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December 23, 2009 7:16:52 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within one week

BUDGET RANGE: ~$800 after rebates/shipping/taxes

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, multitasking

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, peripherals, OS (Win 7 Pro free through my university)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none, whatever sites get me the best discounts/deals

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: none, though I'm looking for the best bang for the buck across all areas

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, though I don't intend do any extreme overclocking. Something low to moderate and simple is enough

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, though probably not. I plan on sticking with the single card solutions primarily

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't plan on upgrading for at least a year to 1.5 yrs.


Here's what I have so far (I'm just using Newegg now for simplicity and comparison, not necessarily the final purchase choice):
***UPDATED w/ gkay09's suggestions***

CPU, MOBO, RAM combo: $334 AR
955 + ASUS 790X + GSKillz DDR3 4GB

GPU: $155
SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

CASE: $65 AR w/ shipping
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

PSU: $50 AR
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail

HARD DRIVE: $55
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CD/DVD: $39 w/ shipping (I need a DL DVD burner)
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA

HEATSINK: $29
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

TOTAL: ~$730 w/o the heatsink and before taxes. The $800 budget is a little flexible but not very much (maybe $50-$75).

So how does this look? Are all the parts compatible? Is there anything I'm missing or things that can save me money? This is my first time building a system so I'm not sure how to go about this whole process. Any help you guys can provide will be really helpful. Thanks.

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December 23, 2009 7:39:24 AM
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^ That is a good setup...but here are few suggestions...
Check this CPU + Mobo + RAM combo - Saves about $35
955 + ASUS 790X + GSKillz DDR3 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD - The Samsung F3 500GB would be a good option as the WD black 500GB is a old version...Only the 640GB, 1TB and 2TB ones are newer and faster...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Even this would be a better option...and is modular too...Can handle 2x HD 5770 in crossfire too...
OCZ Mod 600W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Check this Saphire HD 5770 - Cost about $155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD - Get a SATA drive rather than IDE - Thinner cable, less clutter...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 23, 2009 7:50:49 AM

Hey thanks gkay09 for the suggestions. I don't know why I picked the IDE CD/DVD drive... must have not been paying close enough attention. I'll edit the original post with your improvements. However, the PSU you picked is out of stock on Newegg. Since I'm going to be buying within the next week or so, do you think they'll restock in time? Or is there another suggestion you might have?

Again, thanks for the insights.
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December 23, 2009 8:00:37 AM

Oh, any thoughts whether I should get a heatsink fan or not? If so, which ones?

EDIT: Nevermind...you beat me to it
December 23, 2009 8:13:06 AM

Alright, thank you for all of your help, gkay. It really takes out a lot of the uncertainties I had as a first-time builder.
December 23, 2009 8:16:57 AM

^ Glad I could help...
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