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October 3, 2009 9:00:17 PM

This will be my second build. I built a gaming computer 5 years ago and bought a laptop when that one went out on me. I hate to say it but I stopped keeping track of pc components the last couple of years so I have no idea where to start when it comes to what is the latest and greatest for gaming.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Three weeks give or take a week

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 after rebates. Would consider this a little higher if I can get considerable gains from it.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, and video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, and sound card.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com but will consider others.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer a 21"+ monitor

OVERCLOCKING: Possibly in the future SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Dependent upon monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Best bang for the buck. I would like a fairly quiet running pc that I can update in a year or two without having to update the whole thing. I mainly play fps games with a few others mixed in.

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October 4, 2009 2:23:26 AM

I threw this system together quickly tonight. As you can see it puts me over my $1,000 goal after rebates by about $250. Anyone have any suggestions on where I could cut back while also having minimal losses on gaming?

Edit: Just noticed I forgot to put a HDD in here so that means I really need to drop some $$$ somewhere in this system. Thanks


COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:RC-932-KKN1-GP
Item #:N82E16811119160
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$159.99 -$20.00 Instant $139.99

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #:M4A78T-E
Item #:N82E16813131366
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card13-131-366

$139.99 -$10.00 Instant $129.99

HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ... - Retail
Model #:H587F1GDG
Item #:N82E16814161301
Return Policy:VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
Out Of Stock
Auto notify Auto-Notify14-161-301

$384.99 $384.99

Rosewill Xtreme Series RX850-S-B 850W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire ... - Retail
Model #:RX850-S-B
Item #:N82E16817182072
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$149.99 -$50.00 Instant $99.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
Model #:HDZ955FBGIBOX
Item #:N82E16819103674
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock

$195.99 -$6.99 Instant $189.00

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
Model #:F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
Item #:N82E16820231193
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$85.99 $85.99

ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor - Retail
Model #:VH236H
Item #:N82E16824236059
Return Policy:Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card24-236-059

$219.99 -$30.00 Instant $189.99

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
Model #:SH-S223B
Item #:N82E16827151187
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$31.99 $31.99

Subtotal: $1,251.93
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October 4, 2009 2:54:54 AM

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151188
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

$32.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119137
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant $84.99
$69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

-$5.00 Instant $54.99
$49.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824236059
Return Policy: Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$219.99
$189.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128392
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

-$5.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$84.99
$79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16817341022
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

-$15.00 Instant
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$84.99
$69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231180
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945FBGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103675
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant $169.99
$159.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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CPU Mag Gift - 6 free issues of CPU Magazine - OEM
Item #: N82E16800995076
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$35.94 Saving $35.94
$0.00
Subtotal: $732.92

AND a HD5850 for 260 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Q4U5EY

992.91

HD5850 reviews http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3650
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October 4, 2009 2:56:41 AM

1- no to that Psu, for 1 car solution you dont need more then 700w, I recomend : CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2- AMD does give you the best bang for the buck, but with your budget i5 is possible,and as it is not to argue that AMD is the best for the budget, is either to argue that intel is better performance, i5 beat 965 in many bench test, therefor it beats the 955 as well. I recomend this : http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

3- + on the memory exactly what I recomend, really good reviews too : G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail

4- unless i missed something, you didnt include a hard drive, I'll give my recommendation if re-using your old hard drive than i'll just say this is the fastes hard drive that will save you money to put towards something better, like a video card: AMSUNG 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...

5- sure a good big case is nice to have, but for budget this is where most of our money is cut, to put on other more important components,not to worry, as we have our cooler master friends to help, so for the money is a really good choice: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Free shipping with promo code CASE1X21FS, ends 10/7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6- for the monitor you buying something between 21 and 23 inches correct..just let me have a moment of silence for the overkill you doing to that 5870.....look if that isn't your 3rd monitor for an eyefinity configuration then just dont, a 4890 will be more than adequate at the resolution, if looking for direct x11, yes lookig into the future is a good thing, for pc building, but dont you think if you get a 4890 and save , buy 2 more monitors, by then cheaper and then grab the 5870 also at a cheaper price would be better, and then you will have games that support direct x11, right now there arent that many titles.

6a- so for my video card i recomend this : SAPPHIRE 100269HDMI Radeon HD 4890 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...

6b- and for a monitor a 22" at a really good price, got one myself, couldnt be happier: LG W2242T-BF Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1(700:1) - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for dvd burner and other peripherals im leaving up to you, but i included this : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but u can chose what ever you like, so for prices, this is what we get.

Subtotal: $1,058.91
Grand Total+ plus shipping: $1,077.92
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forgot the cpu cooler, so u can get the i5 to 4.0ghz without breaking a sweat : XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

that will put you in $1,122.90
but if u buying soon u can use case promo code for free shipping and that will be $1,112.91
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October 4, 2009 2:57:26 AM

Not to hijack the thread, but how is the airflow in that pc-7f Nicklas?
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October 4, 2009 3:06:17 AM

I have my case inside a office desk, but i have my CPU OC @3.8 with a dark knight cooler and my GPU fan to 75% when gamming and i dont have heat problems. The OC CPU runs @ 55C when under load and 40C sitting. I also live in SoCal and room temp is @ 80F. It seems ok to me.

Some pics http://img197.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=031vkt.jpg
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October 4, 2009 3:07:56 AM

+1 snakej's build
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