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December 29, 2009 2:21:41 AM

I'm looking for some feedback on my selections (if possible). I already have a full ATX case. I have a 1280x1024 monitor that will be used to "tide" me over for now. I have a new Antec BP550 Plus 550W power supply. Here it goes... thanks in advance !

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: $600 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Picture work, video work, gaming, surfing the internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, power supply(Antec BP550 Plus 550W), case
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PROPOSED PARTS:
Motherboard
- GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $129.99
Graphics Card
- SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail $154.99
Processor
- AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX925WFGIBOX - Retail $140.99
Memory
- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail $95.99
Harddrive
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $69.99
DVD Burner
- SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM $29.99
CURRENT SUBTOTAL: $621.94 (All items chosen have free shipping)
OVERCLOCKING: No
CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 at present, 1920x1200 in the future

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I wish to use Windows 7 x64 Home Premium Edition

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December 29, 2009 3:21:43 AM

Looks pretty good. There would be a few things I'd change, but for the most part it looks good. I'd consider getting this HD for $15 less ($55 shipped):
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's been getting good reviews and if you want to stick to 500gb's than this is probably the one to get.

If you want to save a bit more, I'd consider this CPU/Mobo combo (same CPU you selected) for $246 - $10 MIRc = $236, a savings of ~$20:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Those are just minor tweaks to consider, not that your selections are bad, just ideas for you.

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December 29, 2009 3:41:12 AM

lunyone said:
I'd consider getting this HD for $15 less ($55 shipped):
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's been getting good reviews and if you want to stick to 500gb's than this is probably the one to get.


I appreciate your comments. I picked the WD drive as it has 32mb cache; the large cache should help with having the OS on this drive.



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If you want to save a bit more, I'd consider this CPU/Mobo combo (same CPU you selected) for $246 - $10 MIRc = $236, a savings of ~$20:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


I think I'll go with your recommendation. This looks like a good deal. I like that ASUS replies to customer reviews on NewEgg (not saying Gigabyte don't).
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January 1, 2010 7:37:49 AM

Glad I could help. Let us know how it all goes together after you get all of your parts!
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