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October 23, 2009 3:00:56 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: No later than November

BUDGET RANGE: Roughly $1000 (but flexible. see below)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming, surfing, Photoshop/Lightroom, autocad, watching movies)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Would like to get all parts. Including a new monitor (monitor not part of $1000 budget. Additional ~$200 for monitor)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preference. As long as price is good and reliable seller

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: CA, USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: i5-750. No particular bias on vidcards. Whatever will give the best price/performance, be it an ATI or Nvidia.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

CROSSFIRE: Maybe (depends on options)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Eyeing to buy this 23" 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet is better, but I'd rather not pay a premium for quietness. A small price increase is okay though.

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Hey all, I need to purchase a new computer to replace my aging pentium 4. I have never built a computer before. The closest I came to opening the case was when I added ram and changed vidcard (a good 8 years ago).

Right now, my main problem is to buy pre-built or build myself? I will list the pre-builts main spec, and hopefully you can help me figure out how to beat it.

*******THE BUILD BELOW IS A PREBUILT SYSTEM I CAN BUY. MY GOAL IS TO BEAT IT IN PERFORMANCE AND PRICE*******

CASE: Cooler Master Storm Scout Mid-tower
PSU: ($20 off Mail-in Rebate) 750 Watts CMPSU-750TX - Quad SLI Ready
PROC: Intel® Core™ i5-750 2.66 GHz 8M L2 Cache LGA1156
FAN: CoolerMaster V8 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan
MOBO: GigaByte GA-P55M-UD4 Intel P55 Chipset
RAM: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Kingston HyperX)
VID: 2x HD4870 1GB in crossfire mode
HDD: RAID0 1TB (500GBx2) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
OPT: LG 22X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive
TEMP: Thermal Temperature Color LCD Display
WIRELESS: Zonet ZEW1642 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Draft 2.0 PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card
OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium (64bit)

Plus basic mouse and keyboard, and a few other small items this comes out to a little under $1200. Less 5% discount, but at 9.75% CA tax, so roughly $1,250.


So, as a reminder, I have no experience building a computer. For me to build my own, it has to be A. Noticeably cheaper B. Preferably better. If for example the build my own we come up with will cost me about $1.1k, I might just go pre-built and save myself the hassle of doing the work.

Additional info:

~As I have mentioned, I have no particular bias to whichever vidcard. I just picked the 4870 due to price. Feel free to recommend a single higher gfx card, or maybe a different sli/crossfire.

~No preference with regards to mid or full tower. Whichever works is fine with me.

~I've included my choice for monitor, BUT if you know of a monitor which is better and roughly in the same price rage, feel free to recommend.

~Games: I'd love to play max resolution to whatever monitor I get. Currently, I'm only playing CS:Source. That's due to my PC not being able to handle other games. Once I get the new computer, games I plan to play are: COD, Crysis, GTA4, Diablo3, AION, Starcraft 2, whatever new c&c (mostly shooters)

~Final notice: The reason why I say $1000 budget is flexible is because I am willing to increase it if the increase in performance will be worth it. For example, if $1,200 will get me an x58 i7-930 set up, with stronger vidcard, better hdd (maybe raptors in raid0?) and better overall parts, I would seriously consider it even if it's almost the same price as the prebuilt system.


Sorry for the very long post. I'm just trying to give as much information as possible. Next post, I'll write down what I have shopped for in newegg so far.

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October 23, 2009 3:06:57 AM

That all sounds pretty good but i would recommend you to consider a 5850 instead of 2 4870, its directx 11 capable and itll come out around the same price as the other 2 video cards, and itll use up alot less power, if you feel the need to upgrade later itll be alot simpler to just get another 5850 as well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 23, 2009 5:36:39 AM

Wow, I like that. Just a few noob questions though (so I understand why you choose those parts):

1. Monitor. It's $10 + shipping fee more than what I chose. What made you choose this? They both had 2ms(gtg), and refresh seems to be roughly the same.

2. Will the 550w be enough power? Granted if I go with your suggestion, I'd be buying the 5850 which is pretty energy effient, ergo the next logical step for me in the future is to crossfire it with another 5850. Will that be enough power? What if I decide to get an extra HD for raid0? Still enough?

3. The RAM you chose is $20 more. Again, why? Is the increased frequency needed? Is it there because it's a better deal? Or maybe because it's more future-proof?

4. The dark knight is a lot better than the hyper 212 plus?

5. Between the Gigabyte UD4 and the UD3R, what are the main difference? Is it mainly just the number of slots?

6. Any good combo deal on full tower cases? I tried to look, but due to my lack of knowledge, I wouldn't know a good deal even if it jumps out and bite me.

