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November 10, 2009 12:12:21 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime this month BUDGET RANGE: 500 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE: gaming,web surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Functional yet powerful

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November 10, 2009 10:58:45 AM

Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SLI motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SLI Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SLI certified power supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2GB DDR3 RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Triple Core Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Total is $496, you can give or take on some items.. The RAM is fine for gaming, although you might want 1600/4GB. The case is simple but sturdy, The CPU gives you a third processor for any games that use dual or triple core CPUs. The AM3 socket should be pretty upgradeable over the next couple years. I would prefer an AMD/ATI build, but this one would last you a good amount of time.. plenty of breathing room for upgrades.
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November 10, 2009 11:16:03 PM

I like the build. Personally I would go for 4GB as it is the current "sweet spot" and shows performance gains. However, the CPU and graphics card are more important. Mushkin and OCZ are good quality brands. OCZ is usually a little cheaper though but Mushkin tends to have good timings.

I would also go with a radeon 4850 as opposed to the 9800gt. It outperforms it but it is more expensive.

This motherboard supports crossfire (ATI's SLI) and costs less than the SLI one. Asus and Gigabyte are the better quality motherboard brands and also have some nice overclocking options.


My modifications (without the ram upgrade) total the cost at $10 more though.
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