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December 31, 2009 11:30:45 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a Week or 2

BUDGET RANGE: $500-$900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet browsing, Watching HD movies
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PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor(for now till i have enough money), and speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com and/or any other websites with great deals.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: IL, United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: no real preference. Either Intel or AMD works fine

OVERCLOCKING: maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: right now monitor will maxed to 1680x1050. will hopefully upgrade to an HD monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: currently a college student, so i will be using for some school stuff but mainly for gaming. so i would prefer it to run quite well with the newer games that are coming out.

Games to be played: Left 4 Dead, CS:S, MW1, Dragon Age, and other new games that may come out

Researched on this forum quite a bit and found some great information. From that i put together this build that hopefully doesnt break my bank but will perform to my standards:

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COMBO FOR CPU + MOBO=$359.98

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

Power Supply: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COMBO FOR CASE + PS = $114.94

RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX CARD: ASUS EAH5850/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HeatSink: 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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: $973.39 w/ shipping.

Thats it for the build. If there is any changes that anyone recommends im more than willing to hear them. Also if there is anything to add that would be great too. Thanks
December 31, 2009 11:47:35 PM


Overall the system looks grate, I myself would look into a better case and if you plan to xfire latter maybe a 750W PSU

some case Antec 900 CM6-90 CM 922

PSU corsair 750W or PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF
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January 1, 2010 1:30:07 AM

Xfire allows you to use 2 GPU working as 1 not all games scale the same in xfire and it will not give you 100% more FPS then 1 card.

I will let you read up on it yourself http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5850-review-cro...

So before you buy a mobo that is 50 more and a PSU that's 20 dollars more then you need running a single card ( you make the choice if you want the option to have a xfire/sli ready system ( or to save some coin on a better case and a book :) 

The antec 900 is a very good case and will allow for grate air flow for 20 bucks less the CM-690 is a good case also.

So if you want xfire stay with your P55A-UD4P If you don't want Xfire go with the GA-P55A-UD3 and save 50 bucks and get a good 550W PSU and a better case

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January 1, 2010 1:32:41 AM

BTW in IL there is 2 microcenters ( not sure if you are close to one ) but you can save 50 bucks on the CPU there 149.99
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January 1, 2010 1:47:20 AM

Get the Antec 300 + PSU combo instead.

Why?

The Antec 300 is $54
The Antec 200 is $40 + $18 shipping

Better to put your money into a case that has value than a shipping cost which you pay and never get back.
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January 1, 2010 3:37:27 AM

did find this combo but i do think the power supply is a bit overkill
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

do you guys think i should just the case and power supply separate instead of a combo package?

also i think if i finally go ahead with purchasing the stuff ill prob buy the CPU at microcenter
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January 1, 2010 4:04:43 AM

that's a grate case are you going for the xfire setup or a single card setup ?
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January 1, 2010 4:07:18 AM

also when your @ microcenter ask them about price matching you might be able to save some more coin on shipping
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January 1, 2010 4:13:56 AM

im prob just gonna go single card setup since a 5850 is good enough. which item are u speaking of to price match? since i know i can get the cpu for $50 less ill prob try to see if they can price match neweggs price on the mobo but idk. its a long shot.
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January 1, 2010 4:49:22 AM

If your not going to go for the xfire this is what i would do, using newegg only to show parts. I would price match everything, say the case is 100 @ newegg + 20 bucks shipping see if you can get it for 110 there.




LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136177
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119197
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$109.98
$99.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150442
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
$309.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817371020
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$40.00 Instant
$119.99
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231276
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128412
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
• 1 year: $16.99
• 2 year: $25.99
-$5.00 Instant
$139.99
$134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$199.99
$194.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$1.15 Instant
$29.98
$28.83
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Subtotal: $1,033.74 - 45 getting the CPU @ microcenter 988.74


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January 1, 2010 5:03:42 AM

very nice! i will definitely try to get most of the items price matched at micro center. might try to get my rents to chip in on the processor and mobo and possibly the case. but id have to get that when i get bak to IL from my break.

thanks for the huge help niklas_13.
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January 1, 2010 6:02:11 AM

NP enjoy the build GL
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January 1, 2010 6:50:22 PM

Yeah its the same
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January 1, 2010 7:14:06 PM

Also might want to read up on this before installing windows AHCI VS IDE http://expertester.wordpress.com/2008/07/24/ahci-vs-ide...

Something i was not aware of when i built my system, and when i am ready to do a clean install i might change.

So update that BIOs set your HDD to IDE or AHCI setup your ram volts and install OS Dload all the latest drivers and updates and enjoy
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January 4, 2010 1:02:44 AM

im wondering...since i already have a computer that has a cd burner/ dvd burner y not just make this with a blu-ray driver? or would i need to purchase both to have the computer work? if thats the case then ill just go with a dvd/cd burner if not what would b a good/decent blu-ray drive?
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January 4, 2010 2:15:58 AM

If you have a sata CD/DVD burner you can look for just a blu-ray player and use both, the blu-ray/players burners are alot like 150 to 180 I think newegg has a 4x blu-ray player for like 80 but i dont know much about them.
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January 4, 2010 5:58:09 AM

dangit! just been notified by newegg that they are out of stock of the gfx card that i was gonna purchase......UGH. o well, its no biggy since i have to wait about week since ill have to order the rest of the stuff when i get bak to IL. hopefully then itll b available again. no rush
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January 4, 2010 11:25:28 PM

Sapphire and XFX are also good brands
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January 5, 2010 12:34:55 AM

I would get this set of ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Much better and same price.
7-7-7-21 @ 1.35v with heat spreaders that conform tightly to the ram so they dont stick out like most of the Ripjaw series and get in the way of coolers. I use them personally.
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