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NEED OPINIONS $800 GAMING PC

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September 20, 2009 6:16:15 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week
BUDGET RANGE: approx $800 after Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS (XP), Case
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA, TX
OVERCLOCKING: Yes, though modest
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC

It’s time to replace my 3 year old Desktop – doing some research; I believe I can continue using my current Case (Rosewill TU-155 ATX Mid-Tower) and get most bang for the buck, by choosing these components.
Any suggestions/comments for more value, or cost down, is highly appreciated!!

1) AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz BE - $120
2) XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 Cooler - $27
3) GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P - $110
4) OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 - $90
5) ASUS Radeon HD 4870 1GB - $140
6) SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb - $70
7) Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD - $34
8) OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W - $55
9) Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 1080P Widescreen LCD - $180

Btw does anybody know a place who would put the pc together for me? Have little time and would be willing to pay a little more and have this done by pro's who do this all the time.

Thanks for your comments/suggestions!!!

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September 20, 2009 6:22:01 PM

you can get a i5 build with that budget(maybe just a little more), also you have no knowledge in building computers? if you go to a place, they'll charge you some money that's like equivalent to buying a pc at bestbuy = wasting money.

its not hard to build a pc, read some reviews, or watch how to videos on youtube..

also get a xfx or sapphire 4870 1gb instead, the asus blows the hot air into the case, which will heat up everything around which is bad.
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September 20, 2009 6:28:24 PM

hunter315 said:
Swap the drive for this one, its slightly smaller but its cheaper and faster
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And for $14 more you can upgrade to a 4890 which will handle that screen resolution even better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Other than that it looks good. And building it yourself really isnt that hard, i had mine done in a couple of hours, it works flawlessly.


nice combo find hunter.

to OP: for a first time builder it's really not that hard, read a few articles/youtube
September 20, 2009 8:34:37 PM

Thanks People,
Great suggestions - exactly what I was looking for! And thanks for the input putting it together myself :) 

Overshocks: I didn't think about the i5 indeed, though reseaching prices/deals - it will still cost me at least $45 more - especially with that combo deal Hunter315 found, it's hard to beat...
Asus comment: I had NO idea - Thanks!

Hunter315: Great Combo find! Love it! Also thanks for the F3 suggestion!

Skora: am a bit concerned w that LG Burner - reviews about adware hidden in firmware make me hesitant buying this... also the OCZ is not modular - though the 700W, instead my 600W, is very tempting for future upgrades.

Does anybody have suggestions for another LCD perhaps?
September 20, 2009 8:38:07 PM

quote " Overshocks: I didn't think about the i5 indeed, though reseaching prices/deals - it will still cost me at least $45 more - especially with that combo deal Hunter315 found, it's hard to beat...
Asus comment: I had NO idea - Thanks!"

well just to tell you i5 > anything amd has, but your build is fine too, was just a suggestion

take a look at this..which shadow suggested in other thread but dont use this because your at 1920x1080. this build has no monitor

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.
September 20, 2009 8:58:10 PM

i5 at $175 (incl. tax) at Microcenter... that makes me rethink this a bit yes...
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