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System for HTPC/gaming 1000-1400

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January 9, 2010 11:35:05 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:withing a month BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, HD Video and Audio, Drafting

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, everything outside of Chassis

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg is easiest, Lincoln, NE

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Dual moniters - as high as they will go


For my AMD 3 build

OS windows 7 x64 (student pricing)

Optical SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model TS-H663B/UOAH - OEM $23
Cheap DVD burner until Decent BLU Ray comes out

RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) $99

CPU AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor $165
Is it worth investing the extra 30 bucks for the 965?

Combo PSU and Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $100
Recommended from another review today

Combo GPU and MOBO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $464
I'm interested in the MOBO for having USB 3.0 SATA 3, and im unsure on the video card i selected the 5850 for the price, is the 5870 worth the extra $100?... If someone has any other recommendations that would be awesome - For the time being im uninterested in Xfire, maybe down the road (1+ years)

HDD The Samsung Spinpoint F3 $85
Also recomended

Total cost: $936 not including s/h, various accessories and monitors


Intel Build


I came across this topic http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277936-31-1200-1400-v... Which seemed to be pretty well built for a cost of 1400

Id like to know how future proof either system would be, if Intel is better then the AMD, and if the $450 premium is justified between the two. Also, being a bit of an audiophile, is a sound card recommended to use an optical output? or is there minimal difference
January 10, 2010 3:22:45 PM

Because of your high budget $1400, I strongly recommend you look at an i5 750 gaming build with HD 5850 as a minimum. If you had only $1000, then it would be hands down an AMD build. Your usage is very vague. You should specify the games or kinds of games, wether it is HD playback or converting, and what drafting is (what app do you run?).
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