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January 1, 2010 11:48:18 PM

I am looking for a gaming computer with a high end graphics card and a highish end cpu

System usage- gaming and school work

Parts not required- keyboard- mouse - speakers- monitor

Overclocking- some not extreme

monitor resolution - 1768 x 768 maybe higher

comments- i would like to get the most for my money as possible - i would also like to consider pre built systems

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January 2, 2010 2:05:21 AM

Here's is one option:

CPU - $165 shipped!
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...

Mobo - $88 - $10 MIRc = $78!!
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - $117 shipped! Not the fastest GPU, but will do everything quite well.
XFX HD-477A-YDFC Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case/PSU comob - $100 shipped!! You get a nice case and a 500w (34A on the combined rails) for a very good price! The PSU has 2 x 6 pin PCI-e power connectors for future GPU upgrades, if you want/need them. The 4770 only needs 1 x 6 PCI-e power connector, so that leaves 1 more for crossfire or if you upgrade to a bigger (more power hungry) GPU!!
Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

HD - $55 shipped!! One of the faster HD's out there in the 500gb size. You can spend more and get bigger, but this would be a good OS drive to have. Than just add a data drive (1 TB or larger if you like) if you want more.
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...

RAM - $94 shipped! One of the better RAM sets you can get that run at stock voltage (1.5V)!
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner - $39 shipped! You can get OEM versions, but this "Retail" version comes with the software to read/burn DVD's!!
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 24X DVD-R SATA Black 24X DVD Writer - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS - $105 shipped! Get the 64 bit version so you can upgrade your RAM past 4 gb's and get full use of the extra RAM!! Now if your a student with an ".edu" email address you can get Windows 7 for $30, so that would be a $75 savings!!
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsft Upgrade for $30, link below:
http://windows7.digitalriver.com/store/mswpus/en_US/Dis...

Total ~$758 - $10 MIRc = $748!!

Now you can get an Athlon II x4 620 or PhII x2 550 BE for ~$65 less than the PhII x4 955 BE. This $ could be spent on a better GPU than the one listed above. I'd recommend this GPU if you decide to go with the 620 or 550 BE over the 955:

GPU - $155 shipped!! Has Dx11 and 2 x DVI, 1 Display port, and 1 HDMI output ports!!
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...

The 620 or 550 BE matched with the 5770 GPU is a better gaming setup for ~$25 less. If you wanted a bit more CPU power than the 955 is the way to go. The Athlon II x4 620 or PhII x2 550 BE is less of a CPU, but mated with the 5770 GPU, you should have better FPS than the 955 w/the 4770. You can decide which way you want to go.
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January 2, 2010 3:57:10 PM

Thanks that helps quite a bit- but to keep my options open are there any pre-built systems i could go with
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January 2, 2010 6:39:09 PM

I found this system by CyberpowerPc for only $660 with free shipping

the stats are:


Case: Azza Orion Gaming Mid-Tower Case with See-Thru Side Panel (Black with Red Lightning)
Internal USB Extension Module: None
Neon Light Upgrade: 12in (Red Color) Cold Cathode Neon Light [+10]
Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Maximum 120MM Color Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+15] (Red Color)
Noise Reduction Technology: None
Power Supply Upgrade: 600 Watts Power Supplies (SLI Ready Power Supply)
CPU: AMD Athlon™II X4 620 Quad-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology [+34]
Freebies: Three-Pack of Games Coupon - Dragon Rising, Grid, And Dirt
Cooling Fan: AMD ATHLON64 CERTIFIED CPU FAN & HEATSINK
Motherboard: Asus M4A77TD AM3 DDR3 AMD 770 Chipset Technology SATA RAID MB w/GbLAN,USB2.0,&7.1Audio [+12]
Memory: 4GB (2GBx2) PC1333 DDR3 PC3 10666 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
Freebies: None
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1GB 16X PCI Express [+58] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
Video Card 2: None
Dedicated PHYSX Card: None
Free Game: FREE GAME - Street Fighters IV
Multiple Video Card Settings: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
LCD Monitor: None
2nd Monitor: None
Hard Drive: Single Hard Drive (500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [-35])
Data Hard Drive: None
Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
USB Portable Drive: None
Optical Drive: LG 22X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: None
Sound: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
Speakers: 600Watts PMPO Subwoofer Stereo Speakers
Network: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
Modem: None
Mega Notebook/Netbook/Server Bundle: None
Keyboard: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
Mouse: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
Gaming Gear: None
Extra Thermal Display: None
Wireless 802.11B/G Network Card: None
External Wireless Network Card: None
Wireless 802.11 B/G/N Access Point: None
Bluetooth: None
Flash Media Reader/Writer: All-in-One External USB 2.0 Card Reader (Blue Color) [+1]
Video Camera: None
Headset: None
Printer: None
Printer Cable: None
Power Protection: None
IEEE1394 Card: None
USB Port: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
Floppy: None
Operating System: None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
Media Center Remote Control & TV Tuner: None
Office Suite: None
Ultra Care Option: None
Service: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Rush Service: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
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January 3, 2010 1:00:19 AM

It's up to you, but the build I put together will game better than the pre-built one. If your not comfortable with building your own, than a pre-built will work. You just lose out in the knowledge of building your own and also lose out in troubleshooting issues later. I still would be a bit leary about the "600w" PSU that is listed, by that is just me. If I knew what brand of PSU it was, I would feel a bit better.
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January 3, 2010 11:30:19 PM

do not even take a look at the cyberpowerpc one. I have been researching them for a while. They use generic parts and do not have good quality and do not put parts together well. On that note ibuypower and i forget the name there is another one by the same company. Unless you are willing to gamble do not you cyberpower or ibuy power. By the way if you want to use cyberpowerpc after all i have been looking at them for a while so i can show you the best and cheapest build
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January 4, 2010 9:35:02 PM

actually that would be great
however i need to be at a sub 700 price
any other companies would be great as well
thanks
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