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December 25, 2009 2:19:18 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of January

BUDGET RANGE: $750 - $1000 besides what I have already Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multimedia usage, internet, light gaming, maybe more gaming in the future, never really had a machine capable before

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech Wave Pro Desktop Black USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo - Retail
Logitech Wave Pro Desktop Black USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo - Retail

HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Storage: 2X for Raid 1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type Asus or Gigabyte for mobo, everything else doesn't matter

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, newbie but definitely want to get started SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Not sure about the cooling in the case, if additional fans need suggestion on which are good would be appreciated. Currently modding the case, thinking of putting 1 or 2 fans on side panel window.

I have a general idea of what I want, but if there's anything you guys would see fitting to change I'm definately open.

Mobo and memory: ASUS Crosshair III Formula AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With: OCZ AMD Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3BE1600C8LV4GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: EVGA 01G-P3-N964-LR GeForce 9600 GSO 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 500 Bronze 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V 2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Boot Drive: OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With: SilverStone SDP08 3.5" to 2 x 2.5" Bay Converter - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 25, 2009 1:08:43 PM

Define "Multimedia usage". Convert/rip video/audio?

What games do you play or plan to play? This is a very important factor.

The reason you don't or haven't gamed much on pc is probably you bought a pc not tailored for gaming. If you want a gaming pc, you can get a mid range one for $1000 tax & shipping included.
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December 25, 2009 3:02:23 PM

Converting both audio and video, some basic photo editing. Not necessarily a HTPC, already have one of those, but will act as a TV for a bedroom.

Currently only game I have is CivIV. Unless you count all my nephews Zoo Tycoon, ect.!!

Being that I haven't had a capable PC not really sure what games. I do know that I don't really care for the 1st person shooters. On console I tend to lean more towards RPG and sports titles.
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December 27, 2009 5:39:39 PM

Do you want to play RTS like the upcoming Starcraft II? Or any other in the genre?

I am just throwing these out:

i5 750
ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail

i5 is the best bang gaming cpu. i7 is good if you do exclusively encoding/decoding and/or high-end gaming (spare no expense). i5 can auto overclock to a max of 3.2Ghz on any P55 mobo with stock cooling. The mobo is a bit future-proof with the new USB & SATA standards. The ram is the cheapest. You can double it if you want for a total of 8 gigs. However, a 64-bit OS is required for 4+ gigs.

And a mid-range GPU like the HD 5770 which is neither overkill nor bottlenecking for those games you listed.
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December 28, 2009 4:07:23 PM

I was looking into the i7 as well, but was leaning towards the AMD chip mostly because of cost. If you believe that the 860 would be best suited in the long run, I suppose the extra money is worth it. Not coming out of pocket just yet anyway, gotta love financial aid!

Need to get a different case now though, I'm building a machine for my nephew and all he needed was a case, since I already have the 300 here, I'm just going to build his in that.

Between these two case which would you suggest?

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As far as gpu goes as well, would a 5750 be enough or is the extra $40 worth it to get the 5770?
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December 29, 2009 12:48:32 PM

If you lug around the pc to lan party, Storm Scout hands down. Otherwise, the Lancool looks very attractive. Scout has 5 internal hdd bays whereas Lancool has 4. Expansion Slots: 7 vs 8, though. It's getting harder to pick out a case cuz the new one always imitates the last best seller. I think Antec 900 was the 1st trend setter. CM690 was the best bang copycat.

Go with HD 5770. In fact, I'd get HD 5850 + the i5 combo I listed. Why? If there's a hot new free car parked in your driveway, you're gonna want to take it out for a spin. Same with gaming pcs. If you keep getting lackluster pcs, you're gonna NOT want to game more.
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December 29, 2009 1:21:38 PM

p55ibexpeak said:
If you lug around the pc to lan party, Storm Scout hands down. Otherwise, the Lancool looks very attractive. Scout has 5 internal hdd bays whereas Lancool has 4. Expansion Slots: 7 vs 8, though. It's getting harder to pick out a case cuz the new one always imitates the last best seller. I think Antec 900 was the 1st trend setter. CM690 was the best bang copycat.

Go with HD 5770. In fact, I'd get HD 5850 + the i5 combo I listed. Why? If there's a hot new free car parked in your driveway, you're gonna want to take it out for a spin. Same with gaming pcs. If you keep getting lackluster pcs, you're gonna NOT want to game more.


I really appreciate your input. I started a new thread based on your comments, and after reading other posts.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

Probably can edit/switch things around on this one. Since I'm a newbie though I figured making a new one would be the easiest for me.

The case I decided to go with the Lancool, since I won't be taking it anywhere. The 5770 is the direction I'm going in as well, covers my bases a little better with gaming if I decide to take it up a notch. Very good analogy with the sports car!
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