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[New System build] Approve this build Please! [$550 Budget]

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December 20, 2009 10:02:19 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tonight!

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (surfing the internet, light to medium gaming, general spreadsheet work)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD-RW, Hard Drive)

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

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (No preference)

OVERCLOCKING: (Maybe - would like to have the option down the road)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1600x1200, 1680x1050)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (I would prefer to have a quieter pc. I do like the style and looks of the case that I picked).

Here is what I am looking at on Newegg:

Raidmax Smilodon ATX-612-WEBP Case W/ 500W Power Supply - $70 shipped (after $15 rebate)

Phenom II X3 720
Gigabyte GA-MA790GPT-UD3H - $179 (after $15 rebate for CPU 7 MB Combo)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail - $92

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $153

Total for new parts (before rebates): $534 + $8 shipping

The HD that I have is a Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA

I have done a lot of reading and #1 hopefully picked parts that are compatible and #2 hopefully would be getting the best bang for my buck.

Thanks!
December 20, 2009 11:05:42 PM

Thanks. I did see an adjustment that I would like an opinion on. For the same price I can switch the video card and ram to this:

XFX HD-489X-ZSFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1600C9DHX - Retail

Would this be better?
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December 20, 2009 11:13:08 PM

actually get this ram:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i was too lazy to recommend it before :lol:  and the 4890 outperforms the 5770 by a little:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_5770/30.html

but it will also get a lot better with dx11 game, oc'ing, and new drivers, so i would stick to the 5770 for more future proofness.
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December 21, 2009 2:29:01 AM

Thanks for the advice. I stuck with the 5770. I did a ton of reading on the 5770 and 4890 debates and went back and forth a thousand times but not being a huge gamer and also not using huge resolutions when I do help me make the decision.

I do have one off topic question about the build - I took my hard drive out of my current pc - what will happen if I connect it to the new pc and boot up? (I have Windows 7 loaded)
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December 21, 2009 11:12:45 AM

if you have 2 computers, and you take the hdd out of one, and put it in another, it should practically clone itself, so that the computer with the new hdd has all of the same things as the old one.
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