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$1700 HTPC, WoW, first homebuilt

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October 5, 2009 7:47:15 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of the month November 2nd (PAYDAY)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: WoW, TF2, Movies, general internet crap, DVD burning

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) OS, Keyboard, Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Anything reliable COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US - South Central VA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't care, it can be ugly.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (but I don't know how) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (I want 2 monitors but perhaps SLI 1 monitor and get a 3rd card for the other?)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280X1024 and up

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want a good computer that will last, dual monitors, but I also want a sound system. I'm not sure if it's worth it to go for a premade 5.1 computer set up, or to go the monitor + speakers route. My college laptop is about to die, (purchased in summer of '05) so I think now that I have a job, it's time to upgrade/buy myself a birthday present/celebrate. I already have 2 external HDs that are USB 2, a 1 TB and a 280 GB.

It would also need a wireless network card, and good airflow (I live in a basement at a lake house). Also I DON'T WANT BLUERAY!
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October 5, 2009 8:03:07 PM

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($139.99)
Free shipping with promo code CASE1X21FS, ends 10/7

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... ($99.99 w/ $20 MIR + Free Shipping)

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($289.99 + Free Shipping)
Went with the 860 over the 750 because it has HyperThreading and you mentioned you burn DVDs -> Better performance

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($169.99 + Free Shipping)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($94.99 + Free Shipping)

SAMSUNG 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... ($49.99 + Free Shipping)

XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($259.99)

(2) Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($299.98)

Logitech Z-2300 200 watts RMS 2.1 Speaker System - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($129.99)
Try to buy this in a store somewhere, its really heavy and will kill the shipping costs

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)

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($30.99)

Total: $1,595.89

If you want some bigger monitors, or perhaps to upgrade to a HD5870, you have the budget to do so. For the games you play, I don't think the HD5870 is worth it, and you could step up to some full 1080P monitors.

Edit: Wireless Adapter;

ENCORE ENLWI-N IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI 2.3 Wireless Adapter Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-bits WEP Encryption WPA, WPA2 WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($34.99)
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