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October 3, 2009 4:29:50 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Week of Oct 4th, 2009

BUDGET RANGE: $650-800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Aion, WoW), Internet for school, watching movies.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Will be using XP)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, Zipzoomfly.com, Compusa.com.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, I have heard it's not as costly as Intel.


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe later SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe later

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I put the setup below together after reading a few forums and browsing the net. Not sure how everything will mesh together or if this is even a good setup. Please let me know any input you may have. I am willing to go down a bit on anything that may be overkill for the gaming I am trying to do but I would like to be able to upgrade in the future. The total for this build comes to about $827, which is a little over what I would like to pay.

Mobo:
GIGABYTE GA-MA790FXT-UD5P AMD 790FX AM3 Phenom II/Athlon X4/Athlon X3/Athlon X2 Socket AM3 5200 MT/s PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333) ATX Motherboard

CPU:
AMD HDZ955FBGIBOX Phenom II x4, Black Edition 3.2Ghz,8MB Cache,125W,45nm 3.20 GHz AM3 4 x 512KB Desktop Processor

RAM:
OCZ OCZ3G1333LV4GK 4GB PC3-10666 (DDR3-1333) Dual Channel Memory

CD/DVD:
SAMSUNG SH-S223B 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive Bulk

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Graphics:
XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX TX 650W Power Supply

Case:
Apevia Black/Black X-Plorer ATX Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Fan Controller, Front USB and Firewire Port
October 3, 2009 5:09:28 AM

Ditch the wd hard drive for a samsung F3 500 gig . Its a lot faster


Id probably drp the processor to a 945 or 720 be and upgrade the gfx card to a 4870


Also consider pricing a system with a 720 be / 770 mb / and the new 5850 gfx card . Your budget must be very close ....
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October 3, 2009 5:41:28 AM

Trial build from newegg. Uses a Gigabyte AM3 790GX instead of a 790FX, uses a 4770 basically as a placeholder till the 5770 comes out or the 5850 drops in price. $690 not counting a $15 rebate or shipping.

CPU/mobo combo $284 - PhenomII x4 955 and Giga 790X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case/PSU combo $135 - Antec 300 Illusion and NEW trupower bronze 650w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM 2x2 GB DDR3 $90 - G.Skill DDR3 1333 7-7-7-20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - $100 Sapphire 4770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD - $50 Samsung F3 SATA 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Burner - $32 Samsung SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You may want to upgrade the GPU to a 4870 1GB for an extra $50 or so.


WoW benchmarks
http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,693737/WoW-Wrath-of-...

http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,689378/WoW-Wrath-of-...

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3650&p=7


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October 3, 2009 6:22:31 AM

Maybe im misreading something...
But are you seriously putting 1Gb of RAM in???
Seriously, get 4Gb

I dont really like AMD for cpus' (thats just me tho).
Anything current from Intel is pretty damn good.
Dual core for gaming is the way (unless u play FSX)
Look at the 5850. Ive gone with ATI for my last 3 gfx cards, and currently have the 4850 which is good enough for me atm.

Final words. If you change nothing on your list, PLEASE get some more RAM.

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October 3, 2009 6:35:14 AM

I recently built a gamer and the only thing I would recommend is upgrading your case to a NZXT Tempest Blk ATX Mid Tower Case. It is one heck of a case and has 6 fans, no problem cooling and low noise out put plus the case is easy to work with when installing components. Only $40 bucks more but well worth it. Your power supply meets minimum requirements but if you install another video care you will wish you would of went with a 750 watt or better. For $10 more you can have a seagate 750GB/32MB/SATA-3G for a drive. Good luck.
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October 3, 2009 6:39:13 AM

Wow, totally just looked at the pic and saw two things of ram figured it was 2x2, thanks for catching that though

mrmez said:
Maybe im misreading something...
But are you seriously putting 1Gb of RAM in???
Seriously, get 4Gb

I dont really like AMD for cpus' (thats just me tho).
Anything current from Intel is pretty damn good.
Dual core for gaming is the way (unless u play FSX)
Look at the 5850. Ive gone with ATI for my last 3 gfx cards, and currently have the 4850 which is good enough for me atm.

Final words. If you change nothing on your list, PLEASE get some more RAM.

:) 

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October 3, 2009 6:40:56 AM

Didn't catch that ram bit, hey dude, 4GB or forget it.
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