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First Time Poker and Casual Gaming Build

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October 5, 2009 4:31:19 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Regular computer is dead so by the end of the week hopefully
BUDGET RANGE: Up to $800 before rebates, but this is an unexpected purchase (old comp died), so I would like to keep cost down closer to $600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Online Poker (multitabling + stats HUD), Music/multimedia, and Casual Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Any tips on this being my first build? Any general advice would be greatly appreciated as I only recently delved into the build your own world a few weeks ago.
I had a couple questions actually:
1. A family member in my household recently purchased a new computer that came with a copy of Vista. Can I use that copy? If not I will need an OS as well.
2. Will I need to purchase any additional cables, connectors, plugs, etc. besides those that come with each component?

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October 5, 2009 4:33:16 PM

Config:

CPU
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor - Retail -$120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard – Retail-$80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail -$85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case + Power Supply Combo
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail
$130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Graphics
XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - $144
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive – OEM - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM -$32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total – about $641

Thoughts, comments, and criticisms welcome!
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October 5, 2009 4:53:26 PM

Your Questions:
1. You will need an OS for your system, as well
2. You will not need additional cables. Everything you need will come with your build.

My Question: What is your monitor resolution? A 4870 maybe way overkill for what you plan on using it for. Online Poker games don't require the power of a 4870 or really any video card for that matter. You should be able to find a cheaper video card to play casual games with, depending on what your casual games are.
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October 5, 2009 7:51:44 PM

So, I cant use that copy of Vista?

Right now I am just using an old CRT monitor. I am not planning on getting a new monitor until November/Dec/Jan - looking for a good deal. I am looking to get a 22" - 24" monitor.

The games im talking about are CS:Source, TF2..id like to try L4D (didnt work on my old computer). What i mean by casual is that I dont need everything maxed out. I assume the 4870 is a bit overkill but i figure it would be pretty damn future proof..it seems like a great value at that price. Better off with a 4850? or Lower? Games not a high priority, but i would like the card to last at least a year.
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October 5, 2009 8:02:21 PM

In my opinion graphics wise you should go with 4850 or up it to 4890. 4850 Should handle those games especially on an older monitor. If you are getting a new 24" runing at 1920x1200 then consider 4890 or 4870 if need be.

As for the OS, if you are a student or still have a .edu email address check out http://www.win741.com/ for cheap student priced windows 7.
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October 5, 2009 8:17:44 PM

So you got me thinking..seeing as how I dont play many newer games, and i really dont care if i can play at max resolution, then maybe i should step down. I was looking at something like a 4670 instead for half the cost (especially if im purchasing an OS).

GIGABYTE GV-R467D3-512I Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 5, 2009 8:55:17 PM

You would want to find some benchmarks of that card and similar lower end ones. I'm not familiar with it so can't recommend it specifically but it would make sense to save now the graphics now and when you decide to get a new monitor down the line pick up a new graphics card as well.

What resolution are you using on the CRT? Just because it is old doesn't mean you have terribly low resolution.
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