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November 26, 2009 6:58:15 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Black Friday
BUDGET RANGE: 700 max (after rebates)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, movies, web use

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: I'm in the US

PARTS PREFERENCES: core i5 build

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Most of my gaming is Oblivion/ Dragon Age/ WoW type stuff. I'm never the first person to jump on a game when it comes out.

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These are the parts I'm currently picking up

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:
ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

I'm at 630$ minus 70 in MIR and already have a HD.

I would really like recommendations for a GPU (I get a bit lost in these) and any optical drives (not sure how much this matters), as well as just an overall compatibility check. Thank you!

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November 26, 2009 7:35:13 AM

any SATA optical drive really. LG have a range of really good value ones.

as for graphics card, 4870 or gtx260 are good value. if you want to spend a little more for a little more go with the 4890 or gtx275. if you want to spend a lot more for a fair amount more go with the 5850 or gtx285.
November 26, 2009 7:36:51 AM

^ That is a pretty good setup...You can cut short on few components without skimping on the performance like the mobo and PSU...
Here are some suggestions that you can check out...
1. Check this CPU + mobo + RAM combo...
i5 + ASUS P55D + OCZ Gold 1600MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Or this CPU + Mobo
i5 + Gigabyte UD4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. Check these PSU + CASE combos - These PSUs also have enough power for any single chip video card out there...As you will most unlikely SLI/ Crossfire, these PSUs would suffice...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

So with the above CPU + Mobo + RAM + CASE + PSU, the total comes to $578 (With $80 Mail-In-Rebates)
So you have a good anmount of money to buy you a good graphic card -
HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or this one if it restocks...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Note: The HD 4890 is a DirectX 10.1 card whereas the HD 5770 is a DirectX 11 card...But in terms of raw graphics power, the HD 4890 beats the 5770 but the 5770 has certain advantages(DirectX 11)...
But then again DirectX 11 will not become mianstream until Q1 2010...So its upto you...
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November 26, 2009 7:47:34 AM

Would a 4770 perform well or would it be a large drop in value?
November 26, 2009 7:59:42 AM

^ The HD 4770 would perform well but I would rather get a more powerful card like the HD 4870 and above as those would compliment higher resolutions well...
Or atleast this card GTS 250 - It would be more powerful than the HD 4770 and is priced pretty low...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 26, 2009 8:07:47 AM

imo you shouldn't really go further back than 4870, 5770 or 260 for gaming.

if you mean 5770, it's a decent card. new technology. good price. performance-wise it comes slightly behind the 4870 or 260, but unless i'm mistaken it runs cooler, consumes less power, makes less noise and supports directx11. then again, my powercolor OC'd 4890 makes no audible noise and runs at 46 degrees in my antec300 with stock case fans only.

personally, i went with 4890 for my i5 build, i'm going to upgrade when my 4890 starts having problems.
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