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December 12, 2009 12:07:23 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Ordering everything from newegg so it comes for christmas, so within the next week

BUDGET RANGE: 1300 before rebates including monitor (a little over isn't a huge deal)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, unreal development kit (making games), blender (3d modeling), surfing the web, listening to music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (mouse, keyboard, speakers, os)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: probably using a amd cpu with a 58xx series ati card

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: already bought the monitor, $150 on black friday (acer 23" 1080p). already bought a HAF 932 as well for $135 on black friday. so that leaves ~$1030 for everything else. I would like to have usb 3.0 if possible, or at least the potential to add it in via an add-on card. let me know what you guys think of my build. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. oh yeah, and i want to overclock the cpu pretty heavily, do you guys think this sunbeam hsf would be sufficient for 4ghz?

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... (comes with free stormriser game coupon) -165.00 free shipping

HSF: Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... -39.99 free shipping, also comes with $15 MIR

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -8.99 free shipping

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... -79.99 free shipping

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... -309.99 (hoping to get another one for crossfire when they eventually drop back down in price)

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-790FXTA-UD5 AM3 AMD 790FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... -184.99 (does anyone know of any other mobos with usb 3 or do you know if i would be able to add it to a different mobo in the future via an add-on card?)

PSU: PC Power and Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... -159.99

RAM: 2 sets of: Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT25664BA1339 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... -79.98 free shipping total for 4gb (Tom's rated this as one of the best relatively inexpensive ddr3 kits)

Okay, I think that's everything. Total comes out to $1046.00, plus the $285 I already spent, so $1331 in all. Close enough to my budget. Let me know what you think.

[edit] forgot the dvd drive, hahaa. LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -27.99 free shipping
I guess this puts me at $1074 plus the 285, so $1359.

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December 12, 2009 1:26:07 AM

With that $1000 budget, you should really consider picking up an i5 instead.

i5 - $200 ($150 from microcenter)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
p55a-ud3 - $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Though the downside is you won't see x16/x16 on a p55 platform; difference between that and x8/x8 is minimum but you have to pay premium for a x8/x8 with usb 3.0 i believe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can get a 1 tb f3 for $5 more than the 750 black - $ 85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You'll find that plenty of people here have a g. skill ram preference, myself included :D 
These have been floating around; haven't used them personally but the timings and voltages are sexy - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Nothing wrong with pcp&c psus... but you can save some on a corsair, also 750w $90 (after MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CM's hyper 212+ is an inexpensive cooler that performances really well. - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Too lazy to add that all up, but with the a radeon 5850, should be around $1000
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December 12, 2009 2:41:26 AM

vznoobie12 said:
With that $1000 budget, you should really consider picking up an i5 instead.

i5 - $200 ($150 from microcenter)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
p55a-ud3 - $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Though the downside is you won't see x16/x16 on a p55 platform; difference between that and x8/x8 is minimum but you have to pay premium for a x8/x8 with usb 3.0 i believe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can get a 1 tb f3 for $5 more than the 750 black - $ 85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You'll find that plenty of people here have a g. skill ram preference, myself included :D 
These have been floating around; haven't used them personally but the timings and voltages are sexy - $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Nothing wrong with pcp&c psus... but you can save some on a corsair, also 750w $90 (after MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CM's hyper 212+ is an inexpensive cooler that performances really well. - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Too lazy to add that all up, but with the a radeon 5850, should be around $1000


ditto the OP ^ +1
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