***Sorry for this barrage of questions. I am not doubting you, just wanted to know why, to help me better understand/learn how to chose parts.
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October 23, 2009 5:51:37 AM

Sky, I really like the 2nd build you posted. You could save some money by switching to a non-crossfire mobo. You could get a 550W PSU as well
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
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The seagates are actually faster than the WDs.

There's nothing wrong with that HAF, I just wouldn't spend that much on a case personally

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October 23, 2009 5:58:32 AM

@jbakerlent

I could save money by switching to a non-crossfire/sli board. But I'm pretty sure that if I get the 5850 now, my next vidcard upgrade is to crossfire it (instead of buying a 5870 or whatever new card there is. That is unless the 5870 or newer card are almost as cheap and performance is better than the crossfired 5850)

I was thinking of not spending too much on the case too. But I figured, if I do build my own computer now, I am sure I'll be building the next ones too. So might be better to spend a bit more now so the case can last till the next upgrade?
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October 23, 2009 6:31:44 AM

Okay, so I adjusted my PRE-BUILT system (this is the one I am trying to beat, in both performance and price. If we can not beat this, I'll just buy pre-built and save myself the hassle) Here's the spec:


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~PRE-BUILT SYSTEM TO BEAT~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

# CD: LG 22X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive

# CAS: CoolerMaster Storm Sniper Mid-Tower Gaming Case

# CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-750 2.66 GHz 8M L2 Cache LGA1156

# CARE1: CoolerMaster Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation

# FAN: CoolerMaster V8 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan

# HDD: Extreme Performance (RAID-0) with 2 Identical Hard Drives(1TB (500GBx2) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)

# KEYBOARD: Logitech Deluxe 104 PS/2 Keyboard

# MOUSE: Logitech Optical Wheel Mouse

# MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX/SLI] GigaByte GA-P55M-UD4 Intel P55 Chipset DDR3 uATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA-II RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI

# MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Kingston HyperX)

# NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

# OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)

# POWERSUPPLY: Corsair Power Supplies(750 Watts CMPSU-750TX - Quad SLI Ready)

# SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

# TEMP: Thermal Temperature Color LCD Display

# USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

# VIDEO: ATI Radeon HD 5850 PCI-E 16X 1GB Video Card [DirectX 11 Support]

# VC_GAMES: FREE GAME - Battle Stations ** Pacific **

# WNC: Zonet ZEW1642 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Draft 2.0 PCI Wireless Adapter Network Card [+29]

# _PRICE: (+1197)

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Right now, best build is Niklas' @ $1,275 inclusive of the monitor. Still have to add a few more $$$ to buy keyboard and mouse (inexpensive) and a wireless card. And an external temp display (not needed maybe?) Also, a difference is that the pre-built is already in raid0, while niklas' is single hd.
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October 24, 2009 2:01:32 AM

Any other comments?

Just a reminder, I do need a new keyboard and mouse (inexpensive ones will do) and a wireless net card. So I expect to pay another ~$40-50 for that.

Question: Does raid0 offer a significant increase in performance versus a single hdd?
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October 24, 2009 4:59:24 AM

Sky03 said:
Wow, I like that. Just a few noob questions though (so I understand why you choose those parts):

1. Monitor. It's $10 + shipping fee more than what I chose. What made you choose this? They both had 2ms(gtg), and refresh seems to be roughly the same.

2. Will the 550w be enough power? Granted if I go with your suggestion, I'd be buying the 5850 which is pretty energy effient, ergo the next logical step for me in the future is to crossfire it with another 5850. Will that be enough power? What if I decide to get an extra HD for raid0? Still enough?

3. The RAM you chose is $20 more. Again, why? Is the increased frequency needed? Is it there because it's a better deal? Or maybe because it's more future-proof?

4. The dark knight is a lot better than the hyper 212 plus?

5. Between the Gigabyte UD4 and the UD3R, what are the main difference? Is it mainly just the number of slots?

6. Any good combo deal on full tower cases? I tried to look, but due to my lack of knowledge, I wouldn't know a good deal even if it jumps out and bite me.

***Sorry for this barrage of questions. I am not doubting you, just wanted to know why, to help me better understand/learn how to chose parts.


1. its 1" bigger for 10 bucks, It gets recommended alot
2. the 550w be will enough for a single card setup thats what the UD3R and still be ok with 2 HDD. You really would not want to use the x4 to xfire with, If you want xfire mobo i would spend a little more. No the 550w will not be enough to xfire try a 750w.
3. The ram i went with 1600 so you have room to OC without having to OC your ram
4. i use a dark Knight on my E8500 OC to 3.8 and it runs cool, Never used the other
5. UD4 is a micro ATX mobo and has xfire/sli and less PCI the UD3R is a ATX mobo with more PCI and PCI-E 16x4x



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October 24, 2009 5:27:03 AM

#2 So UD3R isn't very good with xfire/SLI.

