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Final checkup - need help finding replacements for out of stock items

Last response: in Systems
December 25, 2009 2:53:37 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within next couple days
BUDGET RANGE: ~$800 after rebates/shipping/taxes
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, peripherals, OS (Win 7 Pro x64 free through my university)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none, whatever sites get me the best discounts/deals
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
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't plan on upgrading for at least a year to 1.5 yrs.

Here's what I have so far:

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

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

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 before taxes.

However, the PSU and hard drive are out of stock. I want to purchase within the next couple days so are there suitable alternatives for these items given my needs and budget? For the PSU, I was thinking as an replacement:

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

But I'm not sure what's a good HDD to get. Any suggestions from the experts?

December 25, 2009 7:15:06 AM

For the Graphic card, there is a combo deal XFX 5770 (lifetime warranty) + the PSU you want
But are you sure you want an AMD build, nothing hard but for 77 bucks more you can get a build which has better power consumption, performance, and USB, SATA 3.0 in....
i5 + GA-P55A-UD3(no SLI/CF)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail (This RAM has low timings thats y I'm recommending it)

People here usually suggest the Samsung HD you also choosed, then the Western Digital 640 GB Black. But both are sold out... So get the Western Digital 640 GB Blue

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December 25, 2009 2:39:07 PM

Its a shame you missed out on the sale on the ModXStream 600w, but I would not move down to the StealthXStream line which is not even 80+ certified.

While it will cost a little more, I would move up to the 700w ModXStream or lateraly to the better GameXStream 600w (even thought I would prefer to see 700w if you plan to Crossfire), both at $70 AR.

As for the HD, I recommend the Seagate 7200.12 drives, 500 MB if that is what fits your budget but the faster 1 GB if you can afford it.