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December 26, 2009 7:36:23 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before new year's day (hopefully)

BUDGET RANGE: $600-700 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, school work with Open Office/Microsoft Office, Productivity software (Sony Vegas)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (SyncMaster 712n), mouse, keyboard, speakers (would like to get nice headset but not needed right away), 240GB WD SATA Drive, 1 TB External Drive, DVD Reader/Writer (PATA/IDE)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com for online shopping, but I live within driving distance of a Fry's & Microcenter if the prices are cheaper there

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm not a fanboy but I leaning more towards AMD due to claims I've heard stating that the performance on Intel systems fluctuates drastically compared to AMD's stable consistent performance.

CPU/MOBO COMBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... ($172.98 after MIR)

I think I'm pretty dead set on that CPU for my price range at the moment, mobo I'm unsure if I could get something that suits my needs for a lower price maybe through other combo deals & such. SinceI do video editing I definantly need one with a firewire port at least. If I'm going to wait for the prices to go down on the newer ATI 5770
cards if it can't be fit into my budget at the moment I'd like it to have onboard video to hold me off until they do so once Nvidia releases their 300 series cards.

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($79.99 after MIR)

I've been pretty dead set on this RAM ever since I saw it.

CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($39.99 after MIR)

Good deal on the case & good air flow from what I've read in the reviews.

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($183.49)

My dad suggested to me that I get the retail version in case anything drastic happens to the PC (this is my first build after all).

GPU: I'm pretty interested in the new 5770 because it would ensure a bit of future proofness for this build, plus I could get a smaller PSU than I was originally planning on due to its power consumption (hopefully bringing down the cost somewhat). Though what manufacturer is a good choice (I've heard good things about XFX with their lifetime Limited warranty).

PSU: I'm lost on this one because in another build I was thinking of I had my eyes fixed on the 700W OCZ StealthXstreme one but it's totally overkill for a 5770. I think a 500W PSU would be more than sufficient for my system, any suggestions on a fairly well priced/reliable one?

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, but I'd like to learn more about it first if I did.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No (I want to run a single card setup).

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (don't plan on upgrading for a while).

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is going to be my first build as I have been taking a computer repair class at my high school & have been researching PC components for months & months. As far as budget goes, for Christmas I recieved a "grant" of $360 to help me get started on building my PC (It was practically the only thing I got for Christmas). I definantly will be chipping in my money to help pay for this, but I don't want to get involved in the bleeding edge right away. So I am willing to pay about $300-400 of my money to pay for this rig bringing my budget to about $760 w/o rebates (they would be preferred if possible). With this rig I'd like to be able to max out games (give or take AA) such as Crysis/Warhead, Oblivion, Source games, Arma 2, Far Cry 2, FEAR 2, etc. with framerates in the 35-60 average fps area. I'm being *required* to buy Windows 7 with this build by my dad or else the deal is off b/c it would help to future proof this rig. I would greatly appreciate criticism on where I could improve this build, alternative component suggestions, or the likes.

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December 26, 2009 7:41:29 PM

Whatever you heard about AMD being more constant than Intel, forget it. However, given AMD's much stronger line-up in the budget segment, you're still with the right side.

ECS motherboard? I'd get Asus or Gigabyte as they offer better quality. If needed, the 620 CPU is about as good and a bit cheaper.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... less flashy, but slightly cheaper and of overall better quality.

OEM and Retail are just as good.

Indeed, the 5770 can't be beaten when it comes to value.

Antec Earthwatts, Corsair (but the good models are 650W and above there) or the best OCZ ranges would be the best PSU's. Personally I'd get 600W rather than 500, so you can add a second 5770 or upgrade your CPU at a later date.




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December 26, 2009 10:55:34 PM

DaKlokingDevice said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before new year's day (hopefully)

BUDGET RANGE: $600-700 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, school work with Open Office/Microsoft Office, Productivity software (Sony Vegas)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (SyncMaster 712n), mouse, keyboard, speakers (would like to get nice headset but not needed right away), 240GB WD SATA Drive, 1 TB External Drive, DVD Reader/Writer (PATA/IDE)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com for online shopping, but I live within driving distance of a Fry's & Microcenter if the prices are cheaper there

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm not a fanboy but I leaning more towards AMD due to claims I've heard stating that the performance on Intel systems fluctuates drastically compared to AMD's stable consistent performance.

CPU/MOBO COMBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... ($172.98 after MIR)

I think I'm pretty dead set on that CPU for my price range at the moment, mobo I'm unsure if I could get something that suits my needs for a lower price maybe through other combo deals & such. SinceI do video editing I definantly need one with a firewire port at least. If I'm going to wait for the prices to go down on the newer ATI 5770
cards if it can't be fit into my budget at the moment I'd like it to have onboard video to hold me off until they do so once Nvidia releases their 300 series cards.

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($79.99 after MIR)

I've been pretty dead set on this RAM ever since I saw it.

CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($39.99 after MIR)

Good deal on the case & good air flow from what I've read in the reviews.

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($183.49)

My dad suggested to me that I get the retail version in case anything drastic happens to the PC (this is my first build after all).

GPU: I'm pretty interested in the new 5770 because it would ensure a bit of future proofness for this build, plus I could get a smaller PSU than I was originally planning on due to its power consumption (hopefully bringing down the cost somewhat). Though what manufacturer is a good choice (I've heard good things about XFX with their lifetime Limited warranty).

PSU: I'm lost on this one because in another build I was thinking of I had my eyes fixed on the 700W OCZ StealthXstreme one but it's totally overkill for a 5770. I think a 500W PSU would be more than sufficient for my system, any suggestions on a fairly well priced/reliable one?

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, but I'd like to learn more about it first if I did.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No (I want to run a single card setup).

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (don't plan on upgrading for a while).

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is going to be my first build as I have been taking a computer repair class at my high school & have been researching PC components for months & months. As far as budget goes, for Christmas I recieved a "grant" of $360 to help me get started on building my PC (It was practically the only thing I got for Christmas). I definantly will be chipping in my money to help pay for this, but I don't want to get involved in the bleeding edge right away. So I am willing to pay about $300-400 of my money to pay for this rig bringing my budget to about $760 w/o rebates (they would be preferred if possible). With this rig I'd like to be able to max out games (give or take AA) such as Crysis/Warhead, Oblivion, Source games, Arma 2, Far Cry 2, FEAR 2, etc. with framerates in the 35-60 average fps area. I'm being *required* to buy Windows 7 with this build by my dad or else the deal is off b/c it would help to future proof this rig. I would greatly appreciate criticism on where I could improve this build, alternative component suggestions, or the likes.


Try this:


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


GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$80 -$70 After rebate


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


SAPPHIRE 100283-2L 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...
$155 -Free Shipping

Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$80 with combo discount


LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$28 -Free Shipping


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$105 -Free Shipping

Total = $705 or $695 with rebates
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