#5 so the Cooler master 690 can fit a non micro atx board even though it's a mid tower?


(I always though that mid tower = micro atx. Full tower = ATX)

*** I've always thought to myself that I want a raid0 set up for more speed. Does raid0 give a significant increase in performance? Or not really?

*** Between the 4870, 5770, 5850 which has the best price/performance ratio? I saw on technospot's review of the 5770 that on a lot of their tests, the 4870 outperforms the 5770. Of course I'd love to get the 5870, but that's out of the budget. Even the 5850 is stretching the budget a little too far.
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October 24, 2009 5:29:10 AM

@jbakerlent

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 high 16.8 10.7 50.7
Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus high 16.9 10.9 50.1
Coolermaster V8 high 18.4 11.2 52.6

Wow, and I thought the V8 would come out on top
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October 24, 2009 5:34:09 AM

#2 Correct
#5 Correct

Mid-towers usually can fit ATX or micro-ATX.

RAID will most dramatically affect startup times, much more than gaming.

5850 is the best value in my opinion.

Regarding the V8, yeah looks can be deceiving :) 
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October 24, 2009 5:36:51 AM

@jbakerlent

So will a UD4 or UD4P work better than the UD3R? Or look for different brands? (for xfire/SLI)

But it's so expensive. @.@ I'd love it, but it's an extra $100
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October 24, 2009 5:46:50 AM

If you plan on crossfiring I would go for the UD4P, if not then a UD3R is fine. Since you are getting a crossfire capable PSU, I would go for the UD4P. Of course, you could always drop down to a non-crossfire PSU. :) 
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October 24, 2009 5:57:00 AM

Sky03 said:
@jbakerlent

So will a UD4 or UD4P work better than the UD3R? Or look for different brands? (for xfire/SLI)

But it's so expensive. @.@ I'd love it, but it's an extra $100


alot say that a single card setup is better then xfire/sli two lower end cards, its best to get 1 higher end card.

You can add a raid 0 you could buy a UD4P you could do alot of stuff but it all has it fit within your budget.

If you really want to beable to xfire/sli down the road maybe try a UD4p i bought one wating for my HD 5850 :(  sucks the egg was out or i would be playing around with it now lol

Just take the time to go over the pros and cons





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October 24, 2009 6:00:10 AM

Anyway, the monitor I'm getting max out at 1920 x 1080. So it should be easier to achieve good performance from it, instead of 2560 x 1600 resolution
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October 24, 2009 6:04:48 AM

very true that system with 1 HD 5850 will run crysis @ max setting @ 45 FPS
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October 24, 2009 6:05:36 AM

Woops, found a better monitor

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* Price after Rebate CardN82E16824236047(s):$269.99

Then there's an extra $20 off with a promo code. Brings it down to 249.99 with free shipping. Comes out to $274.36 after tax. The other monitor comes out to $258.26 after shipping and tax. $16 difference for 1" bigger and higher resolution.
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October 24, 2009 6:19:28 AM

I found a couple of cases that I like (style wise)

Cooler master Storm Scout and Storm Sniper. Thoughts?
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October 24, 2009 6:27:17 AM

The Sniper's a little too massive for me and seems like overkill for almost everyone (to me). The Scout is ok, but I like these better.

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower
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Just my suggestions though, others will have different opinions.
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October 24, 2009 6:33:58 AM

How bout their roominess? Will the Scout, Sniper, and the 3 you posted be able to fit a UD4P, 2 hdd, xfired 5850, and a dark knight on the i5-750?
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October 24, 2009 6:36:46 AM

^ Yes they will.
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October 24, 2009 7:16:06 AM

So, new piece of the puzzle.

I will most likely get the new monitor I posted (max resolution of 1920 x 1200)

Will the 5770 be able to handle that? Or a 5850 is a must?

I undestand crysis is a very demanding game, so as long as it performs decently here it's ok. But it must perform excellent on other games.
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October 24, 2009 8:33:57 AM

Good read indeed. Effectively turned me away from the 5770 :) 

Though it's low power usage is very nice.
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October 24, 2009 6:27:04 PM

Yet another batch of questions. Sorry all.

