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December 28, 2009 2:51:58 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Plan to order parts in a week
BUDGET RANGE: ~800~1000 (After Rebates)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Mostly MMOs, Aion and upcoming FFXIV Starcraft2 Diablo3 ect..) Multitasking, internet (usually with lots of tabs)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tigerdirect, anywhere that has good deals and is reliable!
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Core i5
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, light OC on probably the CPU if anything
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe? I don't really know if SLI/Crossfire would benefit me
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like to have this rig be somewhat future proof for maybe a year or two. I don't know anything about BIOs or setting it up. I think you do that with a new motherboard? Also I don't know if I have to be worried about temperatures or anything.

CASE
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
PSU
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Case & PSU Combo together
$114.94

Harddrive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$69.99

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
$99.99

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$104.99

Graphics Card
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
$179.99

Optical
Sony Optiarc Black CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support - OEM
$32.99

CPU
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
$149.99 @Microcenter

Windows 7 Home 64bit
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
$104.99 or $29.99 later is with the student discount

Total is 990.72 if I bought everything at Newegg.

I guess my main concern is the BIOS settings cause reading some reviews on the MB on Newegg, it seemed a bit complicated, also will I need to buy any cables for the OEM harddrive & optical drive? Also I think MSI makes some OC for dummies motherboards? You just press a button and it'll overclock? are those Motherboards any good? Did I get all the neccesary components?

Feedback is appreciated!
Thank you :]

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December 28, 2009 3:36:45 AM

^ That is a good build...
And some suggestions...
1. Mobo - Yes MSI boards are pretty decent and for a newbie, thier O/C genie is a very good option...
MSI P55M-GD45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. RAM - That GSkillz is a good one, but this would run cooler because of the low voltage...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. Graphics card - Dont get that full covered version...instead get the open cooler type...they run cooler...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$25 less...Saphire...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. PSU - you wont need 620W at all...Instead get the 520W version...that would suffice...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

5. HDD -
The WD 500 are the older ones...if you want get the 640GB or 1TB ones...they are newer and faster...Or you could get the Samsung F3 500GB...they are also very good drives...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 28, 2009 3:40:00 AM

Why not download the manual and read the sections on setting the BIOS before you spend your first dollar? You could probably get the manuals for each component you are considering.
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December 28, 2009 3:48:28 AM

Thanks for the feedback!

I decided to go with the changes you suggested! I think I"ll go with the Sapphire GPU as well as the others. I did read about the raves that the Samsung F3's have been getting but they were out of stock at newegg :[
Also didnt know about the graphics card cover thing, thanks :]

I have a question though about the new ATI 5770, are the drivers really that unstable? A lot of the newegg reviews have complaints about the drivers

*edit* I didn't know you could download manuals lol, that's a good suggestion I shall do that :]
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