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November 20, 2009 2:43:21 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1,000 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
- Playing games (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, MMORPG)
- Watching streaming video

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Do not need monitor (or will spend over 1K for it).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon, respected websites.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer smaller case (mid-tower) and quiet machine.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not initially

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, 1920x1080 (preferred)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC that is energy efficient. Basically, when the machine is idle, I would like it to use as little power as possible.

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Here is what I've come up with so far:

Based on the input I have received, here is what I plan on purchasing over the next few weeks:

Case
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($70)

PSU
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($75)

MoBo
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($105)

CPU
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($200)

Memory
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...
($125)

Hard drive
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...
($55)

Video Card
Sapphire 100284VXL Radeon HD 5750 1 GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($145)

Optical Drive
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...
($31)

Keyboard
Apple Keyboard
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB869LL/A?fnode=MTY1N...
($49.00)

Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Black 5 Button
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...($45)

OS
Windows 7 - Home 64bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($105)


Total: ~$1,005



Please let me know if I can substitute components out for better performance.

I appreciate any help you can provide!

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November 20, 2009 6:47:54 PM

You also do not have a cooler for your CPU. Not necessary if you are not overclocking but will make things quieter definitely. The NewEgg reviews indicate that the i5-750 comes with a rather undersized cooler which means high fan speeds.

Something like the Hyper 212 Plus or the CoGage True Spirit will perform far better, and neither is all that expensive. Just make sure you get the 1156 adapters.
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November 20, 2009 7:04:29 PM

Since you are getting the 300 illusion (great case), you should get it in a combo deal with an Antec TruePower or EarthWatts power supply instead of the OCZ.

If you can get the XFX 5750 it has a lifetime warranty, Sapphire only has a 2 year warranty.

Looks like a good system.
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November 21, 2009 2:56:05 AM

Sonic-Boom - Thanks for sending me the link on cheaper RAM. I love mini keyboards because they leave me more room for my game pads. It might not work in practice but in theory it looks practical.

nofun - The Hyper 212 plus looks very promising for OC, though a challenge to install. I've added it to my build! Your right about the MoBo...I don't for see using dual video cards anytime soon. I'll have to think about this some more.

dndhatcher & 1898 - Great suggestions on the PSU. I've decided to go with the bundle deal just to lower overall costs (and it looks like a very decent PSU).


dndhatcher - Thanks for the info on XFX warranty. I didn't know that nugget of information! I'll keep my eyes open for one!



Based on your recommendations, here is what I've come up with:

Case + PSU
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
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Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
($150)


MoBo
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($105)

CPU
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($200)

CPU - Cooler
Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($30)

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($105)

Hard drive
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...
($55)

Video Card
Sapphire 100284VXL Radeon HD 5750 1 GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($145)

Optical Drive
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...
($31)

Keyboard
Apple Keyboard
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB869LL/A?fnode=MTY1N...
($49.00)

Mouse
Razer DeathAdder Black 5 Button
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...($45)

OS
Windows 7 - Home 64bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
($105)


Total: ~$1,020

Thank you all for your advice! :wahoo: 
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November 21, 2009 3:16:00 AM

Why replace the RAM when you can get the 1600 with the same latency? It's 20 bucks, and 1600 MHz is supposedly the "sweet spot" for DDR3. As far as performance gains over DDR2 that aren't dampered by increased latencies.
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November 21, 2009 3:21:24 AM

mortonww said:
Why replace the RAM when you can get the 1600 with the same latency? It's 20 bucks, and 1600 MHz is supposedly the "sweet spot" for DDR3. As far as performance gains over DDR2 that aren't dampered by increased latencies.


I didn't realize that. Consider it changed. Thanks!
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