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October 28, 2009 12:39:41 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $700 - $800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet, games (mostly emulated consoles with some newer games such as Half Life 2)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS:

Case- Antec P183
CPU- AMD Phenom II 550 BE
MB- GIGABYTE GA-MA790FXT-UD5P
PSU- OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
GPU- XFX PVT95GZAFG GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2
RAM- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
HDD- Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS 250GB (x2)
Optical Drive- Sony Optiarc 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am satisfied with the components I've chosen, but I would like some feedback to see if I can improve without changing the cost too much. Right now the build sits at a bit over $700. The only place I see that I could skimp a bit would be the motherboard, but I like the potential and stock heatsinks of the one I chose. This is my first build so any advice is appreciated.

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October 28, 2009 4:19:52 AM

I'd get a much cheaper mobo such as this one
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a much cheaper case such as this one
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and this faster HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and use the extra money to upgrade the GPU and CPU
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH5750/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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