Overshocks, i want you to stop posting "you can get a i5 build with that budget' and actually start posting i5 builds that fall within the budget, because this is the third time i have seen you post that and i know it cannot be done. At about $900 yes, at 700-800 no, not a chance.


Actually it can be done, but it's just a low-end i5 build(cheap mobo..), go check the prices. I'm talking about USD and find those combo stuff too. 700-800 is do-able

hunter315, i want you to not want me to stop posting "you can get a i5 build with that budget"
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September 20, 2009 8:12:36 PM

You CAN build an i5 for $700-800.

Here we go:
Antec 300 $70
i5 750 $200 ($160 at Microcenter)
400CX $50
GSkill Ripjaw 2*2GB $80
WD Blue 320GB $45
Samsung LightScribe DVD RW $32
Vista Home Premium x64 with win 7 upgrade $110
XFX 4850 (512 MB version) $115
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 $110



Total: $811 before MIR for the 400CX. With MIR $792. You can go to even lower if buying the i5 at Microcenter.
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September 20, 2009 8:19:47 PM

Shadow703793 said:
You CAN build an i5 for $700-800.

Here we go:
Antec 300 $70
i5 750 $200 ($160 at Microcenter)
400CX $50
GSkill Ripjaw 2*2GB $80
WD Blue 320GB $45
Samsung LightScribe DVD RW $32
Vista Home Premium x64 with win 7 upgrade $110
XFX 4850 (512 MB version) $115
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 $110

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2606/3937853757_c0fb642587_b.jpg

Total: $811 before MIR for the 400CX. With MIR $792. You can go to even lower if buying the i5 at Microcenter.


Thanks for the support, I didn't have time and didn't need to prove myself to show i5 build to hunter, glad you did it tho :D 
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September 20, 2009 8:21:29 PM

I appreciate the advise. I have no issue building it myself (and actually prefer it) but when I priced out the parts seperately I was way over budget. I initially was going to use a 600watt PSU but when I called CyberPower to question the compatibility of all the parts they said I need minimum of 800 watt PSU.

To answer Hunter315, I am running an LG 19" monitor for now.

And to answer Mr. Overshock,

You ask why am i on the forum? I'm on the forum asking legitimate questions after I specked something out to make sure I was making a good move. That's why...........Why is it a noob prebuilt? Just because they build it for you? Seriously.......

As for the new 5xxx series I'll look into it but I really need to get this built ASAP as the PC I am currently on is ready for a dirt nap.
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September 20, 2009 8:28:31 PM

^They LIED. You DO NOT need anywhere NEAR 800W for a GTX260 unless their PSUs are cr@p (which I'm 80% sure they are).

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To answer Hunter315, I am running an LG 19" monitor for now.

What resolution?

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As for the new 5xxx series I'll look into it but I really need to get this built ASAP as the PC I am currently on is ready for a dirt nap.

Can't you wait 6-7 days?

What is your MAX budget?
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September 20, 2009 8:30:53 PM

you misread my paragraph xd9sc

i said "okay at tom's most of us hate prebuilts and cyberpowerpc because why do you go on the forums then? it's all about DIY like mentioned before.
wait a little for 5xxx series, read a few articles or youtube how to build computer. you can get a i5 build with that budget i suppose. and will beat that noob prebuilt."

lets make this more clear, i said that you suggested cyberpowerpc on toms is a waste because then why you on the forums..it's all about DIY

to answer your question "Why is it a noob prebuilt?" it's a noob prebuilt because you can get better than that with that price when DIY..
"Just because they build it for you?" whoever builds it doesnt matter, its the fact that the components is not as good against DIY, you saving money for labor..etc

like shadow said you cant wait 6-7 days? it will save you like 20 dollars on the video card or get a better one
u using 19" montior what resolution? r u upgradin it? no point in gettin a good video card if not..
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September 20, 2009 8:40:05 PM

Here's a sub $700 build :


Note: You go cheaper of the CPU,motherboard. Or you can build a P45 + E5200, however LGA775 is EOL.
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September 20, 2009 9:23:56 PM

^Nice job with the combos. BUT the total is $787 NOT 752.
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September 20, 2009 9:38:24 PM

comes too $751.88 in my cart before shipping
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September 20, 2009 9:51:24 PM

Shadow703793 said:
^Nice job with the combos. BUT the total is $787 NOT 752.


Guys, you really need to look at some of these combos, you're getting ripped off here. Your gpu/memory choices: $235. This gpu/memory combo: $235. Better graphics card, timings are a bit slower on the memory, but it's clocked higher.
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September 21, 2009 2:18:03 AM
September 21, 2009 2:19:04 AM

brockh said:
Guys, you really need to look at some of these combos, you're getting ripped off here. Your gpu/memory choices: $235. This gpu/memory combo: $235. Better graphics card, timings are a bit slower on the memory, but it's clocked higher.


funny that RAM timings are 9-9-9-24 at 1333 which is slow. i dont see it being "clocked higher"
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September 21, 2009 4:00:56 AM

My Budget is $700. My monitor resolution is 1440x 900. Slightly over my budget how does this build stackup?

I just toyed around on NewEgg.com and came up with the following:


Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
1
MSI GeForce GTX 260 N260GTX-T2D896-OCv3 Video Card
Item #:N82E16814127426
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$174.99
$164.99
1
XIGMATEK HDT-S963 92mm Rifle CPU Cooler
Item #:N82E16835233001
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$24.99
1
Patriot Viper II 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory w/Futuremark 3DMark Vantage Bundle
Item #:N82E16820220426
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$68.99
3
Thermaltake A2018 Blue LED Case Fan
Item #:N82E16811999122
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$40.77
1
SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support
Item #:N82E16827151188
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$31.99
1
XION XON-MTR001B Color LCD Thermal Control Panel
Item #:N82E16811998050
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$29.99
1
Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371020
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Antec Three Hundred Black Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129042
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$35.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$189.90
$134.90
1
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Processor
Item #: N82E16819103680
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128394
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$186.99
$161.99

quantity of item 1
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136319
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$10.00 Instant
$74.99
$64.99

Grand Total: $739.45
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September 21, 2009 4:45:47 AM

i really think you should consider shadow's i5 build because it's just under $800, but the performance will beat any amd chip. it is more future proof than the amd setup you have.

you dont need gtx 260 for 1440x900
a 4850 will be more than enough or even a 4670 or 4770
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September 21, 2009 5:10:46 AM

overshocks said:
i really think you should consider shadow's i5 build because it's just under $800, but the performance will beat any amd chip. it is more future proof than the amd setup you have.

you dont need gtx 260 for 1440x900
a 4850 will be more than enough or even a 4670 or 4770



I appreciate the feedback overshocks. I'll look into it again. As for the gtx 260, I was planning ahead I guess. Probably a 23-24 in monitor soon. I was considering a 250 gts prior to the gtx 260.
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September 21, 2009 5:30:29 AM

xd9sc said:
I appreciate the feedback overshocks. I'll look into it again. As for the gtx 260, I was planning ahead I guess. Probably a 23-24 in monitor soon. I was considering a 250 gts prior to the gtx 260.


23-24 inch means 1680x1050 or 1920x1080, in that case 4870 will be a better choice than gtx 260.
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September 21, 2009 7:09:04 AM

overshocks said:
funny that RAM timings are 9-9-9-24 at 1333 which is slow. i dont see it being "clocked higher"


I linked the wrong memory on accident, here is the DDR3 1600 at that same price at the same timings. Thus, clocked higher. Glad you're double checking all my posts. Durr
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September 21, 2009 3:21:33 PM

What is better about the 4870 over the gtx260?
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