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December 19, 2009 3:20:43 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this/next week (the closer the better)

BUDGET RANGE: 500$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming>Watching Movies>Surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, HDD, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD writer, power supply, case.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, ncix.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use intel core i5 - 750 processor. Motherboard - asus, gigabyte or intel
RAM - ddr3 at 1333mhz (2 or 4gb)
GPU - nVidia or ATI Radeon

OVERCLOCKING: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I don't have a monitor currently. will be buying it later(~275$) Any suggestions on this would be appreciated.

SLI/CROSSFIRE: Yes / Maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: must play HD videos, No onboard graphics card.
December 19, 2009 3:33:48 PM

tdlver713 said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this/next week (the closer the better)

BUDGET RANGE: 500$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming>Watching Movies>Surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, HDD, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD writer.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, ncix.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use intel core i5 - 750 processor. Motherboard - asus, gigabyte or intel
RAM - ddr3 at 1333mhz (2 or 4gb)
GPU - nVidia or ATI Radeon

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI/CROSSFIRE: Yes / Maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: must play HD videos, No onboard graphics card.


Whats your monitor res?
December 19, 2009 4:51:55 PM

We need to know what HDD, PSU, and case you have, as well. But assuming they are reusable, here's a start.
i5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
UD2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ripjaws
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You may need to up your budget a tad if you want to stick with an i5 setup, especially if you need to replace more parts.
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December 19, 2009 5:19:35 PM

jbakerlent said:
We need to know what HDD, PSU, and case you have, as well. But assuming they are reusable, here's a start.
i5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
UD2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Ripjaws
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You may need to up your budget a tad if you want to stick with an i5 setup, especially if you need to replace more parts.


Well if his monitor res is less than 1900, you can keep it at $500.

Although getting an i5 is a real waste. A 955 is just as powerful in gaming and is $40 less, it can also use a much cheaper mobo too.
December 19, 2009 5:33:55 PM

tdlver713 said:
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use intel core i5 - 750 processor.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I don't have a monitor currently.


Oh, I thought he said that he didn't have a monitor, and that he wanted an i5 only.
December 19, 2009 5:40:57 PM

Guys i'm new to this "system building" so i don't really know what to get. i read some reviews on phenome 955 vs core i5 and all it did was confuse me further. i just thought if i get i5 i would not need as good a cooling system as for Phenome 955 and hence would save some cash but then again i5 is costlier than phenome.

what i'm trying to say is i dont mind if its phenome 955 or i5. which ever combination is good for gaming and future upgrades would be fine by me. of course my budget would still be around 500 - 525$

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December 19, 2009 5:44:20 PM
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tdlver713 said:
Guys i'm new to this "system building" so i don't really know what to get. i read some reviews on phenome 955 vs core i5 and all it did was confuse me further. i just thought if i get i5 i would not need as good a cooling system as for Phenome 955 and hence would save some cash but then again i5 is costlier than phenome.

what i'm trying to say is i dont mind if its phenome 955 or i5. which ever combination is good for gaming and future upgrades would be fine by me. of course my budget would still be around 500 - 525$


The 955 runs cool, so you don't need to have a very good cooling system on it. You must be thinking of the first Phenoms which ran pretty hot. The AM3 socket will be supported for many years so you have very good upgrade potential for the future.


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...
$165 -Free shipping


HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$163 -Free Shipping


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$92 -Free Shipping


ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$60

Total = $480
December 19, 2009 6:00:30 PM

+1, if you're open to AMD, then the 955 is a better option, considering your budget.
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