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December 18, 2009 8:06:51 PM

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My name is Danny. I’m in the 6th grade and I am building my 1st rig. I’ve got a budget of $850 (plus a little more if I really, really need to). My dad is paying for the Bu-ray so that doesn’t count towards the total. I play WoW and hope to get into some more games in the next year. Also my parents want the rig to be able to play movies and photos on your two year old 50" Panasonic Plasma TV. Other wise I have a newer 21” Acer monitor that is 1920 x 1080 resolution.

My dad and I are going to build it together and our combined tech skills are, well, kind of low. I am to pick out all of the parts and here is what I have,

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

Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retail
Combo
GIGABYTE GA-MA790GPT-UD3H AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

SAPPHIRE 100269HDMI Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All in $953 (less the Bu-ray) $832 with mailing...

Am I on track???

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December 18, 2009 8:26:15 PM

Great that you're getting into it so young! I didn't build my first rig until i was about 14-15. Your build is solid, but I did have a few suggestions:

Swap the regular 300 with the 300 illusion:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Same price, but you get better airflow via the 2 added front LED intake fans

For your hard drive, I would look into a Samsung Spinpoint f3 or 7200.12, which is another Seagate but better than the one you have listed.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Buy the spinpoint f3 if its in stock when you buy your parts; get the 7200.12 if you can't wait.

These are good alternative RAM sticks, with tighter timings (the 7-7-7-21) and voltage.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
They are also 1333, as opposed to the ones you listed, which are 1600. And in your case, that might be good considering you would have to overclock it due to your motherboard's native 1333 speed. Considering you and your dad's tech knowledge, you might not be comfortable tweaking stuff on bios just yet.

Good stuff, otherwise!
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December 18, 2009 8:27:25 PM

You are on the right track...

Couple of things:
1) Don't forget your OS. I recommend at least Win7 Home 64-bit

2) Pick up the Seagate 7200.12 not 7200.11. The 11 has too many known firmware issues to try it. I would look at the Samsung Spinpoint F3's if in stock at time of purchase (fast hard drive).

3) Pick up the Antec 300 Illusion instead to save on cost of purchasing additional fans.

If you have questions on how to build at PC, check out my step-by-step guide in my signature.

Good Luck and Have FUN!!! :D 

edit: ^+1 the other posters, since they posted as I typed slowly :( . :D 
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December 18, 2009 9:39:39 PM



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GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231276
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
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• XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150447
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• AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103674
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$344.99
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Subtotal: $764.94 + HDD samsung F3 500 54.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Or a WD Black 640 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 18, 2009 9:54:17 PM

Oh yeah that's great. An 11 year old playing WoW and on a new rig. Pretty soon the last thing anyone is going to remember about the outside is that they saw it on youtube.

I'm 11 and playing the most addictive game on the planet. Thanks for life, dad. :hello: 
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December 18, 2009 10:20:21 PM

Good choice for case, trust me you will love it, good choice for video card, BAD choice for CPU, everything else is good
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December 18, 2009 10:24:07 PM

wait who are you talking about?
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December 19, 2009 12:03:25 AM

I've tried to adjust a few things based on everyones input - so hows this:

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

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retailhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
All in with mail $810!

Does it all work together???
Thanks everyone!
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December 19, 2009 12:05:18 AM

Oh yeah.... I forgot, wireless Keyborad. Any suggestions? I'm kind of want to keep it under $75 because I'm at by budget.
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December 19, 2009 3:55:42 AM

korsen said:
Oh yeah that's great. An 11 year old playing WoW and on a new rig. Pretty soon the last thing anyone is going to remember about the outside is that they saw it on youtube.

I'm 11 and playing the most addictive game on the planet. Thanks for life, dad. :hello: 



Shut up
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December 19, 2009 10:16:48 AM

darkside_gamer7 said:
Shut up

lol, im 13 i just quit wow it is very addictive and when playing i couldnt stop but i new it was wasting my life. It is a bad game, sorry but why dont you shutup.

His dad probably has parental settings on his account which means he can only play during the times his parents allocate on the website. Research n think b4 swearing moron.
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December 19, 2009 10:17:38 AM

ate go with logitech, its the gaming brand. and pro xD
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December 19, 2009 2:19:46 PM

my sister is 13 she played wow a week said it sucked and went back to playing bioshock which just bout kills her laptop but her xmas gift will be a new pc
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December 19, 2009 4:14:20 PM

obsidian86 said:
my sister is 13 she played wow a week said it sucked and went back to playing bioshock which just bout kills her laptop but her xmas gift will be a new pc



Nice brother :) 
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December 19, 2009 4:19:38 PM

Niklas_13 said:
Nice brother :) 

He never said he got / built it for her... :D 

It is Santa that is getting her the PC... :)  (little ones may be reading this :lol:  )
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