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January 4, 2010 7:28:58 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: $700-800 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming / Internet Browsing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, Case (I have an Antec Nine Hundred). Also possibly looking to use existing 3 year old Power Supply if it will work (OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI 600W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply). I also have a copy of Windows 7 that I can install on it.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Just quality stuff with good reviews and performance

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 currently but will probably update later on to a larger monitor with higher resolution

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Thanks a lot for your help.

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a c 140 ) Power supply
January 4, 2010 7:52:43 PM

I suspect that you will end up getting a i5-750, P55 motherboard, 4gb of cheap ram, and a 5850 or 5770 card. Your psu will be fine. Enjoy.
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January 5, 2010 4:29:59 PM

How do these components look?

I'm pretty set on the HD since I've read nothing but great reviews for it and it's a great price.

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

How does the RAM look? There are so many G.Skill 4GB sets I'm not too sure which is the best in that price range.
Also, I'm not sure if that motherboard is a good pick too.

Thanks for the help!
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a c 140 ) Power supply
January 5, 2010 6:40:17 PM

Looks good to me. Edit your post so that one can click the links, and you will get more responses.
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January 5, 2010 6:52:24 PM

RAM's not great. There's some 1333 mhz sticks with CAS Latency 7 that will be better for only $6 more (seach "ripjaws 1333 cas 7"). The most important thing with RAM is CAS Latency (timings). Lower is better. There are some 1600 mhz sticks that have CL 8 or 7, but they're pricey.

Do you want to Crossfire later? If so, you should be looking at the ASUS P7P55D Pro ($190). It's the only board that has USB 3.0/SATA 6 GBps ports and is still good for Crossfiring.

Rest is good.
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January 5, 2010 7:05:57 PM

Thanks for the responses. I fixed the links.

How is this RAM? It's not too much more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No, I'm not interested in Crossfire so will the board I selected work well?

Also, this computer will mainly be running World of Warcraft. How do the specs look for that?

Thanks a lot for your help.
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January 5, 2010 7:17:41 PM

That's the set I was talking about.

Yes.

The computer is way overpowered for just WoW. This is a good gaming machine, capable of playing everything (except Crysis) fairly well.
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January 5, 2010 7:31:18 PM

Great. Good to know. I appreciate both your guys' help.
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January 5, 2010 9:22:34 PM

I'm now considering just buying a new Power Supply since the one I have is almost 3 years old. I'd rather just replace it before it degrades or goes dead. Any recommendations? I have the OCZ one I listed in the first post and it's worked good so far. I've read reviews that OCZ isn't the best option though. Would a Corsair PS be better? Thanks.
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a c 140 ) Power supply
January 5, 2010 9:38:02 PM

ccursed said:
I'm now considering just buying a new Power Supply since the one I have is almost 3 years old. I'd rather just replace it before it degrades or goes dead. Any recommendations? I have the OCZ one I listed in the first post and it's worked good so far. I've read reviews that OCZ isn't the best option though. Would a Corsair PS be better? Thanks.

I would keep the psu you have; particularly since it has been working well.

If you want to get a top quality psu that could handle most dual vga card configurations, you are looking at a 750w unit. A good deal is this recertified PC P&C silencer 750 at $99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Do not be put off by recertified from PC P&C. I have been using a recertified silencer610 for many years. They are a US company that has outstanding customer support. If you call them, a real person will answer, and get a tech on the line to address your issue.

Otherwise, look to Corsair, Seasonic, or Antec.
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January 6, 2010 1:07:54 AM

Do not buy a recertified PSU. Never buy recertified PC parts, especially not for an important part such as the PSU.

OCZ is still a high quality company. They are just as good as Corsair, just not as well known. The 700W for $50 is probably the best deal in PSUs right now.
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a c 140 ) Power supply
January 6, 2010 3:46:27 AM

MadAdmiral said:
Do not buy a recertified PSU. Never buy recertified PC parts, especially not for an important part such as the PSU.

OCZ is still a high quality company. They are just as good as Corsair, just not as well known. The 700W for $50 is probably the best deal in PSUs right now.

For most companies, I would agree with you about not using recertified parts. But in the Case of PC P&C, I make an exception. Their recertified units are actually tested at the company, and you can get a report on the performance of the unit. They have a good warranty which is the same as new units, and they are located in the USA. Customer service is impeccable.
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January 6, 2010 9:58:24 AM

All of which is claimed by most recertified units. I still don't trust it.

The unit I'm currently recommending is the OCZ StealthXStream 700W. It's a high quality unit from a lesser used company, and right now its $50 after rebate. Another one would be the Corsair 750TX 750W for $110, which you can't really beat for quality.
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