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January 7, 2010 3:04:49 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $500-$600 After Rebates for the machine (i.e. not including OS, monitor, speakers, mouse, or keyboard)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Multimedia (i.e. Internet, word processing, movies, music)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: HDD(I have a Barracuda 750GB but wud prefer a 80-160 HDD in the PC for the OS), Optical Drive can be just a dvd reader or even if there is no optical drive its fine, I have a Samsung DL Dvd Burner, I also have a 2GB Stick of Cosair Ram(not sure of the speed)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I trust Newegg.com but if other websites come recommended I'll look into them.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Omaha, NE USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: NZXT Case or a cool looking case like an alienware that has some USB 2.0 ports on the front, also e-sata port on the pc so i can hook up my external hdd

OVERCLOCKING: I don't intend maybe a couple months down the line

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: dont know what that means but isn't like when you have 2 Graphics cards in? I might do that later on.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: DONT CARE

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Right, this is my first time building a computer and I've heard quite a few horror stories about DOA parts, incompatibilities, and cheap PSUs burning out so I'd appreciate it if people could double check my build before I start ordering parts. Any other advice for a first-time builder would be welcome as well.

I'm planning on this computer lasting 1-2 years, if not more. The goal is to be able to run new/intensive games (Bioshock, Crysis, Source games, etc.) at mid to high graphics right now.


See I have $750 on me right now. Iam looking at:

$500 for PC
$150 for G15 or G19 Keyboard and a Gaming Mouse
$50-$100 for Good Surround Sound Speakers(maybe ones that I can hook up my Xbox 360 also too :) 



Here was my old rig that I bought off ebay for $500 and then sold for $750 locally :lol: 

Motherboard: Asus M3N-HT Deluxe with HDMI

Processor: AMD Phenom x4 Black Edition Quadcore processor

Memory: Cosair 6GB DDR2 RAM

GFX card: XFX Geforce 9800 GT 512mb DDR3

HDD: Western Digital Caviar 500GB HDD

Media: LG DVD-R/RW Dual-Layer Burner

Power Supply: 650 watt Ultra

Case: NZXT Guardian 921


I want to match the power of the PC above for $500. Is it possible? Even a little less power would be fine since that PC was never really challenged by me! PLEASE help me come up with a list of parts! THANKS!


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January 7, 2010 4:12:57 AM

^ I would sugget you to cut short on the peripherals and invest more on the PC...
For about $600, you can get this config, which has a powerful graphics card, DDR3 RAM...
CPU + Graphics card -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

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

PSU - This is better than that 650W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - If you need one...And dont get the lower capacitites one....they are slower...either use that 750GB one or buy this one...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 7, 2010 4:32:42 AM

gkay09 said:
^ I would sugget you to cut short on the peripherals and invest more on the PC...
For about $600, you can get this config, which has a powerful graphics card, DDR3 RAM...
CPU + Graphics card -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

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

PSU - This is better than that 650W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - If you need one...And dont get the lower capacitites one....they are slower...either use that 750GB one or buy this one...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



seems like a good rig. I decided to just use the 750GB HDD like you said. Final bill is like $591 before rebates, $541 after rebates. Also I love that case, it looks so cool. :sol: 

anyways thanks a lot man. I'll wait a couple more days to see other setups other people recommend. Can I just plug the pc you told me to build straight into a TV?
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January 7, 2010 5:03:47 AM

^ Yes that RAM is very good...
and as for connecting to a TV, Yes you can using a HDMI cable(assuming your TV has HDMI)...
And yes that case is a very good one with good airflow and a side window too...I knew you would like that... ;) 
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January 7, 2010 5:42:54 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Yes that RAM is very good...
and as for connecting to a TV, Yes you can using a HDMI cable(assuming your TV has HDMI)...
And yes that case is a very good one with good airflow and a side window too...I knew you would like that... ;) 



so its the motherboard that has the hdmi connection right? What about the sound card? Here is how I planned my money:

-$550 after rebates for the PC

-$100 for the G15 Keyboard

-$50 for the M9 Mouse

-$50 for Logitech 7.1 Surround Sound Speakers.


