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$800 - multitasking/gaming complete system 1st time build

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October 25, 2009 4:52:37 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This weekend (before Sunday ends)

BUDGET RANGE: $800 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: multitasking (running itunes, virtualizing ubuntu, encoding a movie, while working in word/excel, etc); gaming (right now only fallout 3); watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need everything except speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Tigerdirect, newegg (just more expensive because of shipping/tax), any reputable dealer


PARTS PREFERENCES: None, best bang for the buck, period.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, never done it before, but I'd like to start getting into it (slowly)


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (I like high resolution for work stuff - I can step it down for gaming if needed)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've never built my own system before. Please let me know if I need cables or if I've done something stupid in the build. I've tried to research everything to slap this together. I'd like to try to buy a case/PSU that will last a few builds.

Here's my best attempt:

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - Retail $99.00

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL - Retail $78.99

MSI R4670-MD1G Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video $69.99 (not incl $30 rebate)

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

Rosewill Wind Ryder RZLS142A-P BK Dual 120mm Cooling Fans and Mesh Design Front Panel Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $39.99

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified ... - Retail $79.99

Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $179.99

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM $29.99

LITE-ON SK-1688U/B Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard - Retail $6.99

Sunbeam FireLine MS-2011-BK-BL Black/Blue 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Illuminated Mouse - Retail $6.99

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $79.99 (not incl $10 rebate)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $109.99

Total build cost: $839.88 - $40.00 rebates = $799.88
October 25, 2009 5:04:18 AM

Welcome to the forums.

Some suggestions:

This RAM will improve performance a tad
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop

and this PSU will save you a few bucks
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
or even this one, since you can't crossfire on that board
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7

It's not going to be a gaming beast, but you did good with your money.

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October 25, 2009 5:22:05 AM

^ That is a good setup and that X4 620 is a solid option...
I would suggest these changes...
1. Have you checked this combo of that mobo and CPU ?

2. Change the PSU to this included in this combo with the OS...

3. Change to this monitor - Has the same resolution but smaller in size...and has free shipping too...

4. CASE - Check out this cases with free shipping...might come to the same final price as that Rosewill...

5. You should be wondering why I was saving much on other components...It is for this card...Eve though it has just 512MB compared to the 1GB of that 4670, this would be faster and better...
HD 4850

But if you can get this card...

Total - With 4850 - ~$780 after rebates...
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October 25, 2009 6:40:32 AM

wow, fantastic suggestions, thank you. I changed the memory for the OCZ jbakerlent suggested. Then I took advantage of the MB/CPU combo as well as the PSU combo, case, cheaper monitor, and added the HD 5750.

Total - $803.90 - $45 rebates = 758.90. (plus 1/2 the shipping costs, thanks to the helpful free shipping suggestions)

oops, I left out the harddrive in that total. With the HD5750 the total is $862.38 - $45 rebates = $817.38. But it sounds like it's worth busting my budget by $17.38 to go with the HD5750 over the 4670 right?