For my i5 build, I'm pretty set on this:

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$ 44.98 XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V
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$ 329.98 Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz + GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4
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Now I'm still missing RAM,CASE,HDD and PSU. Case and HDD I can go for the CM 690 + WD black caviar for $100, then the $65 ocz psu. RAM though, I'm clueless, but I estimate about $150 for 6gb.

++So for only ~$150 more, I can have an x-58 i7 system instead of a p55- i5. Your thoughts?

++Also, I'm trying to swap the HDD with a samsung spinpoint (since I heard they're faster) but I can't find a good combo for it. Maybe someone can move things around like comboing a different set for the other parts.

++I'd feel more comfortable too if I can get a 650/750 PSU. Something cheap like the OCZ, but top notch quality. I am very very likely to crossfire my 5850 in the future.
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October 24, 2009 8:20:10 PM

Hello i made a post about frys having that i5 750 + the UD3r for 200 bucks that will save you another 140 off my first build.

Living in SoCal is grate newegg in city of industry micro center in tusin and frys by the 57/91 :)  i live in south OC myself

The i7 920 would be tempting for 150 more but do you really need HT and 6 gigs of ram for gamming NO if your going to xfire/sli latter the 16x16x would be nice but then you will need to up the PSU to a 750 around 50 bucks more so your up to 200 more. + 30 more for the ram so up to 230

As you can see you be going over budget

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October 24, 2009 9:31:11 PM

Good point.

With regards to ud3r, it is a good buy, but doesn't it do poorly in xfire/sli?

I live in alhambra. 15 mins away from cyberpowerpc in baldwin park, 20 mins from newegg in industry, 15 mins from frys by the 60/605
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October 24, 2009 9:42:42 PM

If you want to xfire/sli then dont get tthe UD3R

Go for the UD4P

NOW BUT IF YOU DO GO FOR THE UD3R AND I5 750 @ FRYS YOU JUSTED SAVED 140 BUCKS TAKE THAT AND UPGRADE THE GPU TO A HD 5870 :) 

And you wont need to xfire/sli :)  in a year maybe, in 2 or 3 years just upgrade the GPU

Its your call and you have to go with your gut. really a single high end card will do grate @ 1920x1200


Not trying to talk you out of anything but in 2 years maybe 3 when you need to xfire there will be better single cards out that might out do the HD 5850s in xfire
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October 24, 2009 9:56:21 PM

Thanks, i needed that to stop me from adding $$$ here, a few $$ there, then next thing i know i'm over budget again.
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October 24, 2009 10:34:54 PM

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Subtotal: $579.89

Update HD 5870 G5 mouse POS KB Corsair PSU 1180 forgot the OS 109.99 1290

You can very easy drop back to the HD 5850 and be right @ your budget added mouse and KB and Corsair PSU added a little more
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October 24, 2009 10:43:54 PM

is there a noticeable difference between 1920x1080 vs 1920x1200?
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October 24, 2009 11:02:52 PM

@costco now

Acer p244wbd $190

24 " 2 ms response time 1920x1080
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October 24, 2009 11:11:18 PM

Sky03 said:
@costco now

Acer p244wbd $190

24 " 2 ms response time 1920x1080


that looks good

Only thing is the glossy if your by a window you get alot of reflction off it.

If you get suck building the rig let me know only about 40 mins from you :)  I am in Irvine
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October 24, 2009 11:21:49 PM

Thanks for the offer. Once i get home i'll repost my final build, so we can look it over, just in case i missed something.
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October 25, 2009 4:27:10 AM

Just noticed, I didn't see a PSU on your last list. So I went back to the OCZ 550w.

$ 29.99 SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C

$ 54.99 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$ 8.99 Logitech Deluxe 250 Black PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard

$ 52.99 Logitech G5 7 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser Mouse

$ 4.99 Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound

$ 109.99 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

$ 44.98 XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V

$ 7.99 XIGMATEK ACK-I5361 Intel Core i7/Core i5 compatible Bracket Set

$ 144.98 COOLER MASTER Storm Scout + OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V

$ 109.99 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

***SUB TOTAL: $569.88 + $16.65 (shipping) + $55.56 (tax)

$ 199.99 Intel i5 750 + Gigabyte GA-p55-UD3R

$ 199.99 ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P

OR

$ 189.99 Acer 24"p244WBD @ Costco

Then either $260 for 5850 or $380 for 5870

So $642.09 + $428 (CPU/MoBo/Monitor) + GFX card

So Grand total of $1,330 w/ the 5850 or $1,450 w/ the 5870

OR
I can go back to the CM 690+WD black caviar combo with the OCZ, that will come out to $1,291 w/ the 5850 and $190 monitor
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October 25, 2009 12:04:50 PM

Yeah good old tax
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