DO you know any better keyboards or mice or speakers? Iam gonna run a DVI or VGA Cable to a 20" Acer Monitor and HDMI to my 32" Westinghouse LCD HDTV 1080i 120Hz. Seems good to me. Thank you very much. Do you get anything if I select your answer as the best answer?
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January 7, 2010 6:36:47 AM

^ The graphics card has HDMI...
And the onboard sound is pretty good and can output 7.1...So first check how the onboard sound works and if you are not satisfied with it, then buy the sound card...
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January 7, 2010 2:31:32 PM

gkay09 said:
^ The graphics card has HDMI...
And the onboard sound is pretty good and can output 7.1...So first check how the onboard sound works and if you are not satisfied with it, then buy the sound card...



so Iam going to buy the parts probably today or tommorrow do you know when the GFX and CPU combo deal expires? So the list of parts you told me, I just buy them all and just put it together right? I mean here are the steps to building a PC according to me:


1. Unbox eveything.
2. Pop the processor onto the Mobo
3. Pop the ram into the Mobo.
4. Put the optical drive in the case and get the cable from the drive to the mobo.
5. Attach the Power Supply
6. Connect the power to the Mobo
7. Slide the mobo into the case
8.attach the hdd and put it into a slot in the case
9. attach the gfx card
10.plug in the power cord and turn it on?(i think thats it right?)

Anyways if Iam wrong I can always go to youtube or hire a dude for $20 on craigslist. Now, what kind of cable do you need to connect a Optical Drive(Samsung DL DVD-RW) to the Mobo? Will I get the cable with the mobo when I order it?

EDIT: Oh also about the HDD? will I get that cable too?
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January 7, 2010 2:56:01 PM

amoghthegamer said:
so Iam going to buy the parts probably today or tommorrow do you know when the GFX and CPU combo deal expires? So the list of parts you told me, I just buy them all and just put it together right? I mean here are the steps to building a PC according to me:


1. Unbox eveything.
2. Pop the processor onto the Mobo
3. Pop the ram into the Mobo.
4. Put the optical drive in the case and get the cable from the drive to the mobo.
5. Attach the Power Supply
6. Connect the power to the Mobo
7. Slide the mobo into the case
8.attach the hdd and put it into a slot in the case
9. attach the gfx card
10.plug in the power cord and turn it on?(i think thats it right?)

Anyways if Iam wrong I can always go to youtube or hire a dude for $20 on craigslist. Now, what kind of cable do you need to connect a Optical Drive(Samsung DL DVD-RW) to the Mobo? Will I get the cable with the mobo when I order it?

EDIT: Oh also about the HDD? will I get that cable too?

Here is a little more detailed steps to building a pc... Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC :) 

Your motherboard will come with two SATA cables, which is what you need for the HDD and DVD drive, so no need to purchase additional cables at this point.
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January 7, 2010 4:31:32 PM

Hey is this a good deal?


Specifications:

1. Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit



2. Case: Rosewill R218-P-BK Black



3. Proccessor (CPU): AMD Phenom II X2 545 Callisto 3.0GHz



4. Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H



5. Video/Graphics card (GPU): SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5




6. Power Supply (PSU): PC Power and Cooling Silencer 500 Watts

7. Memory Ram: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)



8. Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Reader: LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 8X Blu-ray



9. Wireless Adapter: EDIMAX EW-7727In IEEE 802.11b/g/n 32bit PCI Wireless Adapter Up to 300Mbps





10. Hard Drive: Seagate Sata 250GB

11. CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm
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January 8, 2010 2:59:23 AM

^ For how much ?
And WIN 7 Ultimate is just a extra expense...You are better off with Home Premium...
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January 8, 2010 3:59:31 PM

amoghthegamer said:
$375.

If you are getting the system for $375, it is a steal!! :D 

Windows 7 Ultimate is $175 and ATI 4890 is $200 (Newegg prices), which is $375 for those two items, not including the rest of your components. I just hope it isn't lemon system for your sake! :( 
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January 11, 2010 2:24:07 AM

^+1
If it is a real deal, then get that...
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