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First build: under $800 mainly for these games....

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Anonymous
November 25, 2009 5:31:31 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: by Friday

BUDGET RANGE: under $800 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, multitasking, media, school

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, need everything else

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD Phenom II X4 955

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, CROSSFIRE: Maybe in future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: crispy.....

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want this build to be upgradeable. going to be installing windows 7 and using a 22 inch lcd monitor. Games i will be playing are assassins creed 2, battlefield BC2, L4D2, dragon age, team fortress 2. Smooth frame rate is a big thing for me, main reason im getting a gaming pc is because of crappy console frame rates

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November 25, 2009 5:35:20 PM

hm.. well from my experience the phenom II 955 is a decent cpu i would also recomend GA-MA790XT-UD4P if u plan on future upgrades.. im not an expert so..yea just saying
Anonymous
November 25, 2009 6:19:35 PM

thanks...
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November 25, 2009 6:32:17 PM

Get a 955 as you said. Pair it up with a mid-end Asus or Gigabyte motherboard. Pick the best ATI graphics card your budget allows for (likely a 4890). Get a good quality, not overly expensive case like the Antec 300 illusion. Add good quality RAM (ddr3 1333MHz with a decent latency offers the best price/performance on the market). Don't skimp on your¨PSU. A Corsair or Antec (not the Basiq line if you go with Antec!) in the 600w area is ideal.

Should finish roughly in budget.
November 25, 2009 6:40:15 PM

Right now there is no AMD upgrade from a 955. Given your budget, the 955 is probably too much. A PH2x3 720 would give you the same gaming performance and leave some money for more important components like the GPU.

If your monitor is 1680x1050 then an ATI 5770 is a good graphics card. The above mentioned motherboard allows crossfire so you could add a second 5770 later if you get a larger monitor.



Anonymous
November 25, 2009 6:47:23 PM

heres what i had

Pioneer CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-218LBK LabelFlash Support - OEM
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX -
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

go to town, im new at this

$650.93
November 25, 2009 6:58:00 PM

Those are all good choices. The only thing I see is that you mentioned wanting to leave Crossfire open as an option, but the 550W PSU will not power Crossfire 4890's. You'd want a quality 750W PSU if you really are trying to leave the option of Crossfire 4890's open.

You may also want to consider the HD 5770 as mentioned above.
Anonymous
November 25, 2009 7:09:50 PM

okay i prob get the 5770 for crossfire maybe down the line. I also see that BC2 support direct x11?

can you suggest a good power supply to replace mine? Would you recommend any other changes?
Anonymous
November 25, 2009 7:22:01 PM

Thank you shortstuff

here is my final, bout to order now. let me know if i should make some changes, thanks


GPU
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

drive
Pioneer CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-218LBK LabelFlash Support - OEM

case
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

HDD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

Power
Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX -

Mobo
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

think i will add a monitor as well, this a good choice?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Anonymous
November 25, 2009 7:47:00 PM

LOL! okay, now i have

GPU
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported

drive
Pioneer CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-218LBK LabelFlash Support - OEM

case
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail

HDD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

Power
Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX -

Mobo
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

and it comes to $815, a little more than i wanted to spend. any way to cut cost?
November 25, 2009 7:53:21 PM

Drop the CPU to a Phenom II x 720.

Drop the monitor to a 23 inch 1920x1080 (same resolution at smaller size will look more clear anyway).
November 25, 2009 7:56:29 PM

You could save some money by going with this case if it comes back in stock soon:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $49.95

This is a good deal too:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $54.95 - $20 MIR

You could save a few more bucks by using this DVD burner.

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM $29.99

I wouldn't cut back on the core internal components. The only thing I can think of is to go with the EA750 or even the EA650 if you're that desperate to save some $.

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail $79.99 - $30 MIR
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