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September 25, 2009 4:45:30 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 3 days.

BUDGET RANGE: Ideally 800 Before Rebates although there is a little flexibility here.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, general use.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, although I'm not opposed to using other sites if they are reliable

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would prefer to design the build around the Intel parts. (i5)

OVERCLOCKING: I would like to keep the option of SLI/Crossfire open to me in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Here is the build I have come up with so far. It is a little over what I want to pay but I can front the money if needed. I could use any comments or feedback you have on how to better optimize performance for the price or any other changes you might have. Thanks in advance for any comments.

# Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
# 245583Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... ($174.98)

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

# Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
# 246586GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... ($354.98)

# G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
# 256323SAPPHIRE 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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... ($234.98)

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($29.99)

TOTAL - $845

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September 25, 2009 4:48:02 PM

I also should add that if there is any component that would cost a little more but would give me significantly more mileage, I would be more than willing to consider it.
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September 25, 2009 4:54:57 PM

You could get under budget by going with the Antec 300 Illusion Case.
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September 25, 2009 4:59:15 PM

The mobo/cpu combo is good, but I think if you go with the Asus PRO (same price as the Gigabyte) you save an extra $5-10. The boards are pretty much identical. I've decided to go with the Asus on my build even though I've owned nothing but Gigabyte. Time for a change I guess!

Also, I'm no pro gamer, but if you want to handle most games max, I'd invest a tad bit more for a 4890.
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September 25, 2009 5:01:51 PM

I think this a great build, and you've found some pretty good combo deals over at newegg. The only way I can suggest to cut back on some money would be to change the mobo to the GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R. Other than that you could look into getting a smaller PSU as the system as you have it now won't require 750W, but it would keep the crossfire option open. But ya, looks great to me.
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September 25, 2009 5:49:54 PM

Yea he is spot on with xfire/SLI expandibilty, UD4P + 750TX will handle mid-tier set-ups. Anything in the range of GTX280 and up will require more power, and see more benefits from an X58 setup.
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September 25, 2009 6:51:07 PM

For the next three days it looks like I can get the sapphire 4890 for $164.99 after a $20 MIR. Does the 4890 provide a significant edge over the 4870?
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September 25, 2009 6:56:50 PM

yes it will perform better on higher resolutions (1920 x 1080 and up)
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September 25, 2009 7:32:49 PM

+1 on the ASUS combo. Exactly what I had mentioned before.
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September 25, 2009 8:05:49 PM

Thanks for all the replies. So here is where I am at right now. Let me know if there is any other changes you would make.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM ($49.99)

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail ($269.98)

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ... - Retail
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129021
Item #: N82E16817371026 ($174.98)

ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail ($339.98)


COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103065 ($29.99)

TOTAL w/ Shipping - $887.09

It's a little bit more than I would like to pay but it is feasible. Any other suggestions? I also need to throw a dvd/cd drive in their but the standard sony drive isn't available. Any cheap suggestions? Thanks again



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September 25, 2009 8:07:51 PM

I should also mention for those who suggested I go with the Antec Illusion case, that the combo deal I've included is only $5 more than the cheapest combo deal I could find for the illusion that had a 750 W PSU. So, unless I am mistaken I wouldn't be saving all that much.
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